Marine Drive Golf Club Announces Jamie Robb as Golf Course Superintendent

MARINE DRIVE GOLF CLUB ANNOUNCES JAMIE ROBB AS GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT

VANCOUVER, BC (April 1, 2019)  –  Marine Drive Golf Club is pleased to announce that Jamie Robb will be joining Marine Drive Golf Club as Golf Course Superintendent on Monday, April 15.  Mr. Robb was recently the Golf Course Superintendent at Capilano Golf & Country Club and has previous experience at Weston Golf and Country Club, The National Golf Club of Canada, Hamilton Golf & Country Club, The Toronto Golf Club and Mississaugua Golf and Country Club. He is also the current President of the British Columbia Golf Superintendents Association.

“In addition to Jamie’s extensive knowledge and experience in agronomy, he is a proven leader with the ability to deliver a world-class product. We are thrilled to have Jamie join our Senior Leadership Team and contribute in the pursuit of delivering the best golf experience for our membership,” said Tom Schellenberg, Chief Operating Officer of Marine Drive Golf Club.

Doug Roxburgh, a 4 time Canadian Amateur Champion and Marine Drive member noted, “I am incredibly excited about Jamie joining our Senior Management Team. He has a demonstrated record of excellence and passion about his work and the game of golf. I have no doubt he will lead our Links Department to provide a superb playing experience as well as honour the traditions of our Club.”

Following his recent appointment, Jamie Robb said, “I am excited to help lead change with COO Tom Schellenberg and the rest of the team at Marine Drive.  Tom is a leader in our industry and his energy and enthusiasm are invigorating.  The renovations planned with Mr. Jim Urbina have the opportunity to breathe new life into the course, while keeping its tradition as the club makes its way towards its centennial year.”

About Marine Drive Golf Club
Established in 1922 and designed  by A.V. Macan, Marine Drive Golf Club is one of 3 private golf clubs in Vancouver, British Columbia. At 6,300 yards, this ideally situated and mature course requires precise ball striking and good strategy. Over the years, Marine Drive has developed, tested and produced some of Canada’s greatest amateur and professional golfers with countless awards and accolades.

A proud member of the BC and Canadian golfing community, Marine Drive has hosted the Canadian Women’s, Canadian Men’s, Men’s Senior and Junior Boys Championships, the 1992 World Amateur Championship (Women and Men), the 1999 Ladies Commonwealth Trophy Matches (Now the Astor Trophy) and many other events.
For more information, please contact

Tom Schellenberg  l  Chief Operating Officer
Marine Drive Golf Club
Vancouver, BC  V6P 6H1
604-267-2536
toms@marine-drive.com
http://www.marine-drive.com

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Golf Course Update – March 29

Spring is here! The turf is growing vigorously and we are now on a strict mowing schedule. If you haven’t noticed yet, the Greens Committee has decided this year to try the British style of mowing on fairways. This method has proven to be faster than traditional striping, it helps our team to stay ahead of the first group in the morning and is in line with Golden Age architecture. This also allows staff to begin their second task of the day quicker and reduce the amount fuel and wear to our equipment.

A friendly reminder to all members, please enter and exit on the back side (lower side) of the bunkers to avoid damaging the face.

Thank you,

Dain Mikulic 
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – March 14

Our greens officially opened on Tuesday, March 12th!  We are happy to report no damage has occurred from the freezing temperatures over the past two months.

Now that the greens are open, please remember to fix your ball marks. Since re-opening we have already noticed greens with a large number of unrepaired ball marks. With everyone’s assistance, we’ll be able to have the course in the best shape for the season ahead.

The maintenance crew has been working hard to prepare the golf course for spring. This includes: pruning/cleaning up debris from winter storms, power-washing rock walls/pathways/course accessories, leveling bunkers, clean up of all planting beds around the clubhouse, and mowing of all turf areas.

It’s a great time to get out for some early spring golf!

Dain Mikulic
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent

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5th Green Update – Jan 23

With significantly less traffic on #5 green, we have seen some great improvements to its turf quality. Heavy rains and lack of sunlight through the winter have caused the sub-surface of this green to remain saturated. Whenever we get a window of opportunity, we continue to try to vent the green, and all greens, to improve water infiltration through the soil and allow for gas exchange.

In late fall of 2018, we had applied additional fertilizer to the 5th green to promote recovery. Over the past couple of weeks we have noticed great improvement in its health and we will continue to monitor it until we feel it is healthy enough to withstand regular play.

Thank you,

Dain Mikulic
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent

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GOLF COURSE UPDATE – JAN 16

 

With the recent frosty mornings, we were pleasantly reminded that winter is far from over in spite of temperatures reaching double digits in the afternoon. The rain is now moving in and we will continue to mow as much as possible while growing conditions persist. As frost delays are more prevalent, we ask that you please refrain from walking on any grass areas around the putting green and/or driving range until the frost has lifted.

Please be mindful of fixing your ball marks, raking bunkers and filling in your divots with sand on the course. The Links Staff repaired and prepped all of the bunkers back to our expected standards, but they will only be as good as the previous player’s raking.

Mats have been provided on all of the par 3s as well as #8 tee in an effort to reduce the amount of wear and tear throughout the winter months. With a continued effort in proper etiquette, we will allow the golf course to have the best possible conditions heading into the 2019 season for all of our members.

Jarrod Oliver
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – Jan 9

As we move into the second week of January mother nature has been kind enough to spare us any snowfall on the property, but has made up for it in rainfall and some heavy wind storms. Despite the weather conditions we are still able to be productive on the course within small windows of opportunity. The greens have been mowed and cleaned up of debris this past Monday as well as a much-needed cut on our fairways. If the weather permits, we will try to apply a preventative fungicide on our greens this Friday and continue to minimize the opportunity for disease pressure.

Next week during our Monday course closure we will be venting all of our greens to promote and encourage a healthy root system. Venting will release some of the compaction and gas exchange that will occur from the significant amount of rainfall we have received to date.

Due to the large amount of debris that has fallen on the golf course from recent high winds, we have called in a few extra staff to help with the cleanup process. Although the greens, tees, and fairways have been cleaned off, there is lots of debris to be picked up in the roughs which can be challenging to get at with very wet conditions. Please bear with us through this process as you may see some debris piles that we can not remove with vehicles until it is firm enough to do so.

Jarrod Oliver
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – Jan 4

Winter storms continue to sweep through Marine Drive Golf Club causing excessive debris throughout the entire property. We have arranged for a few seasonal staff to return to work next week to assist with branch and debris cleanup along with some bunker washout repairs.

The greens are holding up very well in regards to disease pressure. We had a window of opportunity in late December to get a preventative application of fungicide down before receiving heavy precipitation. Our next application is scheduled for Monday, January 7, weather permitting.

Happy New Year!

Dain Mikulic
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent

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