This will be a Season of Recovery and Change

May 5, 2014 Dean Baker

 Submitted by: Dean Baker Date: May 5, 2014


This will be a Season of Recovery and Change

Greens Covered

Greens Being Sodded

Greens Being Sodded

Greens covered for best rooting in cold weather

May 1st may as well be called April 1st! The repercussions from the weather are taking us well into spring and probably summer. Cold temperatures continue to hamper not only our golf season, but recovery from the winter. There has been very little recovery to damaged turf through the month of April. Our missing ingredient for recovery is heat. The less than desirable golfing weather has also had a significant impact on our 1st tee. We will need patience and perseverance to get through the next few months.

The phase 1 construction is near completion with a small amount of sodding remaining. The new bunkers and cart paths have favourable reactions from our members thus far. We continue to work on winter damaged areas on tees and fairways with combinations of seed and/or sod. The installation of our new greens will be complete this week. They will be nursing greens for the next 6 to 8 weeks in preparation of their opening early July. If the weather continues to stay cool, the greens will need a minimum of 8 weeks to establish & gain strength to handle summer traffic. This will be the same for the over seeded areas on tees and fairways. Seed will be slow to germinate and establish in this weather.

The next challenge we brace ourselves for will be the summer heat. Some are predicting that we could go directly into summer, bypassing any sort of spring. The heat of the summer will be as challenging on young plants and it is imperative that we keep the turf well irrigated, healthy and growing. Severely hit areas may not entirely recover until we go back into the cooler temperatures of the fall. Again, I feel this will be a season of recovery with a great deal of patience.

In regards to the provisional course set-up. Obviously for the next 8 weeks, we will be playing the golf course in the temporary mode. Yardages to greens (temps.) will be posted on most tee decks with painted distance to greens (temps.) at existing fairway yardage plates. Tee block placement will be restricted to good stands of turf while allowing weaker areas to recover. As I said, we are truly in temporary mode.

Our golf course has gone through the worst winter most of us have ever seen. It is also going through an exciting transition and renovation. We will get through this storm to see on the other side... a newly renovated Stanley Thompson master piece. Have faith and patience, and we will persevere.

About the Author

Dean Baker

Dean Baker, Certified Golf Course Superintendent (27 years). He joined Burlington Golf & Country Club in 2012, where he has enjoyed the remodelling 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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