The course is officially open. Welcome to the 2016 season.
We wintered very well. There was no winter damage this year and only a small amount of cleanup from winter tree work.
The course is slowly starting to wake up. The turf is turning green, but will need warmer temps. for growth. Cutting heights are adjusted to spring conditions and will change as the better weather arrives. Greens are healthy & thick with growth as they continue to mature. Regular (weekly) topdressings will help continue to firm the surfaces.
As we move through spring, our 2 main focuses will be cleaning up (sodding) winter projects & weeds. Preventative spraying for crabgrass control, along with regular spring broadleaf weed protection, will be completed late April into May. Signs will be posted in advance of spray dates.
Other projects you will see early this season, the garden work adjacent to #16 green & the clubhouse. The long awaited renovation for the 16 green hill side, will begin in May. Clubhouse garden renovations will also be ongoing, removing older shrub material with a new colourful look that will enhance our beautiful Clubhouse.
We are off to an exciting start this year with the golf course ready for the busy BGCC calendar.
We wish everyone a great season!
Questions or Concerns? Do not hesitate to contact Dean Baker…
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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.Follow on Twitter More Content by Dean Baker