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

Spring Run Website

Dear Member,

We are currently having issues with the website and all springrun.com users are inactive for the moment. For now, no one is able to log onto the Spring Run website. We are working with MembersFirst to solve this issue and we will update you as soon as it has been fixed.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

 

Golf Guys

Dear Spring Run Member,

This is just a note to remind you that we will soon be changing the Pro Shop merchandise over from “club-owned” to the Golf Guys. The projected transition date is July 1, at which time, the Golf Guys will purchase all remaining inventory from the club and restock the Pro Shop with a mix of those existing balls, gloves, and shoes, and an enormous golf club display and a host of brand new merchandise. Therefore, the sales are on now in order to reduce inventory and still realize some income before we turn it all over. Please stop in the Shop before July 1 to take advantage of this opportunity to save big!

Jewel and Jeff are working with Golf Guys to get the plan together and new accounts in place for July 1.

This new program may seem a departure from how we have done business in the past, and I certainly hope it is! Our staff has worked hard over the years to build Merchandise sales and provide high quality personalized service to our membership. But we have always been at a disadvantage due to our lack of volume. We will finally be able to provide you with every piece of golf equipment you could want, with pricing that will be highly competitive. And the staff will all remain in place, as our main product in the shop has always been member service. Jewel will still be placing orders, and they will likely be much bigger than before! This is a very exciting time for our members, and I am pleased to be able to implement such a beneficial program for all of you. It provides the club financial relief from unsold inventory, and gives the membership more choices at a lower price. That’s a Win – Win!

Stop in the Shop today!

Mike