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Ball marks are an issue we are all faced with every year. They are unavoidable “if the green is actually hit” but can easily be fixed. We notice during this time of year when the green gets firm and fast that we have more ball marks than let’s say in the spring and fall when the greens are softer. I know what you must be thinking, you should have more ball marks when the greens are soft right. You’re right but in the spring the ball mark is usually right beside the ball as the greens are much softer, thus golfers usually fix it as it’s right there in front of us. In the summer, when the greens are firm and fast you might land on the green but sometimes the ball might roll off the back of the green making us forget to go look for that ball mark located in front of the green.repair%2520ball%2520mark%2520on%2520green

Not only does an un-fixed ball mark affect the smoothness of the golf green but it also damages the green. A wrongly fixed ball mark will also cause damage to a green. Here’s a good picture to show the proper way to fix a ball mark.

Even the pros fix them!

There is a saying that has been around for many years, “fix your ball mark and one other”.

See you on the course,

Pascal

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 Early June usually signals the start of all the great events and tournaments we host at Fox Creek. We certainly try and limit the amount of tournament we host at the club but at the same time realize that it’s an important part of our business model and one that we need in order to stay successful.

 

Our biggest challenge is always to maximize the amount of golf we can accommodate to our members on event days; whether that means having tee times available before and after the tournament or to close the course completely for the day. Every tournament is set-up differently and demands different attention. Some events are very basic golf tournaments that can be played fairly quickly like a regular game of golf. For these tournaments we can usually release tee-times before and after the event. We also have bigger events though that demand more time for set-up like; tent’s with table and chairs for tournament volunteers, bringing vehicles for hole in one prize’s, and setting up different activities on certain holes. We usually close the course for these types of events in order to get the course ready. The pace of play is always slower as well and makes it impossible for us to estimate their finish time in order to release tee-times in the evening. The timing of the event is also a big factor in deciding if we can allow play. For a 1 pm shotgun we can usually release tee-times early in the morning while an 11 am shotgun forces us to close the course.

 

We are committed again this year to not booking tournaments on Friday’s. We realize that Friday’s are the most popular golf day for our members and we certainly don’t want to take that away. A special shout out goes to Eddy Arsenault and the Fox Creek team for the hard work and commitment they put into these tournaments. Fox Creek has always been recognized for hosting some of the best events in Atlantic Canada and it certainly isn’t possible without their knowledge and professionalism.

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Over the past few seasons the sand depth in our bunkers has been getting shallow in some areas and many ask, where does the sand go?

When heavy rain occurs, especially thundershowers during the dry season, the water that runs down the bank washes the sand down while also washing silt and rocks along with it. We then need to shovel out the sand that is contaminated with silt and rocks before we can actually fix the bunker. While doing this we lose perfectly good sand in the process. That’s why the bunkers with the most severe slopes, like on holes 4, 12, and 18 are always the most problematic!

Our goal during construction was to have 4″- 6″ of sand on the bottom tapering to 3″- 4″ on the banks. We were able to keep this standard for many years but over time we were forced to add sand to many bunkers as we did this past week. Our main priority is certainly on the greenside bunkers as they not only get the most play but also require the most sand. A fairway shot you tend to try and pick it clean while the greenside shot you usually try to hit a few inches behind the ball thus requiring more sand.

But I’m not the golf pro so this is not a golf tip, just my theory!

See you on the course,

Pascal
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Top dressing is a term that can often make a golfer cringe. Some comments we’ve heard over the years are “Why do you top dress, the greens are perfect?” or, my favourite, “Your ruining our beautiful greens!” The reality is that our greens are usually perfect because we top dress and it’s impossible to achieve without it.

This common maintenance practice is essential for the health of our golf greens. Not only does it help reduce disease and protect the crown of the plant, but also gives us the smooth, firm and fast greens we all love to putt on. In a typical year, we usually apply a heavier application in the spring to get any imperfections out and get the greens smooth. This is followed by light applications every 3-4 weeks throughout the summer. We then apply another heavy application in the late fall to help to protect the crown of the plant from the harsh winter months.

Sunny days are crucial for a successful top dress as the sunny mornings allow the sand to dry and make dragging the sand into the canopy much easier and cleaner with very little visible sand left! For the summer months we will advise a week in advance when we plan to top dress. We usually aim for the start of the week, but can sometimes change depending on the weather; which everyone knows that Maritimes weather is impossible to predict!

Here’s a link to more in depth information about top dressing greens.

https://www.gcsaa.org/course/communication/informationforgolfers/topdressing-smoothing-out-the-rough-spots-in-your-game

See you on the course,

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Hello from Fox Creek Golf Course!

We hope everyone is enjoying this unusually early spring. It truly is an exceptional spring and very much deserved! We’ve never seen a dry spring like this where carts were on the fairway by April 28th. We’ve decided this year to write a weekly blog to keep you informed of upcoming projects and give a few updates and maintenance tips. We hope to help keep players updated on current and upcoming activities and feel it will give you a better understanding of some of our work that is ongoing and coming up!

As many have noticed, we have been undergoing extensive work along the wood sides of certain holes. These projects have been long overdue and we feel will greatly improve the pace of play, make finding golf balls easier, and improve having an actual shot!

Our plan is to clean out these areas and seed them with a low maintenance grass that we can keep mowed. Until the conditions improve please take a free drop as these areas are considered “ground under repair”.

A special thank you to all the members that gave their time in our spring cleaning efforts. It always amazes us to see the pride our members have for the golf course and that they are willing to give their week nights and weekends to truly make a difference.

See you on the course,
Pascal