Submitted by: Dean Baker Date: March 26, 2015
New Course Furnishings
New bunker rakes with long handles
Not only did the course get a new facelift, so did some of our accessories. This spring when you hit the links you will find a few new items on the course.
- Bunker Rakes & Handles
- All bunker rakes have now been equipped with long handles. There were some on the course last year and the reactions from the membership were favourable as the long handle eliminates having to bend down as far. Considering the size of some of the renovated bunkers, we are looking to make this chore as easy as possible. Happy raking!
- As a side note - The turf department has developed a Staff Operations Manual, which will guide staff on daily activities and provide them with the correct practices for certain procedures. One of these procedures will be proper bunker rake placement. This will ensure every morning that there is the correct number of rakes, placed correctly at each bunker.
- Divot Mix Stations
- By popular demand, we will be re-introducing divot stations on the golf course. A strong emphasis on course etiquette will be conveyed to the membership this year and will introduce the 3 Rs... Repair (your ballmarks), Replace (your divots) & Rake (your bunkers). With the new bentgrass greens, repairing ball marks will be very important, as well as the replacement of fairway divots.
- Augusta Pine Tee Blocks
- Tee markers go through regular wear and tear each year and after 2 seasons the current markers were quite worn out. Historically I have found the more expensive markers tend to disappear and become quite a cost to the club to replace each year. In the search for a durable yet aesthetically pleasing marker, we have found a new style & a good fit for the club. The style came from a simple pine log design found at the Augusta National Golf Club. Their wood finish acts as a reminder to the natural settings around us, and if they are good for Augusta, they’re good for Burlington! Hope you like them.
About the Author
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