November 2009

November 1, 2009

No more golf for this year with just last minute work to complete. Some people are putting in drainage, while others are doing tree maintenance work. Still others are doing their equipment repair duties and sharpening reels. Weather wise it isn’t bad for November.

October 2009

October 3, 2009

Fall is here and for most superintendents, it’s a very important time of the year. Most have a shortage of labour as they prepare their courses for the winter. It hasn’t been the greatest of summers due to cool days and nights that have brought down the rounds played. The excellent September weather wasn’t enough to bring the play back to normal.

September 2009

September 9, 2009

The 2009 Research Tournament was a huge success with an excellent turnout and near perfect weather. The wonderful hosts at the Royal Regina Golf Club went out of their way to help us in all aspects of the event. All the competitors thought the golf course was in excellent condition. The complete day was most enjoyable and a big thank you goes to the Royal Regina!

August 2009

August 7, 2009

The STA Research Tournament on August 10th is here. The Royal Regina Golf Club promises to be an excellent venue and an excellent opportunity to play on a well maintained private golf club.

July 2009

July 4, 2009

The first part of July and we are all busy. Despite the spring that left a lot to be desired, things in the turf industry are going pretty well. While some golf courses had some issues as a result of the colder than normal winter and spring they are rebounding. This doesn’t happen overnight but is the result of some very hard work by green superintendents and their crews.

June 2009

June 1, 2009

The start of another season, a cold one that hinders green superintendents and golfers. Golf courses in the province started up in pretty good conditions. As always, some are in mid-summer condition while others are struggling a little. With some warm weather, particularly warmer nights, everybody will enjoy first class conditions.

May 2009

May 2, 2009

Spring is here once again and it’s time for all Turf managers to get at their property and get ready with clean-ups, etc. Most of the golf course people I’ve talked to in the last few days are happy with the way their course wintered.

April 2009

April 3, 2009

The 2009 Saskatchewan Turfgrass Conference and Trade Show is now history. All in all it was a good show with an excellent turnout in spite of treacherous driving conditions throughout the province. All areas of the province were well represented. By all accounts the educational component was well received and by the number of superintendents I heard discussing the speaker presentations, I believe there was something each took away from the conference.

March 2009

March 9, 2009

Back from Florida into cold weather again. It wasn’t that warm in Florida, but did get warmer as time went on. A bigger issue was the economy – strip malls were closed, houses for sale or rent, crime way up and there sure wasn’t as many people there enjoying warmer weather.

February 2009

February 8, 2009

I’m sick of the cold weather. I’m sick of shoveling snow from my driveway and I’m really sick of driving on Saskatoon’s snow and ice covered roads. I’m so sick, I’m going to Florida! By the time you get this I’ll be in the warm, sunny part of my favorite state. I’ll be writing March’s newsletter while I’m there.

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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