Friday, July 25, 2014

Landscape Operations Team Raising The Bar!

It is the goal of the Landscape Operations Management Team to continually strive to provide educational opportunities for our team members in order to improve horticultural knowledge, enrich the work environment and increase the value of each team member to the overall operation. One such opportunity is the TPC Sawgrass Plant Identification Certification Level I. We offer a classroom type setting to learn about site-specific plant species and their maintenance requirements. Recently after three review sessions Meghan McLain, Assistant Landscape Superintendent, proctored a plant identification exam by touring the resort grounds with the entire team. Fifteen pre-specified plant species were marked for identification and each team member was asked to identify each one. The list for the Level I exam includes various varieties of palms, trees, ornamental shrubs, grasses and perennials. From the management perspective it allows for a more seamless transition between assignments and also insures all plant species are receiving proper care. From the team members’ perspective they are constantly increasing their knowledge, consistently applying this knowledge and they can me more actively involved in the daily tasks. In the coming months additional educational opportunities will include: Level II Plant Identification, FNGLA Certifications, and the Limited Fertilizer Application license, which is required by the state of Florida.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

2014 John Deere TPC Sawgrass Volunteer Program Video

Thanks to all of our volunteer staff for their help and dedication during the 2014 PLAYERS. We hope to host another wonderful group in 2015!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

2014 PLAYERS Agronomy Team

Thanks to the TPC Sawgrass staff and, especially, the 80 international volunteer staff for making the 2014 PLAYERS another great event.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

2014 PLAYERS Video from Turf Republic

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PLAYERS Stadium Bunker Repair

Over time, some of the PLAYERS Stadium pot bunkers lost their original shape. They began to have sand flashed faces instead of a grass-face.  The high bunker lips and sand flashes were starting to cause play and ruling issues with plugged balls. Edging bunkers frequently and poor golfer etiquette (exiting bunkers up the steep faces) are the main cause of the bunkers losing their original design. During the June course closure for aerification, we began the project of reshaping and sodding some of these problematic bunker faces.

Reshaping and sodding on the pot bunkers on #5.
Laying sod on the newly prepared bunker face.
Tamping the face of the bunker before the addition of sod.

TPC Sawgrass Drill and Fill

Aerification is a vital practice that is performed to ensure that the soil profile beneath the turf is properly maintained. Aerification is the act of removing organic material to relieve compaction, increase water infiltration rates and increase oxygen in the soil. Common core aerification relieves the profile down to a maximum of approximately 6" below the surface. Because of our need for deeper alleviation, we chose to utilize the drill and fill technique.  The drill and fill machines drill down through the profile up to 10 inches and removes organic material when exiting. The machines then fill the drilled hole with sand.
The Drill and Fill machine.
 The drills exiting the putting surface.
Filling the drilled hole with sand.
 Fellow TPC employees preparing to add sand to the machine.
 The finished product before being broomed in.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Landscape Aerifying Clubhouse Turf

The Landscape Operations Team took advantage of the Players Stadium Course closure by aerifying the Tifway 419 Bermudagrass event lawns.  We treat the event lawn similarly to the golf course tees and greens due to the heavy use and foot traffic.  We host over (50) weddings annually and numerous corporate functions that take an inordinate amount of abuse.
We began the day by having (3) of our operators utilizing Toro Procore walk behind aerifiers working in opposite directions to quickly and efficiently pull cores from the lawns.  Next, the remaining team members manually push the cores into piles and remove them.  After the cores were removed, the surface was blown off thoroughly in order to open the aerification holes to receive the topdressing sand. The last stage of the process included applying a heavy rate of topdress sand and dragging the it in.  Our smaller areas were top dressed with walk behind Metermatic machines while the larger Upper Event Lawn utilized the larger Dakota top dresser.

Also of note, 4 days prior to aerfication we fertilized with a complete analysis fertilizer, a Harrell’s 12-2-12 blend.