Late Summer Update

Course:

I hope everyone has had a great summer so far.  Once again, we have been extremely busy here on the course. We recently completed our fourth aerification of the summer and will continue verticutting and topdressing the greens with sand every 10-14 days, weather permitting. We’ve also been verticuttng and circle cutting the fairways on a regular basis, which has improved the quality of the fairways.

In addition, we completed the re-build of the ladies tee on #1.  We’ll be mowing out the tee and plan to have it open in the coming weeks.  Some pictures below are the finished product of the tee box and surrounds.

Future Projects:

In the upcoming weeks, we will be spraying a course wide pre-emergent for weed control during the fall/winter months.

We will be re-shaping the edges of the bunkers with sod and wood along the edges. This will allow for a more defined edge along the bunkers. The wood will stay in place for a few weeks in order for the sod to settle in.

Course Management:

As the fall/winter approaches, the days will shorten and recovery time for the Bermuda grass will take longer. With that being said, following cart signs and obeying the 90 degree rule is very important. All Par 3 holes are always cart path only.

Here is a link to an article from the USGA which explains about cart consolidation and the impact it has on turf health and quality.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me at tgogolfsup@tgocsa.com

Thank you,
Shane Willey
TGO Golf Course Superintendent

     

     

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Early Summer Update

Hello, I hope everyone is having a great summer so far.  We’ve had a busy start to the summer here at The Great Outdoors.

We currently are in the process of rebuilding and shaping the new ladies tee on hole number 1. The tee is just about finished; just waiting on the grass to arrive. Here are a few pictures of the new tee box:

Also, we recently completed our second aerification of the summer and the greens have healed great in two weeks. Our next scheduled aerification is for July 26th.  Here are some pictures of the process:

 

If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me at tgogolfsup@tgocsa.com.

Thank you,
Shane Willey
Superintendent The Great Outdoors

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May Aerification is Complete

Hello Everyone,

Mother nature hasn’t been kind to us so far; since May 14th the golf course received about 13 inches of rain. This rain caused some scheduling issues with our first aerification. We were forced to push it back a week due to extremely wet conditions. We were able to get the greens aerified on 5/21 and 5/22, even with the rain delay.

Above are some pictures of the greens after they had been aerified and topdressed with sand on 5/22.

Here is a picture of the greens one week after aerification on 5/29.

As you can see, the greens are healing and responding very well after one week. Our next scheduled aerification is set for June 27th.  If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me at tgogolfsup@tgocsa.com

Thank you,

Shane Willey

TGO Golf Course Superintendent

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May Update

Hello Everyone,

Hope everyone has had a good start to their spring. We have had a good mixture of rain and warm weather in Florida so far.

Below are some updates on projects we’ve been doing on the golf course, along with some future dates and continuous projects going on throughout the spring/summer:

Tees and Fairways
We recently completed verticutting and circle cutting all the tees and fairways. We will continue to do this throughout the summer months. Verticutting helps control thatch and surface organic matter accumulation, while promoting upright, dense shoot growth.  This will help reduce grain and produce a better golf ball lie throughout the year. Here are some pictures of the verticutting of fairways.

Greens
We’ve also been verticutting and topdressing greens on a regular basis over the past 6 weeks and will continue to do so on a regular basis throughout the summer. Our first scheduled aerification is for May 17th.  Aerification is an essential program to keep playing surfaces healthy and in good condition.  Aerification is primarily performed to control organic matter, relieve soil compaction, stimulate root growth and improve drainage.  Below are some photos from verticutting and topdressing on 4/30/18.

Projects
Another big project we are in the process of is installing brand new irrigation heads around all the greens. With these new heads, we will have better coverage and the ability to control where the heads are throwing to.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me at tgogolfsup@tgocsa.com

Thank you,
Shane Willey
Superintendent The Great Outdoors

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Post from the New Superintendent

For those that don’t know yet, my name is Shane Willey and I am the new Superintendent of The Great Outdoors Golf Course.

I’ve been here since February 28, 2018 and think this course has a great layout and amazing potential.  Not only do I have a background in turf management but I play a little golf myself and really enjoy everything about it.

I grew up in Palm Coast and graduated from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, with a major in Recreational Sports Turf Management, and a minor in business.  I knew since high school that a career in golf course management was what I wanted to do as a career.

My most recent position was Assistant Golf Superintendent at Grasslands Golf & Country Club in Lakeland, FL.

I look forward to creating and maintaining a course that you love playing on and bringing your family and friends to play on as well.

Stay tuned over the summer to this blog as I will be posting a few times each month with updates.

Thanks,

Shane

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