Course Update for November 10, 2017

The golf course will be closed effective November 13. Due to the SIGNIFICANT DROP IN TEMPERATURES ON THURSDAY, the water fountains were removed from the golf course for the season. The washrooms on the back nine are closed until temperatures get above freezing. The washrooms on the front nine and the halfway house remain open. Please call the Golf Shop before arriving at the club for updates. The final day to golf this season is Sunday, November 12. Andre Aymar, Golf Course Superintendent
November 10, 2017
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Course Update for October 20, 2017

To ensure our bentgrass greens are properly prepared for the winter, the golf course will close in mid November. An exact date will be determined within the next couple of weeks. With the temperatures falling, leaf colours changing, and the days getting much shorter, it finally feels like fall. This time of year has its unique set of challenges: Grasses are physiologically slowing down significantly and not growing as much. There is also less daylight, and some areas can stay in the shade for a good portion of the day (see photo below). Together, these two factors create a surface that is…
October 20, 2017

Course Update for October 21, 2016

As we move into the middle of October the weather seems to be changing quickly. The course has received a significant amount of rain over the last week causing very wet conditions.  The greens have the potential to be soft throughout the fall so remember to repair your ball marks and replace your divots as damage to the course now will be visible in the spring. Leaf maintenance will be difficult over the next few days because the wet turf. The staff is hard at work blowing leaves daily but some areas are just too wet to maintain without causing…
October 21, 2016

Course Update for October 7, 2016

Fall has arrived and that means leaves, leaves and more leaves. Over the next few weeks we will work hard on keeping the playing surfaces clear of leaves. The process will be to blow leaves into wind rows along the tree lines and mulch as many leaves as we can with the rough mowers. During the next few weeks I ask for your patience as the blowers will be running throughout the day. This can be a messy time of year for the turf as we try to mulch leaves and mow the turf during constant wet conditions. To minimize…
October 7, 2016

Course Update for September 27, 2016

Fall is in the air! As we move into the middle of September the temperatures have begun to level out. The night time temperatures are getting cooler and the daytime highs are in the low 20s, exactly what the turf likes. The further we get into September daylight becomes an issue. It is now dark until 6:45 a.m. and is only going to get later, so the weekend tee times will change. On the weekend of September 24, tee times will start at 7:15 a.m. and, as usual, on October 1 they will go to 8:00 a.m. every day. Over…
September 27, 2016

Course Update for November 1, 2013

November has arrived and the leaves have been falling with the 50km/hr winds over the last couple of days. The ground is wet and does not have the chance to dry with the constant cloud cover, short daylight hours, and cold temperatures making it difficult to keep the course clean of leaf debris without causing significant turf damage. At this time of year turf damage is easily brought on by cart traffic. I tell my team daily to keep to the high ground when driving around the golf course and walk that extra little bit to minimize damage. So if…
November 1, 2013

Course Update for November 13, 2012

Aerification This past week the turf team has been hard at work aerifying and topdressing greens. Aerifying at this time of the year is a slow process due to the frost not allowing us to start until late morning, and the cloudy days not allowing the sand to dry for matting. It’s taking all week to complete, but by the end of the day Friday, all the greens will have been aerified with a ½” coring tyne and top dressed. There are several benefits with this cultural practice: improved air movement, thatch removal, incorporation of sand into the soil profile,…
November 13, 2012

Course Update for September 28, 2012

Fall is upon us and it is the time of year when we begin to aerify the course. It was a hot, humid and dry summer, causing significant stress on the turf. Tees and fairways have done well, but some greens show signs of turf decline. Over the next month we will aerify and topdress tees. The new tees have excessive thatch from the original sod, keeping them soft and wet. With an aggressive aerification program over the next year we will eliminate this thatch and produce a firmer, far superior teeing surface. Some fairways will receive solid tyne aerification…
September 28, 2012