Top Dressing Sand on Greens

I would like to take a moment of your time to explain the importance of top-dressing the golf course and our program that helps keep us in excellent condition. Top-dressing is a very important practice on the greens for several reasons. The first is that it helps smooth out the greens and keeps them firm. This in turn allows us to maintain faster green speeds and a more true roll. The second benefit is that it helps maintain our soil structure. As we fertilize and do all our various cultural practices on the greens, it can lead to a build-up of organic matter which can create problems with water infiltration, nutrition deficiencies, and overall poor-quality turf. The top-dressing sand is coarser than the organic matter and thus allows us to create pore space in the soil, allowing water and nutrients to move more effectively through the soil profile. So, as you can see the top-dressing sand is a vital tool in our management program to maintain a quality putting surface on the greens.

We do our very best to alternate when we top-dress. We avoid always top-dressing on the same days so we don’t constantly affect the same groups. Our program throughout season is to top-dress every other week. So, if we top-dress on a Thursday one week, the next time we top-dress may be on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Then two weeks later we will top-dress on whatever day we have not top-dressed so that no group is getting affected more than another group. We do our best to adhere to this program, but sometimes tournament schedules prevent us from being able to avoid the disruption. We ask that you are patient and understanding with us as sometimes we are unable to stay on the alternating days. However, we will strive to do our best to maintain this program. My staff and I are looking forward to another great season here at Spring Run Golf Club and hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday season.

Sincerely

Benjamin S. Hanshew

Spring Run Golf Club

Superintendent

Wet Areas on Golf Course

Dear Spring Run Member,

                It has been brought to my attention that there are some concerns with some wet areas in some of the fairways and approaches. I can assure you that we are aware of them and that we are trying to make adjustments to our irrigation system to help fix these areas. I would like to take this opportunity though to explain what is happening with these areas as there are a number of reasons behind these wet spots.

First the soil structures in these areas are much different than the surrounding soil. The soil is very high in organic matter and because of this, it is much more likely to hold water and create these wet areas. The problem for us is that the surrounding areas are being watered by the same irrigation heads and if we make to severe of adjustments to these heads, the surrounding turf will burn up and brown out. We are making adjustments daily to our irrigation system so we water adequately for all turf and reduce the wet areas. Soil structures are constantly changing, though, with everything we do to manage the golf course. Because of this, areas that have not been wet or problematic in the past may become problems in the future. We try to identify these areas as fast as possible and make adjustments to remedy the problems and sometimes the adjustments and fixes are not always easy to come by.  Another factor that leads to these wet areas is that in some areas area we have 5 or 6 heads hitting these areas which applies way too much water. Typically, you only have 3 to 4 heads watering the same area. With the extra 2 heads it is adding more water than we want. We are trying to identify these areas as quickly as we can and make adjustments accordingly. In the short term we are trying to make irrigation adjustments as best we can to eliminate these wet areas. The long-term fix will require aggressive summer aerifications and top dressing for some areas. For other areas we will have to remove sod add drainage and replace soil. There will also have to be some irrigation movement to fix spacing issues. All of these fixes are very time consuming and costly. I want to assure everyone though that we are constantly watching for these areas and that when we see them, we try to make adjustments as fast as possible to remedy the issue. If you see a wet spot that we may have missed, please bring it my attention or one of my supervisors. Thank you for your understanding and patience while we try to fix these issues as we continue to strive to make Spring Run Golf Club the Best Bundled Golf Community in Southwest Florida.

Sincerely,

Benjamin S. Hanshew

Spring Run Golf Club

Superintendent

Natural Gas

Dear Members,

Many of you have likely seen the utility flags in the ground at the front entrance indicating the pending installation of a natural gas (NG) pipeline into Spring Run, as evidenced by all the questions I have received about it. This pipeline is strictly a commercial line that is being run from Coconut Rd up to the clubhouse to replace liquid propane (LP) as the fuel for our cooking equipment. It is not intended to supply natural gas to the rest of the community.

We have asked TECO to run this line run down Coconut Rd since 2012. Shadow Wood did get it first and they assessed the owners who chose to switch to gas for the more than $1M cost of the installation and hook-up fees. If we had decided to have this utility brought in to the community, there would have had to have been a lot of community involvement and communication. As it stands, we are several months behind their original target date, and we still do not have a conversion date. That said, once TECO sets a date for hookup, they will have contractors come in overnight to change out all the kitchen equipment from propane to natural gas. The conversion consists of replacing burners and pilot orifices and gas regulators inside each piece of equipment to handle the pressure differences between the fuels. This is all being done at no charge to the club. On the positive side, we expect to save $10,000 in kitchen fuel each year compared to LP!

If you have further questions, feel free to reply below

Mike

Summit’s New Phone System

Summit Broadband has implemented a major upgrade to its Contact Center phone system, powered by state-of-the-art, best-in-breed technology. Among the new enhancements that are now in place are Estimated Wait Time and Place In Queue. Also, if you are calling from a number associated with your account, your account-specific information is presented to the agent to help them assist you as quickly as possible. More features will be added in the future, such as the ability to be called back instead of waiting when hold times exceed five minutes. Many more self-service and customer experience enhancements are planned in the upcoming months.  We appreciate your continued support and invite feedback as we continue this roll-out.  If there are features you feel we need to investigate adding on, please let us know so we can get them on our future roadmap.

Summer Projects Update

Dear Spring Run Member,

As season draws near, I want to give a few updates on everything that has happened this past summer. There have been a lot of nice upgrades and additions to our golf course that have improved our club both aesthetically and operationally. We started off this summer, in June, with the addition of the timber walls along #1 and all then beautiful landscaping that coincided. These additions have drastically improved the aesthetic value of hole #1. We also continued the removal of the coquina paths and additions of concrete paths on holes #10 and #16 and installed some curbing and drains to help reduce the erosion issues in a few areas.


#16 Curbing and Drain Install by Tees

 Finally, the addition of the Spring Run Clock at the Driving range and the shrinking of the cart path on hole #15 completed our major summer projects. Overall, everything went great this summer and all the projects came out looking phenomenal and hope that they will enhance and increase your enjoyment of Spring Run Golf Club all season long and for many seasons to come.

Spring Run Clock at the Driving Range
Hole #15 shrunk to an 8 ft wide path

Sincerely,

Benjamin S. Hanshew

Superintendent

Friendly Reminders

Dear Spring Run Members,

Season is upon us once again and I would like to take a moment of your time to go over a few changes and reminders regarding cart etiquette and guidelines during season. My staff and I are going to make a focused effort this season to reduce the amount of ropes and stakes being used on the golf course. The ropes and stakes do become unsightly and are sometimes more a hassle then a benefit to everyone. With this in mind, we want to try and get rid of the ropes all together, but to do so we need everyone’s help to reduce the wear patterns in the turf. We can accomplish by utilizing the 90-degree rule as much as possible. This means that rather than entering the turf at the white capped stake, that you drive down the path as far as possible before you turn to enter the turf and go to your golf ball. This will spread out the wear patterns in the turf and will reduce the need for stakes and rope, and increase the turf health as well. At the bare minimum though, we ask that you do not enter the turf until you pass the white capped stake.

Another change we have made this season is removing the white balls off the course, which previously indicated where to exit the turf and return to the path. We have replaced them with a much more aesthetically appealing yellow capped stake.

This will now be your marker for exiting the turf and returning to the path. However, to help reduce wear patterns in the turf and the need for ropes and stakes, we ask that all golfers return to the path as soon as possible after hitting their golf balls and avoid driving in the same locations as everyone else. The idea behind this is to spread out the cart traffic and relieve stress on the turf. If we all follow these guidelines, the turf will be much healthier, our golf course will be much more aesthetically appealing, and the need for ropes and stakes will be greatly reduced. We thank you in advance for helping us and look forward to another great season here at Spring Run Golf Club.

Sincerely,

Benjamin S. Hanshew

Superintendent

Golf Maintenance Project Phase 2

Dear Spring Run Member,

            I am pleased and excited to announce that phase 2 of the golf maintenance building renovation has begun. We are currently in the demolition phase of the process and it is moving right along smoothly. We are all very excited to see all the changes taking place and can’t wait for the project to be completed. With any luck, Suncoast Builders expects to be done within 4 to 6 months. Even though the renovation has begun, we are still operating with business as usual. Which means there are a lot of moving parts and equipment around the maintenance facility.

Because of this, we are asking that all members refrain from coming to maintenance facility for any reason. I realize that many of our members are starting to return for the winter months and there will be some donations and things to be given away. We ask that all members go through the correct chains of communication to give the donations away. Please give Rhonda Valente all pertinent information for donation and we will make sure that whomever wins the donation, will contact you about appropriate times for us to pick it up. Please do not come to the maintenance facility and drop off any donations. We want to make sure that all our members and staff are as safe as possible at all times. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding. Also keep an eye out for more postings and updates during this renovation process.

Sincerely,

Benjamin S. Hanshew

Spring Run Golf Club

Superintendent