After an extremely hot/dry start to July I’m enjoying some cool 28° days before we head towards a predicted hot spell of 30° - 35° weather for the next 7-10 days.  If this keeps up I’m sure July will go down as one of the hottest/driest July’s ever.

With below average temperatures during the days throughout May and with frost up until May 30, it is nice to see summer temperatures starting in June.

Although over most of the province golf courses opened a bit earlier than the average starting dates, but it has been a typical Saskatchewan spring.  Some courses opened around April 9 for a couple of days then Mother Nature essentially shut things down with snow in the south and cold weather over most of the province.  As I write this it is 4°, 30-50kmh winds with intermittent light flurries after being sunny, 20° and a packed golf course 2 days ago.

After a long winter with much of our time spent indoors, it’s great to see the start of spring with warmer temperatures and plenty of sunshine.

The golf season was going strong until the third week of October, then winter appeared with snow in some areas and extremely cold temperatures for that time of year.  For the most part I hear that the majority of courses had or were in the process of putting their golf courses to bed for the winter.  Thankfully for courses that hadn’t finished, the weather was better for about 10 days at the end of October and the first week of November to get things done, and then Mother Nature shut most of the province down for a few days.

With only 3-4 weeks left in the golf season I'm sure everyone is looking forward to the end of what is probably the busiest season ever.  Many superintendents that I have talked to said everyday was like “Groundhog Day”.  The same thing each day, booked from start to finish and no events on.

It’s hard to believe that next week is September and soon we begin preparing courses for winter.  All courses continue to be very busy with things looking like it will stay that way for September and October.

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!

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.

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.

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.