March 2014

March 3, 2014

This winter has been a challenge to say the least.  February in particular has been brutal with the average temperature for the month -20º.  This isn’t counting the wind chill factor.  Soon spring will be here and all will be forgotten and in no time we’ll be bellyaching about mosquitoes and worrying about West Nile virus.

January 2014

January 8, 2014

Christmas, New Year’s Eve is behind us for another year.  I hope everyone had a great holiday season—Didn’t eat too much turkey and drink too much of that other stuff.  We wish you much happiness and good health in 2014.

December 2013

December 1, 2013

As I write this, it is truly winter in our province, cold with a wind.  Also, we have plenty of snow making travel anywhere a real journey.  However our season is over, we can relax a little and gradually prepare for next year.  You can certainly have a rest from member complaints or their constant suggestions about how to maintain a golf course.

November 2013

November 14, 2013

Most golf courses are busy putting their golf courses to bed for the winter.  This is a very important exercise and also difficult because almost all superintendents are short-staffed.  Also, it’s time to prepare you equipment for the winter by winterizing it and cleaning it up.  No doubt most of the smaller clubs have already sent their reels and bed knives in to get serviced and sharpened.

October 2013

October 7, 2013

The STA’s next event will be the Fall Wind Up and Annual General Meeting on Tuesday November 6th at the Saskatoon Golf & Country Club here in Saskatoon.  We have a very interesting seminar in the morning that will have everyone’s attention.  You will hear more from me in mid-month with an agenda and the bio of the speaker.  Record this date on your calendar.  Make every effort to attend.

September 2013

September 8, 2013

The 2013 Research Tournament held at Deer Park Golf Course in Yorkton was successful despite the disappointing entry. The Deer Park Golf Course staff treated us very well and deserve a huge thank you for their kindness. Leo Skaluba looked after all our needs and contributed to the event. Everyone who attended commented on not only the fine facility, but the fine condition of the golf course. All had a good time and lots of fun.

August 2013

August 6, 2013

As I start to write this Newsletter, we haven’t received one entry for the Research Tournament to be held in Yorkton at Deer Park Golf Course, Monday August 19th at 8:30 am.  The skins game—separate from the Research Tournament will be August 18 at 3:00 pm.  Register in advance by calling Deer Park Pro Shop at 306-786-1711.

July 2013

July 11, 2013

The STA is holding it’s Annual Research Golf Tournament at Deer Park Municipal Golf Course in Yorkton, on Monday August 19th, starting with a shotgun start at 8:30 am. On Sunday, there will be a skins game starting at 3:00 pm.  The players in this event are responsible for their own green fees, carts, and food.

June 2013

June 8, 2013

Early June and we finally have some good weather. Golf courses and parks are busy, which will make a lot of the management happy. From what I hear, every venue is in good condition which makes the Turf Management happy and their jobs much easier.

May 2013

May 2, 2013

What a rotten spring for golf courses, parks, superintendents, our commercial friends. As I write this it’s snowing and cold. The snow hasn’t left us by a long shot and is slowing all spring work. I imagine it’s taking its toll on summer help who are itching to get that first pay cheque.

About Don Campbell

Don CampbellG. N. Don Campbell,
1933 –2016

S.T.A. Executive Director, 'Turf Tips' writer and editor of our 'TURFTALK' newsletter, Don Campbell has been an asset to our industry for decades!
 
A member in the turfgrass community for more than 57 years, Don started his career at Riverside Country Club in Saskatoon as a caddy, eventually becoming the course Superintendent. He finished his career as the General Manager at the very same course.

In 2004, Don was awarded the CGSA John B. Steel Distinguished Service Award, recognizing his lifetime commitment to turf care.
 
Don is survived by his wife Marie have three children: Sherril, Glen and Doug. 

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.

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