Aeration Education

Deep-tine Aeration

This is an example of deep-tine aeration using solid pencil tines. This method of aeration produces minimal surface disruption to putting greens. Greens are completely playable immediately after application.

What: Aeration is a mechanical disruption to the surface/subsurface of the turf where the disruption creates an avenue for water and air to move freely.

Why: Like people, turf survives on oxygen. And as the name implies, aeration helps to circulate air and the absorption of water in the soil. Air and water are necessary to keeping turf healthy. Without aeration, greens would be soft, spongy and waterlogged all winter. (See before and after photos below)

Golf Nutrition

Diet of Champions

Golf is a physical sport that requires both physical and mental preparedness. Our body requires adequate nutrition to perform well mentally and physically. Unfortunately, nutrition is an often overlooked aspect of the game. Proper nutrition not only supports your body's needs while playing the sport, but it also helps you recover from a tough round or workout at the gym. On the course or at practice, proper hydration and a variety of nutritious foods can help you perform well on the course.

Environmental Benefits of Turf Grass

Golf Burnaby endorses the research provided by the Canadian Turfgrass Research Foundation. 

Reduces Runoff
Turf grasses slow down the speed and reduce the force of flowing water. This benefits the groundwater reserves because it's absorbed in the soil. Sediment that has been picked up by the water is always trapped within the stand of turf grass. This prevents many of the pollutants and other chemicals that rain water gathers from ending back in our water system. Instead, the pollutants enter the soil where they are broken down safely. 

Golf Travels: Bandon Dunes Golf Trip

Rory Clipsham at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

Golf Burnaby regular Rory Clipsham was fortunate enough this past December to spend a few days at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, which is located in the southwest corner of Oregon on the Pacific Ocean.

Bandon Dunes is built on a beautiful stretch of sand dunes sitting 100 feet above the ocean. The resort is made up of four full sized golf courses, a 13 hole par 3 course, and a 60 acre practice area.  These golf courses give you a true links golf experience that is completely natural, complete with incredible views of the ocean, the ever changing winds, rolling fairways, pot bunkers, and of course, the gorse.

The Importance of a Proper Warm Up

We’ve all been there, rushing to the course because we were held up at work or traffic wasn’t cooperating. You anxiously watch the clock hoping to make it to the course on time. You don’t want to get bumped by a foursome that will undoubtedly hold you up and prevent you from finishing all 18. Finally, you arrive at the course with seconds to spare. You quickly pay, walk to the first tee box, pull the cover of your driver, grab a ball and whack away. You continue this torrid pace for the first three holes until you are finally able to settle in.

Golf Course Improvements: Making Lemonade Out of Lemons

Fallen trees after the windstorm

<p>In August 2015, a freak windstorm devastated the Lower Mainland and blew down thousands of trees, including those that inhabit the Burnaby Mountain Golf Course. Seeing the damage done, and the amount of clean-up that was needed, we chose to see the windstorm as an opportunity to aesthetically improve the area surrounding the 16th and 17th green. The cottonwoods that had once overgrown the creek following 16 and 17 holes had fallen during the windstorm, opening up the greens for improvement.</p>

How to Reduce Distance Loss in Cold Weather

Why doesn’t my ball go as far as it did in the summer?

Most people don’t know why their 7 iron goes 10-15% shorter in November than in July. Some of the contributing reasons for this effect are:

  1. A cold ball does not compress as well as a warmer ball. Compressing the ball is integral for speed and distance.
  2. Cold air is denser than warm air.
  3. The ball will not roll far on wet ground.
  4. You’re less flexible in the cold, which results in less speed placed into your swing.

Now that you understand how winter weather affects golf balls, below are suggestions on how to make your winter round of golf just as enjoyable as in the summer:

Golf Travels: Mike and Alanna Down Under

Golf Burnaby regulars Mike and Alanna Pierce are both avid golfers and travel enthusiasts. While vacationing in Australia and New Zealand they managed to play a few rounds when the perfect opportunity presented itself. Here's what they shared with us about some of the most interesting and diverse courses they’ve played thus far.

New Tee Decks

Burnaby Golf’s operations statement is “Support us today as we improve golf for tomorrow". It's based on a desire to continuously make our golf courses better. Our goal is to ensure that your playing experience is always a good one. In order to accomplish our goal we have initiated a Golf Course Improvement Plan. Over the years we have paved cart paths, installed over 150 km of drainage,  and redesigned and developed our sand bunkers, among many other improvements. 

Developing Golf Swing Power

Power Plan

It certainly is a wonderful feeling when your tee shot seems to fly forever down the fairway. It is equally exciting when you finally reach that long par five in two! Having the ability to generate power in your golf swing provides significant confidence for your winning walk past all the envious playing partners and up the fairway to your next shot. However, even with the temporary ego boost, achieving and maintaining golf power is a lifelong and often futile quest.