Golf Course Update – September 26

Aeration of the golf course is going well so far on the start of day three with over half of the property being punched, sanded, brushed and seeded.  The weather has been great which makes the whole aeration process go smoother. There is still a lot to be done over the next couple of days and we are still on track to open Friday morning. After the aeration, our greens mowing heights will be set higher to maintain turf health and to improve disease resistance through the cool weather seasons.

We also have the contractors in this week to install slit drainage on the 7th green. The construction techniques used on this green were very poor with sub-par soils used for the root zone mix and very little tile drainage installed. We have installed this type of drainage in 4 other greens around the golf course with improved results for surface and interior drainage. We will have the 7th green on a temporary until early next week.

Maintenance mornings are scheduled regularly throughout the next 6 months from October to March. These days are generally used to improve the health of the turf, but most importantly for applications of fertilizers and fungicides for disease control. Weather conditions are very important for these applications because dry weather is needed for most of the products to adhere to the grass plants. If the weather does not cooperate on the scheduled maintenance day, we may have to suspend tee times with short notice on a clear morning to apply fungicides when necessary.

There are a few projects the Links staff will be accomplishing in October including removal of the overgrown boxwood hedge surrounding the first tee and re-sodding along with the cleanup and re-planting of the garden at the 12th tee.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – September 13

Over the past 2 weeks we have been overseeding fairway areas with ryegrass with very good results in germination thanks to the wet weather we have been dealing with. We have also overseeded our test fairway sites with bentgrass and will hopefully see some results soon as bentgrass takes longer to germinate than ryegrass.

Reminder #1 is that next Monday September 17th is a maintenance day and the course will be closed until 10:00 am.

Reminder #2 is aeration week is scheduled for September 24 to 27 and the course scheduled reopening is on the 28th.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – August 30

The hot weather we have experienced since May is slowly giving way to the cooler days and nights of autumn. Fall means more precipitation leading to less automatic irrigation, but also brings heavier morning dews creating grass clippings which can be tracked around leaving a mess everywhere. This also is the start of disease season so we have started our disease prevention program that we implemented last fall to combat it.

Congratulations to the winners in the Men’s Club Championship this past weekend and we look forward to preparations for the upcoming Potlatch event.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – August 22

We have been under smokey conditions from the fires burning around the province for the last week or two. This has challenged us to adjust the nightly watering for cloudy mornings and warm humid afternoons.

Last Wednesday, we did three presentation events on the bentgrass green at the old chipping green west of the Teaching Center. This is a test green built to USGA golf green specifications and seeded to pure stands of bentgrasses on three separate sections. We are comparing bentgrass greens to our existing, mostly poa type, greens for evaluation. If you missed the events, I will be doing a video soon on the reasons for this experiment and evaluations to date for all to see. For those members who showed interest and attended one of the events, I would like to thank all of you for your interest and the great questions that were asked.

This week we are preparing the golf course for the Tuesday Women’s Championship and the Men’s Club Championships. The greens were vertical mowed this last Monday and were given a light sand topdressing. Bunker edges are being trimmed and sand depths are being checked.

Also be sure to check out the video on how we get the green speeds using the stimpmeter on this blog here >>

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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Stimpmeter Readings with Jarrod Oliver

This summer your Links Department has begun posting daily stimpmeter readings on the Club website.  Watch Assistant Superintendent Jarrod Oliver explain how we use the USGA stimpmeter to determine our green speeds.

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Golf Course Update – August 9

The golf course is holding up great during the recent hot spell with very little turf loss. This is fertilizing week so we have applied a granular fertilizer on fairways, roughs, approaches, greens surrounds and will do tees on Friday. This along with our spray program will keep the turf nourished until just before aeration week which is scheduled for September 24th to 27th.

The front of the 12th green struggled in the spring which forced us to re-sod the front portion in mid June. We will be raising the mowing height to that of the apron until the turf returns to full health. At this point in time we have made the green edge smaller at the front by about 4 feet to allow the sod to grow and establish a stronger and healthier root system.

We are holding three social events at the bentgrass test green next week, beside the teaching centre, on Wednesday, August 15th at 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. We encourage members to attend one of the events where I will discuss the reasons why we have added this bentgrass green along with the conditions and turf health that we are seeing today, with the different types of grass.  We will also be serving complimentary food and beverages during these events and having a putting contest that will give you the chance to experience this beautifully conditioned green.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – August 1

We have been working on a high for the past few months while we prepared for the Canadian Women’s Amateur, with our adrenaline and excitement peaking the week prior and during the tournament. The Links Department was focused on a few key areas throughout the golf course and I am happy with the results and conditions we accomplished. We heard more compliments in the weeks prior to and the week of the tournament than I have heard in the last 10 years combined.

We saw an incredible display of golf by these young women during the tournament week, along with great work from Golf Canada, the volunteers and the staff of Marine Drive Golf Club. We should all be proud of the hard work, dedication and hospitality displayed by all members and staff of the Club.

Over the next few weeks we will catch up with the turf management spray programs as we had held off on some applications two weeks prior to the tournament. The rough has been growing for 12 days and we will mow and blow the clippings to get it back into shape for daily play. We will also be applying granular fertilizer to all areas throughout the golf course. The month of August is a challenge because we only have one Maintenance Day scheduled and all the Club championships, but still have to accomplish many maintenance practices to maintain good golf course conditions.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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