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July 2020

July 28, 2020

From all reports I hear around the province, golf courses seem to be all recording above average rounds of golf.  As I was getting ready for work this morning I noticed how much darker it’s getting, then I realized there’s under 100 days of golf left in the season.  Thank Goodness!

June 2020

June 15, 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.

May 2020

June 4, 2020

To say spring opening has been unusual is an understatement. Along with COVID-19 restrictions, delayed openings and a cool windy spring, we are basically a month behind.

April 2020

April 7, 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.

October 2019

October 3, 2019

Like most of the province, looking out the window to see that blanket of snow makes me realize that winter is on the way and it’s time to start the process of winter preparation.  Hopefully we will still get a couple weeks of decent golf weather or at least for course shutdown.

September 2019

September 3, 2019

It seems like we were just preparing to open the golf courses and now fall is just around the corner.  Hopefully the weather this year will be more favourable than last year this fall.

August 2019

August 14, 2019

We are hitting the dog days of August.  Days are getting shorter, students leaving 2 weeks earlier than promised at the start of the season, frost looming but also the end of what I hope was an extremely busy summer with lots of rounds played.

July 2019

July 10, 2019

As we get into the summer months, we finally have received moisture over most of the province, with some getting too much too fast.  The Swift Current area received 3-4” of rain in just over an hour on June 18, and flooding occurred.  Chinook golf course was closed for 2 weeks.  In the Saskatoon area we had 3 1/2 “ of rain over 3 days with reports of 5” of rain in other areas.

June 2019

June 13, 2019

Although northern parts of the province have had adequate moisture, most of the province is experiencing drought-like conditions, with Saskatoon experiencing the direst March, April and May in history.  With the drought comes low water levels in the South Saskatchewan River, with very low flow.  Some courses are having issues with leeches plugging sprinklers.  At Riverside we have cleaned the screens of all 1,400 heads already and are now having to go through them again.  We could all use a little rain.

May 2019

May 8, 2019

As usual, the weather continues to be a focal point of conversation.  With early warm temperatures, news form around the province was an earlier start this year, with conditions being very favourable throughout the province.  The past two weeks have seen well below normal temperatures and very windy.  Saskatoon and surrounding area experienced the driest April in history.

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.