Chelsea Tee Time System

General Information

Chelsea is our Tee Time Reservation system.  It is a points-based system.  Chelsea will place members based on the number of points they have accumulated.  The points system is relative – members with less points will have priority placement over members with more points.

  • Members are able to request tee times from 3 to 7 days in advance
  • The tee sheet is available for changes TWO days in advance
  • Once the tee sheet is available, you ARE able to view the tee sheet online, but you cannot make any changes.  You must contact the Golf Shop to add, edit, or delete at tee time.
  • If you made a request, you will be notified of your tee time three days in advance around 5:00 PM via email.
  • The Chelsea Tee Time System is closed between 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM daily for processing of tee time requests.

Members and Transfer Members will operate in the same system.  Both Members and Transfer Members will be charged 1 point per tee time.

Points will be accumulated on a two-week revolving basis.  The Chelsea system will assign tee times on an accumulated point bases of the requesting player or players.

Transfer Members will be assigned 3 points on their arrival date.  The assigned 3 points will drop off after 1 week.

Members that rent their units and golf privileges will inherit the points that their renter accumulated.

Chelsea Free Points

Chelsea points has always been a topic at Spring Run Golf Club.  Below are the policies that are in place and explained how you can play more rounds of golf Chelsea Free.  If you have any questions, please contact any Golf Staff member and will be more than happy to explain the policies of the playing Chelsea Free.  The polices can also be found in the member directory as well as the website.

  • Participants will not be charged any Chelsea Points for attending any Spring Run Charity event.
  • For Spring Run Member/Guest Events, you will not be charged Chelsea Points for your Guest unless your guest is a member, in which case your guest will be charged a Chelsea Point.
  • Members may sign up for a round of golf after 2 PM with no Chelsea Points from April through December.  Members may also sign up for a round of golf after 3PM with no Chelsea Points assessed from January through March.
  • Members may sign up for a round of golf for themselves and a guest between Noon and 5 PM for any empty tee time the day prior and any time the day of without receiving a Chelsea Point.
  • Members must not have signed up through Chelsea and subsequently cancelled
  • Member must call or visit the Golf Shop, messages on the phone are not allowed
  • Policy does not apply during any League play.  However empty tee times other than League play on those days may be filled in accordance with this policy.

When total Cart Path only is implemented, any persons playing will not be charged a Chelsea Point.  This exemption will apply to all persons playing that day even if the Cart Path only restriction is lifted later.

The MGA, SRWGA, Men’s 9 Hole Assoc, Ladies 9 Hole Assoc, and the SR Couples may designate one event per month for January, February and March where members will not receive a Chelsea point for playing. The events must include a lunch or dinner.

Again, any questions you may have about the Chelsea Tee Time System, The Golf Staff will be happy to assist.

Thank you,

Jeff Carter

Head Golf Professional

New Golf Scorecard

The Scorecard will be new for the upcoming season and will be available on November 1st.

The changes will be listed below and a copy of the new scorecard can be found at the bottom of this blog. Also, new ratings and slopes were changed on some on the tee boxes as well yardages. These changes will appear in blue in the tables below.

You will also see that the yardages on all tees are different.  The Florida State Golf Association now measures the course from the middle of each tee box to the middle of the green. 

We have also added a 7-tee box for Men, Women, and Juniors. This provides more enjoyment of the game whether you are just starting to play golf, or would like to move up a tee to hit the green in regulation.

MEN’S TEES
TeeRating/SlopeYardage
#172.4/1356722
#270.8/1326362
#2/370.1/1296227
#369.2/1275949
#3/468.1/124
(new Hybrid tees on holes #3, #8, #9, #12, #14, & #18)
5723
#466.8/116
(new yardage on holes #8 & #14)
5402
#565.2/1115022
#5/663.9/109
(new Hybrid tees on holes #2, #3, #8, #10, #12, #17 & #18)
4716
#662.9/1074377
#761.2/103
(new tee)
3985

**Note on all Men’s tees that Hole #5 is now the 9 stroke allocation and Hole #9 is now the 11 stroke allocation.

WOMEN’S TEES
TeeRating/SlopeYardage
#471.8/127 (new yardage on holes #8 & #14)5402
#569.8/1195022
#5/667.9/114
(new Hybrid tees on holes #2, #3, #8, #10, #12, #17 & #18)
4716
#665.6/1094377
#763.1/106
(new tee)
3985

See below for a copy of the new scorecard:

See me for any questions.

Thanks,

Jeff Carter

Head Golf Professional

Golf Cart Usage on the Course & Handicap Flag Rules

To keep you familiar with the golf cart usage and rules on the course, I have written this blog to better understand the not only the proper etiquette on the course, but the golf cart rules as well.

Each golf cart operator must be at least 16 years of age and have a valid driver’s license.  Only two persons and two sets of golf clubs are permitted per golf cart.  Operators of golf carts are responsible for any damage to the cart or damages to the golf course arising through negligent operation of the cart.

The following rules are applied and should be adhered

  • Carts shall remain on the cart paths with all four wheels on all tee boxes and near the putting greens:



  • Carts may leave the path where the white stakes are located just off the tee and 90 degrees to go to your ball, then exit the fairway directly to the path to head to the green.

  • Please do not drive the cart parallel to a fairway in the rough:

  • Carts may never be driven on the tee, greens, approaches, or the slopes of bunkers:
Be sure to keep the following rules in mind as well:
  • Carts should remain on the path with all four wheels on the path from the first thirty yards from the tee box to the last thirty yards of each hole.
  • The Golf Course Superintendent will, from time-to-time, direct golf cart traffic with appropriate signage.
  • Carts are to remain on the cart path with all four wheels on all Par 3 holes.
  • 90-Degree Rule is always in effect unless otherwise noted by email or by the Starter.
  • Carts shall avoid soft spot area on the fairways and roughs, especially after rains.
  • Club roadways must be crossed at the safety crossings mark on the road.
  • At no time should any golfer remove any ropes or barricades that have been installed on the course for cart traffic control.

Players in need of a handicap flag for their golf cart shall obtain a written doctor’s statement or copy of a handicap parking permit, verifying that need and give it to the Golf Professional.  At that time a Golf Shop attendant will advise the cart rider of the rules of a Handicap Cart driver.  Under NO circumstances are carts to be any closer than thirty feet of any green, as shown here:

Making a conscious effort to drive the golf cart properly on the course will ensure better playing conditions not only for you but your fellow members.

Thank you,

Jeff Carter
Head Golf Professional

Watering the Golf Course            

Dear Spring Run Member,

There have been concerns expressed about the watering practices on the golf course and its overall wetness. It was discussed in the previous greens committee meeting and agreed upon that we would keep the golf course under drier conditions, even if that meant having some browned out areas. While we are working toward drier conditions, we are still going to strive to keep things as green as possible. We have already put a lot of adjustable heads on the golf course which have made a major difference. We are going to continue to identify areas that need adjustable heads and install them where needed. Another tool we use consistently is our moisture meters.

These moisture meters are vital to helping us know when we need to water. We also use soil probes to physically measure the soil moisture as well as all the above ground physical symptoms of dryness. We are using all these tools in our arsenal when we are deciding what needs water. I can assure you that we are not running water wall to wall every night. We are making constant irrigation adjustments in the computer in order to run water only where the golf course needs the water. I have personally gone through the computer and fixed numerous issues that were causing some wet spots on the course. Monitoring course moisture and wetness has been an ongoing battle, but one that we have made many major positive strides in over the past months. My number one goal for our course is to provide a healthy and green golf course but to also have top notch playing conditions. While we will monitor course wetness and do our best to manage the conditions, it will not always be possible to catch everything. So, if any of our members happen to come across wet areas that they feel need addressed, please feel free to email me or let the pro shop know so we can look into it and get it fixed. Also, if you see water running it does not always mean that we are over-watering. My assistant and I are constantly making adjustments in the computer to only put water on the course where it is necessary and not adding to areas that are already wet.

Thank you for all your support and we will continue to strive toward making Spring Run Golf Club the best bundled community in Southwest Florida.

Sincerely,

Benjamin S. Hanshew

Spring Run Golf Club

Superintendent

End of Season Survey Questions and Answers: Golf Operations

Dear Spring Run Members,

The Golf Operations would like to thank everyone that participated in this year’s survey.  Our goal is to answer your questions and provide feedback on various topics of the survey.  We also want you to know that we are striving daily to provide you with the best overall golfing experience at the Club. Thank you very much for your support of Golf Operations. We value your participation in the survey and please contact me anytime with your comments at golfpro@springrun.com  Looking forward to the upcoming season!!

Jeff Carter

Head Golf Professional

Q: Do not understand why there are special groups of men get to have weekly blocked times??

A: The Golf Shop does not block weekly times for any special groups. All members have equal access to tee times via the Chelsea Tee Time Reservation system. The system is a points-based system meaning the more points you have relative to the other members, the less likely you are to receive your ideal time. The only tee times that “reserved” are for leagues or any club events.

Q: Have rangers understand better when play needs to speed up and when not to tell a group to speed up when they are stymied by a group right in front.

A: All rangers undergo training on how to properly deal with on-course pace issues. The Professional Staff are always working, training, and assisting with rangers to ensure proper pace of play is followed on the course.

Q: Maybe you should change your reservation System so we could reserve on line instead of having to call the golf shop when the tee times appear online. It would be more efficient and less time-consuming.

A: The Golf Shop continuously looks for ways to improve the member experience when reserving a tee time, and your feedback will be taken into consideration. This comment will be forwarded to Chelsea Tee Time System.

Q: Improve the invoice time between Golf Guys and Spring Run

A: We apologize for any delays; with the Golf Guys being a third party, it can be a challenge to control the invoice timing.   The Professional Staff will continue to work diligently at improving the member shopping experience between The Golf Guys and Spring Run which will include timeliness.

Q: As a single person, I did not feel safe sharing a cart with another random club member. I felt I had to choose between my health and safety and playing golf. I think the club should have allowed the option of single cart use for those without a spouse/partner. As a result of my reluctance to share a cart, I only played golf 3-4 times this season. Not enjoyable. I would have paid extra for the option of single cart use.

A: We understand your concern. The club has 80 carts in the fleet and member demand for tee times could not accommodate this season for single riders.

Q: In order to increase revenue, it may not be possible, I would consider a way to allow at least some play on Wednesdays since Spring Run is loved by Reciprocals. Possible Options:

– Only Close Every other Wednesday

– Have Tee Times Until 10 Only and Front 9 would then be available to work on sometime after Noon.

– Have an 8:00 AM Shotgun and, again, the course would be available for work sometime after Noon.

There are probably good reasons the Course has to be Closed every Wednesday, but being the Financial Person I am, I am always looking for ways to get a few more Dollars in Revenue.

A: Thank you for your feedback. The course is closed every Wednesday to allow for a full day of maintenance in the off season to prevent any negative on-course conditions.

Q: We think there is too many events that take away tee times.

A: The golf staff along with the board create a calendar of events that balances out regular member play and special events that take place. We will take your input into further consideration.

Q: Rangers need to be eliminated or given instructions as to what their duties are. I would hear comments from rangers saying, things will clear up after hole 4. The ranger would be on hole 3 going to 2. I am of the opinion he should be at 4 attempting to speed things up. Also, they will say its’s really slow today. Never saw a ranger attempting to speed things up all season.

A: We appreciate your feedback and these comments will motivate us to improve the experience with our rangers and how they manage pace of play. We are looking to improve ranger training so that all rangers have clear expectations of how to mitigate any pace of play issues.

Q: I have not played golf this year.

A: If you have not played for any specific reasons, please contact a member of the golf staff to share any thoughts or concerns.

Q: Our staff is very courteous, helpful and professional without being stuffy. My wife deals with Kelsey through the nine-hole Ladies and she is a pleasure to work with and a great addition to the staff. Nothing but good praise for our golf staff.

A: We enjoy hearing such kind words! Thank you and we will continue making your experience and exceptional one here at Spring Run. They’re the best!!!!!

Q: I think the tees that women use for the golf league should be based on handicap at the start of the season rather than randomly picking what is used. An unfair advantage is given to good golfers who choose the 6-tee box.

A: Thank you for your feedback. The SRWGA bylaws states that members get to choose their tees for league play.

Q: Front-9 should be the Back-9 and v-v

A: Thank you for the feedback and we will take this concern to the golf committee.

Q: Favorites get early tee times same people. Same winners often.

A: For open play, all members have the same access to request a tee time through the Chelsea Tee Time system 3-7 days in advance. Chelsea will place members in tee times based on their points relative to other members. For league play, tee times are based off of either handicap or randomized by Golf Genius. The Golf Professional staff along with the handicap committee work diligently to ensure the integrity of all leagues at Spring Run. 

Q: Having been at another golf course other than Spring Run for 19 years, you FAR Exceed the other club, events, friendliness, helpfulness, golf shop items. My husband & I have found out final place in SR.

A: We are so excited to hear this! We value our members and want them to have the best experience possible. Thank you for the kind words.

Q: For me the tee times were fine; however, I have an issue with allowing PGA Pass People to take blocks of prime tee times from our members. This is a private club. Yes, I realize these Passes bring in some revenue but those prices could be higher, to benefit us if our block of tee times are taken out of service. PGA Pass people love our course no matter what condition it is in. I do not think the Pass people should be allowed to bring in their own coolers. Some did.

A: Thank you for your constructive feedback. By putting in requests through Chelsea 3-7 days in advance, the Spring Run membership will always have first access to tee times. PGA Pass players are allotted the leftover tee times that are not initially taken by the membership. With our course being in such good condition, Spring Run is a very desirable place to play in the summertime. We will continue to look at pricing and will make any adjustments deemed necessary. The policy of the club is that no outside players are permitted to bring coolers on to the golf course. We apologize if any coolers have been seen on the course and we will reinforce this rule with all of the staff members to ensure this does not happen moving forward.

Q: PGA players during Nov. & December make Spring RUN A SEMI-PUBLIC golf course. False advertising to prospective buyers to say we are a private club.

A: Spring Run is a private club that does allow limited access to a select population of non-members. The staff at Spring Run will always do our best to describe the golf course accurately. In the high-season, we only allow play from members and their guests. During the slower season, we do allow for reciprocal and PGA Pass play, along for hosting outing events.

Q: The golf staff has grown together very well under Jeff’s leadership! They are a well-trained team with many special and unique traits. It has been a pleasure to see Kelsey grow into her role at SR. Scott is so patient with questions and continues to make Golf Genius work for us. Patti and Susie do a great job with merchandising and ordering. Always lessons available from the team. Particularly enjoyed the Pop-up events. Should be more and better attended. A big plus for the club. Thanks, Jeff, for a great year despite adverse conditions. I am very happy with the condition of the golf course! I don’t remember a season in 21 years that the fairways have been any better. A little damage to the greens but so what. Enjoyable season all around!

A: We appreciate the kind words! The staff is always looking for new, innovative ways to create a memorable experience for our members at Spring Run. Your feedback is much appreciated.

Q: We need to train the younger bag boys to be more thorough. Several times our club covers were NOT put back on. Luckily, we found them in the lost and found. The older men are very good.

A: We apologize for any inconveniences you have experienced regarding outside services, and please know that we find this to be unacceptable. We will put our best foot forward to ensure that with proper training, this does not happen again. We look forward to giving you a pleasurable golf experience moving forward.

Q: Why can’t the 18-hole ladies’ league have 9:00 shotguns??

A: Due to daylight issues in the high season, the 8:00 am shotguns allow for a second shotgun at 1:00 pm, ensuring all players have adequate access to sunlight.

Q: How about a 9-hole couples event Sunday pm?

A: The Professional Staff is always looking for new, creative ideas. For all events, not only golf is involved but food & beverage is as well.  Thank you for the idea and we will take it into consideration moving forward.

Q: I feel the rangers are a waste of money.

A: We appreciate this honest response. We will do our very best to lead the rangers so they can exceed all expectations in the future. Not only are rangers responsible for preventing and handling any pace of play issues, but they also are player assistants when a club is lost or a player needs a ride in. Rangers are also responsible for stocking the on-course restrooms with cups, straws and lids, and are usually the first to notify the golf shop when a restroom needs assistance.

Q: Stay longer than 5 pm. Why do we have a “blackout” and are unable to look at golf things, scores etc. in the late afternoon? Why can’t this be done later in the evening?

A: The Chelsea Tee Time system turns “off” every day between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. for tee sheet placement. During this time, members can call the Golf Shop if they would like to put a request in or book a tee time. Our scoring program, GHIN, does not turn off and you are able to access it at all times of the day. Chelsea must be turned off during golf shop operating hours. This allows the professional staff to ensure a correct tee sheet and input any league play or general tournaments into the tee sheet.

Q: Slow play needs to be addressed!

A: The Golf Shop will continue to do our best at educating the membership on how to improve pace of play. We do our best to send out e-mail communications to members, and will continuously educate staff and golfers on the importance of keeping up with the pace of play.

Q: Golf staff – Name tags with bigger lettering, would be appreciated.

A: This valuable feedback will be taken into consideration. Thank you!

Q: Thank you, Kelsey, for trying to accommodate personal preferences when it came to scheduling either earlier or later times for league play. Greatly appreciated. Staff did an outstanding job.

A: We are always striving to make our membership happy, and we are glad that we were able to do that. We will continue to put our best foot forward in accommodating our members!

Q: With the Chelsea system for tee times it seems you get punished for playing often.

A: The Chelsea Tee Time system is a points-based system and is designed for equity purposes so that those who have not played golf, get an opportunity to play. We do offer the ability to play golf without receiving a Chelsea point. By booking a tee time on the day of or 1-2 days in advance, you will not receive a Chelsea point. Thank you

Q: All new members should have spent time with one of the pros and learn local rules, golf etiquette, golf operations (booking tee times, etc.), and meet the whole golf team including the head Professional.

A: Most new members are given an introduction to the golf operation and rules of Spring Run. The staff is always available to assist members, and if a golf professional is not available at that moment, we will happily schedule a time to meet. We will take your advice into further consideration as we move forward and strive to empower all Spring Run members with the information they need.

Q: The new personnel should wear name tags.

A: It is protocol at Spring Run that each staff member wears a name tag, and we apologize if that has not been the case. We will make sure to enforce this standard moving forward. 

Q: Kudos to all in this year of the pandemic. All went above and beyond to make golf a safe and fun way to live thru this time, we were thankful to be here and live in a beautiful area to walk, walk and play golf, ride and play golf with cart dividers and then without. None of this would have happened without the wonderful staff. We were far better off than any of our other friends no matter what community they lived in in Bonita Bay, Bentley @VI, Pelican Sound

A: We value your kind words, that is what keeps us motivated to give our best every day to the Spring Run community! The staff wants all members to feel proud to be at Spring Run, and we will continue to strive for excellence.

Q: Kelsey had done a great job in her new position. We took lessons from her – excellent instructor. She is customer service oriented and was very helpful with the Ladie-9 events. Outside Services guys are super – Trevor, Brian, Pete and Al are so helpful. They work so hard. I hope they all return next year.

A: We thank you for your kind words, they mean so much to all of us. Each one of us hopes to continue providing you with an excellent experience here at Spring Run!

Q: Why do we need rangers? You have GPs in house and can see and correct any problems. With 5 of 6 people in the pro shop, why should the phone usually go to voice mail?

A: Rangers have a multitude of responsibilities. Not only do they act to prevent and mitigate any pace of play issues, they also assist golfers with lost clubs and bringing players to and from the course when needed. Rangers also drive the course to spot any potential hazards/issues, and also are responsible for stocking the on-course restrooms with cups, towels and lids. The Golf Shop does have access to GPS; however, many on-course issues that arise are able to tended to in a timelier manner with the use of rangers.

The phone should only automatically go to voicemail during non-operating hours, from 5 pm to 7 am the next day. The golf staff always does our best to make sure every phone call is answered. There are only two phones at the golf shop counter, and in the rare case that they are both are in-use, we ask that you please stay on hold or hang up and call again.

Q: PGA play has really torn up our course, they don’t take care of our course the same way as members do. I would appreciate their play ending prior to our season beginning end of October. I would rather pay more in fees and not have them at our club at all particularly now with course in the condition that it is in presently.

A: All outside players, including PGA Pass play, are given a speech from the starter regarding “care for the course” and pace of play information.  If proper care of the course is not being done by non-members, they will no longer have golfing privileges at Spring Run.   We understand your concern and value your feedback.

Vents for Greens Drainage

Dear Spring Run Members,

Everyone is aware we have had issues with some of our greens this past year. We have been working diligently to ascertain the reasons as to why theses areas are not performing as well as the rest of the greens. Through our investigation and discovery, we found several issues. One was nematodes and disease which we remedied very quickly with some chemical applications. While we saw some improvement in the areas these areas continued to struggle. Through our continued investigation we discovered that the topography around some of the greens was causing collection areas on the greens. These collection areas are not allowing water to properly drain off the greens. These thin and struggling areas are right where water seems to be collecting and are drowning the turf. With this new knowledge we have implemented several remedies to help correct the problem. One remedy we have implemented is constant aerifications to these areas. The aerifications will not be big holes not will they impede playability. By aerifying these areas, it will allow these areas to dry out and remain drier more consistently. When these remain wet for so long it not only drowns the roots but it can also cause excessive harmful gas build ups in the soil. When we try to fix the areas by plugging and re-sodding, the gasses in the soil prevent the new plugs and sod from rooting and the turf eventually stresses out again and dies. Along with the aerifications we will be correcting the topography issues so that water drains properly around the greens. We will also be installing these vents in the drains on the fall out on some of the greens.

These vents are designed to give the gasses in the soils another route to escape from the ground so they do not build up in the soil. This will also help us when we plug the back pack blowers into the flush outs on the greens as we will be installing a slide valve in front of the vent that we can close when the back pack blowers are pushing air through the drain lines.

This will allow us to push more oxygen up and through the soil and hopefully aid in the gas exchange and get the gasses out of the soil. With all of these remedies we are confident that we will see a much healthier and improved putting surface for next season and many seasons to come. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing everyone next season.

Sincerely,

Benjamin S. Hanshew

Superintendent

Missing Spray Rig Nozzle

Dear Spring Run Members,

As you are playing golf you may notice the streak of brown grass on #14 green. This was a result of a nozzle that fell off the spray rig as we were applying our weekly foliar fertilizers. When a nozzle falls off like this, the hose where the chemical comes out has a much larger hole. This allows for a lot more spray to flow out than desired, and in a much more concentrated stream. Because the amount of chemical applied is at a much higher and more concentrated amount it can cause a burn to the grass like you see in the picture. This was caught and fixed immediately, and the affected area was flooded with water several times to try and minimize the damage.

 While the grass did turn brown, the chemical should not kill the grass and this brown streak should heal up quickly over the next week or so. Thank you for all your continued support and we hope everyone is having a great summer.

Sincerely,

Benjamin S. Hanshew

Superintendent

Golf Etiquette

One of the most complex and unique things about the Game of Golf is “Golf Etiquette”.  While etiquette is typically learned on the course, please read through this Blog to help you better understand the proper etiquette on the course.  I will show bulletin points on Playing, Course, and Pace of Play etiquette in this Blog.

Playing Etiquette

  • Showing up for your tee time at least fifteen minutes prior
  • Practice putting. Please do not use more than 2 balls – Putting green real estate can be used by more members.  Try not using 10 balls to practice
  • Looking more than three minutes for a lost ball.  Come to peace with the balls disappearance and move on
  • When a playing partner is swinging or putting, try to stand out of his or her line of vision
  • Please do not stand behind someone while they are putting or hitting a golf shot
  • Not walking in a player’s line on the putting green
  • Be aware of your shadow on the putting green.  Please do not stand in a place that causes your shadow to be cast across another player or that player’s putting line
  • Silence is golden.  As a courtesy, do not move or make any noise when a fellow player hits a golf shot
  • Keep the cell phone on silent and please do not answer or make calls on the course
  • Mark down the scores on the next tee and not on the hole being played

Course Etiquette

  • Filling Divots on the course with sand provided on carts and par 3 tee boxes
  • Repair your ball mark and one other on the green
  • Rake bunkers after use and knock off your shoes before walking on the green
  • Place the sand rakes outside of the bunkers
  • Avoid wet areas and follow directional signs or ropes.  Please step over ropes instead of stepping on the ropes
  • Picking up broken tees which will help prevent damage to costly mower reels
  • Keeping all four wheels on the cart path near tees and greens
  • When entering the fairway, use different paths not to make ruts on the course

Pace of Play Etiquette

  • Maintain a good pace
  • Keep the round moving by being prepared to hit your shot when it is your turn
  • The player that is away hits first in a group.  However, in friendly games, this rule can be ignored in favor of ready golf.  Players hit when they are ready
  • Always try to keep the pace with the group ahead of you
  • Hit and Sit
  • When two players in a cart hit to opposite sides of a hole, drive your cart to the first ball and drop the player off with a few clubs, then drive to the second ball.  After both players hit, meet up further down the hole.
  • Cart path only- use the sand bottles to fill your divot and carry more than one club to your ball instead of going back to the cart for another club.  This takes more time that necessary
  • Always leave the putting green as soon as your group has finished putting

There are numerous bits of Etiquette I haven’t mentioned, like lying the flagstick on the ground carefully, tamping down spike marks when you are walking off the green, and so on.  Following these few tips will allow better playing conditions for the entire membership.  Just know that golf has a way of returning favors, and every piece of etiquette you practice will be repaid.

Thank you,

Jeff Carter, Head Golf Pro

Explanation of chemical applications to be used during re-grassing project

Dear Spring Run Members,

It has been brought to my attention that there are some questions and concerns about the spray applications that will be applied next year prior to re-grassing. I would like to take this opportunity to educate and inform everyone about the products being used and all the precautions that we will take to ensure the safety of all our members, their guests and the environment.

Before I had this posted, I made several calls to fellow superintendents who are either doing renovations this year, or who have done renovations in recent years, to find out what they used for their applications. I contacted Heritage Palms, Palmira, Bonita Bay, and Kensington, as well as talked to several vendors to ask if anyone they knew had substituted something else for round up. Every single one of the people I spoke to all said they used Roundup. The reason is that it is the only thing on the market that will give the most effective and proper kill on the grass. There is no substitute for it. If you remove Roundup from the spray, nothing can replace it, and the effectiveness of the kill will be compromised. As we stated in the Board Meetings, the most important aspect of this project is the kill of the current grasses. If we can’t get a good kill then there is no reason to even do the project. We will because we will be right back in this current situation in a few years and we will have wasted $500,000. Because Roundup is not the only chemical in the applications, we will be using a lower, but still effective, rate of in conjunction with two other products: Trichlopyr and Turflon Ester, along with some ammonium sulfate, and an additive to help the chemical stick to, and be absorbed by, the plant.  

I understand the concerns about Roundup, considering all the news that has been written about it in recent years. A couple facts to keep in mind though, is that it would take years of direct exposure to Roundup to have any harmful effects on anyone in the community. We will just be doing four sprays to the course and it will be completely closed on those days so no one except myself or my assistant will be around the chemicals. No members or guests will be allowed on or anywhere around the golf course.  Once the chemical is dry, it is in the plant and doing what it is supposed to be doing. The morning after the spray, we will run an irrigation cycle on the turf to wash off any residue that might be left. This will ensure that no one will come in contact with chemical applied the previous day. There has also been some concern raised about waterways and the chemicals getting into waterways. We are not going all the way down to the ponds when we re-grass. We will stay about 18″ to 2 feet away from the edges of the ponds, so there is little to no risk of us contaminating any water sources around the property. To ensure that our water is safe from chemical contamination, we will spray down to about 3-4 feet from the pond edge. The remaining 1-2 feet will be hand sprayed to control the application and apply it only to where it is intended. We will also watch the weather closely and make sure not to spray if rain is expected to negate the risk of run off. Leaching is not a big concern since the chemicals being applied are sprayed at low enough rates that the soil will be able to break it down and prevent it from getting to any subsurface water sources.

I can assure everyone in Spring Run that we will take all precautions to make sure that no member or guest comes in contact with the chemical. I hope this answers any questions, but if not, please don’t hesitate to email me or talk to your greens committee representatives. I will be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns anyone has. As always thank you for your continued support as we strive to make Spring Run Golf Club the Best Bundled Golf Community in Southwest Florida.

Thanks

Benjamin S. Hanshew

Superintendent

Fertilizer Burn

Dear Spring Run Members,

As you are playing golf the next few days or so you may see some holes out there that are brown or tan in color. This is due to a fertilizer burn on 15 & 16 fairway. We are currently applying our mole cricket prevention application and incorporating some foliar fertilizers to help with the heal up from the winter damage and struggles we have experienced. The fertilizers can sometimes singe or burn the leaf blades on the grass a little if the air temperatures get to warm before the application can dry.

This is what happened on a few holes. We have made the adjustments to the timing of the application to avoid any future burn issues. This fertilizer burn will not kill the grass or set it back. The burn will disappear in a few days or so and everything will be greened up and growing rapidly. As always thank you for your patience and understanding as we strive to make Spring Run Golf Club the best bundled community in southwest Florida.

Sincerely

Benjamin S. Hanshew

Spring Run Golf Club

Superintendent