Saturday, April 11, 2015

Beautifying the Stadium Golf Course!

As the landscape team continues preparing for the Players, we tackle our most daunting task: installing over 41,000 flowers on the property! We have a few combinations of flowers that we use including Mixed Salvia, White Begonias, Marigolds, Blue Salvia, and Delphinium.

Mixed Salvia is used in the resort area as well as on the Stadium Golf Course. As its name suggests it is the same plant with a mixture of different colors. These flower beds are relatively easy to maintain compared to the other flower beds we create.

Around the resort area we use Begonias, Marigolds, and Blue Salvia to represent the Players brand colors: white, yellow, and blue, respectively. Great care goes into establishing these flower beds because they are three different plants; rather than being three different colors of the same plant. We have to find the perfect balance for water and nutrient needs to get all three plants growing and flowering at the same time!

On the Stadium Golf Course or specifically around hole 17, the famous island green, and Tree Island, we use Begonias and Marigolds for the white and yellow of the brand colors just like the resort areas. However, instead of Blue Salvia we use Delphinium for the unmatched deep blue color of its flowers. This is particularly tricky because Delphinium is a cool season plant and temperatures can get quite warm April. If we install these plants too early we run the risk of temperatures spiking and having to replace them. For this reason, we won’t put them in earlier than two weeks before the Players.

Mixed Salvia: 13 Green

Mixed Salvia: 15 Tee

Begonias, Marigolds, and Blue Salvia:
Front of the Clubhouse

Begonias, Marigolds, and Blue Salvia: 
Back of the Clubhouse

Begonias and Marigolds patiently awaiting Delphinium
on 17 spectator mounds