April 2020

First and foremost, I hope everyone and their families are safe and healthy.  I spent most of this winter worrying about potential ice damage from November thaws and rain, but somehow that doesn’t seem quite as important in the scheme of things right now.

There seems to be a lot of uncertainty about when or whether courses might open this year. At Riverside we are trying to prepare for different scenarios financially, but ultimately it is about keeping ourselves, our staff and golfers safe.  At this time, we still plan to open the golf course with restrictions and no clubhouse services, ie. lockers, club storage, and restaurant.  It will likely not be until early May (at the earliest), but information and restrictions seem to change daily. Our Board has set up a “Covid Committee” to help make the major decisions and communicate to the membership.

At the very least we still have to untarp greens, maintain and manage the golf course to a certain level for when we do open.

The STA Board plan to have a teleconference meeting in April to discuss our plans for the Research Tournament in August as well as timing of the Fall Windup as the Canadian Golf Industry Show is in Vancouver the week of November 9, 2020 this year.

We, the Board of the STA, wish everyone the best through these tough uncertain times, hopefully your turf survived a tough winter and above all, stay safe!

 - Doug

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About the STA

  • Saskatchewan's Turfgrass Association, founded in 1979, is a non-profit organization. The S.T.A. was organized by a group of Turfgrass Professionals which has grown to include people from Parks, Golf Courses, Sod Growers, Cities and Commercial Companies.