Fall and Winter Golf Course Conditioning Preparation

Every year, in preparation for the fall and winter months, Golf Burnaby goes through an extensive maintenance program to keep all our golf courses the driest in the lower mainland. With golfers in mind, Golf Burnaby’s putting green maintenance programs occur in early October to ensure the best playing conditions through all of September (one of the best golfing months of the year).

Putting greens are aerified to ensure the turfgrass plant has plenty of oxygen.

"Reach Out" Program

Over fifteen years ago, Burnaby’s Golf Operations Department recognized that the number of players taking up the game of golf was not going to make up for the numbers of players leaving the game.  Burnaby’s golf population was starting to decline.

With this situation in mind, it was decided that we could no longer wait for the future golfers to come to us, and that we had to take a basic level of introduction and instruction out into the community.

Over the past several years, Burnaby’s Golf Operations department has worked hard to take golf out to the children of Burnaby via the schools’ physical education classes.  In conjunction with the Burnaby School Board, Burnaby Golf has exposed the game of golf to students at the grade 5 and grade 10 levels throughout the City of Burnaby.  The basics of the program are as follows:

How to gain more Distance

When thinking about a driver, and gaining distance off of the tee, we need to first think about why this would be a good idea for your game?

The reason we want to help you hit it farther, is to help you hit more greens in regulation (GIR). If we are not going to hit any more GIR because of direction issues, it might not be worth the pursuit. 

The first step is to see what your club head speed is now. Club head speed is a great way to measure your potential for distance. Once we have your maximum club speed, simply multiply that number by 2.6 and that will give you your potential carry distance. 

If we run that scenario out with two different swing speeds:

90 X 2.6 = 234 and 92 X 2.6 = 239

We can see that just a 2 mph swing speed increase, you will have a potential to hit the ball 5 yards further.

So, how can we do this?

GPS and restricted zones

Warning signals and potential cart shut down can happen when you enter a restricted zone. Please stay 20 yards away from all Greens and Tee boxes unless you are on a cart path. Areas such as green surrrounds, tee boxes, rough terrain and parking lots have restricted zones and you will hear a warning signal when you enter them. Once you hear the warning buzzer or see the "restricted area" message please remove your cart from the area as soon as possible. 

Stage 3

We are all excited that the Province of BC has entered Stage 3 of its restart plan! Even though restrictions have been relaxed, Golf Burnaby is still taking measures to ensure the safety of our guests and staff.  Maintaining physical distancing has been fairly easy to do on our courses, but for everyone’s safety we are still trying to minimize congestion around and within our Pro Shops and permitting only 2 guests at a time in our shops for the time being. We are still recommending masks for our indoor spaces and for those who are not fully vaccinated. Other safety protocols include regular sanitization of common areas, offering roll-down dividers in power carts, and following directional signage to maintain social distancing. We all have different comfort levels so remember to wash your hands and respect everyone’s personal space.

Hydration & its Relationship with Athletic Performance

Water and electrolytes serve very important roles in the maintaining proper functioning within the body, and sweating can lead to excessive loss of both critical nutrients and electrolytes if not properly replaced. Dehydration adversely impacts health and exercise performance. To avoid excessive fluid and electrolyte losses, a person should begin exercising in a well-hydrated state. This means prior to strenuous exercise, drink approximatively 20 fl oz (500 ml) of liquid to ensure proper hydration at the onset of exercise.

Burnaby Mountain Ladies Club Celebrates 50 years!

On Tuesday, June 1st - which is Women's Golf Day - the Burnaby Mountain Ladies Club will celebrate their 50 year anniversary! These women play Tuesday mornings at Burnaby Mountain and thoroughly enjoy the camaraderie, friendships, and competition each week. Congratulations on their Golden anniversary! Golf Burnaby supports the Ladies Club and encourages women of all ages to play! Watch the interview with long-time member Moira Colbourne on CBC tonight (May 31st) at 6pm PST.   #golfburnaby #womensgolfday #golfforlife

Michael Caan Shoots 59!!!

Golf Burnaby teaching professional, Michael Caan shot an incredible 59 at the Meadow Gardens Golf Club in Pitt Meadows. Needless to say this is his lowest score ever! His 13 under par happened this past Friday during a friendly game of golf with his buddies.
“You have to play perfect golf and luckily for me, Friday was my day of perfect golf”
Michael has eyes on taking his game to the next level and playing golf on the Mackenzie Tour, but, due to travel restrictions in our region, he will continue to play on the Vancouver Golf Tour for the time being.
“If I just keep plugging along, good things are going to happen”
If you see Michael at the Riverway golf course and driving range please take the time to congratulate him on this recent accomplishment. The entire golf Burnaby Team couldn’t be more proud! Congratulations Michael!!!

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