Course is in great shape, says Desjardins
SUMMERSIDE – Golfers can start to get their clubs ready for the 2014 season with the Summerside Golf and Country Club expecting to be open for business next week.
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Blair Blanchard, superintendent of the Summerside Golf and Country Club, checks out one of the greens at the club. The course came out of the severe winter in good shape and will be ready for golfers next week.
Club general Manager Dallas Desjardins said the course has come through the long, cold winter in good shape and should be ready in the second week of May.
“Generally, our target opening date is the first Friday of May, which this year would be this coming Friday,” he said. “But with the recent weather, we’re going to be a few days off of that. We’ll be looking at next week sometime instead of this Friday. So, we’re too far behind, just a little bit.”
Desjardins said the encouraging aspect is the conditions look very good.
“What we have seen uncovered so far is really promising,” he said. “I was a little scared but it looks like with all of the insulation that the snow provided, the turf underneath looks really good.”
Desjardins said one of the keys to the good condition of the course is the drainage work the club did last year.
“I will say that I’m very glad this year that we did all of the drainage work in the fall of last year,” he said. “It will be put to the test. We did expensive drainage work on some of the holes near the Spa. It was a good year to do that.”
Desjardins said drainage work was undertaken on holes three, five and six.
“We built a new tee, so we actually did a lot of work and a lot of it was to relieve the drainage issues that were still lingering around,” he said. “This year everything is going to be in tip top shape.”
The putting greens came through the winter in good shape as well, Desjardins said.
“From everything that we’ve seen so far, the greens are all excellent,” he said. “They wintered really well. The last few years we’ve upped everything, fertilizer budgets and that sort of thing. So, the course has never been healthier. When you put it to bed healthy in the fall then it wakes up good in the spring.”
Desjardins said the club is looking to host a number of events this summer on the links.
“We moved our Clark’s Toyota Cup sooner so that ill be in mid-June,” he said. “We actually have a professional event. Part of the PGA Tour Atlantic is coming May 26 which will see up to 40 of the Maritimes’ professionals play. We have the Island Amateur Tour which we have on July 5 and 6 and then a few odds and ends.”
The Boys and Girls Club of Summerside will hold their annual fundraising tournament at the club a long with the Summerside Rotary fundraiser.
“We have a pretty good line-up this year.”