BluegrassCity of Toronto Sewer ProjectErosion Project

Course Update for April 13, 2018

With the Masters behind us, I know we are all getting amped up and excited for the season. However, the weather hasn’t let up, and we still haven’t seen any turf growth. It is still too early to forecast when the course will be ready for opening. It is very much weather dependent. Our bentgrass greens have proven yet again that they overwinter very well, even under harsh winter weather. Part of the reason why bentgrass is so resilient is because it goes through a lengthy physiological preparation in the fall. Call it hibernation for grass (turf dormancy). Bentgrass is much more…
April 13, 2018
BluegrassBunkersCart PathsConstructionCurbs

Course Update for September 27, 2013

Course Update It has been a productive week for the turf department with the completion of the curb work. On Tuesday we began backfilling and grading around the new curbs in preparation for sod, and yesterday the sodding was completed. We also finished sodding bluegrass around the new cart paths on #9, 11 and repairs to edges of the paths on #2, 13 and #12. The remaining fairway spots on #11 were sodded with bentgrass, so please play all the above noted areas as ground under repair and obey the signs and ropes for cart traffic. As I mentioned last…
October 3, 2013

Course Update for May 24, 2013

As our greens here at Islington are very old, they are predominantly occupied with annual bluegrass, or as most in the industry would call it, “Poana” or “Poa”. As an annual plant, every spring—as a survival mechanism—it produces seedheads. This process will last on average between 2-3 weeks. During this period the seeds are very visible on the greens as they are white and dense, and they will negatively affect the greens’ smoothness and putting speed. There is very little you can do about seedhead production other than mechanically removing some of them with mowers or verticutters. Although it is very important not…
AerificationBluegrassCart PathsConstruction

Course Update for May 10, 2013

The last two weeks have been extremely busy for the turf department—new staff arrived and the course opened for play. Overall, the course conditions are improving daily, greens have filled in from our spring aerification, and the rough has finally started to grow. Our focus over the next week will be controlling the clippings in the rough, tidiness of the course, and adding new sand to bunkers. Construction The ongoing construction throughout the course is in its final stages. The remaining item to complete the tees is the installation of the new cart paths. These will be installed in the…