Maintenance Monday – June 4

A reminder that Monday, June 4th is a turf maintenance day and the course will be closed until 10:00AM.

To help with the health of the greens we will be venting with small solid tines to allow oxygen into the soil for root development. Greens will be over-seeded with bentgrass along with a light application of sand top-dressing. We will also be fertilizing tees, fairways and green surrounds along with other maintenance practices throughout the golf course.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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Bentgrass Putting Green Opens Today

Our new bentgrass putting green next to the Teaching Center is now open.

  • This site will be used primarily as a putting green for our trial period.
  • Chipping will be allowed only as a warm up area.
  • No pitching to this green will be allowed.
  • No bunker shots are to be played to the new green.
  • The bunker next to the first fairway will be closed.
  • The bunker on the practice fairway side can be used for practice with shots only being directed toward the practice fairway.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – May 23

This past Tuesday, we vented the greens with solid tines followed by top-dressing and matting this Wednesday morning. Solid tine punching on greens is a practice used more and more by turf managers on golf greens throughout the US and Canada. There are many variables with turf types, soil conditions and climate to consider when approaching this process, but the results can be positive to the player and the turf managers.

Instead of aerating with hollow tines which pulls a plug out of the ground, we use a solid tine that pushes a spike into the ground and compresses the ground around the tine to create a hole. The process increases the oxygen in the soil, water movement, root development and aids in thatch decomposition. It will also require venting with small tines every 3 to 4 weeks throughout the year along with sand top-dressing to help fill the voids after each process. The main benefits to the player is that the recovery time is much quicker, producing better conditions shortly after aerations. We will monitor the thatch development as we go through this new aeration process.

Mike Henneberg has built a large addition to the garden located on the Turf Farm next to the short game practice area to be used as a herb and vegetable garden. 

We are now gearing up for firm and fast summer conditions. We will also start posting greens speeds daily from June 1 as measured by the USGA stimp meter.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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Surface Venting and Light Sand Top-dressing on Greens

Please be advised that on Wednesday morning (May 23) we will be applying a light top-dressing of sand on the greens to fill the spike marks from the venting that was done this Tuesday morning.

This maintenance will increase the oxygen in the top profile of the greens and smooth the surfaces.

Your patience is appreciated.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – May 18

It feels as though summer has arrived early for us this past week as the golf course is firming up nicely.

  • We are in the process of preparing our rough areas for minor fairway expansion on holes #1, #5, #12 and #17.
  • Since our renovation of the 18th tee boxes, we are getting closer to opening as we continue with top dressing and lowering our height of cut.
  • The bunkers have had sand topped up and are continuing to be fine tuned for play.
  • We hope to have the maintenance shop parking lot addition paved by end of week followed by replanting of a cedar hedge around the perimeter soon after.
  • The flower beds and planters are being prepared and filled in beautifully by our gardener Gerard Feaver.

You may have noticed many new faces on the golf course as we have hired some great new staff for the 2018 season, with a few more to come as we look to fill our roster by the end of May.

Jarrod Oliver
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – May 4

Now that the TurfHound mat system is done and the grass tee is ready for use we will start the summer schedule. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the range will be set up for use of the mats for practicing and warming up. On Thursday to Sunday we will be on the grass areas with the covered stalls always in use. This will allow the Links Staff to clean, seed and top-dress the used areas for recovery of the turf. Keeping the seed moist for germination and establishment is a key component to maintaining turf cover throughout the golfing season.

The new bentgrass green that was constructed and established west of the teaching centre in late July 2017 has grown in and matured very well to date. We plan to have this green open within the next 2 weeks for practicing. This will be used as a putting green only and encourage all members to try and test the green and give your feedback. There will be no bunker play onto this green, but you can practice bunker shots out of the south bunker hitting towards the practice fairway.

The recovery from aeration has been very good and we look forward to start dialing the overall course conditions to our standards. Over the next few weeks we will be hiring and training new staff.

Please be aware of the Links Staff when on the course daily as they are trying to do the best job they can without intruding on members and play. Many times Staff are so involved in their tasks they are not always aware of golf shots coming in their general direction, please remember to give out a “FORE” to keep them safe.

Reminder: The golf course will be closed for maintenance on Monday, May 7 until 10:00AM.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – April 25

GOLF COURSE UPDATE – APRIL 25

Last week we were closed for our spring aeration and unfortunately all the wet weather prior to that left us with very moist ground conditions.  Not only was the course saturated, but another 20 mm of rain came down in the first 36 hours of the process, which created even more challenges.

On the positive side, the weather turned for the better by Tuesday afternoon which allowed us to start selective punching and sanding on certain areas throughout the golf course. By Wednesday we were in full gear which allowed us to start spreading sand and have it dry for the brushing in process. Solid tines were used for punching all areas of the course this spring including greens which will allow the turf surfaces to recover much faster. To compliment this we will be venting greens and approaches with small solid tines and sand topdressing more often throughout the golf season. As mentioned last week there were a lot of jobs big and small that happen during the aeration process so check out the Club’s social media sites for more information.

This week we will be mainly concentrating on mowing all areas throughout the course as we try to play catch up with the growth of the turf and the wet conditions of last week.

Next week we will continue with the installation of the baja bunker sand into the remaining bunkers. After install it does take some time for the sand to settle and firm up so your patience is appreciated.

Reminder: The golf course will be closed for maintenance on Monday April 30th until 10:00AM.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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