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Fall is here, which means the end of the season is near.  Work at this time of year is very important.  Your fungicide program is in full gear. The irrigation blowout is an important task.  These two projects are important for an easy start up in the spring.

The 2014 STA Research Tournament is now history.  The turnout was a disappointment, but everyone who made the effort to attend had fun.  All players were in awe over the condition of Ken Lintott’s golf course.  It was in excellent condition from tee through the green.  I heard many good comments about the quality of all aspects of the course.  The STA thanks Evergreen Golf Course and Ken Lintott for the hospitality.  It was a great day!

Playing in the Research Tournament and Skins game gives each of you an opportunity to play the two first rate golf courses in the northern part of the province.  Superintendents are urged to bring their green chairman, president, and their manager to this event.  You won’t regret participating in this tourney as the Nipawin Evergreen golf course wants to make this Research Tournament one you’ll remember.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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