Open for Golf: Winter maintenance programs for a 12-month season

Photo courtesy Dean Piller

By Dean Piller, AGS

As superintendent of the Cordova Bay Golf Course in Victoria, B.C., I have seen player expectations increase every year since we opened more than 20 years ago. Today’s winter maintenance programs are aimed at providing reasonable course conditions on a daily basis, while at the same time completing important cultural and course improvement projects required at a time when most of Canada is frozen over and covered in snow.

Fall preparation
There is a period of time in the fall between Labour Day and the end of October that many of our daily activities focus on preparing for the winter. Aside from the normal tasks required to ready the course for daily play, staff are busy behind the scenes prepping the golf course, and more specifically the soil, for the wet winter months that lie ahead.

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