Golf Course Notes

You may wonder why there is a piece of equipment sitting in the rough on hole #10. Unfortunately, the rough unit sprung a hydraulic line leak, spilling fluid onto the turf. We are awaiting the delivery of a new hose, and it should be fixed tomorrow. In the meantime, the maintenance crew is flushing the area with water to move the hydraulic fluid through the soil. This will minimize the damage and to help the turf recover. It will turn brown for a while, but then the grass will grow back.

The greenside bunker on hole #18 should be completed later today or tomorrow. Regardless, the MGA will play the actual green tomorrow with the bunker marked “Ground Under Repair”. This will end the greenside bunker renovation for this season. We will start again in May with Hole #1 –greenside bunker. Throughout season, the crew will be renovating some out-of-the way fairway bunkers while golf continues.


Shopping at Golf Guys? Don’t forget to charge it back to the Club!

Dear Spring Run Member,

It has been brought to our attention that some members are using their credit cards instead of charging back to their club account when making a purchase at Golf Guys. Tell the counter associate your name and that you are a member of Spring Run, and they will send the transaction to us. In the  event that the associate is unaware of this policy, please let us know immediately.

Since Golf Guys is now handling our merchandising, there is no difference in price between their shop and ours. So purchasing there with your credit card offers no savings. The pricing that we now have comes from the buying power we get through our agreement with them. Charging back to the Club ensures we get credit for the sale, further ensuring that our pricing stays low. In addition, the Club gets commission on all golf equipment and attire purchased at either our own Golf Shop or at the Golf Guys Store. If you use your card at their store, the Club does not get credit for the sale.

Have questions? Please reply. Thank you!


Cleanup Update

Dear Spring Run Member,

Cleanup from Irma continues around the community, but things are looking better, and we are getting ready for season. The next phase is stump removal, and then ultimately tree replanting. We were unable to save 47 trees that blew down around the common area (aside from the golf course, neighborhoods, or preserve areas), and those will be slated for replacement. Most will be replaced with the same type of tree, but there are a few varieties that may be replaced with something else. We are looking into the best options with our arborists.

We lost a few structures as well, including both metal structures for the bocce canopies, and about half of the fencing along Coconut Rd and one of the stucco pillars. Due to the demand for fencing and repairmen, it may take a couple months to get this completed. All in all, we were very fortunate. The damage to East Naples, Marco Island, and Lehigh has been significant.

I know there are questions and concerns regarding the cost of cleanup, but it may be awhile before I have final numbers. We do have insurance, but for a named storm, the deductible goes from $5,000 to 5% of the total insurable value. Because of this, we will be focusing on funding the costs of recovery first before considering new projects. There is a Board Workshop prior to the October Board Meeting to discuss the status of cleanup and expenses, and how to handle planning going forward, and we will share any information we have with you afterward.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reply to this.


Employee Assistance

Dear Spring Run Member,

I would like to start by saying thank you so much for all your generosity in donating to the Employee Hurricane Relief Fund. A committee of members has been meeting with some employees who have been affected by the storm, and are going to determine on a case by case basis what can be done to help. We have three employees with children who are unable to stay in their homes due to flooding that has persisted, and all of their belongings are gone. Your donations are very much appreciated.

Not all donations need be in the form of money. If you have clothes, appliances, or furniture that you are getting rid of, now would be the time to donate them directly to the Club. We take pictures of everything, and let employees in need know what is available so we can take care of them right away.

Spring Run is a wonderful place because of its caring and generous owners. Your staff appreciates your efforts!


Michael G. Zigler, CCM, CAM
General Manager

Hurricane Irma aftermath

Dear Spring Run Member,

I’d like to update you on the recovery process currently underway. Thank you for your patience while we work through the challenges of getting back up and running.

Since the storm passed, we have been focusing first on making the roads passable. With most employees evacuating, there were few to do the heavy lifting. Assisting the staff were two separate crews tasked with removing trees from the streets and then on the golf course.

On Wednesday, a bigger crew of returning staff took aim at cleaning up the golf course, which had very little damage besides losing a number of trees. The ones that are crucial or in play are being taken out now. The rest of the damaged trees will come out in time.

On Thursday, Crawford Landscaping will have been freed up enough from clearing streets in other communities to send in a full cleanup crew, along with the arbor division, which has its work cut out for it. Some can be propped back up but most will need to be taken out and replaced. This will take several weeks, and replacement even longer.

Golf Maintenance power was just restored this morning, and with it, Target and other Coconut Point businesses on the same grid. Unfortunately, Spring Run, Lighthouse Bay, and Copperleaf are on a separate, yet to be restored grid. So we wait for either FPL to get us back up and running, or maybe those generators we ordered last week that ended up in Houston will show up sooner.

Not having power for a duration of time is a stressful thing. It’s not only uncomfortable and inconvenient, but you are stuck in neutral. That’s why there has been little communication, and none through traditional channels. We haven’t had email since Saturday when we took all the servers down, and no electricity means no other way to communicate. Except when I text Iva info as she lays in her hospital bed with her newborn (congrats!) and then posts to the blog or Facebook.

In a natural disaster like this, all resources, supplies, and workers get stretched very thin. And we just had two massive hurricanes back to back. Regardless, we are working hard to get Spring Run back to normal quickly. Thank you again for your patience. If there is anyone in need in Spring Run, please reply back to this message and we will help any way we can.

Thank you and I’ll be in touch soon with more information.


Club closure and tree cleanup

Dear Spring Run members,

We apologize for lack of communication but since we have no power we can’t  send frequent email updates. Unfortunately the power is still out throughout the community, so the club will be closed until we can get electricity. We will keep you posted. We are working very hard to get power back.

In the meantime, we have cleaned up the trees that fell onto the streets so they are passable, although some street flooding remains. Tree cleanup will be a long process so we thank you for your patience.

Hurricane Irma

Dear Spring Run Member,

Its blue skies and sunny out the window in Southwest Florida, but that will change starting tomorrow. Overnight, this enormous storm’s track shifted to the west a bit, taking it over the Everglades, and essentially affecting both coasts.

We have secured the club, and are prepared to recover once the storm passes. Please note that we will be shutting down the email and data servers to protect the equipment. This means we will not be able to receive emails or communicate with you until Monday at the earliest.

If you have decided to stay in Spring Run, please be safe, and we wish you the best. The staff will be back as soon as possible!

Hurricane Irma

Dear Spring Run Members,

Due to threat of impending Hurricane Irma, the Spring Run clubhouse is closing today (Thursday) at 2pm, and there will be no tee times after noon in order to give our employees enough time to prepare and evacuate.

The clubhouse and course should reopen next week (tentatively on Tuesday) depending on whether or not we will have power. We will keep you posted, but we anticipate no later than Thursday. We will send updates via email and text, but will also post messages on our website, our blog, on our Facebook page, and also on our community channel, Summit channel 102.

Thank you,
Spring Run Golf Club

Golf Course Closure Extended

Dear Member,

Our normal golf course closure has been extended due to some additional necessary golf course maintenance. The closure dates will be Monday, August 14th thru Wednesday, August 23rd. There will be staff member in the Golf Shop daily to make reciprocal tee times. Please contact the golf shop with your requests up to one week in advance.

The Clubhouse will be OPEN on Monday August 21st and Tuesday August 22nd for normal foodservice operations.