Course conditions report – May 1, 2018
Welcome back! Overall, the course looks amazing and we are ready to kick-off the 2018 season with a surprise – another new washroom has arrived on hole 4! This matches the new one on 13 to complete the set.
We are opening same day as last year, and have great conditions despite a tough winter. We are looking forward to a few full days of warm temperatures to start growth, and the upcoming forecast looks like it will deliver!
Hole 16 took a little hit across the middle, so we will use the by-hole while we give this green a little spring TLC maintenance. It will reopen on Saturday.
The tees and fairways will be in great shape once the warmer temperatures kick in. Your feet should also stay dry as our recent drainage improvements have worked very well.
Aeration of Greens and Fairways
Aeration schedule will be posted soon.
Why Do Golf Courses Aerate Greens?
Aeration is required for optimal playing conditions over a prolonged period. It is performed when weather and course conditions are favourable as weather plays a huge role in turf recovery. Thus, performing aeration when the weather favours turf growth leads to quicker recovery.
Maintaining and improving the rate in which water moves into soil and relieving compaction are important reasons to aerate. As the term aeration implies, the practice also increases the pore space available for oxygen to penetrate the soil which is critical for root growth. Improvement in oxygen levels and water penetration are also achieved through the removal of organic matter which is what we call thatch. Thatch holds water in the upper profile leading to greens which are more prone to disease, resist lower mowing heights and can be soft and bumpy.
We realize aeration is never popular but the benefits far outweigh the potential problems if nothing is done. We also understand that playability is a concern. There is no denying that surface disruption occurs during aeration and that the greens will play differently following aeration and during the recovery period. Do not lose sight of the long-term goal because of short-term inconvenience.
Source: Darin S. Bevard, senior agronomist, USGA Green Section Elliot Dowling, USGA Green Section
Tree Management Program
This program is designed to protect our trees while also addressing the unique needs of the golfer, the adjacent residences and the turfgrass-growing environment. The objective is healthier trees, healthier turf and increased golfer satisfaction, while respecting neighbouring homeowners and established Strathcona County directives. This program clearly outlines specific tree inspection, evaluation and management procedures for the trees on the golf course.