Lambton Golf and Country Club is undergoing a major renovation of nearly all of its holes. The private, members only golf course located in Toronto, Ontario has embarked on a demolition of their golf course in order to build a water reservoir for irrigation purposes and to rid the course of Poa annua, an undesirable type of turf.
The primary reason for the construction is the need to reduce the impact the golf course has on the Humber River. Currently the irrigation system has capabilities to withdraw 1200 american gallons per minute from the river. The new system with the implemented water reservoir will have the capabilities to withdraw 400 gallons per minute. Course Superintendent Peter Kinch also wished to rid the course of Austrian pine trees that are prone to disease as well as create well drained and properly built putting greens. The old greens were often covered by tree shade, and had undesirable root zones beneath the grass. Therefore the predominant grass on the greens was Poa annua, which is extremely hard to maintain at a low height of cut and in temperatures above 26 celcius.
This was a very interesting construction site to visit for several reasons. The project was two months into an estimated one year long project. I find the most interesting aspect is the hiring of Rees Jones who is renowned for his work on golf courses to host the United States Open. I believe the work they have done on grading the entire course will pay dividends in the long run. They have put a lot of effort into creating perfectly irrigated, and drained holes. Their efforts to create a perfectly functioning golf course is an example of the passion people in this industry display on a daily basis.