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

Summit Broadband Acquired By Grain Management Llc

Dear Member,

I wanted you to be aware of an action taken recently involving our broadband provider. Grain Management has purchased stock of Summit Broadband to help them grow their business. It will not affect you as an owner or client, but nonetheless it is something we thought you should be aware of.  Spring Run has a contract with Summit to provide services at a specified rate, and therefore, a shift in ownership will not affect a contract that is in place. As a reminder, in year five, your cable bill will actually decrease by the $16 per month as the infrastructure fee will come off.

Click below to read the press release:

Let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you

Mike Zigler 

Round 2: August Course Closure Preview and Projects Update

Dear Spring Run Member,

            As many of you know, we have had a lot of exciting changes and improvements made on the course this summer. The dredge sox erosion remediation on #1 lake bank is complete and it looks phenomenal. Along with the dredge sox, the Timber walls were installed and all the plantings are in the ground. Thank you to Mrs. Gullotti and Mrs. Casale for overseeing and spearheading this portion of the project.

Timber Wall install #1 Tee Box
Backfill Stage #1 Tee Box
Sod work #1 Tee Box
1 Tee Timber Wall Finished Product
1 Tee Timber Wall Finished Product

Click HERE to view Before and After Photos from the Hole 1 project.


Coming up next week, we will enter the second closure for the summer. We will do all the same aerification and cultural practices we did during the first renovation. However, some will be less aggressive than during the first closure because we want to make sure any stressed turf from the summer has ample time to heal up and get ready for season. Along with all the regular cultural practices we will be doing, we will also have a couple major projects going on as well. We will be narrowing the coquina area on hole #15, from the second set of blue stakes to the cart path by the green, down to an 8-foot-wide cart path using sod. This will create more playing surface as well a widen the fairway slightly. Along with the project on #15 we will also be addressing the irrigation issues and drainage issues on the driving range. We will be doing an irrigation renovation and replacing the current system that is up there, with something that will better suit the water needs of the driving range and will also install some drain line that will hopefully improve the drainage on the tee so after rain events we may not have to use the mats as often. The last project that happen during the August closure is the Spring Run Clock will be installed at the driving range. Suncoast builders will be on site to perform that work. As you can see we have had a lot of exciting changes and additions to Spring Run Golf Club this summer and still have some more to come before season starts. Thank you again for all your support.

Sincerely,

Benjamin S. Hanshew

Superintendent

Course Closure Update by Benjamin Hanshew – Superintendent

Dear Spring Run Member,

As we reopen after the closure, I would like to give and update and overview of everything that went on for the past 10 days, which has been full of a long hours and hard work. My staff and I had a very successful closure and got just about everything done culturally we needed to complete. The greens were double aerified, verticut, and top dressed. The tees and collars/approaches were aerified, verticut, and top dressed as well. All the fairways and roughs were double aerified and terra raked. We were able to remove a lot of thatch and organic matter from the soil and the course is responding beautifully.

Terra Raking Fairways  
Double Aerification on Fairways & Rough
Fairway After Terra Raked                 
Close Look at Thatch removal from Terra Rake

Thankfully the rain stayed away the first week and allowed us to complete all the cultural practices so we could start grooming and healing the golf course. While it is still a little rough in spots, overall we are in great shape. The greens are currently about 95% healed and appear to be very smooth. The green speeds are slow right now, and that is to be expected after a closure. The reason they are slow is that we have to raise the mowing height on the greens during aerification, because we cannot mow them daily during this process. The first time we are able to mow the greens is about 5 to 6 days after the process begins and the grass is much longer than normal. To avoid scalping and hurting the turf we raise the mowing height and then slowly work the height back down to normal mowing height over a couple weeks. We will continue to groom the greens and work the mowing heights back down to normal in a couple weeks. You may also notice that there is a heavy amount of sand on the Driving Range. Due to the consistently wet and unevenness of the driving range, we have top dressed it heavily, and are rolling it to dry, smooth, and level it out. We are letting the grass grow up and through the sand, which will provide a much nicer hitting surface in the future.

My staff and I would like to thank all the members for their patience and understanding and we look forward to getting our course healed up and playing conditions back to normal as soon as possible.

Sincerely

Benjamin S. Hanshew

Spring Run Golf Club

Superintendent

Summer Closure Projects

When things slow down in June, projects and intensive course maintenance ramp up! Here is an overview of activity taking place over the next couple weeks:

Mon, June 10     

The Erosion Project along #1 lake bank commences. One timber wall bulkhead is being installed across from the tee boxes, and another one will be going behind the green. The palm trees that are in the water will be relocated up onto the rear of the green. Running the length of the hole will be a relatively new product known as Dredge Sox. This system will be employed to hold the dredged lake bottom materials in a biodegradable “sock” to form a new lake bank. Turf will be planted on top of it, and the roots will grow down into the sox material solidifying the new bank. Irrigation heads and lines that are now out in the water will be lifted back up to their original positions. The project will be finished by the time we open back up on June 20, although we may still be working on some sodding and littoral plantings on Friday.

The maintenance staff will be aerifying the entire golf course all week, and using the terra rake on the fairways. This tool is very effective for removing thatch buildup, but may leave some marks until it grows back in, so please be aware.

Also on Monday, the concrete contractors will be replacing soft cart paths on #10 and #16. Please note that our maintenance staff will be eliminating the waste bunker on #15 during the August closure, reducing the coquina back to normal cart path size. Cue the fanfare!

Tues, June 11

Ajax Paving will begin milling Creek Branch Lane, Stonyriver Place, and SRB from Willow Creek/Sandycreek intersection to Streamside pool. This should take two days. Paving will be on Thursday and Friday, then striping immediately afterward. Also, the clubhouse parking lot will be powerwashed and restriped Friday afternoon. We will cordon off the entrance Friday so we can complete this work.  If you need to come to the club, please park on the grass past the entrance.

Finally, on Saturday, the painters will begin to repaint the Dining Room. Unfortunately, there is a longer lead time on the chandeliers and sconces, but on Wednesdays over the next month, we will be installing them as they are delivered.

That’s just some of what we have going on over the next couple weeks. Please reply with any questions, and have a wonderful summer!

Mike