The 17th green as of July 22nd

The 17th green as of July 22nd

This Spring, on May 1st, Osprey Point Golf Club closed for major renovations. Now, here we are 12 weeks later and most of the dust has settled from all the stripping, bull dozing, grading, digging, shaping and finally planting.  Now we’re watching grass grow!  (well, it’s a lot more involved than that…) On June 11th we planted the greens and by July 4th we planted the tees and fairways. As of July 25th, I’d estimate the greens to be about 95% covered and the fairways and tees about 50% covered. We have a long way to go, but the golf course is finally turning green again, a sight we all have been greatly anticipating. So at this stage we are quite literally watching the grass grow! Mother Nature has been very cooperative throughout this project. We only had one day lost to weather, and that includes the first hurricane threat of the season. Once the fairways and tees were planted we have received regular, afternoon thunderstorms. Although this created a few wash outs in the fairways, there wasn’t anything too extreme. And ultimately nothing beats natural rain water to help the grass grow.

 

We do have bunker work to finish up, along with numerous other projects to put the course back together and make it playable. Most of this will be finished by the end of August. As the days go by the Osprey Point Maintenance staff gets more and more back into their daily maintenance routine. For the next few months they will be in “Grow-In Mode”. This will consist of continued fertilizing, top-dressing and grooming to slowly get the playing surfaces to the pristine playing conditions we all enjoy so much. This time will also allow us to continue to freshen up the Club House and surrounding landscape.

 

Sprigging the Fairways

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.

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Fairway planted on No.  14

Fairway planted on the redesigned No. 14

 

Well, we have reached a very important milestone in the Osprey Point renovation. After a month and a half of stripping, grading, shaping and all manner of prepping, we finally have new grass planted! As of Wednesday, June 11th, all 19 of Osprey Point’s greens have been planted with Paspalum Platinum. As interesting as was to see how the greens were prepped for this process, it was even more interesting and exciting to see the process of planting the sprigs. In reality, a very low tech method is used. Much like spreading pine straw, workers take buckets full of sprigs and methodically drop them on the ground until the entire putting green is covered in an even layer of sprigs. Behind them comes a tractor with discs that cut the sprigs into the greens mix, ensuring good contact and coverage with sand.

Osprey-18 second shot 2

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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Family Tee

While many vacation destinations offer special “family” deals for Father’s Day, Kiawah  offers its Family Tee program all summer long.

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Renovation of No. 1

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.

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Osprey Ren Driving Range 1

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

 

Osprey Point Renovation - No 9

 

On Thursday, May 1, Osprey Point closed for the summer for major renovations.  Since 1988, the Tom Fazio-designed Osprey Point has been a guest favorite on Kiawah Island.  Using the natural beauty of the maritime forest on the eastern side of the island, it gracefully weaves its way around four natural fresh-water ponds to provide players of all levels challenging yet enjoyable rounds of golf.  It has hosted numerous championships including the 2000 Eastern Regional PGA Club Professional Championship, and the Golf Digest magazine’s “Best Places to Play” give it a near perfect 4 ½ star rating.

 

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No. 9, The Ocean Course at Sunrise

No. 9, The Ocean Course at Sunrise

By Bob Gillespie, South Carolina’s PRT Golf Insider

When it comes to a national audience, few publications these days exceed the coast-to-coast reach of USA Today. So when its readers were asked to pick their top golf destinations in the world, it speaks volumes that a pair of South Carolina locations ranked 1-2 in the newspaper’s month-long voting.

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Low Net web

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.

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