Welcome to Fall...An Important Update...

September 18, 2019 Dean Baker

September 17th… Welcome to Fall

We reflect back on what seems like a quick summer. Cooler temperatures & steady rains helped the course stay healthy through a good growing season. Fall is the time of year where we do see the wear & tear of the summer but, with good weather, the course is showing less stress & good recovery from summer traffic.

We head into the fall with a healthy golf course. Cultural practices will continue on maintenance Mondays, keeping the turf in a healthy growing pattern. As we see shorter & cooler days, this is a key time to develop strong turf going into the winter.

  • Greens have been given a break from their strict summer maintenance schedule to strengthen. We continue to cut at summer heights but rolling greens has slowed down. This does soften the greens allowing roots a better chance of fall development.  You will see green heights increase & speeds decrease slightly as we get further into the fall, allowing the plant valuable time to become winter hardy. 

Construction is well on its way with irrigation mainline installation and the closing of 17/18 for renovations. The closing of holes 5,6,7 and individual holes for irrigation installation will be posted to members as timing comes available.

  • Irrigation… With our pumphouse shut down we are using a portable diesel pump to supply water to the course. This pump can only be run through the day with a much smaller capacity of water outtake. In dry conditions, we will do our best to regulate our watering to the early mornings before golf, but there could be time irrigation will be running through the day (mainly fairways & rough). Please be mindful of this irrigation, we thank you for your understanding.
  • 17/18 Renovation… Earthmoving & pond work will be the first tasks in the makeover of Canada’s best finishing holes in golf. Members are to understand that any of these renovation areas are considered a construction site. Workplace guidelines restricts anyone from entering these areas without permission from our Superintendent Dean Baker (BGCC) or our contractor Spencer Adams (FlightLine Ltd). Anyone entering these areas must also be wearing proper safety protection.

The Turf Department, with its smaller fall staff, is always striving to provide the best conditions for the Membership. As a great fall reminder, we ask all members to take the time to practice good golf etiquette. Think of the players behind you! Remember to replace divots, repair ball marks & rake bunkers.

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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