Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
- Cost reduction - There are 20% fewer flags required when a single colour is used.
- Staff efficiency - Reduction of time required to switch 18 flags / day.
- Increased cleanliness and a reduced wear and tear. Staff won't have to handle the flags with dirty hands.
- Pin sheets are provided daily for precise accuracy to the hole locations.
As shown in the pictures above: The Raven Course flags will be yellow and the Hawk Course Flags will be orange.
Monday, 28 March 2011
Thursday, 24 March 2011
March 24th / 2011
Although there has not been any melting of snow in the last week, we can consider ourselves fortunate that much of the heavy snow fall forcasted over the past 7 days has only accumulated into approximately 2-3 cm.
Friday, 18 March 2011
Golf Course Update March 18th / 2011
The video above shows Turf Care staff removing snow from the driving range tee and # 6 Raven tee on Friday March 18th.
The golf course remains entirely covered in approximately 1' - 2.5' of snow.
Driving Range Opening Date?
The driving range happens to be on the highest sunniest part of the golf course where the snow is the first to leave. We annually plan to open the driving range by April 1st, however weather conditions dictate our ability to open the range more than any other factor. Turf Care staff will continue to blow snow from the range to help facilitate a quicker opening. Stay tuned to the blog and the club website for updates.
Turf Hound Range Mats
The Turf Hound range mat system that was installed at the beginning of 2009 seemed to be very well received by the membership. Unfortunately the longer grass (rough height) areas saw premature wear. The manufacturer has improved the manufacturing process and sent us all new mats to replace the failed pieces. The replacement mats were covered under the original purchase warranty.
Members will also enjoy new Turf Hound mats that will be used on the par 3 tees. As part of the normal maintenance procedure, practice mats are used for the first 10 days and last 10 days (approximately)of the season to minimize excessive divoting on the tees when the grass isn't actively growing. If mats were not used the tees would never recover (fill in) and the tees would be in very poor condition all season long. The thought process in using the portable Turf Hound mats on the par 3's is that members will know how the mats feel and how the club reacts from their use on the practice facility.
Golf Course Opening Dates?
The decision process for opening the golf course is quite simple - open the golf course on the first day that it is ready to play. Once again weather determines the opening date more than any other factor. Once all or most snow has melted and the golf course has a chance to dry up, staff have work to do to clean up and prepare the golf course for golfers.
The 10 year average for opening day is somewhere between April 21st - April 29th. The earliest the golf course ever opened was April 1st and the latest was May 7th.
Turf Care staff will focus on preparing nine holes at a time for opening. Once one nine hole golf course is open staff will work on another nine continuing until all 36 holes are open.
When the golf course opens in April there are no tee times to book, tee access is utilized on a walk on basis only (first come - first serve). On May 1st tee times are booked if we are open on all 36 holes and league play starts at this time as well.
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
The contractors hired to remove snow from 7 greens covered with the most snow will be finished today.
# 8 Raven green March 14th
Turf Care Staff will continue to blow snow off certain greens and tees over the next 2-3 weeks.
The main reason that snow is removed from specific greens and not others is to prevent standing water on greens that have poor surface drainge and or have excessive spring shade. One of the most important factors that contributes to healthy turf in the spring is keeping the turf dry. Snow removal helps facilitate drying of the ground and turf.
Although we have only been able to view very small areas of turf by shovelling snow and or lifting tarps we are pleased with what we are seeing so far. The next four weeks is critical to good spring conditions.
Monday, 14 March 2011
This is the first post to our new blog. We plan on experimenting on what and when we will post to this site over the upcoming year. We hope that this becomes a successful tool in communicating with several different groups; the members, the staff, and the turf care industry. James, Chris and I will all be contributing to this site. In addition we plan on utilizing the social media site, Twitter, for daily updates on frost, course conditions, and tidbits of information throughout the day.
Unfortunately the 2 feet of snow that blankets the golf course has limited us in what we can do. As of the end of the day on Monday we have snow-blowed 4 greens. All 4 of the greens that we have removed snow on, are heavily shaded greens. We chose these 4 greens due to the fact that there was little chance of them melting naturally over the next couple weeks.
At this point we are limited to snow removal on the golf course but that doesn't mean we aren't going full throttle off the course in our preparations for what we are hoping is going to be our best season ever! We are planning projects, buying materials, and of course confirming staff. At this point, it looks like we may have our highest staff return rate in the history of the turf care department.
Over the next couple weeks, you can look forward to many more updates on when we hope to open and how the course has wintered. Please email us with feedback, comments, and suggestions for future blog posts.
Sr Assistant Superintendent
Saturday, 12 March 2011
- Priddis Greens uses more than 300,000 wooden tees / golf season
- Priddis Greens spends more than $5,000 / season on tees for members and guests
- Wood tees are often found broken and strewn all over tee surfaces. These broken tees look unsightly and cause damage to mower blades.
- Plastic tees are double the cost of wood tees, however may last 5 times longer.
- Plastic tees are bio degradable.
- There are numerous styles of plastic tees and management is researching the style that may be best for Priddis Greens.
- We chose the current style only because we were able to trade for with current wooden tee inventory.
- Many tour pros use plastic tees. Plastic tees have been used in more than 120 tour victories over the past 6 years.
Golf Course Update August 3 , 2010
Before the last putt had fallen to determine the Club Champion, Turf Care staff had already changed directions from tournament preparation to focus on the one opportunity per season to aerate greens. Monday night August 1st the Raven golf course was closed at 3:00pm to start aerating greens and fairways.
- Fertilize the greens twice the week before aeration to encourage the holes to heal over quickly. *Careful not to fertilize too much as to slow green speeds down for club championships.
- Verticut the greens aggressively in two directions to remove thatch and reduce grain
- Mow the green to help remove debris form verticutting
- Heavy topdressing layer of kiln dried topdressing sand applied to every green – approximately 3,500lbs of sand / green
- Solid tine aerate the green
- Work the topdressing sand into the holes with blowers and hand brooms
- Roll the greens to smooth the surface from the equipment used during the aeration process
- Fertilize the greens with 5 different types of fertilizers determined by soil testing
*It is vital to the success of the project that weather and green surfaces remain dry. Unfortunately we were caught with heavy rain during a Monday night thunder storm. The rain shut our operation down that evening and caused a slow start Tuesday morning. It made for an extra long day Tuesday but we avoided more forecasted showers and the staff was able to get the job done
All fairways on the Raven golf course were also aerated. The five fairways with the most thatch were core aerated and the remaining fairways were aerated with a deep solid tine aerator.
All 18 holes on the Raven course had tees aerated while the golf course was closed.
**The pictures below show the work being performed**
Verticut Lines Following Two Directions Of Verticutting
Topdressing The Green With Kiln Dried Sand
False Alarm - Giant Hogweed turns out to be Cow Parsnip
Golf Course Update – July 7th 2010
Golf Course Update (June 11th / 2010)
3) EZ Hole Locator
- The old system was determined by Turf Care members each day and each different staff member would use their own judgement on a good hole location and because of habit would eventually go back to the same locations over and over again. This system lead to many member complaints about redundency and more importantly lead to weak turf conditions in certain areas of the green. The new EZ hole locator system ensures that all wear and tear is moved around each green and takes human error, habit and judgement out of the equation. The new system will also provide members with much greater variety than seen in the past.
- Each and every hole location was predetermined and approved by myself and Sr. Assitant Superintendent Mark Begin. Using a basic set of parameters for each set of hole locations we went out and measured every hole location on every green prior to entering the measurements into the software program. The parameters were: 1) no hole shall be closer than 3 paces from the side of a green 2) No hole shall be closer than 4 paces from the front edge of a green. 3) Each hole location shall be relatively free of severe slopes in a three foot circumference around the hole. This last parameter was really tough because our greens are so severely sloped.
- More consistant turf conditions on the putting greens because of better hole location distribution.
- Greater variety from day to day and week to week in hole locations.
- Greater member satisfaction
- Much greater efficiency for Turf care staff in terms of planning time and supervision.
- Quality hole location / pin sheets for members and guests. Ask the starters for the sheets.
- Over all improved golf experience for members
How to read a pin sheet
Cart Path Rule - 90 degrees stake - stake