Mid February Golf Course Update

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Mid February Golf Course Update

Cold winter temperatures leaves most golfers thinking about one thing; when is the next flight leaving to Palm Springs or Phoenix. While warmer weather leaves most golfers thinking about the upcoming season. Warm, as well as cold  winter weather conditions for Alberta Superintendents leaves them to wonder what is happening to the grass underneath the snow and tarps. Turf Care recently took the opportunity to cut into several different tarps to have a look at what is happening. At this point, although it is still early, everything is looking great. Most of The Glendale's greens are a bentgrass/poa mix, but the majority of the greens have a higher percentage of bent than poa. Bentgrass turf is better able to handle Alberta's increasingly variable winter weather. Although that does not guarantee we won't see winter-kill, it is far less likely than if we were predominately Poa.

Turf Care continues to track weekly oxygen and carbon dioxide levels underneath all tarps and spends a significant amount of time blowing air underneath them. Internal and external temperature are also documented throughout the winter months. Although it is still very early, all readings are looking good.

The golf course is currently 95% snow cover with the current snow depths ranging for 2" to 14", with some mounding being exposed.

Turf Care will continue to monitor all areas and start pumping water out of low lying areas if needed.

Chris Prodahl

Golf Course Superintendent

Posted: 2/22/2017 12:48:53 PM by Chris Prodahl


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