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June/July 2001
by Dave Allan and Steve Wilson, Fairview College  

(My Home Course)

My Home Course is a new program that rewards players for playing golf and cost the player no money.  That’s right it’s FREE.  You simply sign up at a participating course or through the Internet.  When you sign up you receive a swipe card and when you golf at a participating My Home Course golf course just swipe your card and you are entered to win prizes.  So the more you golf the more you are entered.  When you sign up you choose one of the participating golf courses as your Home Course.  Then you receive a monthly newsletter telling you about upcoming deals in the pro-shop or lounge.  There is even a course superintendent's section so he/she can tell what’s coming up for course maintenance or give tips about raking sand traps and fixing ball marks.  

(The Water Wick)

The Water Wick is a drainage system that looks like it would be very easy to install and would be very effective in moving water out of low lying areas.  The water wick cuts through the soil leaving behind a 5/8" cut and injecting gravel 8-12" deep.  The Water Wick looks like it would have minimal soil disturbance and very little downtime for the golf course, which is always important.  

(Golf Club Atlas)

This site was set up to profile the world’s finest golf courses.  There are over 120 courses highlighted here.  The site focuses on lesser-known courses that would be great to play.  Augusta National, Pine Valley, and Pebble Beach are also included but their profiles are among the shortest.  The courses that the author has included are courses that he believes would be inspiring to play with friends, family, or even your dog.  Some courses are not championship courses or even in the best condition.  The courses are broken down in to four categories Pre-1899, 1900-1937, 1949-1980, Present.  You can search courses by Architect, or Country.  There is also a monthly interview and the old interviews are archived so you can still read them.  Some of the old interviewees are Pete Dye and Tom Doak.  There is a section dedicated to Michael G. Miller's painting.  And yes, even Stanley Thompson's courses are covered for us Canadians.   (Bos Sod)

Bos Sod Farms is located in the heart of the Fraser Valley of British Columbia.  In 1981 Bos Sod Farms started growing sod for the Southern Alberta market and has since branched out into the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.  In the last several years the Abbotsford farm has been exclusively growing quality specialty sod for the golf course industry, with a special focus on sod products for greens.  The service area includes the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada.  They grow different bentgrasses and even Poa Reptans on a washed sand rootzone.  They also grow some sports turf on washed sand and loamy sand rootzones as well.  You can obtain a price quote online if you wish.  

(Golf Irrigation Design)

Currently featured on this web site is the company’s latest project, Last Oak Golf & CC, a course 100% owned and operated by the Cowessess First Nation.  Golf Course Superintendent Shari Hohm planned and achieved her new precise and effective fully automatic irrigation system (so needed in this Prairie Valley setting) on budget.  The company’s involvement as Irrigation Designer was expanded into directing the construction to retain the high quality level expected and to also stay on budget.  If you have any current or future irrigation design needs, give this site a try.


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