June 2006

  • June 7, 2006
  • Written by Don Campbell

Thanks to Howard Fox of the Crystal Lake Golf Club for letting me know that Saskatchewan has updated it’s pruning ban in stopping the spread of Dutch Elm Disease. The ban is now from April 1st to August 31st unless a formal authorization has been obtained.

I just read this recently. Fusarium Patch is the name used when the disease occurs without snow cover primarily in the fall and in the spring. Pink snow mould is the name used when the disease occurs under snow cover. Either way, both are troublesome. Proper control can be realized with a good fall and spring fungicide program.

They tell me golf courses in the province are generally in good condition. This is certainly encouraging because some courses, mostly in the north, suffered severe ice damage while others suffered snow mould damage. However, all are coming around thanks to the hard work of the superintendents. Parks in the province are excellent and are anxiously awaiting tourists. With the price of gasoline, most Saskatchewan tourists will be staying in our province.

In a previous newsletter we had an article on member complaints about aerating greens just when the members thought they were in prime condition. One club decided to aerate just 1/2 a green and about 10 days later, aerate the other half. Results were excellent. This spring Doug Campbell at the Riverside Country Club in Saskatoon tried this method. He aerated and topdressed 1/2 of each green and did the other half one week later. Members were more than pleased and Doug received numerous favourable comments. The whole process worked well. It should be noted, however, that Doug has fairly large greens so everything was in his favour.

Don’t forget about the S.T.A. research tournament to be held in North Battleford August 22nd. This is Grant Sawchyn’s course and it is always in great shape. Entry fee is $240 per team or $60 per person. The entry fee includes green fees, cart and the banquet, plus you will be supporting turfgrass research in Saskatchewan.

I had the honour to be invited to the Grand Opening of the Perdue Oasis Golf and R.V. resort. S.T.A. member and Oasis golf superintendent had the course in excellent condition. Those that golfed had nothing but praise for the course. Jim Scharf and family are to be congratulated for their efforts on bringing this facility to Perdue. I really think this facility turned out better than the Scharf family envisioned.

People – it’s happened again! A golf course in the south of the province lost fairways and rough by spraying the wrong material. The superintendent didn’t have a pesticide licence. I don’t know who was at fault and that is secondary. The point is it’s going to cost a bundle to get playable turf again. A big tip, besides having your pesticide licence, is to purchase products recommended for turf care sold by a recognized turf dealer.

I sure enjoy visiting Riverside. I started my golf career there in 1948 and continued until 1995. I loved the place and they really treated me well for 47 years. The only green left as it was in 1948 is #9. The rest have been rebuilt, some as many as three times. Needless to say, the course has changed considerably since I first started work there. By the way, this is Doug’s 34th year at Riverside and I’m proud of him.

Another guy I’m proud of
is Doug’s older brother Glen. He designs and builds golf courses. Since 1979 he has made every change at Riverside. This is why everything that has been done there fits with the rest of the course. Both boys grew up at Riverside and really work well together.

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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.