June 2020

As I sit here writing this, I realize tomorrow is July 1.  Although we have only been open for 1 1/2 months, it seems more like 3 months.  Reports are that all courses have been very busy.

At Riverside, we saw an increase in rounds of 40% for the same period compared to last season, and have been booked 6:00 am to 7:30 pm daily with members only play allowed.  With the reduction of tee time intervals and summer beginning, with people going to the lake etc this should relax the demand slightly.

With slow growing conditions and inconsistent weather, recovery has been very slow in the Saskatoon/North area.  In my 47 years in the industry this is by far the most I’ve struggled to recover from a tough winter and believe me, I’ve had a few.  With the warmer nights and some precipitation the past 2 weeks, things are finally starting to kick into high gear, and I should have the course perfect in time for winter.

We have not ruled out a Research Tournament yet, but with restrictions limiting the number of players it is looking doubtful unless more restrictions are lifted in the next month.

The Fall Windup has been booked at the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club for November 17 & 18.  Plans are in the works as we line up speakers etc, but restrictions will have to be lifted to go ahead with this event.

I hope everyone is staying safe, and hopefully if we can continue trending in the right direction we will return to a sense of normalcy.  Looking forward to seeing everyone soon (I hope).

Take care,

 - Doug

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  • 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.