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Winnipeg Golf Services

A Message from our Maintenance Coordinator

2018 Year in Review

The 2018 golf season has come and gone and it seems like only yesterday we were enjoying our 30 degree heat on the golf course! We continued to take positive steps forward in 2018 and would like to sincerely thank all of you who played golf at one of our municipal golf courses this past season.

Despite a later opening date and a very dry spring, the golf courses rebounded very well and provided great playing conditions throughout the heart of the summer. Unfortunately, the weather was not as cooperative this fall which caused us to close for multiple days in October. I am happy to report that the winterization of our golf courses was a success! Our experienced maintenance team took great pride in this process, which included tarping each green with greens covers and spraying each green with chemical application. We also added some additional snow fencing this winter in select areas to ensure necessary snow cover and are very excited to see the results in the spring.

Our goal of improving the on course product continues to trend in a positive direction as we completed a number of key projects in 2018 at Kildonan, Windsor and Crescent Drive. Some of the highlights include:

Kildonan

  • The construction and opening of three new tee boxes on holes #2, #11 and #15.
  • The construction of a new greenside bunker on hole #10, which presents a new challenge to the already tricky train-bridge hole.
  • The cleaning and removal of debris around the 5th hole tee box.
  • The cleaning and re-grading of the waste area left of the 17th fairway. This area will be brought back into play in 2019 and will allow us to expand the fairway by about 10 yards, which will increase the landing area for tee shots on this par 5 hole.
  • The installation of irrigation extension around the clubhouse.
  • Adding a second aeration of tees and greens, which enhances the overall turf conditions on the course and ultimately improves the long term health of the tees and greens
  • The removal of a number of trees on the course which were suffering from Dutch elm disease.

Crescent Drive

  • The construction of a new decorative flower garden and log on hole #7.
  • The cleaning and mowing of waste areas along the east and north boundary fences.

Windsor

  • Sand-fill in the newly installed fairway drainage trenches. The trenches have greatly improved the drainage on these fairways resulting in better overall turf conditions and the ability for water to escape faster after periods of rain.
  • Adding a second aeration of tees and greens. This practice enhances the overall turf conditions on the course and ultimately improves the long term health of the tees and greens.
  • The removal of a number of trees on the course which were suffering from Dutch elm disease.

Harbour View

  • Harbour View was unfortunately subjected to severe vandalism this summer leaving the first green in need of serious repair. The Maintenance team worked diligently to restore the green and were able to successfully re-open the green for play prior to the end of the season.

The focus remains the same, with our vision of improving the overall golf experience at the City of Winnipeg Municipal Golf Courses, our management team has already started planning for 2019. We look forward to seeing everyone in the spring.

Sincerely,
Mike Brownridge
Maintenance Coordinator
City of Winnipeg Golf Services

Last update: December 13, 2018