Monthly Archives: December 2012

Meet Oakville’s Other Golf Gem

Photo courtesy Jeff Mingay

By Jeff Mingay

While not as well-known as its famous neighbour, Glen Abbey Golf Club, The Oakville Golf Club is a golf course worthy of mention. The club’s nine-hole course—laid out along the eastern edge of 16 Mile Creek in Oakville, Ont.—was originally designed by George Cumming, the ‘dean of Canadian golf professionals.’ Cumming was head professional at The Toronto Golf Club for half a century, beginning in 1900. He was also a pioneer golf course designer in this country during the early part of the 20th century when golf was in its infancy in Canada.

By the time I was hired to create an improvement plan for The Oakville Golf Club in 2009, the course was 88 years old and most of Cumming’s original design was gone. Still, with the exception of the bunkers—which were remodelled in the 1980s in a style to match that era of golf course design—the Oakville course had an old-fashioned look and feel about it. To my way of thinking, if the bunkers were renovated in a style reflecting 1920s-era golf architecture, not only would design continuity be restored, but with it a complete look and feel that matched the club’s history and the course’s pedigree. And so began a comprehensive bunker renovation project in March 2012.

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Designing a Landscape with the Client

Photo © Bill Thompson

By Bill Thompson

Through progression as a designer and builder, basic principles should be followed to achieve a positive and lasting result. Many of these have to do with scale and having the correct proportions—whether in the structures built, the water features created, or the gardens installed. There are classic proportions that make these fit more naturally into their surroundings and help them relate to each other in a more co-operative and compelling way.

Listening and visualizing
The most important thing a designer can do is listen. When meeting a new client, it is okay for him or her to bring past experiences to the table to help realize the landscape goals. However, the first thing the designer should do is ask the client to talk about the vision for the project.

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Preparing Your Equipment for Winter

Photo courtesy John Deere

By Tracy Lanier

Proper equipment maintenance and care is essential to ensuring the life and performance of turf care equipment. While ramping up for high-cutting season maintenance is critical, it is equally important to conduct routine maintenance needed to prepare equipment for decreased use and winter storage.

Covering the basics
The fundamentals of equipment maintenance and care should never be overlooked. Always start the process by taking an inventory of the equipment, checking the owner’s manual for recommended tips, and then mapping your expected use and storage plan for your fleet.

At a minimum, it is important to put a plan in place to execute the fundamentals of equipment maintenance.

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