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After nearly five months or renovations, Osprey Point reopens for play today, Wednesday, October 1st. Governor’s Club Members, Property Owners and Resort Guests alike have all been anxiously awaiting this day and it is nearly upon us.
We want to thank each of you for your patience and understanding as we labored through this exciting project. The maintenance and construction crews have worked relentlessly throughout the hot and humid summer, laboring over every detail to get each hole just right. Here is a recap of their tremendous accomplishments:
Re-grassed all tees, fairways and greens with Paspalum Platinum, the same grass used on the Ocean Course
Returned all greens to their original size and contours
Built an entirely new practice putting green, nearly three times the size of the old practice green
Laser leveled all tee boxes, including the driving range tee
Improved drainage and re-contoured fairways on holes 2 & 18, as well as other areas throughout the course
Rebuilt all bunkers, adding a new type of sand
Built ten new forward tee boxes
Re-decked two bridges
As players arrive to Osprey Point, they will be greeted by refreshed landscape around the Club House, new Fall merchandise in the Pro Shop and new Club Car golf cars in the staging area. On the course, although there were not wholesale changes to the lay-out, we did make subtle changes that should improve Osprey Point aesthetically as well as strategically. With a bunker added here, removed there, and improved contours to a fairway or two, we anticipate players experiencing a much more enjoyable round of golf than they did before.
Once again, we thank you, and encourage you to come play and experience for yourself the new and improved Osprey Point Golf Club. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and impressions of the renovation.
Here are a few of the changes you notice in addition to the improved playing conditions:
Osprey Point is set to reopen! After nearly five months of long days and hard work, the highly anticipated re-opening of Osprey Point Golf Club on Wednesday, October 1st is nearly upon us. Governor’s Club Members, Property Owners and Resort Guests alike have all been anxiously awaiting this day, but none more so than us.
Golf or Gourmet this fall or winter!
Kiawah Island Golf Resort is offering special fall and winter “stay-and-play” or “stay-and-dine” packages from November 9 to February 27. Kiawah’s “Golf or Gourmet Escape Packages” provides great deals for staying at the resort and either playing golf or dining in its award-winning restaurants with up to a 45% savings over peak season rates.
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.
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, 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.
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.
While many vacation destinations offer special “family” deals for Father’s Day, Kiawah offers its Family Tee program all summer long.
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.