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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Golf Course Update – July 18

We have been spending all our time preparing the golf course for member play and getting ready for the Canadian Women’s Amateur. This entails extra mowing and sharpening of reels and blades and mower adjustments to fine tune the cuts and mow patterns throughout the golf course. As of last week, we will not be spraying any paint lines on the golf course so Golf Canada can paint the hazards and any areas of concern for the tournament. We have been brushing fairways before mowing to help the grass stand upright for trimming. We have also been trimming low branches to improve the throw consistency of sprinklers close to trees to reduce wet spots in the roughs. Bunkers have been edged along with doing sand depth checks and moving sand for consistency. The out of bounds and hazard stakes will be checked, cleaned and replaced if needed along with trimming between each stake to allow visual of in or out of play.

We are saving areas on the tee decks that Golf Canada will be using for the CWA. Some tee marker setups may be shorter or longer than usual as we save these areas for the tournament.

We have planted a large Japanese maple tree behind the 6th tees to help the washrooms blend in and will be adding other plantings along the sides.

We have received another 3 teak benches and have put them together and installed them on a few key tee decks around the golf course.

The Links staff are excited about preparing for a tournament and are putting in lots of extra time and effort to make sure your golf course is in great shape so we can all be proud.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – July 4

The Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship is only 18 days away and the Links staff are now in tournament mode. Over the past two months we have been working on fairway improvements with over seeding, sand top-dressing, root pruning, sodding and hand watering to improve the turf. The greens have a healthy stand of turf and are tournament ready at this time. There are many tasks we will be working on over the next few weeks to get ready for the tournament such as brushing fairways before mowing for a quality cut. The sand in the bunkers will be checked for the proper depth and sand installed where needed.

They have requested certain yardages for each hole so we will be saving these tee sites for tournament play. This will result in some different tee block set ups for daily play over the next few weeks. Some holes may play longer or shorter on certain days to avoid these areas for the tournament week.

The 12th green has recovered so we have started the process of adjusting the mowing height to equal the other greens on the golf course.

We have removed the boxwood hedge along the right side of the 10th tee deck because of health issues. The overall look is more appealing to the eye since the hedges continue to spread out and become far too wide, encroaching on the teeing area. We will be looking at doing something similar around the 1st tee this fall.

You may have noticed there are less pin flags on the practice putting green.  Three cups were removed in order to reduce the wear on the turf and we plan to replace them when the green has fully recovered and the turf is healthy enough to accomodate more pin placements and traffic.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – June 27

The 12th green is getting healthier and the re-sodding of the front section has started to mend into place. We will start to decrease the mowing height over the next few weeks and plan to have it the same as the other greens soon.

Some other Links work:

  • We will replace a few spots on the practice putting green with plugs from the turf farm nursery.
  • Greens were vertical mowed and sand top-dressed this week.
  • We have rented a root pruner and are in the process of cutting tree root that are encroaching into greens and fairway areas. This machine has double blades spaced a foot apart and cut into the soil to a depth of 8 inches.
  • The bentgrass green beside the teaching centre is in full play at this time. Please spend some time practicing your putting on this fine example of a bentgrass green. This will help us with the testing process with as much foot traffic and play on this site for evaluation purposes.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – June 21

The Links Department managed to accomplish a lot over this last week:

  • Fairways were top-dressed with a light application of sand and brushed in.
  • The weak areas on some of the greens were spiked and seeded with bentgrass.
  • Over-seeded bentgrass into some test areas on fairways #3, #8 and #10.
  • A contractor trimmed the heavy growth along the Fraser river bank.
  • An application of fungicide on greens to defend against fusarium that hit us after the rain last week.
  • The front portion of the 12th green was re-sodded with sod from the turf farm putting green. We have also increased the mowing height to help with recovery, but this green will be slower than the rest for a while. This green struggles with health issues as it receives more wear from foot traffic along with black layer that has developed under the surface.

With the recent warmer temperatures, the turf requires much more water to keep from drying out. We have scheduled staff to come in the afternoons to hand water greens and areas to cool the turf surfaces.

Reminder that Monday June 25th is a maintenance day and the course will open for play at 10:00am. Also on the 25th, the 1st tee will be closed from 3-5PM for the Staff Golf Tournament.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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June 18th Maintenance Monday


Great day for golf! Great day for maintenance Monday. The 12th green has been repaired and the fairways were lightly top dressed and brushed in. Hired Brush-X to cut down the brush along the dyke.

Jarrod Oliver
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – June 14

The 12th green is weak and is consequently having some health problems at this time. Over the past few weeks we have vented with solid tines twice, over-seeded with bentgrass, sand top-dressed and fertilized with light amounts of soluble nitrogen sources. Most recently we have replaced areas on the front portion of the green with sod strips/plugs and will be sodding the front of the green next week. We have increased the height of cut slightly on the 12th green to help encourage a healthier stand of turf in the areas that are struggling. We expect this change will be in effect for 1 to 2 weeks so please expect this green to be slower. We will also need to use hollow core tines on this green at the spring and fall aerations along with venting more often throughout the season to help increase root structure and strength.

Next, we have also started some test sites on fairways to over-seed with bentgrass. The fairways are a makeup of two main types of grasses including perennial ryegrass which has been over seeded into the fairways over the years and poa annua which is a native grass. These two grasses can be problematic at different times of the year for many different reasons. The test areas include the middle section on #3, the main landing area on #8 and the middle section of #10 fairways. The reason behind this is to introduce a more resilient type of grass to instill a more consistent turf cover throughout the seasons. This will require applications of a starter fertilizer and running irrigation on these areas throughout the day during the germination period. As with most cultural practices into established turf cover changes take months and years but to help speed up this process we plan to over seed these sites 3 times over the next 3 months.

Finally, a new hedge has been installed around the Turf Care Centre lot to close off access and sight lines.

Wade Hawksworth
Golf Course Superintendent

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