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.  


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Aerification: Day 1

The Stadium Course closed down yesterday so that we could implement our cultural practice program. The process started with verticutting the greens at -1/4" and having a team blow off the greens and pick up the debris. Then we back-track mowed the greens at .135". Today we aerified them with 5/8" tines and picked up the cores. Fairways were also verticut at -1/4" then circle cut at .350. After the mow, fairways were then aerified at a depth of 6". Cores on the fairways were then drug in and blown off. Tee boxes were also aerified and cleaned off.

Verticutting at -1/4" with a 1" spacing

A blower team blew all the clippings that were getting thrown in front of the reels

Debris was vacuumed after the greens were cleaned off

Fairways were finished on Thursday.

Landscape Operations Flower Change Out

The Landscape Operations team has recently completed their second successful flower change out of the year. All of the Resort area beds have been transformed from our branded colors Blue Salvia, ‘Janie bright yellow’ marigolds, and ‘Encore green leaf white’ begonias to a new color scheme of white, pink, and red. The flowers we are now showcasing on PGA Tour BLVD as well as in front of the Clubhouse Entry are a Pentas.

Helpful tips to provide high quality flower displays:

After we have prepped our flower beds we till the soil and apply a pre-plant fertilizer. (8-10-10).

All of our former flowers that have been disposed of are placed in our compost bin. All of these flowers once decomposed will be added into our future landscape beds for added soil nutrients. This step helps us support minimizing our carbon footprint during our change out process.

   After all of our flowers have been installed we allow a 2 week growth window before we apply a broad spectrum fungicide to help with future and or current disease issues.

Before Photo

After Photo