Last year ended with another memorable moment, an ice storm that hit the city of Toronto that probably effected most of you. The golf course was hit again with some significant damage to trees throughout the property. Several of the old, brittle Silver Maples were unable to handle the weight of the ice and a large amount of branches fell. It will take the better part of the winter and spring to fully clean up the damage. One of the main issues is the number of trees that still have broken branches hanging amongst other branches that will require climbers to safely remove them. This process is to start today and will take a few weeks to complete. Some trees have lost so many branches that the entire tree will have to be removed. Again, as previously mentioned, this clean up will be time consuming and could take into the spring to finish (see photos below).
A quick update on hole #15 renovations (see photo below). The project is on schedule, and work will begin again in late March early April. As projected, the tree removals are complete and the creek realignment with new rock work and plantings is finished. The new bridge abutments are installed and the bridge will be set in place the week of January 13.
Ian McQueen, Course Superintendent