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.

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 – February 16

Renew & Regrow

As previously discussed in the January 12th edition of Kent’s Korner, “Frost Bitten”, we urged our residents to resist the temptation of immediately cutting back the damaged foliage of many of our most reliable tropical plants. Now that we are past the most severe threat of cold, you should plan to remove the damaged plant material to encourage new growth. Avoid cutting into live tissue or the crown of these plants and simply remove the obviously damaged foliage. With normal weather patterns, many of these plants will resume growth and produce new shoots by early to mid-March.

Shrubs response to increased light, fertility and adequate water

In addition to this normal garden remediation work, take notice of shrubs such as viburnum, wax myrtle, and ligustrum that have been planted as privacy screens or foundation plantings and may have outgrown their usefulness. Oftentimes, these plants overtake the house or become so top heavy that they shade out their own lower canopies resulting in a shrub that is sparse and has a mushroom-like appearance. When these shrubs reach this point, it is time to take an aggressive stance and perform rejuvenation pruning to control this unruly growth habit. Mid to late February is the best time of the year to perform this work, before these plants flush out with new spring growth. While this may appear like a radical approach, it is a very beneficial process for many older plants. Aggressively cut back the old wood to correct the plants architecture, remove crossing branches, and diseased or damaged shoots. The resulting exposure to light produces healthy new growth that can be trained back to encourage a dense and vigorous plant. Clean old mulch, pine straw, and/or leaves away from the crown of the plant, maintain adequate soil moisture, and apply a balanced slow release fertilizer on these shrubs to enjoy many more years of success from your landscape.

Kent’s Korner – February 9th

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Protect & Preserve

Among the many communities in the Lowcountry, Colleton River has few rivals. The elegant way the community blends with its environment creates a tranquil feeling that offers our members a unique experience. Part of the mission of the Agronomy Department is to protect, preserve, and enhance the natural environment that is Colleton River. To this end, we continually strive to promote the natural aspects of our community.

Three weeks ago, Kent’s Korner addressed the importance the eastern blue bird plays as a predator of insects in the garden. We are happy to report that this beneficial friend of our community has thirty-five new spec homes to choose from entering their spring courting season. Like good neighbors, numerous Colleton River members have already volunteered to help monitor these prospective new families as part of a passionate group of birders at Colleton.  Anyone still interested in supporting these efforts can contact the Agronomy Department by email at karenb@colletonriverclub.com to be added to the team.

Kents Corner – December 2017

The golf courses are entering a period of seasonal low growth and dormancy. Under these conditions, turf recovery is slow, and we must take extra care to avoid unnecessary injury.  Accordingly, we ask that players continue to scatter traffic patterns, keep carts a minimum of fifteen yards from the greens, avoid driving through the centipede roughs, and consistently repair ball marks.

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. Thank you for demonstrating proper golf etiquette as we eagerly await the arrival of spring and more favorable weather conditions.