Golf Course Aeration Update – April 18

Due to the wet start to the week, the golf course will remain closed until 12:00 noon on Friday so we can perform some needed last minute tasks.

Aeration week on the golf course is well under way at this time. The weather did not cooperate leading up to the closure dropping almost 3 inches of rain with ¾ of an inch falling on day 1. This restricted the work we were able to accomplish due to the extremely wet conditions. Tuesday improved a little allowing us to manage through some of the key tasks for the aeration process. Finally, Wednesday and Thursday we will see some sunshine and dry weather for the golf course, allowing us to start applying the 1,600 tonnes of sand on the greens, surrounds, tees and fairways. The sand needs to dry completely before we can start brushing it in to the aeration holes and surfaces.

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There are many other tasks being accomplished this week during the closure that you are able to view on the Club’s social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – April 11

This past week we have started training new staff and began sprinkler head cleaning, fertilizing and sodding of all projects completed to date. We have also started adding new sand to all bunkers and will continue this process over the next few weeks.

The new tri-wave overseeder is being put through the testing and adjusting process so it will be ready for seeding next week. This unit will also be used for bentgrass overseeding trials on fairways over the next 4 to 5 months.

Reminder: The golf course will be closed for aeration from Monday, April 16 to Thursday, April 19.

Wade Hawksworth 
Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – April 4

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This week we see the return of our Links Staff and the start of some new hired staff. This allows us to start some preparation for aeration week, such as the edging and cleaning of all sprinkler heads, valve covers and drain covers. This allows for minimal interference of the water spray and distribution of the sprinkler heads during irrigation. It also allows us to mark these items with flags so the aerators do not punch and damage the irrigation and drainage systems.

The two tees on #18 are in the process of being sodded today plus any remaining irrigation repairs done over the winter will also have sod installed.

Bunker sand is being delivered on Thursday which will allow us to start replenishing the sand in the bunkers around the golf course a little earlier than usual as long as the weather allows us to truck the sand around the golf course.

The new Turfco Triwave 45 Overseeder has arrived and we are testing the machine and doing any adjustments needed to perform to our standards. 

Just a reminder that Monday, April 9th will be a Maintenance Morning with the golf course closed until 11:00 am.

Wade Hawksworth 
Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – March 29

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Every year from February to April we see some dominant purple patches on the greens, especially the older greens. This is not a disease, but stems from limited varieties of bentgrasses that were over-seeded into the greens in the 60’s and 70’s. It is a natural growth pattern of this earlier variety where the leaves have a purplish tint to them as they come out of winter dormancy which will eventually turn dark green as the weather warms. The bentgrass varieties available today are far superior from years past with much better options for quality bentgrass seed for putting greens.

The new TurfHound mat system on the practice tee is now complete with the paving stone border and sodding finished.

The tees on #18 are in the finishing stage with the final grades and preparation for sodding by early next week.

Also, the temporary winter mats on the par 3’s will be removed by the end of the week to allow for teeing off of the natural grass tees.

Wade Hawksworth 
Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – March 21

This past Monday we had a chance to spread a light layer of sand on the greens along with a spray application of soluble fertilizer at a light rate. We have finished the application of lime on fairways and green surrounds. Today we are fertilizing approaches and green surrounds.

Project work has continued with sodding of all tree work sites, putting green surround and drainage lines including the left of #4 green and right side of #8 fairway. There are a few valve repair sites that will be completed by end of week.

The Links Staff are working on the finishing grade changes plus sodding and installation of pavers around the new TurfHound mat system at the practice tee. This will be finished by early next week.

The enlarging and leveling of the tees on #18 are still in progress and will be worked on as time permits, but we hope to have them finished in the next 2 weeks.

Some of our new equipment has been delivered and is getting a check over by the mechanic. Some testing and adjustments will be done over the next few weeks so this equipment can be put into action. The remainder of our new equipment will be on site within the next month.

Regular bunker maintenance and the replenishing of additional sand is done each year around spring aeration week and the week following. The reasons for this are restricted staffing numbers, weather conditions and contamination of new sand. We do groom the bunkers and repair washouts as often as can be done during the winter months.

The winter mats on tees throughout the golf course will be removed around the first week of April.

The next Maintenance Day is scheduled for Monday, March 26.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – March 14

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This week we are concentrating on fertilizing and final raking of all the areas and sites around the golf course in preparation for sod. We had 9,000 square feet of sod delivered on Tuesday afternoon and are in the process of installing throughout the golf course.

The TurfHound practice mat system was installed this past Friday and has been in use since then. Next week the Links staff will start the preparation work for installing paving stones around the perimeter of the mat area. This may require us to close off half of the mats at a time to perform the install work.

The irrigation has been pressurized this week and we are now on the lookout throughout the golf course for any leaks in the system. We will also be testing the meter at the source for accuracy and have the pressure valves and back flows checked and adjusted.

We have some work to complete on the 18th tees including irrigation, root zone addition, grading and sodding. We also have a few fairways to finish liming next week.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – March 7

 

Things have gotten very busy on the golf course in the past week with the course re-opening on Thursday, March 1st. We have re-hired four of our core Links staff back and expect to rehire 2 to 3 more in the next few weeks.

This week we are concentrating on adding root zone mix for the final grading and compacting for all of our construction project sites in preparation for sodding. We expect to fertilize these sites and order sod for delivery and installation early next week.

We have managed within the weather conditions to mow tees and fairways and are now in the process of spreading the final lime applications on tees, greens and fairways. We also had a chance to spray an application of fungicide on the greens and they are clear of disease to date. As the frost lifts today we will be mowing green banks, roughs and the practice area. We are continuing with leveling of the tees on #18 including some irrigation and drainage adjustments.

The TurfHound practice mat system is scheduled to be installed this Friday and we will then install the paving stones and finishing touches around the mats as soon as possible.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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