Monday, November 14, 2016

So You Think You're Tough - Results

What has been one of the best seasons I can remember in the last number of years came to a close yesterday with our final day. For the many years it has been happening we held our "So You Think You're Tough" event which had a number of players show up and enjoy the course, weather and each others company. Here are the top 4 teams which were chosen by a random draw, congratulations to this years winning team:

1st - Ken Oley, Tim Charlton, Bob Didiuk & Don Pickthall. (Score 160) $35/person
T 2nd - Gerry Lawrence, Tom Gallagher, Paul Dunphy & Chris Denysek. (Score 169) $25/person
T 2nd - Wade Brackenbury, Stephen Robinson, Jay Davis & John Fleming. (Score 169) $25/person
4th - Peter Lambrinos, Chris O'Brien, Pat Lamanna & Norma Columbus. (Score 172) $20/person

*Your winnings will be kept in the golf shop if you happen to stop by during the off season or you can pick them up in 2017!

This photo from yesterday is the perfect ending to 2016. John McCormick hit the first tee shot this year way back on April 20th and it's only fitting that he was here yesterday to enjoy the final day.

Thank you to each and every member who made the 2016 season so great. I wish everyone a happy and healthy off season and look forward to seeing each and every one of you in 2017!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

After yesterdays announcement we would be closing 9 holes to apply winter fungicide, an enormous amount of emails were sent in complaining about this plan. This application is the single most important application of the season. If we get it wrong, grass will die. In a worst case scenario all tees green and fairways will be dead in the spring. We cannot apply in wind, we cannot apply in rain. If the application is done too late in the season the product may not get into the plant making it unreliable. Leaves must be blown off, vacuumed up and hand picked off these surfaces as they would prevent the product from reaching the turf, a slow tedious job adding much more time required to spray than in the summer. In addition, the product must dry on the turf before allowing cart or foot traffic on the grass as this may remove the product from the target.

Here is a good example of what the course may look like if I miss the window of application. This was the spring of 2006. Sod installed late in 2005 did not get the product applied early enough and snow mould was not controlled. I am confident every member would say this is unacceptable.
Once again, this is short term pain for long term gain.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Upcoming Maintenance

On Tuesday November 8th the Back 9 will be closed and on Thursday November 10th the Front 9 will be closed for winter preparation. If you are planning on coming out for 18 holes you will have to play the same nine twice.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Year End Clear Out

This coming Sunday November 6th is when all golf bags and power kaddy units must be removed from the back shop storage area. This will also be the last day the range will be open for the 2016 season.