Sprigging the Fairways
As of July Fourth, the Osprey Point renovation is right on schedule. For the past eight weeks, our crew has been working tirelessly stripping the old grass, grading fairways, shaping tees and fine tuning the irrigation system in preparation for the new Paspalum Platinum grass. This task has been coordinated with great precision to minimize the time between when the grass is harvested in Furman, SC (approx. 2 hrs. SW of Kiawah) until the moment it is planted on Osprey’s fairways. The sod farm harvests the sod before dawn in order to have the day’s first shipment at Osprey Point by 6:00AM. The crew immediately unloads the 18 rolls of sod from each semi-truck, finding a cool shady area for storage until they are needed by the sprigging crew. In total, we will have received well over 20 semi-truck loads of sod rolls to complete the fairways. From this point we feed the sod rolls to the sprigging machines almost non-stop. The rolls are placed in the machines, which feeds the sod into a shredder as it unrolls it. The shredded sod now becomes sprigs that are thrown onto the ground in front of the discs that cut them into the ground. Two sprigging crews work each fairway, up and down until every square foot is covered with fresh sprigs. Another crew follows behind them, cutting-in the fresh sprigs one more time before finally rolling them with a huge, water filled drum to smooth out the fairways.
Well it’s been a few weeks since our last update. Here’s our early june Osprey Point update:
Rest assured the construction crew has been very busy since our last update. At this point the crew is putting the final touches on the greens before receiving sprigs late next week. All 18 greens have been floated-out, the final shaping of contours. This process ensures the greens mix is distributed consistently and ensures proper surface drainage so that water is not left standing on any part of the green. In simple terms, this returns the greens back to their original contours and shapes.
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Renovation of No. 1
Well the crew has been very busy. Here’s our latest Osprey Point renovation update. The new putting green has been built and awaits fumigation and final shaping, along with the 18 greens on the course. By next week all of the greens should be getting their final shaping, known as “floating out.” The plan is to sprig the greens with the Paspalum in the first week of June. Keep in mind we are not changing the green contours, just returning them to their original sizes. I really believe this will be the most noticeable result of this project.
Driving Range tee box stripped
Let the renovation begin… finally! The renovation work is underway at Osprey Point with the focus on re-grassing all of the tees, fairways and greens with Paspalum (the same grass we have on the Ocean Course), return the greens to their original size and contours, build a new practice green, rebuild all the bunkers, add nine new forward tees, laser level all tees boxes & improve drainage while re-contouring the 2nd & 18th fairways. All of this by October! There will be a few other minor tweaks around the course as well. Read More
On March 9-13, teams from around the country converged on Kiawah Island Golf Resort to compete in the 15th Annual Kiawah National Pro Am sponsored by Club Car. One pro and three amateurs took on four of the resort’s courses – The Ocean Course, Turtle Point, Osprey Point and Cougar Point.