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!

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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 www.springrun.com, our blog, on our Facebook page, and also on our community channel, Summit channel 102.

Thank you,
Spring Run Golf Club

Here’s what happens to bunkers after heavy rains

Dear Spring Run Member,

I thought I would share the results of the “test” from Friday’s (August 25) heavy rainfall. Over the past two weeks, we have installed a material along the face of the rear greenside bunker on #12 and the Fairway bunker to the right on #18. Here is visual proof that it worked.

The image below is one of the bunkers in front of #12 green, with erosion of sand down into the bottom of the trap that is now full of water

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The image below, featuring its new bunker material, was unfazed by the rain event.

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The image below is the fairway bunker on #18 . While a couple areas along the face show small patches of erosion, the vast majority of the hazard remained intact. Normally, this would be in the worst condition on the golf course.  Now it is one of the best.

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The plan is to begin a program of installing Bunker Solutions material to the face of all the greenside bunkers, and likely all fairway bunkers as well, depending on the cost, priority, available labor, time of year, and Board approval. The beauty of this system is that it can be installed by our own crews, as opposed to specially trained installers for the other products. And the best part….it’s considerably less expensive than any of the previous options!

The attached photos were just taken this morning after 3 ½ inches of rain here at Spring Run. This was a very good test of the Bunker Solutions System that we have installed in 2 traps already. The photos show you what the bunker on hole 18 looks like compared to the green side bunker on 18 which is much less severe a slope as the right side fairway bunker with the new system installed. These are pictures Vince Corso took to show the effect of erosion on bunkers and soft paths following these rain events.

The images shows the amount of water in the cart path just before the hole 17 tee box. It is 6” deep and flowing.

The images below are of the fairway bunker on hole 18 which has the Bunker Solutions System installed in it. The images show the only washout in that bunker. You can see that the Bunker Solutions material is intact and retains sand. NO CONTAMINATION occurred!

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The image below shows how far the water in the pond next to the 18th hole is out of its banks.

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The images below show the damage to the bunker on hole 18 which is relatively flat as compared to the fairway bunker.

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The images below show the right side fairway bunker on hole 10. That bunker along with the greenside bunker on hole 18 and I’m sure many others on the course are contaminated as well as washed down and will require a lot of manhours of work to rake the sand back up; but also will require a lot of new sand to cover up the contaminated sand.

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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.

First Tropical Storm of the Season

If you were not in town this past Monday, you would not have been jolted awake at 5:15 AM by intense rain, wind, and lightning. “Must be just another localized thunderstorm blowing through…” I thought. But it sure didn’t SOUND like just another storm. And it lasted a long time. I checked Accuweathers’ radar around 5:30 AM to find a huge green blob full of yellow, orange, and red drifting over Tampa and SW Florida. But it didn’t say it was anything out of the ordinary. Finally, around 7:30 AM, I saw a News Press announcement on social media that dubbed this event Tropical Storm Emily.

The remarkable thing about this storm, besides how angry it was, was how it caught most people off guard. Usually we have a week or so to plan for an event like that, but just happened so fast. It essentially developed within hours overnight when a cold front stalled over the state and was met by a wave of moisture that had been building along the coast. It dropped 2” of rain on Spring Run Monday morning, and another 2” that night. Thankfully, there was no damage in the community as the landfall was in Tampa, and it wasn’t a big rain maker for us. But the golf course was closed Monday, and was “cart path only” on Tuesday.

And so we enter the busy tropical season with a sneak peek at what may come over the next couple months. Hopefully, the season turns mild, because the lakes are full!

Mike

Golf Guys Q & A

Dear Spring Run Member,

We’ve been integrating our systems, taking inventory, and ordering new merchandise in preparation for the reopening of the Spring Run Golf Shop in partnership with The Golf Guys this Thursday, July 27 at 7 AM.

While you’ll be excited by all the new ball manufacturers and their low pricing, the most thrilling aspect to kick off the program is the brand new golf club display located in the Shop! It has been awhile since we could offer golf equipment at a competitive price, but now you will be able to shop Spring Run for the variety, quality, and value!

We will likely plan a grand opening sometime later in the summer or fall, and more information will follow. For now, please click Golf Guys QandA to read a list of Questions and Answers regarding the partnership and new procedures. Feel free to reply with any comments or questions!

Mike