The Super’s Corner
With warmer temperatures on the horizon and golfers dusting off their clubs for another great season, the Turf Team at Legends on the Niagara is also looking forward to an early start. With favourable spring conditions so far this year, the Battlefield course at Legends on the Niagara is slated to open April 17 with Ussher’s Creek not far behind.
Winter damage to golf courses is very unpredictable but if history repeats itself, Legends on the Niagara will escape any major winter turf damage.
Being a relatively young property, we are at a distinct advantage with playing surfaces composed mainly of bentgrass: a very hardy turf species that can handle prolonged ice and snow cover much better than poa annua (Poa). Most older golf courses are a mix of poa and bentgrass, resulting in an increased chance of winter damage which was so prevalent throughout Southern Ontario in 2014.
There is however every indication that Whirlpool Golf Course has wintered well and opening day will not be far off schedule. We are also excited to announce that by the middle of the 2015 golf season, every sand trap at Legends will have received a significant investment in new sand which Whirlpool enjoyed in 2014. As well, a number of drainage projects at Legends continue on an annual basis resulting in better playing surfaces in 2015 and for years to come.
Caring for your Lawn at Home – The Super’s Spring Recommendations
The spring is an important time to start ‘giving some love’ to your home lawn. Spring maintenance will increase the chances of your lawn remaining competitive throughout the stressful summer months. Here are some key practices to give your lawn a competitive advantage:
- Give it an aggressive rake
Aggressively raking out dead material/thatch early in the spring will allow for air exchange, drying, as well as moisture and nutrient penetration to the soil below where the turf feeds.
- Don’t forget the spring feed
Even if you remembered to dormant fertilize your lawn late last fall, a spring feeding or two is very important to give it the jump start it needs. Target two evenly spaced applications between April and Victoria Day of approximately 0.2 kg Nitrogen/100 m2 of a fertilizer that is of a 4-1-2 ratio.
- Overseed those patches
As we approach Victoria Day weekend, temperatures are conducive for applying a soil/seed mix for overseeding thin patches or bare spots. A thicker/fuller lawn will resist weed encroachment throughout the year.
- Look to the weeds
With pesticide use for homeowners banned in Ontario, minimizing the presence of weeds in the turf prior to them flowering will limit further infestation. Be sure to manually remove as much of the root as possible to limit its potential of returning.
Planting 40,000 Trees in 2015
Combating the Emerald Ash Borer
Over the past several years Niagara Parks has been monitoring and evaluating the state of the Emerald Ash Borer. This invasive species affects many Ash trees bordering the Legends on the Niagara golf complex and throughout Niagara Parks.
This non-native insect burrows into Ash tree bark and removes the tree’s ability to retain the nutrients it will need to sustain its health and growth. In response, Niagara Parks has developed an Emerald Ash Borer Forestry Management Plan to address the impact of this particular species. As Emerald Ash Borer populations increase over time, this proactive plan will help ensure selective Ash tree protection; preserve the environmental and esthetic benefits of the tree population within Niagara Parks and support public safety through a combination of monitoring, removals, replacements, and public education strategies. One strategy that was implemented this past winter was a low-intensity thinning of a 40 hectare (100 acre) parcel of land in the northeast area of Legends on the Niagara. In 2015, to ensure a long-term healthy tree inventory and tree canopy along the Niagara Parkway, 40,000 new trees and seedlings will be planted across Niagara Parks properties including the Legends golf complex.
Niagara Parks Golf Leagues
Looking for a great golf league to join for the 2015 season? Now is the time to get signed up! Niagara Parks Golf offers co-ed, men’s and ladies leagues on a variety of courses for all levels, at competitive prices. Members enjoy weekly contests and draws, opening day events, food specials in our pub, and end-of-the-year celebrations and awards. Visit niagaraparksgolf.com to get started.
Legends on the Niagara Easter Brunch
Join us on Sunday, April 5 for a traditional Easter Brunch served at a variety of Niagara Parks Restaurants including Legends on the Niagara, Whirlpool Golf Course, Elements on the Falls Restaurant and Queenston Heights Restaurant. Reservations are recommended. Check out the full Legends on the Niagara Easter Brunch menu for more details.
Early Season Rates
Spring rates will be in effect as soon as the courses open and until May 22. Weekday rates at Whirlpool Golf Course and Legends on the Niagara are $55.00 plus tax and $60.00 plus tax on weekends. Green fees include golf, power carts and unlimited use of the range when at Legends on the Niagara.
Who Said That?
“It is considered good sportsmanship not to pick-up lost balls while they are still moving.”