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Update from the Pro2020-06-03T23:22:41+00:00

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Update from the Pro

Summer Approaches and Punta Mita Remains An Oasis of Calm, Beauty, and Friendship

Greetings to each of you as we all continue to endure difficult times and strange days.  Here in Punta Mita, our family and friends have grown closer and shared these stressful times together.  I’ll repeat it again…we have been SO lucky to have this place and each other to help us through this unprecedented time of uncertainty.

There is so much going on in the world as I write this…I want to let everyone know that your southern family is here for you and looks forward to welcoming you—whenever you can make it back to your home in paradise.

Here in Punta Mita, and in the Banderas Bay more generally, we continue to practice all safety measures.  Some local restaurants have begun to reopen at 30% occupancy and other signs of gradual reopening take shape each day.  Most importantly, our staff and their families continue to report being safe and healthy—for which we are thankful every day.

For our Punta Mita family, I reiterate (again) my heartfelt gratitude towards all our members who remain here and have been fantastic partners through these challenging times.  The sense of shared experience and how fortunate we all have been to shelter in a safe space is something I am certain we will all remember warmly—yet also with full appreciation for the trauma, fear, and stress this crisis has brought to all of us and our loved ones.

Beverage Cart Service Begins June 3rd

We are pleased to announce the restart of beverage cart services today. The Tail of the Whale remains closed and therefore service will be limited to packaged snacks and limited drinks until further notice. In conjunction with restarted service, we remind all players that NO personal coolers or drinks are allowed on the golf courses. And please help me welcome Erika, Esther, and Maria back to the team. We missed each of them and all our TOW teammates too! We look forward to seeing them all back very soon…

Driving Range Closure – June 8th – 9th

For those members still with us, please be aware we will be closing the driving range next Monday and Tuesday for scheduled maintenance.  The Academy-side short game area will remain open throughout.  We look forward to the driving range growing into its full potential during the summer months and to showing off the entire area when you return in October and November.

Switch to Bahia Golf Course on June 1st, Back to Pacifico on July 6th

As communicated earlier, we closed Pacifico and reopened Bahia this past Monday, June 1st. Our normal summer agronomy program is to close each course for 2 weeks on alternating months from May through October.  In 2020 with all Covid-19 related issues, we will extend the closure for the entire month, keeping only 1 course open each month. Pacifico will reopen on July 6th for play, with Bahia closing again.

Tee Box and Collar Dam Renovation Update

Shane and I are excited to have already completed initial steps towards a complete tee box replacement project, to take place over the next two off seasons. Shane has greater detail below, but we are replacing more than half of our tee surfaces this summer and will complete the remaining ones next summer. The collar dam project began in 2018 and will continue this summer as well. For anyone unfamiliar, “collar dams” are the raised edges around the fringes of greens which build over time due to agronomic practices on the greens. They are a completely normal consequence of optimal green programs, and removing them occurs about every 7-10 years.

Community Outreach Continues

Once again, I want to recognize and applaud the community outreach efforts of our Dine team and our local PEACE and Punta Mita Foundation organizations. Together they are providing food packages and other critical supplies for up to 600 families weekly. To date, I believe they have provided 6300+ weekly meal packages. Truly amazing!

Please contact Carl Emberson if you are interested in assisting these efforts.

As always, please visit me or contact me at your convenience to discuss any aspect of the golf operation, tennis operation, or any other aspect of your experience here at Punta Mita.

Warm Regards,

John Mac – john.mcintyre@fourseasons.com

Modified Golf Club COVID-19 Policies and Protocols

The below recommendations and procedural changes remain in effect.  These protocols are intended to keep both clients and staff as safe as possible by reducing contact points. Our focus remains keeping the golf course and practice facility open by assuring we are operating safely.

Golf Club Modifications:

  1. Hand sanitizer and other disinfectant materials available at all common locations—bathrooms, golf shop, staging area, and driving range.
  2. Tail of the Whale and halfway house CLOSED. Beverage cart OPEN for limited service.  F&B available by Pacifico Beach Club—either pick-up or delivery on the golf course.
  3. Golf Shop closed for retail, except necessities like golf balls, gloves, etc. Shopping available by appointment ONLY.  Members may check-in verbally at the golf shop with acknowledgment by golf shop staff to assure smooth service.
  4. Paying clients may be greeted by golf shop staff outside the golf shop, credit card or other payment method established, and payment processed while they wait outside the golf shop.
  5. All rakes have been removed. Players may improve their lie in bunkers and are asked to smooth their marks and footprints.  Staff are reviewing bunkers and raking as possible throughout the day.
  6. Leave flag in cup. All cups are outfitted foam cushions around the base of the pin for easy ball retrieval.
  7. ALL players must take their golf clubs with them, load their own bags both on and off our fleet carts.
  8. 1 player per cart, unless players live in the same house together.

Member Events 2020-2021

2020-21 Member-Member       November 12th – 14th (Same as 2020 Masters)

2020 Club Championship        November 20th-21st (Note change from 6th-7th)

2021 Tail of the Whale              February 4th – 6th (Super Bowl is February 7th)

2021 Club Championship         April 2nd – 3rd

From Shane and the Agronomy Team

We can definitely tell the rainy season is getting closer as we are starting to see some cloudy days. The promise of rain in the near future is a great thing, but for the greens, the cloudy days can mean extra stress.  For the best performance, our bermudagrass greens need eight hours or more of direct sunlight a day.  While a few hours of clouds or even a full day here or there will not affect the turf, when we see sequential days or even up to a week of mostly cloudy days we can start to see the toll it takes.  We monitor this closely and adjust our practices to alleviate as much stress as possible to keep the greens healthy.

June 1st marked the re-opening of the Bahia course and closing of the Pacifico course to perform our aeration and cultural practices.  As John has mentioned, this year we are planning to close the courses for the complete month. This will allow us to do two things; the first is to be more aggressive with our practices, the second is to proceed with our on-course projects – the tee and collar renovations – with minimal disruption to play.  The projects started very well and we have made it through #4 Bahia on the collar dam removal project.  With the Pacifico course now closed, we have transitioned the work so we will not bother to play on the Bahia course. The second application of herbicides has gone out on the tees in the effort to kill the bermudagrass on the tees.  We will apply three applications before the removal of existing material and releveling begins in mid-July.

Hopefully, everyone is staying safe and able to get out and play golf!

See you on the courses,

Shane Eble – shane.eble@fourseasons.com

Director of Agronomy

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