Wednesday, August 14, 2013


We recently completed a project to add sand to some of the Bunkers on 
Pine Lakes Golf Course. We had a limited amount of Money to spend on the project
which gives us an idea of how much it will cost to  fix the rest of the Bunkers 
on that course. The Bunkers had very little sand in them, so our
Project consisted of very little digging out to prepare the Bunkers for adding Sand.

Here you can see the typical condition at Number 3 Green. You can see 
that there is basically no Sand in this Bunker.

This is the same Bunker after renovation. We hope that the Golfers will like the changes.
In all we were able to do 8 Greenside Bunkers on #'s 1,3,5,6, and 14.
Please let us know what you think of the improvement, as it will make a difference on 
whether or not we are able to do any more of them.

Diggin it out
Ready for Sand
Adding Sand
Finishing Touches

Many Thanks to our Tireless Crew for their hard work and dedication.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Bulkhead Repair

We had a Bulkhead wash-out behind # 17 Green on Pine Lakes Golf Course
which made a large sinkhole right behind the Green.

Here you can see DJ and Tommy doing the "dirty work".

A special thanks goes out to our Facilities Maintenance, Carpentry and Roads & Grounds
Departments for their tireless help with projects such as these.
Thank You for all of your help throughout the year!
Golf Maintenance Staff

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Spring Transition

                 Our Integrated Pest Management Specialist treating "Hot Spots" on Greens.

It's Transition time for our Greens at Jekyll Island. This is the time when the winter overseeding is checking out, and the Bermudagrass is taking over. We often experience areas on the Greens where the winter grass "Burns out" before the Bermudagrass fills-in. Here we see our Integrated Pest Management Specialist battling this problem by applying water and a wetting agent directly to the spots. It is time consuming and labor intensive, but it is a good illustration of the type of people we have on our crew and the level of our dedication in making our Golf Courses the best we can.
Please bear with us during this stressful period. In time, and with the dedication of employees like Helen, here, the golf courses will continue to improve.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

New Beverage Girl

My Daughter Hannah,
 a second year student at The College of Coastal Georgia. Be sure to say hi to her on the course.

Interpretive Signage

The signs were funded by Friends of Historic Jekyll Island and add an elegant history lesson as you make you way around the course. The island's Historic Preservation Department did a lot of hard work on such a worthwhile project.
These signs are located at the Clubhouse, #3 Tee, #5 Tee, #9 Tee.
Excerpt- The members of the Jekyll Island Club brought some of the biggest names in golf to the island to shape the Golf Landscape and Instruction, but that was only a small bit of golf history that took place on the island. In 1924, Cornelius Lee, a Club member, and Secretary of the USGA brought to the island groups of golfers with various handicaps to test new technology and equipment. These tests ultimately resulted in the USGA adopting steel-shafted clubs and a larger sized golf ball.
This change in equipment illustrated a move away from the roots and rules of the game established by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrews, Scotland.

The interpretive signs feature bits on former members of the Historic Jekyll Island Club such as J.P. Morgan, The Rockerfellers, The Vanderbilt's,  Pulitzer's, Goodyear's, The Macy's, and Gould's.
Excerpt- A new chapter of the Great Dunes course began after the closing of the Jekyll Island Club in 1942 due to World War II and re-opening in 1955 under the new ownership of the State of Georgia making the course available to the public.

This group of wealthy industrialist's spent the Winter on Jekyll each year.
Excerpt- The first rounds of golf were played on Jekyll Island in 1899, It was only the beginning of a long tradition of the sport on the island.
The architect of Great Dunes was Walter J. Travis 1862-1927 and the Winner of 3 U.S. Amateur titles. Travis was a reluctant convert to the game of golf. It was not until he was nearly 35 years old that he played his first round of golf. In a time that "youngsters" were dominating the game, he was given the nickname "The Old Man".

The signs were done in "period" quality and will no doubt endure for many years.

Even a sign dedicated to "The Keepers of the Green", the people who maintained the course, and the youth that caddied.
Excerpt-  The efforts of the golf crew did not go unnoticed. In April 1931, Golf Illustrated recommended the course, calling the Jekyll Island Club "The finest Winter club in the United States" and "The links are in an ideal seaside golfing territory".
In a letter from Frank Walsh dated 1930, "As your course was the day I played, I had trouble finding a good alibi for my many mistakes".

Spring Pre-emergent Fertilizer Application

Our Spring Pre-emergent application took place during the last week of January. The overseeded Clubhouse Grounds, Pine Lakes Golf Course and Soccer Field were all done with Oxidiazon and 18-0-18 Fertilizer. This will provide approximately 120 days of weed control along with a quick release feeding of the Perennial Rye and slow release feeding for our Bermudagrass Spring green up.

The product was delivered by Large Killebrew and spread by Truck 

The other non-overseeded 250 acres were blown in with Oxidiazon 2G Biodak material over the top by Southeastern Turfgrass Supply over the course of 2 days.

This trusted material will prevent the need for extensive post emergent application.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Antonio Vasquez spiked all 67 Greens 2 directions over the course of 4 days the last week of January

They looked really good after mowing and will improve water and nutrient penetration