February 2008

February 10, 2008

One of my pet peeves when I was a green superintendent was the excessive marking of “Ground Under Repair”. Too much white paint alters the play of the game we all love. I used to boil when tournament officials would ask for the paint gun. To me, this was communicating a less than positive message to golfers about course conditioning.

January 2008

January 5, 2008

The S.T.A. Spring Seminar will be held March 18th & 19th. The C.G.S.A. Seminar will be held March 19th. The topic – Managing Trees in Parks, on Golf Courses and in Towns. The speaker will be John Ball from the University of South Dakota. March 18th will include two 2-hour sessions, followed by a reception. Around this time Oakcreek is hosting a service school.

December 2007

December 4, 2007

The Wind-up seminar was well attended with 65 people total. This is one of our better attended wind-ups. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Laurie Unruh, Ron Dagert, Darren Crilly and Doug Leavins for their efforts in calling members to come to Dakota Dunes Casino for a tremendous day.

November 2007

November 3, 2007

Most recently I attended the Saskatchewan Golf Association’s Annual Meeting and Banquet. This was a well organized meeting, the highlight for me was being presented with a cheque for $1500.00 that goes toward turfgrass research. This will go to the Prairie Turfgrass Research Centre along with the S.T.A.’s contribution.

October 2007

October 11, 2007

The S.T.A. 2007 Fall Wind-up and Annual General Meeting will be held at the Dakota Dunes Casino’s “The Room” November 27th 2007. The Wind-up seminar will feature Dr. David Doherty whose topic will be “Physical Properties of Soils”. We were very lucky to get this gentleman and a big thank you has to go to Darren Crilly and Terry McNeilly for their efforts in bringing Dr. Doherty to Saskatoon.

September 2007

September 1, 2007

IN APPRECIATION: To the Melville Golf Club, its members and staff for hosting the 2007 S.T.A. Research Tournament. A big thank you to superintendent Marc Mohart for his help and cooperation. The condition of the golf course was excellent. The food services were great. Thanks to all!

August 2007

August 7, 2007

West Nile virus is here. Make sure your employees are well protected with spray containing “deet”. Also, it may be wise to put up a sign at the first tee to spray for bugs and do it on a non-turf area like a cart path. I find most courses supply mosquito spray for their employees.

July 2007

July 5, 2007

Ever have a Tournament and they want a circle on the green around the pin? Try Cornstarch! It is very cheap and washes off overnight with the irrigation system. Use a rope tied to the flagstick, a funnel with a ½ inch hole and a metal rod to tap the side of the funnel to get the cornstarch to fall out. It works well, is highly visible and a player can putt through it without disruption to ball roll.

June 2007

June 3, 2007

We had a tremendous seminar in Nipawin on June 6th. Jim Ross of the Prairie Turfgrass Research Centre in Olds Alberta gave an interesting presentation on Snow Mold. This captivated those 30 plus turf managers in attendance.

May 2007

May 5, 2007

Most of the courses in our province are in excellent condition, having come through the winter with very little injury. Some courses, however, have an abundance of water which is being pumped off the property. Hopefully everyone will have a good season with lots of activity.

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.