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.