Before setting someone up with a golf cart for a round, it might be a good idea to get them to view this crash test video from Club Car just as a reminder of what can happen out there.
St. George’s begins greens reconstruction
St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto is embarking on a greens reconstruction project, beginning July 8.
With a 95 per cent approval rating, members voted Tuesday evening to rebuild all the greens to USGA specifications plus two fairways on No. 5 and No. 9.
The golf course will remain open throughout the renovations, including clubhouse operations and the outdoor golf academy.
It will operate with temporary greens and a series of rotating hole closures while reconstruction on the greens takes place.
Construction crews are scheduled to start digging up the existing greens on July 8. Seeding of all new greens is expected to be completed in early September to give the putting surfaces time to grow in, with a projected reopening date in June 2015.
Consulting golf course architects, Tom Doak and Ian Andrew, who were retained to review the greens complexes, as well as other potential capital projects, spoke to members on Tuesday along with superintendent Keith Bartlett, as members voted to accelerate the project to this summer.
“When we were here last fall, I certainly didn’t think we’d be looking at doing the greens this summer, but the winter storm and ice damage pushed the decision forward,” said Andrew, who is also supervising construction of new greens at nearby Islington Golf and Country Club for similar reasons.
“Across the Northern United States and throughout Ontario and Quebec, ice damage to older poa annua greens and fairways has been extensive at many clubs, “ he added.
“The issues surrounding the viability of the poa annua greens at St. George’s that we talked about with members last fall came to fruition this spring,” said Andrew.
A detailed plan outlining changes to individual greens has been provided to members and it addresses poor drainage, shrunken green sizes, slopes within greens, increased pin areas and other issues.
The Vegas classroom
The PGA Fashion and Demi Experience to be held Aug. 18-20 in Las Vegas has released its list of education sessions that will take place.