I am back with my weekly blog to discuss the “turf side” of things at Victoria Park East and the development updates for Victoria Park Valley.
As you would expect with such a mild winter the golf courses overwintered extremely well. We are experiencing early summer conditions in late winter! The picture on the left shows assistant superintendent John Watson mowing # 4 green on the Valley nine.
Our planned opening date for the Valley will be at the end of April. I will keep you posted – promise.
The crew kept busy most of the winter. They spent about 6 weeks tree trimming and clearing brush at the Valley. Some tree work was also done on Hole # 18 at the East course. The main purpose of this was to make the course more playable. With so many trees on some holes we want to make sure golfers will find their golf balls and can easily chip out. There were some holes where tree work was done to improve sunlight and air circulation.
Victoria Park East – The golf course fully opened for play March 16. Since then we have mowed the greens at least 6 times and the conditions are awesome for this time of year. We have been a bit overwhelmed with the nice weather and the amount of golfers. With the more seasonable weather this week the crew will have a chance to get caught up on their course opening duties. This includes cleaning up branches and debris, edging and working up the bunkers, and installing all the course accessories (ball washers, bunker rakes etc.) I want to thank all of you for coming out to play and for your patience getting the course ready.
Until next time