Light Up Your Golf Course

Landscape lights at work in Miami by Eric J. von Hofen
Are you missing an opportunity to show off your Club’s number one asset? How many times have you attended an event at your Club where you found yourself looking off the balcony into a sea of black? Well we realized what we were missing and did something about it.

I hired Vernon Daniel Associates, a landscape illumination company, who specializes on bringing landscape to life. Luis Castro of Vernon Daniel, came to my golf course three times to review the area and identify key trees to light up.
Vernon Daniel Lighting Design by Eric J. von Hofen
He designed a theme using a mix of lights to show off the lay of the land. We had strict requirements that we needed to be able to see the entire fairway on #18 while sitting at the bar inside the clubhouse.

1000 watt light installed in a oak tree in Miami, Fl
Luis installed three 1000 watt lights, in the oak trees, that illuminate the turf on the fairways. This gives you the depth of the property and the most bang for your buck.
250 Watt light for a landscape design by Eric J. von Hofen
They installed thirteen 250 watt lights at the bases of some of the larger oaks and then added the same hardware to the top of the trees shinning down. This process creates a moon lighting effect that can be seen hundreds of yards away.

LED LIGHT installed on a Date Palm by Eric J. von Hofen
Luis used seventeen, high intensity, custom LED lights to soften his design but still show off the mass of the tree trunks. The light in this picture brings this $15,000 Date Palm to life every night. We have received great feedback from our members and have seen increase of business on the balcony at night. Give Luis at Vernon Daniel a call for your next project. His office number is 561-586-2538.

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Golf course landscapes under attack by Gumbo Limbo Whitefly in South Florida


Landscape plants on golf courses and around homes are being affected by a new pest in South Florida called the Gumbo Limbo Whitefly. For the last three years we have been fighting a war against the Fig Leaf Ficus Whitefly, but now we are under attack by this new pest. The winged insect belongs in the Order Hemiptera and feeds on the underside of the leaves with its “needle-like” mouthparts. Whiteflies seriously injure the plants by sucking the juices out of them, causing them to drop their leaves. The video below shows damage on oak trees, coconuts, gumbo limbos, fish tail palms, crotons, and sabal palms. In the video I explain the signs to look for and possible treatments. That dying tree or bush in your yard does not need water, it needs the help of a true professional. This video might help save your plants so please watch it.

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