Kent’s Korner

Needed Improvements

If you have been away this summer, when you return you may notice some improvements to both of the courses. During the Dye course aeration closure, the collars around all twenty-one greens were regrassed with Tifgrand bermudagrass and we addressed the problem with encroachment into the greens. This renovation work was completed on time and under budget. The sod is already well-rooted and last week we eased the “ground under repair” designation to allow for simple relief from sod seams. Over the next few weeks our agronomy teams will use a combination of topdressing, regular fertilizations, and daily hand watering to grow in the sod. This project will standardize the collars, improve the course playability, and increase the definition around the putting greens.

During the normal aeration closure on the Nicklaus course, we are also making some needed improvements. In addition to the ongoing lagoon repairs and normal concrete cart path repairs, we are also adding a handicapped walkway leading from the front circle to the executive offices and fitness center. The new path will replace the concrete pavers and provide better access to the south end of the clubhouse and Nicklaus course golf shop. The work will be completed before the course reopens on Monday August 27th. We believe these repairs are long term solutions to everyday problems and will improve the member experience. Thank you for your patience as we complete these improvements.

Birding Club

On Wednesday mornings, when the Dye course is closed for maintenance, you may have seen a group of Colleton River Members walking the course. This group is looking for birdies and eagles using binoculars instead of golf clubs. They are members of the Colleton River Birding Club and they always welcome new members!

 

Tennis Tip

Trying to improve your tennis game? Here’s a tip! When you feel that you have put away a shot at the net, have a target in mind before you hit your volley or overhead. Instead of going for the line, choose a target that buys you some wiggle room (especially if you’re tight or you mishit the shot). Aim more for large areas like the service line, or go for your opposing net player’s feet. Focus, target, and execute. Good luck!

Upcoming Event

The Solheim Cup is being held October 25th – 27th!  Don’t forget to register by September 15th at 5pm! Entry fees, format, and schedule of events are all listed on the flyer. 

Follow the link below to view further details! 

2018.Solheim.Cup.Flier

Golf Tip

From the Playing Building Block of Golf: Rough

In the summer the golf course rough becomes thick and sometimes wet. When hitting out the rough make sure you study the ball and how it is sitting before you decide what you can do with the shot. When in the rough around the green realize it’s hard to get spin on the ball so it may come out “hot”. Use your 60 or 56 degree wedge to keep it from flying across the green. The Learning Center is a great place to try different lies and summer situations so come out and stay cool! One last tip, be careful where you are stepping in the rough, it’s easy to step in a hole or depression and twist an ankle. Good luck with your rough shots!

To book a lesson go to ForeTees or e-mail us at davidl@colletonriverclub.com.

Kent’s Corner 7/19/18

Tree Assets

Perhaps one of the most impressive things Colleton River has to offer both residents and guests is a majestic tree canopy. Specimen live oaks and towering loblolly pines adorn nearly every street throughout the community.  According to longtime residents, the original developers recognized this resource and made every attempt to build the community not “through” but “among” the specimen trees. Years ago, affectionate Colleton River tree enthusiasts embarked on the Colleton River Charter Tree Program to identify, date, and register the live oaks. Effective immediately, the agronomy team will begin cataloging, photographing, and locating these important tree resources on a map to further foster this worthwhile program.  Members with information pertaining to the Colleton River live oak registry are urged to contact Karen Berry at karenb@colletonriverclub.com to help assist with this project.

To further protect and preserve our tree resources, Colleton River Agronomy and Estate Services now offers trunk injection services. This treatment is an alternative to foliar spraying or soil drenched pesticides for tree insect or pest control. The process injects formulations of nutrients, insecticide, or fungicide directly into the trunk where it can be quickly taken up by the vascular system and distributed throughout the tree. Our teams recently performed systemic injections to thirty pines on the tenth and eleventh holes of the Nicklaus course in jeopardy from Ambrosia beetle. We believe these steps are an important part of caring for one of Colleton River’s greatest assets.

Kent’s Corner 7/10/18


Course Stewardship

Each morning during normal service of the course our teams repair ball marks, fill divots, retrieve broken tees, and rake the course bunkers.   Additionally, we schedule team members to come back and address divots and debris on the par 3 tee boxes after lunch. We believe this level of service helps to improve the golf experience. While we hope to repair every divot, retrieve every broken tee, and fix all of the ball marks, we ask that members remain conscious of proper golf etiquette. Freshly made ball marks are easier to repair than pitch marks that remain unattended overnight. When repairing a ball mark, it is best to avoid lifting or prying up on the indention. Insert a ball mark repair tool or tee at the edge of the indention and heal the mark by lightly pressing down and toward the center of the damaged area. Make several successive nudges toward the direction of the incoming shot and then tap the area down with the heel of your putter (See Diagram). As we prepare to regrass the Dye course collars, the dormant turf areas around the perimeter of each green are prone to ball mark indentations. Please address these areas as you would normally repair ball marks on the green itself.

In the June 30, 2017 addition of Kent’s Korner, we addressed the need to properly dispose of broken tees when a trash receptacle is not available. At the time we asked players to avoid discarding them on the low-cut teeing surfaces where they could potentially damage a reel mower. To help facilitate this process, we will soon be installing broken tee caddies on the first tees and the par three tees on both golf courses (See attached photo). These inconspicuous containers are set below grade and are designed to look like a sprinkler head. Please do your part to keep Colleton River Club pristine and dispose of tee litter appropriately. Thank you for your kind stewardship of the course. 

Tee caddy adjacent to the par three 13th tee on the Dye Course.