The most favorable time to open a golf course in Ontario is sometime in and around the Masters. The Masters Tournament at Augusta inspires many golfers to get out on the course and play. Three weeks ago it appeared like members were about to enjoy an early course opening. At the time Masters weekend was the date being thrown around as a potential opening by many area courses.
I am pleased to report that the golf course has wintered very well and after removing the tarps earlier this week there is no winter damage to report. 2016 appears to be off to a great start and we all have our fingers crossed for an earlier than normal opening date. Temperatures and weather patterns can quickly change to more seasonal conditions. It is important to ensure turfgrass is healthy and growing prior to opening.
The Guelph Turfgrass Institute is relocating to the University of Guelph Arboretum. The proposed location is adjacent to the 7 & 8th hole here at Cutten Fields. We can expect to see some development of the research plots as early as summer 2016 and building construction in 2017.
A Tree Management Plan has been developed for Cutten Fields to provide clear and consistent guidelines for the planting, maintenance and management of trees on the property. The goal of the tree plan is to improve turf health and the vitality of existing trees while maintaining the visual appeal of the golf course.