15th HoleIslington Golf ClubRebuild

15th Hole Grand Opening

The 15th hole officially opened today. The rebuild of the 15th started last November with the clearing of trees around the old green complex and the realignment of the creek over the winter months. A late spring delayed the start of the golf construction, but with some long hours by the construction company we were able to finish seeding the green complex at the end of May. The new hole is definitely a dramatic change, and I hope everyone enjoys it. I was joined by Ladies' Captain Sandy Zajac, Life Member John Tyers, and Vice-Captain George Mitchell for the ribbon…
September 8, 2014

Course Update for September 5, 2014

The greens are maturing nicely as we move into the fall season. The edges on the first few holes have started to fill in nicely and are beginning to look like putting greens. They are starting to show signs of density but require more topdressing and a late season aerification to help. Growth will begin to slow down once the cool night temperatures arrive. The low sun angle creates long dews, keeping the leaf surface wet for long periods of time. This is when young turf becomes fragile, and I will need to be careful not to cause any wear…
September 8, 2014
15th HoleCart PathsRebuild

Course Update for August 21, 2014

As the end of August is fast approaching, the 15th hole has matured very well and is getting very close to being ready for play. Nevertheless, the green along with the tees still have a little bit of growing to do before opening so although our projected opening date was Labour Day weekend, the official opening day will be Friday, September 5. On another good note, the cart paths on #5, 14, and the practice hole were finally able to be paved. That will allow us to seed the tees on 14 and complete the tee complex. On Monday, August 25, the 11th green…
September 2, 2014
BentgrassGreensPractice RangeRebuild

Course Update for August 15, 2014

The machines have left the property! I am excited to say the construction company has removed all the large pieces of machinery offsite and are now finished. The remaining sod on the new practice facility will be completed today, leaving only the asphalt paving and curbing to be completed sometime in the next couple of weeks. Overall the greens have been growing in nicely, 14 of the 17 greens have now been mowed and are all at different stages of maturity. The crew started removing bunker boards this week and have begun tamping and leveling the sand. The remaining construction…
September 2, 2014
BallmarksPractice RangeRebuildWinter

Course Update for August 1, 2014

Construction The last green—the putting green—was seeded Thursday morning to wrap up the greens rebuild project. The remaining work on the practice facility will be completed at the end of next week. The last and most important step in the project is the grow-in. This takes time and numerous inputs to allow us to lower the mowing heights so they will be ready for play in the spring of 2015. One of the main inputs is sand; each green will receive between 5-8 skids of bag topdressing sand in the next six weeks. This procedure gives the new grass blades…
August 6, 2014

Course Update for July 25, 2014

I am happy to say the end is in sight. It has been a long 12 months of construction at Islington, and I want everyone to know the last three green surrounds will be sodded today. Machinery began to arrive on May 27, and on May 30 the 3rd hole was started. Exactly eight weeks later--one week ahead of schedule--the greens rebuild is complete. Now they will focus on finishing the new practice facility so we can seed at the end of next week. The crew has begun to backtrack, finishing any little items that may have been missed, and as…
July 28, 2014

Course Update for July 18, 2014

On May 27, the construction crew started bringing machinery onsite to begin the greens rebuild project, and on May 30 the first shovel went in the ground on #3 green. I am happy to say it is almost at an end. After this week the construction crew will have three greens to finish. With good weather, we should be completed on July 25, then the focus will be on the practice facility the following week. This week started off slow with all the rain, but the crews pushed hard and we will be sodding around #13, 14, 16 greens and…
July 23, 2014

Course Update for July 10, 2014

Even with the rain over the last week, the construction crew was able to keep moving forward by installing drainage for the new practice facility and removing sod on two more green complexes. As of yesterday, the construction company had cored out 14 of the 17 green complexes and are anticipating completing the removal of the last green core on Tuesday. By the end of this week, we will have 11 greens seeded with the first 8 in different stages of grow-in anywhere from seedlings to being mowed. In all, the construction project has gone very well and the greens that have…
July 23, 2014

Course Update for July 4, 2014

Another week down and three more greens have been seeded, giving us a total of eight completed greens. The construction company has removed earth on four more greens and started the finishing stages on three of them. With good weather, we should be done removing earth from the greens by the end of next week. This will put us right on schedule to finish the project by the end of July. The crew will be moving to holes #14, 13, 12, and #7, as well as the PG to finish off the project. While the construction moves forward, the turf crew has now…
July 23, 2014

Course Update for June 27, 2014

It has been another busy week on the golf course. The turf team has again been working hard on seeding damaged areas throughout the course and will continue for the next few weeks. Areas that were to be stripped and sodded have been postponed for a week due to the heavy rainfall on Wednesday night. The rain gave us the chance to clean up some over grown brush along the creek banks to open up site lines off tees and fairways. The brush along #17 tee was knocked down to allow a clear view of the fairway and work began…
June 30, 2014