Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hello Sawmill my Old Friend

Good afternoon everybody,

After what turned out to be a true Canadian winter, it was great to finally open the doors on the 2014 golf season this morning.  Although the course is still quite wet, The Saw handled the harsh winter with flying colours; the greens are in great shape, and although all turf on site is still dormant, it appears as though we have passed through winter without any major issues.  Cleanup has been well under way, and will continue on through the coming weeks as Mother Nature allows us to.

I am thrilled to be returning this season in the role of Golf Resort Superintendent.  It has been two years since I have last had the opportunity to serve this membership, and I could not be happier to be here.  I believe we have assembled an amazing turf team this season, and you will notice that much like myself, there are several key members returning.  You will notice that Jimmy MacDonald has returned for the 2014 season, and will be working alongside me in the role of Assistant Golf Resort Superintendent.  He will be joined by a couple of seasoned veterans on the crew who have spent several seasons here in both Larry and Wayne.  I am sure many of you will recognize these two stalwarts from years past, and I am happy to see them both return.  They will be joined by Shelley, who I have had the pleasure of working alongside in past seasons.  Shelley is an incredibly talented horticulturist, and will be taking care of our extensive gardens on the resort.  And of course, I would be remiss not to mention the man in the shop who will no doubt keep the operation running smoothly.  Dan has been on board for a couple of months now, and has been feverishly working away to restore our fleet of turf equipment and golf carts for the start of the season.

As for the course itself, the wind today certainly will help dry us out a bit.  Prior to allowing carts out for the season, we do need some significant drying to occur first.  The same holds true for our bunkers; some still are covered in snow!  Once the bunkers have dried out a bit, we will be able to get in them and prepare them for play.

Of course the weather will dictate everything that happens to the course over the coming weeks, and I cannot emphasize enough that based on the long term forecast, patience will be key.  Prior to any growth occurring, we do need the soil temperatures to rise, and it does not look as though we will see this happen very quickly.  With the fact that the lake froze over this winter, it does appear as though we are in for a long, cool spring.  Time will tell, but for the time being, patience is key.

I would like to thank everyone who has stopped by, or sent me a note welcoming me home to The Saw.  It is encouraging to hear these words and I could not be more grateful.  I am proud to once again call myself the Superintendent at Sawmill Creek.

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at jamie.downton@sawmill-creek.com

Happy golfing!


Jamie


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