In an effort to keep our Members informed at Scepter Golf Club, I'd like to offer the following information on the continuing improvements taking place at the course. David Abbott, the new Superintendent and his crew are working tirelessly each week to continue the course's positive transformation.

The greens on both Ibis and Osprey are much healthier and weeds have been nearly eradicated from the majority of these putting surfaces. Hole number 6 on Ibis, as well as the putting and chipping greens are in need of the most help and are being aggressively addressed. Proper application of a pre-emergent will help in stifling the return of weeds this coming spring. These two sets of greens are now being mowed at .135 inches and you will notice that they are running faster and truer.

On the Falcon nine, small tines were recently used on greens that needed the most help. Contingent on seed arrival, expected on Nov. 2, the Falcon nine greens will be over-seeded with a winter grass. This will help provide a reliable winter putting surface to the Falcon greens and allow for the filling in of bare spots. After the over-seeding takes, the greens will be mowed shorter on Falcon to be more in line with the other two nines. Also on the horizon is the complete overhaul of the Falcon greens in the summer of 2017. A large financial investment will be made, installing completely new putting surfaces and the greens will be renovated back to the architect's original dimensions and designs.

In addition to the Falcon greens, the teeboxes and fairways at Scepter will also be over-seeded. This will take place on Monday, Nov. 14, and the course will need to be closed on that day. It will reopen the following day.

Also around the course, you will notice several projects and improvements taking place.New flat, less obstructive orange tee markers have been installed on all 27 holes.There is a marker located on the designated teebox as well as in the middle of the cartpath at the appropriate yardage. The markers are much more practical and provide a classy touch to the course.

In addition, the areas around the cartpaths are being heavily sprayed for goosegrass, and you will be able to see a noticeable difference over the next month. Also, individual blocks of the cartpath are being sprayed to remove any vegetation growing between segments. A dialogue has been opened with the HOA and Mainscape to alleviate some of the flooding problems near certain areas of the cartpath. The areas become saturated because of heavy residential sprinkler usage and make it difficult to mow. Tee boxes and slopes are also being addressed as much as possible to improve their appearance.

The driving range is also being reviewed in an attempt to improve its condition. Major irrigation issues with the Cypress pump station are currently providing an obstacle to improvement. A couple of potential solutions are on the table and once finalized, the hitting area for the range will be leveled and over-seeded. Functional irrigation will then allow the range to improve on its current condition.

I am optimistic about the positive changes that are taking place at Scepter. David Abbott is doing a tremendous job since his appointment, and the course is definitely trending in a positive direction. Your membership and commitment to Scepter is important, and efforts will continually be made to provide expedient and transparent communication of important course information.


Mark Johnson
Golf Professional
Scepter Golf Club


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