Dry Playing Conditions Year-Round at Golf Burnaby


Underground drainage systems and surface aeration are key for golf courses. The main concern for the majority of golf courses in the Lower Mainland is the control of water. For about 3 months from July to September, adding water to the turf through an underground irrigation system is critical during dry summer conditions. For the rest of the 9 months of the year, from October to June, the removal of water is even more important to maintain optimal playing conditions.

Seasonal Closures Central Park Pitch & Putt

Central Park will be open Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays only until November. Course will close for the winter on Sunday, November 8th and will re-open mid-February (weather depending). Kensington Pitch & Putt will remain open as weather permits. Please call 604-291-9525 or 604-280-7355 to confirm business hours. Thank you!

 

 

The Unsustainability of PGA Green Speed

One of the most difficult questions to answer is “why can’t your greens be like the ones we see on TV - their greens are fast and smooth and look awesome.” While this is all true, they are fast (stimping 11-12ft or sometimes faster), smooth (minimum double cut and double rolled each day), and look awesome (TV camera filters can make the greens look green). That being said, to get the greens to that level of “awesomeness” is unsustainable.

As indicated in Part 3 the PGA Tour plays on green with speeds in excess of 11 feet. As we review how these speeds are attained we must look at the following:

Upcoming Kensington Closure

Notice: On Monday, September 14th, Kensington Pitch & Putt will not open until 11:00am.

~Sorry for the inconvenience~

The Science of Green Speed (Part 3)

Every golf course green has a speed limit based on various factors. As we have learned in the two previous articles, the “Green Speed” has two MAIN components that encourage and/or limit the speed of greens. In part one, we explained that better mowers and light weight rollers are the key to “Green Speed.” To explain how the PGA Tour play on green with speeds in excess of 11 feet (on the Stimpmeter, see first article) we must ask how many times per day do mowers and rollers get used and at what height.

The Science of Green Speed (Part 2)

In the last issue we discussed how mowing and rolling were the two main visible parts of the equation for developing greens that have a smooth and fast ball roll. In this issue we will discuss what goes on behind the scene to ensure a quality putting green. This part of the equation is far more diverse and sciencifically related.

TURF HEALTH + SOIL PHYSICS + SOIL BIOLOGY + CULTIVATION + IRRIGATION make up the foundation of the science of green speed.

The Science of Green Speed (Part 1)

Green speed or ball roll has been measured on putting greens since before the invention of the “Stimp Meter.” In 1935 Edward S. Stimpson developed the first device to quantify the speed of greens, but it was not regularly used by the United States Golf Association (USGA) until 1976. In 40 years, putting green speeds have dramatically increased from two main factors: better mowers and light weight rollers.

In 1970, the US Open putting green height was about 5.5mm. The most recent mowers allow superintendents to mow grass below 2.0mm in height.

New Website: Let’s Hear from You!

Welcome to our newly redesigned website! We hope you like it! We are keen to hear what you think about the redesign. We have created a website that is easier to navigate; connects to our other online experiences such as social media, videos and eNews; and has plenty of images and content for you to enjoy. Another key change that we have made is to create a website that is fully responsive to provide you with optimal viewing experience across a wide range of devices so you can easily read and navigate with a minimum amount of resizing, panning and scrolling from almost any device from desktop to mobile phone. 

In efforts to bring the website to you at the opening of the golf season, there are still a few improvements that we are making. Please bear with us as continue to update and change.

Burnaby Golf Festivals — A Hit!

Hundreds of golfers came out to the recent Golf Festivals held in this spring at the Burnaby Mountain and Riverway golf courses. 

Our CPGA golf professionals were on hand offering golf clinics on various topics, providing custom club fitting and video swing analysis for golfers who want learn more and improve on their game. Representatives from Callaway, Ping and Misumi demonstrated the latest golf equipment. And, representatives from the Bridgestone Golf provided golfers with ball fitting.

It was a great morning to work on your game, learn more about the “technical” aspects, and of course, there were prizes and food — fun for golfers of all ages!

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