September 2006

  • September 3, 2006
  • Written by Don Campbell

Our Research Tournament at Grant Sawchyn’s North Battleford Golf and Country Club was a big success. Although the turnout wasn’t what we hoped for, all participants had fun and enjoyed a first class golf course.

The S.T.A. owes a big thanks to the members of the North Battleford Club for giving up their course for the day, to Grant Sawchyn who always has his golf course in great shape, to the clubhouse staff for a first class banquet and to the cart girl for her very pleasant demeanor and for allowing me to ride with her. The day was perfect.

The S.T.A. next big event will be the Fall Wind-up and Annual Meeting. It will be in Regina at Ray Popoff’s Wascana Country Club November 28th, 2006. There will be a fee charged to cover meals, etc. The morning seminar is free to S.T.A. members. Mark this important date in your calendar as a can’t miss.
I really like this one from former president John LaFoy of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. He says: “I’ve seen more golf courses improved by hurricanes than by Greens Committees”.
Overheard this one at the Research Tournament after a very bad shot: “Golf courses are a perfect example of a waste of good real estate”.

Fall is here and colder weather is around the corner. Make sure you check coolant strength in all radiators – and another reminder… check all water and hydraulic hoses. Replace any worn hoses this fall, not in the spring because you’ll probably forget. Later on when you are putting the equipment away for the winter, grease all zerks to purge any moisture away from any bearing surfaces. Another winter preparation tip is to change oil in all engines to prevent engine bearings from getting pitted due to the acid found in dirty oil. Run the engine after the oil change to allow the oil to reach all bearing surfaces.

I’ve noticed, particularly since I retired some 12 years ago, that greens are much faster today on the average and even faster greens are being demanded. Regrettably, the demands often become unrealistic and greatly increase the likelihood of turf loss and disease. Too much emphasis is being placed on the value of having ultra-fast greens and the damaging effects are being ignored. More emphasis needs to be put on consistency and smoothness… where it belongs.

Many golf courses in the country are controlling their geese problems by using dogs. The dog of choice seems to be the Border Collie. Another breed, however, is the “Jindo”, originally from Mongolia. They are said to have a natural instinct to chase geese, even in water.

What do you call people who fear the number 13 – Triskaidekaphobics. Some people say 13 became a bad omen because there were 13 diners at the Last Supper (Laurie Unrah served wine at that event). I’m sure everyone is interested in that bit of trivia.

I met Jack Westwood at the Research Tournament for the first time. Mr. Westwood owns Westwood Sod Farms in Battleford. What a nice fellow, who donated great prizes for the tournament. Westwood Sod Farms and the guys from Shellview have a great relationship and each I’m told have a great product.
Here’s one that is worth posting on your Club’s bulletin board or near the first tee: “A ball mark repaired immediately will heal smoothly in two or three days, but an unrepaired ball mark will heal unevenly in two to three weeks!”.

A very special thank you to the Katepwa Beach Golf Club
and Lance Gay for their donation to Turfgrass Research. They were unable to attend the Research Tournament. Their generous donation is appreciated. Thanks a million to Lance Gay.

Overheard at the Research Tournament
by a few participants: “The golf course is in wonderful shape which really means ‘I’m playing well today’ or ‘Here comes to cart girl again… she’s very pleasant’…”.

Next to maintaining fine turf
, communication is probably the most important skill greens superintendents need to improve on. You can start by contributing to your clubs Newsletter or, if your club does not have one, suggest to your Directors to start one. You can also contribute to the S.T.A. Newsletter and then post it in your clubhouse.

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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.