COLLIER’S RESERVE PUTS WATER WHERE IT’S NEEDED

Collier's Reserve irrigation project
Irrigation system deterioration and reliability issues have really given Collier’s Reserve Country Club in Naples, Florida something to think about over that last few years. After 19 years of operation and weekly repairs of PVC pipe and replacing Pierce fittings, the membership stepped up and unanimously voted to replace the entire irrigation system. This 130 acre, Art Hills designed course is getting a much needed state of the art irrigation system this summer. The Club hired irrigation design consultant A. S. Altum to deliver a new system design to them. President Tony Altum had quite the task in front of him laying out a system that will help the Club maximize their water sources. The Club receives effluent water on a daily basis and it currently can’t use what it has contracted because of poor system performance. With that part of the system not working up to par they have to make up the difference with their surface water pump station. The blending of these waters with high pH, high bicarbonates and high Na gives golf course superintendent Nicholas von Hofen a challenge on a daily basis, and then throw in a few massive irrigation breaks a week and poor water quality and Nicholas stays a very busy man at Collier’s Reserve.
Colliers Reserve irrigation project
During the Spring, the Club hired Leibold irrigation to install the new system. Leibold will be responsible for installing 37,000 linear feet of main line HDPE piping, 65,000 linear feet of lateral piping, 1.2 million linear feet of copper wire and 2,237 sprinkler heads. They will be working over environmentally sensitive areas by attaching 2,100 feet of pipe to bridge crossings around the course and 4,000 feet of directional borings through easements. Nicholas selected the new Toro Lynx controllers and a Flowtronex pumping station with two 60 HP motors that will provide 1,200 gallons per minute.
Collier's Reserve new pump station
The project started in March and will be completed by September. The course is open while the work is being done. Bill Berutti, General Manager and Nicholas decided to close only one hole a day so the contractors can get the work done without having to wait for golfers. Both Bill and Nicholas tell me that the members are extremely happy with the progress and they already see improved turf quality on the holes that have been completed. When this system is done, Collier’s Reserve will have the latest technology for irrigation systems and will surely know where every drop of water is going.
Misting heads at Collier's Reserve

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Synthetic turf circles installed in a high-use practice area-Part 2

Synthetic turf circles with eric von hofen and turfunderground.com
Like many driving range tees, practice chipping areas are tight on real estate.  The same holds true at this course.  With 575 golf members and a young membership that invades the area on a daily basis to hit their quota of practice shots, something had to be done and we began to explore our options.  In years past, we would rope off sections of the turf and not allow people to hit shots, allowing the turf some time to recover.  The success rate of this plan was highly dependent upon the growing season and the weather.  As a result, we realized synthetic turf was the only option.  If you saw my story on the installation of synthetic turf on a driving range tee, you know we kicked all the tires when selecting which product to use.  The product we selected for the driving range tee project received great reviews, so we went with it for the installation on the chipping area as well.  The Director of Golf and I hit a few shots from the chipping areas we thought would be best to maximize the land we had.  We also looked at how the design would work with 8 or more people using the space at one time.  The area allows 3 players to hit bunker shots, 5 to hit wedges to target greens and 2 to hit punch shots.  Not bad for a piece of real estate that is less than an acre in size.  We thought about installing a long tee line however, we quickly realized this was not an option.  A long tee line would have cut the size of useable space in half, limiting players to one area and preventing them from hitting their choice of shot.  After weighing the options, we chose to place 4 circles in different locations, which provided angles to both target greens from each location.  Check out the video below to see how we did it.

Please check out the video below of us changing out the driving range tee with the help of Synthetic Turf International.

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Best Foods For Antioxidants

Over the years, the word “antioxidant” has been infiltrating the food and health industries as doctors agree that eating a diet high in antioxidants is critical to staying healthy. We all know that antioxidants are essential to our bodies, but what exactly should we be eating? Which foods contain the highest levels of antioxidants?

According the the USDA, antioxidants help prevent damage done to cells by removing free radicals from our bodies. If we eat foods packed with antioxidants on a regular basis, we will be prepping our bodies to deal with the numerous life processes that have potential to damage our bodies and our health.

So what foods should you eat? Stick with fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, and spices. If you make a decision to try and live a healthier lifestyle, including these super foods into your diet shouldn’t be too difficult. If your eating healthy, you’re probably already eating fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. This guide will outline the foods you need to eat to make your body a free radical-fighting machine!

Here are the top 5 antioxidant foods! Remember to eat a variety of these antioxidant-rich foods and not just the top few. In general, the darker the color food, the higher levels of antioxidants it contains. The USDA recommends consuming at least 3,000 ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) a day.

Type Food Serving Size Antioxidant/Serving

Beans/Legumes Red Beans 1/2 Cup 13727

Berries Wild Blueberries 1 Cup 13427

Beans/Legumes Red Kidney Beans 1/2 Cup 13259

Beans/Legumes Pinto Beans 1/2 Cup 11864

Berries Blueberries 1 Cup 9019

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