Golf Course Management

APR 2019

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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68 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 04.19 Circle the date Last July, when the PGA Tour announced a shift in its scheduling, from late July to early June, a smile crept onto the faces of most Ca - nadian golf fans, especially Laurence Apple- baum, the chief executive officer of Golf Can- ada. Following the announcement, he said, "e new 2019 date change is a clear demon - stration of our combined commitment to the game and Canada's national championship. is exciting change will inject tremendous energy into the RBC Canadian Open and make Canadian golf better." e June date for the event, sandwiched between the Memorial and the U.S. Open, is better for attracting more top players and also more ideal for achieving prime playing con - ditions. When the new date was announced, another person whose smile widened a bit was Trainor. "I love the date," says Hamilton G&CC's superintendent and a 37-year GCSAA mem - ber. "Early June is when we have some of our best conditions. I remember reading an arti - cle years ago about why the U.S. Open is al- ways held in the first two weeks of June, and it said because it was often hosted at the top private courses in the Northeast, and that is when their course conditions and weather are The Hamilton G&CC crew aerated and sand- filled greens — including this one on No. 7 — last fall. The staff faces a short timeline to get the course ready for the Canadian Open in early June, a period superintendent Rhod Trainor says "is usually when the course begins to wake up." the best. Going forward, this is a much better date for the Canadian Open." While the date is great for the turf, from a setup standpoint, it will be a race against time and Mother Nature to get everything ready. "It will be a mad scramble for all the setup people," Trainor says. A head start Early preparation for hosting Canada's sole PGA Tour event started last fall. Trainor and his crew completed edging on all of their aging bunkers, a practice that is normally done in the spring. "We did that to allow for a little grow-back along our bunker edges to put our best face on for the tournament," he explains. "Edging was also a little more aggressive than normal as we, in many cases, went beyond the designed edge to cut back to mature turf. is will allow the bunkers to have more visual appeal. Barring any major rainstorms, the bunkers should look and play great for the tournament." Trainor admits nothing short of a com - plete renovation can remedy some of the long- term bunker issues he and his team face. And that might just be on the horizon: Trainor is hopeful the membership will approve moving forward with a master plan, or at least parts While the date is great for the turf, from a setup standpoint, it will be a race against time and Mother Nature to get everything ready.

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