2020 Season opening and revised COVID19 etiquette update
Announcement of golf opening with details was made by Alberta Health and Alberta Golf on May 1 with the ability to open the next day. In five days, under new guidelines the Broadmoor mobilized & trained staff to open our doors May 6 to a full tee sheet of excited golfers.
The course is truly in great early season shape
- Winter program was once again very successful in wintering the greens. We do have some plugging/ replacement on 14, otherwise no concerns.
- Fairways and approaches cultural practices that were revised last fall have contributed to a much better start to the season with a lot less winter kill. We will be continuing our new cultural practices this season with the expectation that continual improvement will occur with healthier turf going into the next winter season.
- Tee boxes have been aerated and are being top dressed. We will be following our revised cultural and operational practices to improve the quality of tee boxes throughout the year.
- Greens are currently being cut at .150, and within two weeks they will be down to season cutting height of .130. They are currently running at a stimp speed of 7.5 – 8.
- Hole 6 is closed as we are redeveloping the tee box complexes and adding an additional forward tee box (110 yards out). This work starts with tree removal this week and construction starts May 11. The bye hole is in play until we reopen, soonest 3-4 weeks or June 11. Similar process and timelines as you saw with work done last year.
- We will be redeveloping the lower/ forward tee box on Hole 16 once 6 reopens.
- Tree work continues with hazardous tree removal and pruning. Trees have been pruned to reduce golfers’ concerns regarding shaping the ball on Holes 11, 12 and 15 .
- We are now focusing on Step 1 of reopening Alberta’s economy and we are looking at what that means for our food service come May 14 and beyond.
- We will be providing updates as we see changes to the operation with Covid19 and any restrictions being lifted.
2019 Pre-season update – March 29, 2019
It is still only early April but it appears that the golf course has wintered well. All areas of the course have drained very well this spring and the grass on the tees and fairways is looking much better at this time than last spring. With the snow melt substantially under way, It is hoped that the green covers can be removed in the third week of April if the weather cooperates. Based on past results with the covering system we are using, we are expecting the greens will be in great shape again this spring.
Some of the course improvement projects this year include improved drainage on the right side of hole #13 to eliminate some minor flooding of resident yards and the beginning of a program for resurfacing the tee boxes affected by tree root intrusion.
Again this season, there will be no large tine green aeration. All green aeration will be with mini tines so that playability will not be compromised during the aeration recovery period.
The staff are excited about the upcoming season and look forward to seeing all of Broadmoor’s regulars as well as any new golfers choosing to play at the Broadmoor. Golf is just around the corner. See you soon!
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.