Here Comes Spring...Hopefully

March 18, 2019 Dean Baker

BGCC Turf Bulletin

Here comes Spring…hopefully!

March 18th, 2019…. Course Update

Our first look at the golf course without snow and ice is positive. We have some low-lying areas, mostly fairways, that may have ice damage but it is still too early to tell.

Our next step is the transition into spring. Great swings in temperature can set turfgrass back as it comes out of dormancy. As the long-range forecast is looking favourable, we cross our fingers for a better transition than last year and an early spring. We certainly deserve one.

When the ground is dry and free of frost, we will start our spring opening protocol. This usually is a 2 week process with course clean-up, aerating, bunker maintenance, and of course warmer temperatures. As for opening, no decisions have been made thus far, as it is still too early to confirm.

Watch for our next update in 2 weeks!

Don’t forget to look through our website page “Around the Green” for new course information… 2019 Greens Committee Guide to Golf Course Maintenance & the historic reports from the USGA.

Here’s to a great season!!

About the Author

Dean Baker

Dean Baker, Certified Golf Course Superintendent (Since 1989). He joined Burlington Golf & Country Club in 2012, where he has enjoyed the remodeling and renovation of this historic 1922 Stanley Thompson design. Dean is a graduate of the University of Guelph where he remains involved with the program he graduated from, Associate Diploma in Turf Management. There he lends his expertise as an instructor to upcoming turf managers, by instructing the Human Resources for Turf Managers Course.

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