Sunday, 30 June 2013

"Priddis Pride" - Turf Care Department Guest Blogger

As a 23 year member and Past President of Priddis Greens and now in retirement a member of the Priddis Greens Turf Care Team, I find that I am asking myself, almost everyday where did our “Priddis Pride” go?  I know that all the members of the Turf Care Department have it, as witnessed by the 75 members that worked long hours during last weeks storms and flooding putting the course back in top shape for our members and continue to do so day in and day out.  I know that all the other departments (Pro Shop, Food & Beverage and Administration) have “Priddis Pride” as they all work diligently to provide the best service possible in their respective areas. I know that many of our members have it, as they compliment and even boast about what a great facility we have and how lucky we are to have so many dedicated people managing and working at Priddis Greens.  “Priddis Pride” in many cases is about housekeeping, which is not something many people like, but it should be part of everyone’s responsibility.

It appears that some members don‘t seem to share the Priddis Pride Vision that was established as a motto many years ago, as evidenced by some of the things I see everyday as I work and golf at our club.

It is important to obey the Cart Path Ruling for the day and never drive in any rough areas except to enter and exit the fairway when the ‘Stake to Stake’ ruling is in effect.  Driving on the rough compacts the grass and over time becomes unsightly and difficult to mow.  The enter/exit stakes are move regularly to control cart traffic wear and protect the rest of the rough.  On days (or holes) where the ruling is Cart Paths only, if your ball is on the short fairway grass, when you walk out to it, get in the habit of taking the container of divot mix with you, to use in case you create a divot when taking your shot.  Fixing divots helps the course heal and makes for better playability for everyone.

If you use a pull cart for your round, please return it to the clubhouse or starter’s shack when you are finished.  Leaving them out on the course, because you decided to accept a ride with someone that is on a power cart could result in it being stolen or it requires someone from the back shop having to go out and collect it at the end of the day.  Similarly when there is a ‘shotgun’ start and you take a pull cart to or near your starting hole in the trunk of your vehicle, when you return to your car, please bring the cart back to the clubhouse.

Ball marks on greens are another area where each member should take time to fix their own ball mark and any other ball marks they see. The smallest things like cigarette butts tossed on tee boxes and greens or worse the plastic tips from cigarillo products that can damage mower blades, to beer/pop cans/coffee cups/food wrappers etc. is unsightly when left on the course.  We have garbage and recycle containers at every tee box, halfway house, parking lot and many other places throughout the property so there is no excuse for not being able to find one.  Then there are the larger things that I notice that have a negative affect on the aesthetics and on the condition of our facilities.
                                       

This is NOT where to enter, exit or the condition to leave a bunker in.
(picture from June 26,2013)

Take bunkers for example, if you are in a bunker (even the Short Game Practice bunker) it is your responsibility to rake it when you exit the bunker so that it is in good condition for the next member or guest that has the misfortune of hitting into that bunker.   Speaking of exiting (and entering) bunkers, please take the time to walk around to the ‘lowest’ point to enter, hit your shot and then rake your way back out and exit at the ‘lowest’ point.  If you have to ‘side step’ up or down the side of a bunker, that’s an indication that you are not using the lowest point. (see my Blog on this topic from Saturday, May 11, 2013 – click on Older Posts at the bottom right).

Let’s bring back PRIDDIS PRIDE where everyone, does their part to make and keep Priddis Greens the premier golf facility that it is.
Dave Harron

Member and Past President

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

The Flood of 2013 - 6+" of rain in 2 days

After the golf course was closed for 2 days of rain and 1.5 days of flood damage clean up and repair, I believe we can consider ourselves very fortunate to have the golf course open for play and have the damage limited to out of play areas for the most part.

The ongoing flood repair work that has been completed over the past few years has paid of by minimising damage and closures to the golf course.

I would like to give a BIG THANK YOU to the dedicated Turf Care Team who worked through the storm and flood in less than desirable weather, at times risking personal safety to protect the golf course from flood damage. Almost the entire staff of 75 people worked in  inclement weather and then came in on scheduled days off and worked 10+ hour days to have the golf course ready as soon as possible for members enjoyment .

Although we were able to get the golf course open quickly following this flood, there remains a significant amount of clean up and repair work that will continue for a number of weeks. In order to complete this repair work, some regular scheduled detailing on the golf course will not be completed in order to schedule staff to get this extra work done

On another note, all Priddis Greens staff send out well wishes to our counterparts at the numerous golf courses across Southern Alberta that are dealing with horrific damage to their golf courses caused by the floods of 2013. Priddis Greens is doing our part to assist other  golf courses by lending them pumps, equipment, and volunteer to help with such tasks as chainsaw work removing tree debris. This assistance will hopefully provide others with a hand too get their operations back up running again sooner.

The following photo's were taken during and after the flood at Priddis Greens:


WATER STREAMING ACROSS 7 HAWK FAIRWAY
 


WATER STREAMING ACROSS 6 HAWK FAIRWAY

HIGH VOLUMES OF WATER, CATCH BASINS AND DRAINAGE COULDN'T KEEP UP

EXCESS SURFACE WATER ERODING SAND FROM SLIT DRAINAGE

SAND BAGGING TO PREVENT FURTHER DAMAGE. EROSION TO DRAINAGE PIPE AND TRENCH

3 HAWK GREEN UNDER WATER FROM THE POND OVER FLOWING

EXCESS SURFACE WATER ERODING AROUND DRAINAGE OUTLETS


PONDS OVER FLOWING ACROSS CART PATHS

EROSION WIPED OUT OVER 50 BUNKERS. SAND, GRAVEL AND PIPE DAMAGED.


NEW OVER SIZED CULVERTS WORKING HARD BUT WORKING WELL TO PROTECT STREAM BANKS
PRACTICE BUNKER ERODED
PUMP HOUSE UNDER WATER(PUMPS PULLED AND IN FOR REPAIR


STAFF REPAIRING  

15 HAWK POND OVER FLOWING - PATH UNDER 8" OF WATER

ACCUMULATION OF SILT IN BUNKERS


EROSION / SLUMPING OF SOIL ON THE HILLSIDE WEST OF 11 RAVEN TEE

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Flower Planting Season


Hats off to the Horticulture team who received their first load of plant material late Tuesday afternoon and planted 1,898 plants in a day and a half! The gardens will be exploding with color in no time. Planting the flowers is definitely the most exciting time for the hort team but the work started much earlier for these girls. Preparing the beds for plants consists of removing excess debris, cutting back perennials and adding a nutrient rich garden mix. The garden mix is a combination of sand, peat moss and good old fashion cow manure. This acts as a slow release fertilizer as well as promoting good soil retention. One of many steps we take to ensure the success of our gardens throughout our season.