What a fantastic opening few days. It was great to see many of you out here enjoying the nice, sunny days on Tuesday and Wednesday. The golf course itself is progressing each day, and we hope it will be a nice weekend for the Ladies’ and Men’s opening events. With the late start to the season, we are playing catch up on many of our maintenance practices, but our crew has been working very hard to tidy up the property and have the golf course playing well.
Over the last week, we have filled many divots on the golf course, but seed is not germinating yet. Therefore the short game area will remain closed until further notice. The chipping area by the 5th hole is open in the meantime.
With the new bridge location on the 10th hole, the general flow of traffic around the 8th/10th tee has slightly changed. Golf carts will have to use the driveway to access the new bridge. To make traffic flow as smooth as possible in that area, our plan is to designate a specific route for walkers along the front of the 10th tee so they can get to the new bridge without having to walk around the entire tee complex. This route will include a small, walk-only path on the hill that goes down to the bridge. Until the path is installed and sod is established on the hill, all walkers will have to walk around. We hope to be installing the sod and the path next week.
Creek Erosion Project
As required by the TRCA, plantings along the creek and other select areas of the property will start on Monday. The plantings will include perennials, shrubs and some trees. We were able to negotiate with the TRCA to prevent tree plantings that would impact the wonderful vistas from the clubhouse towards the 10th green.
City Sewer Project
The restoration team has been doing a very good job prepping all the construction areas for sod. The prep work is an important process that has to be done correctly or it will compromise the quality of the turf long term. Weather depending, they will start laying sod at the beginning of next week. During the sodding process, we will be using temporary tees on some holes, when needed for the safety of the workers and to make the sodding process much more efficient. We will post at the first tee the expected changes for each day. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and patience during the restoration process.
Have a great weekend,
Andre Aymar, Course Superintendent