Mole Cricket Application

Last Thursday, January 3, 2019, golf course maintenance requested the closure of the golf course after the morning shotgun. The purpose was to administer a mole cricket chemical treatment to the golf course. Mole crickets have been damaging to our course in recent years and it has been very costly to control the outbreaks. The application made last week is a one-time cost to the club and warrantied, meaning if we experience any outbreaks in the areas that they treated within the 2019 calendar year, the company will give us the chemical to retreat the affected areas free of charge. This should reduce the amount of chemical we use to treat for mole crickets significantly, as well as reduce the money spent to control them as well. The chemical application has left us with some minor damage to the turf. Many of you have seen and questioned the brown lines on the course. This is a direct result of the way the chemical has to be applied to the golf course. The chemical was slit into the ground using metal disks.

When the disks slice into the tur they do cut the roots of the turf a little and it pulls up a bit. This slicing does initially stress the grass out, causing the brown strips you see on the golf course. I understand this is a little unsightly, but the turf will heal up in a couple weeks and will be back to looking great. Please bear with us during this healing process as we are doing everything in our power to provide the best playing conditions possible and are working diligently to make the golf course as perfect and beautiful as we can. We thank you for your understanding and patience.

Sincerely,

Benjamin S. Hanshew
Spring Run Golf Club
Superintendent

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Maintenance Facility Project

Dear Member,

The Maintenance Facility project has been slow to get started, but we expect it to ramp up throughout the month of December. On the plus side, we still anticipate completion by the end of February at the latest.I would like to reassure all of you that the area will look much better than it does now, and once the clusia fills back in, it will screen the building.

Of course, we are only in Phase 1 which is site work and surrounding buildings. Phase 2, which is the renovation of the main building, is tentatively scheduled for Nov 1 of 2019.

To recap, Phase 1 will include installing a pipe in the culvert laterally next to SRB and paving over it, resulting in brand new usable space for parking. At that time, we will bring the employee’s cars off the street and back into the facility. In January, we will have a new roofed steel building for fuel tanks and a water reclamation unit, and the materials storage area should be completed. The area of the entire facility will be expanded and cleaned up, and we will work on moving any areas that collect green waste or discarded equipment out of sight. Finally, we will work to cover it all back up again!

In Phase 2, the existing pole barn will be refurbished and expanded to house more equipment, and to expand the deteriorating office and employee break, locker, and restrooms.  The leaky roof and gutters will be replaced, and insulation will be installed in the ceiling to reduce the temperature of the building. A protective block base will be installed around the exterior, and the entire facility repaved.

I thank you all in advance for your patience throughout this project. Pardon our dust.

This will be a major improvement for the community, and even though you will rarely see the actual facility, the results will be visible on the golf course!

Mike

GCM project starting Tuesday

Dear Spring Run Member,

Just a note to let you know that the Golf Course Maintenance Facility Phase 1 project will begin tomorrow, Tuesday Nov 13. You may notice more increased activity and construction vehicles coming and going over the next few months. Also, the staff will be parking along the street until such time that the new parking area has been constructed. We anticipate this project lasting through February.

Phase 1 is the reconfiguration of the maintenance site to make better use of the existing space, and to make room for materials bins. A new fueling station will replace the 20 year old rusting tank, and a new wash station will be installed to improve efficiency and to be more environmentally responsible with the chemical runoff. Finally, a new sand silo will be installed to ensure top dressing sand stays dry and to improve the logistics of storage and loading.

Phase 2 is slated to start next November 2019, and will involve renovations to the existing building.

Feel free to reply with any questions. Thank you.

Mike

Interior Redecoration Project Update

Dear Spring Run Member,

I want to thank you for your patience while we finalize the Clubhouse interior redecoration. By now, we all just want it to be done already. Well, we are almost there!

There seems to be a lot of misinformation regarding the balance of the project, so I thought a short note might clear things up.

All those old chairs and tables from the Grill that are sitting in the Lakeview Room will be gone Wednesday. Habitat for Humanity will be picking them up tomorrow. That was the soonest we could get them here. We apologize for the inconveniences experienced by bridge players and associations trying to hold meetings.

The artwork and window treatments will be hung Wed and Thurs of this week. We are still waiting on the new signage.

Finally, the Lobby furniture will all be changed out soon. We are not keeping any of it. However, we have it there until the new stuff arrives. Unfortunately, the new furniture is coming directly from the factory in Wilmington, NC. The flooding from Florence backed up their production and shipping, but we still anticipate a mid-October delivery.

If you have any questions, feel free to reply!

Mike

Tables & Chairs

Dear Members,

 

We received our new chairs and tables this morning and we are left with 120 chairs and 22 tables to store. After exhausting all avenues for commercial re-use, we have decided to offer them to our members and staff beginning this morning. The distribution is first come, first serve. If you are interested, please email Iva Sokolik at communications@springrun.com. There will be a limit of 8 chairs and two tables per unit until they are gone. Any chairs or tables remaining after Friday at 5 PM will be donated to charity.

No other decorations or furnishings will be offered at this time. Artwork will be hung next week, and we expect a number of items will be reused. Some items will go to the Spring Run Charitable Foundation for auction if they are interested, and some can go to the members and staff. Details on these items have yet to be determined.

Thanks,

Mike

Condo’s Garbage Recycle

Dear Members,

It has come to my attention that the Condo associations of Sunset Stream, Streamside, and Winding Stream are having problems with people dumping garbage into their recycle bins.  The recycle bins are the being tagged by Waste Pro and not being picked up. Recycle bins and garbage dumpsters are for the exclusive use of that neighborhood’s residents, and not to be used by other communities.  Please make sure your guests and/or tenants know that they are not allowed to use the other association’s garbage disposal areas. The clubhouse has a dumpster that you may use if you or your tenants needs to dispose of their garbage prior to leaving.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Mike