The Whistler Golf Club is now open for play for the 2012 season! “It is a very exciting year for us. Our new greens project has gone very well and we’re sure our guests will love the new greens this season” said Alan Kristmanson, General Manager.
“Our maintenance crew has worked very hard getting the greens ready for play and with the great forecast over the next two weeks the greens and golf course will be in excellent condition for this early in the season”
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The Whistler Golf Club has just completed Phase 3 of it green renovation project. This phase started with the new bent grass sod being trucked up from Abbotsford BC to Whistler. From there about 10 pallets of sod were lifted off the delivery trucks and brought to each green to begin the installation process. The crew was able to get about 5 greens done a day. Following the greens installation the collars were stripped of the old sod and new blue grass collars were installed around the greens. Lastly the irrigation crew went on full alert and began watering the sod in- yes even with snow around still!
“This phase was definitely the most work but it went really well” said Dave Gottselig, Golf Course Superintendent. “Getting the sod out to the green sites was a challenge but once we got it there the installation crew did a great job of getting it down quick. Now we will wait two weeks or so for the sod to knit in then we will begin the final phase of the project which includes numerous top dressings of the greens, rolling the greens and finally start cutting the greens down to playing height”
For more information on this phase of the project please see our video overview below. For more information on the Whistler Golf Club or too book your tee times online visit www.whistlergolf.com.
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The Whistler Golf Club has entered Phase 2 of it’s green renovation project. We will be resurfacing all our greens with 007 Bent Grass for the 2012 season with an anticipated opening date of the third week of May. (see video below for an overview of the project to date)
“The snow clearing phase of the project was definitely a challenge. We had 6 feet of snow in a week that kept us busy. We actually ended up clearing every green 5 times and lost count of how many times we cleared the cart paths. But we’ve turned the corner hopefully on winter and we are excited to get to Phase 2 which is the removal of the old turf. Phase 3, the install of the new bent grass, won’t be far behind.”- Dave Gottselig, Golf Course Superintendent
“The purpose of this renovation is to provide the best putting surfaces possible for our guests. However it is also very important that our turf is strong enough to handle being under snow and ice during the winter. There are no guarantees when dealing with mother nature but the 007 bent grass has shown it handles snow and ice very well when maintained properly”- Alan Kristmanson, General Manager.
Whistler Golf Club has started phase one of it’s green renovation project. This phase started with contracting Bos Sod to grow 145,000 square feet of 007 bent grass for the club.
‘The grow in went really well and the turf is ready to go” said Alan Kristmanson, General Manager. “It’s now all about clearing the greens of snow and awaiting temperatures that allow us to go into phase three of the project which is stripping the old green surfaces away. We currently have about 8 inches of snow on average on the greens and the crew has started removing the snow now. This phase of the project should be done by early March and weather permitting the stripping of the old green surfaces should commence in mid March”
The Whistler Golf Club is pleased to announce that the club will be replacing its putting surfaces with a new strain of Bent grass for the 2012 season. General Manager Alan Kristmanson on this capital upgrade:
” We are thrilled to be making this improvement to our putting surfaces for the 2012 season. 007 Bent grass will be installed to replace the current poa annua grass that has overtaken our greens over the last 28 years. Bent grass has a much stronger resistance to snow and ice damage and should allow us to get into summer condition much quicker in the Spring. We have had some challenges the last three years coming our of winter so we feel this will help dramatically. Bent grass also provides a much smoother putting surface. Mr. Palmer’s green complexes will not be altered at all as our guests love the rolling slope here at the Whistler Golf Club”
The project stared in March with snow removal from the greens. ” Mother nature was tough on us as we had to do 6 laps of the greens but we got them clear in time for old sod removal. The current green surfaces were stripped in early April and the new sod laid April 10-12. We hope to open sometime around the third week of May.” See below for videos on the first two phases of the project. To view photos of this project click here. For more information on the Whistler Golf Club or to book tee times online visit www.whistlergolf.com