18th HoleOrganic LayerRoot Zone

Course Update for July 20, 2018

Progress Report on the 18th Green The new 18th green continues to improve each week. Here are a few of the key agronomic factors that we use as benchmarks before the green would open for play: 1) Canopy density (full coverage of the green surface with no gaps) 2) Minimum 6-inch root depth (bentgrass roots are vital for its survival and a minimum 6-inch root mass is required before it can handle stress from play) 3) 1/2-inch organic layer (approximately 1/2 inch of an organic based layer is required for the grass to be resilient to traffic and golf shots;…
July 20, 2018
CuttingMowing

Course Update for July 13, 2018

What another wonderful week of great summer (golfing) weather. Whether it’s at the golf course, enjoying summer activities in the city or away somewhere on vacation, I hope everyone is enjoying the summer season so far. Maintaining the golf course through the peak season is always rewarding. This is when all the pre- and early-season planning and preparations come together and we are able to simply execute. At this time of the year, every small detail is important for us to get the product we'd set out to achieve. Every watering, every topdressing, and every fertilizer application has to be…
July 13, 2018
IrrigationWatering

Course Update for July 6, 2018

What a beautiful day to finish off the work week. Some good temperatures and a nice breeze have given the golf course and the staff some relief from what has been a really hot stretch. I’m very pleased with how the golf course has handled the heat so far. The rain last night was good for the course and gives it a nice break from the heat for a couple days. Through the really hot days, there is no doubt that you have seen our team on the course watering with hoses. An irrigation system, no matter how good, will…
Root ZoneVenting

Course Update for June 29, 2018

With hot temperatures on their way, we will place an extra water filling station on the 15th tee for the long weekend. Please enjoy the weather safely and stay hydrated. Hot, humid weather is ideal for disease development. Providing high performance turf while under such adverse conditions requires us to be strategic with our practices and defense tactics to help the greens battle the weather. Weekly venting (aerating) on the greens is one practice that has worked very well for us. You may have noticed the small holes at the surface of some of the greens earlier in the week.…
June 29, 2018
Bunker EtiquettePoa

Course Update for June 22, 2018

With some fantastic weather as of late, it has been great to see many members enjoying the property. This time of year I always like to emphasize how important it is to regularly practice good golf etiquette. By taking the time to do the little things, such as fixing your ballmarks, filling your divots, and raking the sandtraps, you can make a big difference in the overall presentation of the course and its playability. Please see this USGA link for more details on bunker etiquette. Poa Management With some of the Poa seedheads noticeable over the past couple weeks, I…
June 22, 2018
15th Hole18th HoleMimico Creek

Course Update for June 15, 2018

Course Update: New 18th Hole I think it’s safe to say that there has been a good level excitement around the new creek design and some of the golf course changes including the forward tee on the 10th and the changes to the 18th. I hope everyone has been able to enjoy the fantastic new vistas from the clubhouse or the patio. Lately, surrounding the excitement of the new 18th hole, I have been asked when I think the bunkers on the 18th hole, the forward tee on the 10th hole and the new green on the 18th hole will open. I am…
June 15, 2018
AerificationBallmarks

Course Update for June 8, 2018

Course Aerification This week’s scheduled course aerification went really well. Favourable weather allowed us to punch holes in all the greens and tees. Even though aerifying will make the greens much better through the season, they will go through a short recovery period which will make them slightly softer and slower than we are used to. We appreciate everyone’s understanding through the healing process. Ballmarks With the summer months ramping up and the golf course getting busier, I would like to encourage everyone to fix their ball marks on the greens. This is extremely important as it will help the…
18th HoleAerificationBunkersMaple Keys

Course Update for June 1, 2018

The golf course will be closed on Monday, June 4 and Tuesday, June 5 for aerification. The short game area and the practice area by the #5 hole will also be closed on Monday and Tuesday for maintenance. Aerification Throughout the golf season, the greens produce an organic layer that can accumulate very quickly. This can become very problematic as organic matter acts like a sponge and keeps the surface wet and soft. This puts the greens at higher risk for disease and other turf injury. It also creates a bad putting surface. This is why aerifying is essential. By removing…
AerificationCity of Toronto Sewer ProjectErosion ProjectMimico Creek

Course Update for May 25, 2018

The golf course will be closed on Monday, June 4 and Tuesday, June 5 for aerification. With some timely showers and good growing conditions, many of the newly sodded areas have rooted well. If you have been around the golf course over the last couple of days you have probably noticed that we have taken some of the ropes out and have opened some areas for play. We hope to be able to open up more areas over the weekend and into early next week. There are, however, some spots that will still take a bit more time. These areas…
City of Toronto Sewer ProjectErosion ProjectFertilizerIslington Golf ClubMimico CreekSeedsSod

Course Update for May 18, 2018

The golf course has come a long way in the last couple of weeks. We are finally getting some pretty consistent growing temperatures. Greens, tees, fairways and roughs are all starting to green up and we are starting to ramp up course playability for the season. All of the big construction areas have now been sodded. As seen below the 14th hole was the last one to be done. As the sod matures over the next couple of weeks, there will be many newly sodded areas. We ask that you please be careful not to drive through any of these…