It’s that time of year again, the days are getting shorter, the younger staff is all going back to school, and the temperatures a little cooler. We had our first frost on Saturday, September 3rd, it was very light but visible in the rough in sheltered areas.
With the cooling of temperatures comes the inevitable slowing of grass growth. The Greens Department is carrying on as normal with our mowing schedules and will continue to do so until late September when the grass slows down further, at this point we will start to stretch the intervals between cuts on the rough, tees and fairways. With the slowing growth it is important that we take as much care as possible of our golf course. We need to be fixing divots and ball marks; and avoid driving through wet areas. Any damage made to the course will take longer to heal the closer we get to winter.
We will also start to see the leaves falling off the trees. Over the winter, we purchased a new blower and a tractor pulled vacuum. These two pieces of equipment will help to clean up the mess created by the leaves dropping from the trees and allow us to do so in a more time efficient manner.
When you see these implements out on the course, please be mindful that the staff have 27 holes to try and keep clean. They will not be stopping for every group. They will however, be trying to avoid interrupting play as much as possible while trying to give you the best conditions for play.
With regards to trees, we had an arborist come in for a couple of days at the end of August. During this time, he trimmed up dead branches down fence lines as well as trimming the tree lines on 1 and 2 WEST, as well as 9 SOUTH, resulting in a wider driving zone. The plan going forward is to have him come back a few times a year and have him work his way round the course trimming trees to make tee shots a little easier.
Thank you for taking the time and enjoy a great fall season.
As you all well know, we aerated the South and West courses recently. The plan was to do this on consecutive days on days that didn’t affect play and tournaments very much, but unfortunately, we had pythium appear after the South was aerated which meant we had to postpone the West aeration until the greens had recovered sufficiently to allow us to aerate.
The South greens have recovered well from the aeration with all the holes filled in nicely and the West greens are not far away.
To aid in the recovery, we put extra fertilizer on, as well as seeding each green with new bentgrass and applied over 60 tons of sand. The extra fertilizer, while slowing green speed down a little with faster growth, ensured a rapid recovery and ensured greens were going to be fully recovered for the upcoming club tournaments, and the rest of the season.
Now that the healing process is well underway, we will be getting back into regular greens maintenance; rolling of the greens and the use of growth regulators to slow down vertical growth resulting in consistent greens that everyone, members and daily play clients, should enjoy.
We wish all playing in the upcoming events the best of luck, and to all some happy golfing!
Golf Course Superintendant
We have been strongly recommended by the Canadian Superintendents Association and by the National Golf Course Owners Association to discontinue the service of providing drinking fountains on the golf course because of the various health risks that can develop from the handling of the containers. We have drinking water available for purchase at many outlets on the property. Please hydrate responsibly.