Monday, 30 April 2012

The Valley Finally Opens!

Peter Morgan of the Victoria Park Valley Grounds crew making last minute repairs before the golf course opened on Saturday. There was a tremendous amount of work done the last few days before we opened.  I would like to thank all staff from both the Valley, the East course and contractors who all worked together to make it happen. One hundred and fiftey golfers came to play on Saturday and all the comments were very positive.

The grounds staff will continue to make repairs and improvements throughout the season. Although is has been quite dry this is the perfect time to overseed or sod areas on your home lawn. Soil temperatures need to be at least 10 degrees C for seed to germinate. Soil temperature will reach this when air temperatures are consistantly around 15 to 20 degrees. With the mild temperatures forecasted this week we should reach these temperatures. Good luck and feel free to contact me with your questions.
Until next time ...

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Conditions at Victoria Park East

Tee times cancelled at Victoria Park East! The golf course has been open for almost six weeks with mostly great weather. Most of us realized we were not going to escape this spring without another dose of old man winter. Rest assured the snow will be gone by tomorrow. People always ask me if this weather can hurt the grass. The answer is no it wont. In fact the conditions were very dry. The precipiation in any form was welcome.
Until next time..

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Valley Updates

With one week left the staff are working extremely hard for the anticipated golf course opening of April 28th. The picture on the left shows driving range netting being installed. The range will also open on April 28th. The turf conditions are looking good. We have been mowing regularly. We have also been watering. The spring has been quite dry. Hopefully not a sign of the summer ahead. I don't really want to think about drought conditions and water restrictions in April.

Golf Course Superintendent Jason Sewell is topdressing the tee on Hole # 1 - Lakes course.
Topdressing the tees with a sand/peat mixture will help level out the surface, prevent the turf from becoming too thatchy, allow us to lower the height of cut without scalping, and help cover up any rocks in the topsoil underneath.

Until Next Time...