July 2014

July 7, 2014

The most recent news is the flooding in the south of our province.  Golf courses took a huge hit as did a multitude of residents.  This comes at an awful time and to go along with a wet spring, revenues are almost non existent.  This affects a lot more than just golf courses.  Our commercial friends will suffer simply because there won’t be any money in the bank to purchase new equipment.  The suppliers will suffer also.  One superintendent told me Mother Nature is the supreme boss and there is no way you can alter her plans.  Things hopefully will get better and we will salvage a little bit in what’s remaining of 2014.

June 2014

June 10, 2014

My sources tell me most golf courses in our Province are in pretty good condition.  There are however, some trouble  spots in the north and in the south.  It was a severe winter and spring was slow to come, so some of the turf suffered.  Northern damage was due, for the most part, to an inadequate fungicide program.

May 2014

May 5, 2014

I read more and more that visual aids have no reason to be on a golf course.  One is 150 yard markers, whether it is a tree or a post.  The other is using multi coloured flags to indicate hold locations.  These two are the most mentioned.  Speed of play is usually used as the general reason why the flags and 150 yard indicators are used.  There are some negatives.  Without going into detail, I’ll mention a few:

April 2014

April 7, 2014

Finally some warmer weather.  February was brutal with not only cold temperatures but wind almost every day.  This was particularly tough on me because I’m not allowed to travel anymore.  This is the first winter in over 25 years that I toughed out the complete winter.

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.

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.