While there wasn’t a lot of snow over this winter, what we did have came quite early and stayed around. This snow covered turf that was still somewhat growing and stayed all winter and into the spring. We were still snow blowing greens the last week of April. This extreme duration of time under snow resulted in above average damage from snow mould on several of the greens at the Wheat City Golf Course. The worst affected greens include 2, 5, 13, 14, and 17, while others were affected to a lesser amount. Upon finding this, and the awarding of the seed and fertilizer tenders, we were aggressive in the repair by using an aerator with special seeding tines to over seed these patches to get the turf to return as soon as possible. The biggest snag that we have hit is with the supply of the greens mix sand. We tested the sand and it did not meet the specifications that we had requested. The result of this sand was poor germination of the seed due to poor sand/seed contact, sand was picked up by the mowers because it would not penetrate the turf canopy, and dulling of the mowers. We are currently working with our sand supplier to remedy the situation and hope to have a new supply very soon.
The biggest complaint about the greens this season has been that we are not watering them. This cannot be further from the truth. While the greens had turned hard and appeared dry, the root zone was still completely full of water. What sparked this discussion was when we were actually hit with a disease called Anthracnose, which can resemble dry turf when present. This is a common disease that typically does not spread to rapidly. In fact, we treat it nearly every season. For whatever reason, this season it decided to spread very rapidly over last Tuesday, June 5 night into Wednesday, June 6 when we returned to work. We quickly identified the disease and treated it. We have been very aggressive in what we have been completing on these greens to bring them back into shape from this disease including: treating with appropriate chemical (twice), multiple fertilizer applications, verticutting for air penetration, and water. Once the sand situation is remedied, we will be again over seeding aggressively and working towards even better turf. We have seen nearly a full recovery from this disease in one week and the condition of the greens have improved immensely.
Above, left picture April 25, right picture June 15.
Left picture early June, right picture June 15.
Left, June 15
Right, June 15
Below, June 15
Below, June 15
Left, June 15
UPDATE - Golf Canada Scoring Centre
Wheat City Golf Course has now had a chance to meet and discuss the Golf Canada Scoring Centre and changes to their program. YOU DO NOT NEED to go online and purchase a gold membership. This is included in your Wheat City Golf Course season pass rate. We will be setting up everyone by May 31 on the system who purchased a season pass at the Wheat City Golf Course. WE REQUIRE AN EMAIL ADDRESS TO SETUP YOUR GOLF CANADA ACCOUNT. Please visit pro shop and provide us your email address.
Non season pass holders that want to enter scores to calculate their handicap factor for league purposes would have to go online and purchase a Golf Canada Gold Membership.
Wheat City Golf Course
3500 McDonald Ave.
Brandon, MB R7B 0B9
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