Tuesday, October 21, 2014

THE PLAYERS Stadium: Overseeding

Last week on THE PLAYERS Stadium, the agronomy team began the process of over seeding the driving range tee, 3 tees in the professional short game area, and the par 3 tees on the golf course. These tees tend to receive much more traffic than our par 4 and 5 tees. Over seeding helps protect the dormant bermudagrass from wear and traffic. Before seeding with perennial rye grass, the tees were scalped down and blown clean. The lower height assures proper seed-to-soil contact. Once the west half of the driving range tee is fully covered, the eastern half will be over seeded, allowing guests to practice off fresh turf grass. 

Tees were scalped down to a height of .275".

After scalping, clippings were blown off the tee.

Rotary spreaders were used to spread the Perennial Ryegrass seed.

Drop spreaders were used on edges to keep from contaminating the rough.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Dye's Valley Assistant Superintendent: Spencer Cox

Spencer Cox has recently been promoted to Assistant Superintendent on Dye’s Valley. Spencer transferred from TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee.  He began working on Dye’s Valley in September 2013 as an Assistant in Training.  Throughout his year as an AIT Spencer displayed excellent leadership skills and work ethic, making him a vital component during the re-construction of Dye’s Valley.  We see a bright future in Spencer and are looking forward to having him on the agronomy management team at TPC Sawgrass.   

THE PLAYERS Stadium: Addressing Localized Dry Areas

Water Management is a key factor in producing healthy ultra-dwarf greens in Florida. Some localized areas on the PLAYERS Stadium greens are not retaining moisture as well as the majority of the green. We are working to incorporate a soil amendment mix of Dakota Peat and Maxand to help address this issue. A hand spiker and light bristle brush was also used to help incorporate the mix into the profile.  We will continue this process as long as growth rates are optimal.

Blend of peat and Maxand

Light bristle brush used to incorporate the amendments

PLAYERS Stadium: Greens Topdressing

Last week on PLAYERS Stadium, the agronomy team lightly topdressed all greens with a green topdressing sand. We switch to green and then black starting in the fall. Colored sands absorb more sunlight and heat. They are also more aesthetically pleasing during our peak golfing season. After topdressing, the sand was brushed in using push brooms and then watered. This assures as much sand-to-soil contact as possible.

A close look at the fine green sand

Getting started topdressing practice greens

Thursday, October 2, 2014

National Award 2014 PLAYERS Annual Flower Display

Congratulations to all members of the Landscape Operations Team!  Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) recently awarded the 2014 MERIT AWARD - SPECIAL PROJECTS for the 2014 PLAYERS Annual Flower Display.  The TPC Sawgrass Landscape Operations Team worked tirelessly to create extraordinary displays of annual color throughout the resort areas and the PLAYERS Stadium golf course.  The display was climaxed by the flower change out of Pink Bronze Leaf Begonia for Mother's Day on the 17th hole of the PLAYERS Stadium Course (pictured). 

PLAYERS Stadium Course #17 'Tree Island'

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

PLAYERS Stadium: New Assistant Superintendents-in-Training

Jay Richardson joined the TPC Sawgrass Agronomy team in June of 2014. After volunteering for THE PLAYERS and graduating from Horry-Gergetown Technical College in 2013, he made the move to Ponte Vedra from Greenville, SC.  He began at TPC Sawgrass as an intern on DYE's Valley during the DYE's Valley renovation.  After interning on DYE's Valley for four months, Jay was promoted to Assistant Superintendent-in-Training on the PLAYERS Stadium Course.  Jay's previous work experience includes roles at The Cliffs at Mountain Park, Myrtle Beach National, Charleston National and Holly Tree Country Club.  He has also volunteered at The Legend Resort and Golf for the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.  Jay has been an asset to our team.  He is eager to begin preparations for THE 2015 PLAYERS.

Jay Richardson
PLAYERS Stadium Assistant Superintendent-in-Training
Taylor Griffin, a native of Greenville, SC is our newest team member as Assistant Superintendent-in-Training on the PLAYERS Stadium. A graduate of Horry Georgetown Technical College, he volunteered for both 2013 and 2014 PLAYERS. Taylor's previous work experience includes roles at The Cliffs at Glassy, Los Angeles Country Club, and Pinehurst Resort for the the 2014 Men's and Women's U.S. Opens.  Taylor has also volunteered at The Legends Resort and Golf for the 2013 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf and at Valhalla for the 2014 PGA Championship. He is very excited to be apart of the TPC Sawgrass team and is looking forward to the growing through his experiences at TPC Sawgrass.

Taylor Griffin
PLAYERS Stadium Assistant Superintendent-in-Training