Golf Course Update April 29th / 2011

Golf Course Update

Driving Range
Unfortunately the golf course received approximately 4" of new snow between Thursday night and Friday morning. The snow has now stopped and the melt should resume soon as it looks like the sun is coming out. Although the new snow shouldn't be around long, it has slowed melting of existing snow and the drying process required to get the driving range open. Earlier in the week we were optimistically hoping to get the range open for this weekend however I think it will be mid next week at the earliest. Stay tuned to this blog or Priddis Greens web site for updates.

We were busy this week blowing snow off greens, tees and started on fairways that stay very wet. I am certain that the conditions of the turf would come through better if we just let the snow melt, however some our snow would likely be here until June if we didn't help it go.

We have had a good look at 16 of our 40 greens and they all look very good. The only imperfections on those greens at this point are scuff marks from snow blowers on a few greens. This is something that happens most springs and the scuffs will be gone before or shortly after we open.

Because we have been prioritizing greens we haven't cleared as many tees as we have greens but all the tees that have been exposed look great.

Fairways remained covered in snow with the exception of a few areas on the back nine Raven that are exposed to more sun light. The areas of turf on fairways we have been able to inspect look good. The Kentucky Bluegrass on fairways looks great and I think the Annual Bluegrass although it looks weak for the most part should come out fine. We do need to get things dried out because Poa is prone to spring disease if it stays cold and wet.

A large percentage of the rough will be effected by snow mold because of the amount and duration of snow cover & because rough does not receive a preventative application of fungicide. Once the ground is dry enough, staff will be out verti cutting and sweeping the matted down rough grass to encourage turf recovery.

Vole Damage

Many golf courses in the Calgary region are reporting severe turf damage from voles. Although we have only been able to inspect small sections of rough because of snow cover we are seeing only moderate damage versus some of the carnage being reported at other clubs. We anxiously await to see if the work performed trying to prevent excessive vole damage paid off.

Turf Care Labour Hours for April
52 hrs removing snow from cart paths or parking lots
203 hrs removing snow from greens
36 hrs removing snow from tees
22 hrs removing snow from fairway and rough
88 hrs pulling tarps and bubble wrap off greens
6 hrs mowing greens
38 hrs on accessories at driving range
191 hrs on Tree Work
44 hrs splitting logs
135 hrs chipping Branches
53 hrs repairing stairs from 10R green - 11 Raven tee

Grand total on snow removal for April is 313 hours!!