Mowing Fairways – Feb. 9

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The weather has improved in recent days which has allowed us to start mowing the fairways. Due to the cold and wet conditions, it has been over 2 months since the last time we were able to cut the fairway turf.  As you can see by the photo the mowers were cutting a fair amount of turf grass leaving clippings on the surface. Today we will get all the fairways mowed and will attempt to double cut as many as possible. We are also rolling greens and doing course set up along with some project work including excavation at the Turf Care Center.

Next Tuesday the Links Staff will start work on installation of the new drainage line to the left of the 4th green.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – Jan 31

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Next week the Links staff will start a few of the 2018 Special Resolution projects. The first will be to prepare the site along the back of the practice tee where the mats are situated.  Then excavation and preparation to extend the existing concrete pad to the west to accommodate the installation of the TurfHound tee surface. We will gain 4 extra tee sites from the existing 12 sites.  Also, we will make some improvements to the area between the putting green and asphalt path by leveling and re-turfing the area.

By mid-week the Links staff will move to the site left of the 4th green to install a new 6 inch drain line and connect to the pond right of the 3rd green. Reinstallation of all drain connections and catch basins will be done. Although this site is very low compared to the out flow pond and water ways it will maintain better drainage for the bunkers and surrounding area.

The following week will consist of prepping the area to the left of the 18th green for re-turfing and some work on the Turf Centre site.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – January 30

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We have received 110mm or 4.3 inches of rain over the past week with most of that in the past three days. To compound all of this rainfall, we have had some very high tides creating extremely wet conditions, forming lakes of standing water throughout the golf course. The heavy rain has also cracked and damaged a few large tree limbs, which we will deal with some via a plywood roadway and the others as conditions improve.

Today we have a little break in the weather and are taking advantage by applying a fungicide to the greens and will be on temporary greens all day.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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Drainage Upgrade for #4 Bunkers

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The 6 inch drain left of the 4th green will be replaced in February to improve the water movement out of the greenside bunkers. The existing drain line is plugged and damaged along its path to the pond right of the 3rd green, reducing the flow of water away from the bunkers and area. We have rented an excavator for other project work in February and have scheduled the installation of new drainage by the forth green during that time.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – January 24

This past weekend we had some very high winds that left a lot of tree branches and debris distributed across the golf course. We hired back some Links staff for a week to help with the cleanup. The storm also blew a tree over on the entrance road which knocked the power line down and cut off power to the Club for most of Sunday. We called BC Hydro for repair and had the power back again by late Sunday.

We have started work on the expansion of the Turf Care Maintenance Yard by removing the hedge along the west side. A new hedge will be installed for the finished project. Irrigation lines will be exposed and sprinklers removed and a new irrigation line including sprinkler heads, wiring and quick couplers will be installed during the project. We will start excavation and ground prep work in the first week of February.

On February 5th we will start the excavation and preparation on the practice tee for the installation of the TurfHound matting product which is scheduled for early March. We will also be doing some improvements to the turf area between the putting green and cart path at the same time.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – January 9

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I hope everyone had a great holiday season and the New Year brings good health and improved golf for all.

The snow cleared off the golf course on December 29th and we are back to a more traditional cool and wet west coast weather pattern. The Links staff are moving forward with irrigation shut off valve replacement and will continue until we pressurize the system in mid-February. At this time of year all of the accessories on the golf course are brought in to the maintenance shop to be refurbished and refinished for use in the upcoming year.

Some administrative items I am addressing at this time include submitting our irrigation water management plan as required by the city of Vancouver and submitting our annual summary of pesticide use to the Ministry of Environment.

It’s nice to see the sun and blue skies today.  The range, course and all 18 greens are open!

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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Temp Greens Today – Fungicide Application

Important Notice: A fungicide application will be sprayed on greens today Thursday, January 4th and temporary greens will be in play so the product can dry on the greens’ surfaces.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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