Course Update September 5, 2023

Some excessive heat and wind to start September had the course very dry and in need of rainfall.  Monday night and into Tuesday we received this rainfall totalling just shy of ¾”.  The rain unfortunately did have a negative impact on course conditioning on Tuesday morning.  This with the loss of the maintenance day on Monday to the long weekend will have the Turfcare team behind in most mowing detail across the property this week.  Strong winds have begun to blow leaves off trees.  The trees are slowly beginning to turn for the fall.  We will continue to blow the property daily and when we can mulch leaves to keep the course as playable and presentable as possible through the fall.  Please be patient as we work to get back on top of all items this week for some great fall golf ahead!

Captain Corner August 2023

Take Pride in Our Golf Course!!!!

Hope everyone is having a great year at the club.  We are truly blessed to have THE best conditioned course in Manitoba that seems to get better every year!!!!

However……Recently we have seen some issues that need to be addressed by the members in order to help our Turf Care Team keep things moving forward.   The 3 concerning issues we are seeing are: 

  1.  Cigarette Butts.   There appears to be an increasing number of butts showing up all over the course.  Cigarette butts can take up to 14 years to decompose.  The back shop has secured ashtrays that smokers can put in their carts.   It is very important that all smokers make an effort to use these ashtrays.  If you are bringing guests who are smokers, please supply them with ashtrays and stress to them the importance of using these ashtrays. Please do not use the divot mix bottles.
  • Un-Repaired Ball Marks.   We are seeing these on all greens.  Please take a moment to review the attached link on the proper ball repair method.  While repairing your own ball mark, please look around and fix any other marks that may have been missed.  Attached is a link to a short video on proper ball mark repair techniques.   https ://
  • Unfilled Divots On The Fairways.  Every cart is supplied with a bottle of divot mix.  Please take the time to fill your divots.  It takes no time at all to fill any other divot you see.  For those who carry their clubs, there are small sand bottles that can be attached to your bag.

Please remember, even though our course is great, it takes an effort from each and every one of us to make it even better!!!

Keep It On The Fairway!

Captain Bill

Course Update August 29, 2023

With the arrival of September at the end of this week it is unfortunately time to say goodbye to the majority of the Turfcare team as they return to studies.  We would like to thank these team members for their hard work and dedication to Niakwa this season. Their efforts assisted in providing the members a great 100th year on the golf course.

With the reduction in team members and a property that is still in full swing, there will be challenges in keeping up with all the details.  There will be a reduction in mowing frequencies, weeding, trimming, and bunker raking.  With this reduction and to keep the property up to standards now would be a great time to get full cooperation from all membership and guests with basic game of golf etiquette items.  We continued throughout the season to have bunkers not raked, ball marks not repaired and divots not filled.  The Turfcare team will no longer have the resources to care for some of these items daily and it is your responsibility to ensure the course is left in the same if not better condition than when you went out to play. If you are playing in the evening please rake your bunkers as we will not be capable of raking bunkers Monday to Friday in the morning as has been the case all summer.  Your cooperation with this will ensure that we finish the 100th year in great condition for all members and guests to enjoy. 

Men’s Season long Match Play winners

The final of the 2023 Niakwa 2-Man Best Ball competition was played yesterday between the team of Dustin Marks/Carson McCallum and the team of Brandt Butt/Brendan MacDonald.  We did have some delays in getting the final match played this year due to some injuries and work commitments….. but the wait was worth it as we had two good teams in the final.  Both first-timers I might add!!!

Dustin/Carson started out very well winning the first three holes to quickly go 3-up.  Carson was still probably feeling that “high” from coming off a top 10 finish in the Club Championship the previous weekend….. but Butt/MacDonald settled down and won the 4th hole….. and the teams tied the next three holes.  But Dustin/Carson finished off the front nine in style winning both the 8th and the 9th to take a 4-up lead.

Butt/MacDonald came out firing on the back nine and won both the 10th ….. and then the 13th …. to cut the deficit to only 2-down and the battle was on!!

The 14th hole is the shortest hole on the course….. but it always seems to have a lot of “drama” to these matches as usually all four competitors are putting for the win.  There were several birdie attempts but none went down…. and Carson won the hole with a par to give them a 3-up lead with 4 holes to play.  Needless to say….. the 15th hole was played by BOTH teams with no regard for playing it safe and there were some tee shots that I am sure showed up on the NASA equipment. Dustin’s blow will stick in my mind for a long time….  but the hole was tied so it was off to the 16th with Marks/McCallum holding on to a 3-hole lead with 3 holes to play.  While Butt/MacDonald did have a chance to win the hole and prolong the match – the hole was eventually tied and Marks/McCallum won the match 3 and 2. 

So another 2-Man Best Ball competition has come and gone and I want to congratulate the winners….. but also want to thank ALL the competitors for signing up and getting in on the action.


The final of the 2023 Niakwa Bissett Trophy competition was played today between Brian Mackenzie (a +2 handicap) and Jason Macdonald (a 6 handicap).  It was a beautiful day for golf and the caliber of the golf was at a high level.

Jason was able to get out to a quick 2-up lead and was able to maintain that for most of the first nine.  But his tee shot on the 9th was truly outstanding and he had a kick-in birdie that gave him a good lead after the front nine was over.  Brian hit some “monster” drives on 10/11/13 but….. Jason was able to keep the pressure on by his steady tee shots that always seemed to give himself a chance to make a par and force Brian to go for birdies.  Jason won the 13th and the match concluded on the 14th

This concludes the Bissett Trophy competition for 2023.  Thanks again to ALL of you for signing up and participating this year.  I hope you enjoyed the opportunity to meet some new club members you have not played golf with before….. and you got to enjoy the fun of match play golf. 

Enjoy the rest of the golf season at beautiful Niakwa Country Club!


Course Update – August 21, 2023

Wind was the story last week heading into the first two rounds of Club Championships.  The course handled the excessive winds well.  We do have some debris lingering in areas of tree lines and rough.  As we resume with rough mowing this week these things should tidy up with the cut.

As we are nearing the end of August we will be making a small mowing height adjustment to the newest of the clubs greens being 4, 7, 9 and 10.  These new greens just recently celebrated their one year anniversary since opening last year.  We need to keep in mind the youthfulness of these greens.  We have been happy with their performance this season keeping pace to date with the well-established greens on course. Over the past few weeks we have noticed some stresses on these greens that we are not experiencing on the established bent greens.  With this in mind we will be making the necessary adjustment to ensure a healthy fall and to assist in setting these greens up for a happy winter and successful future.  The adjustment will be minor and with proper water management performance may still be similar to the other greens on course.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we continue to establish these greens for a bright future.

Congratulations to all members who participated in Club Championships this past week.  We hope you had a great weekend of competition and golf!

August 2023 – Member Updates

The Member Newsletter is distributed to our Members, via email. Should you not receive your copy, please contact Kayla-Rae for enrollment. In this thread, you will find general updates sent to all members.

Click Here – Member Update – August 24, 2023 – Weekly Update
Click Here – Member Update – August 17, 2023 – Weekly Update
Click Here – Member Update – August 4, 2023 – Club Championship 2023

Course Update August 14, 2023

This past Monday, August 14th the Turfcare team resumed with a light topdressing program.  Typically on the week of a major club event we would shy away from sand and focus on sharp cuts all week to ensure green speeds.  With the continued moisture events we needed to make this application to aid in providing smooth greens which brings speed and plant health especially the newest of the club’s greens.  We will battle some poor cuts to start the week but the plan will be to swap out reels on Thursday to begin to achieve some good cuts ahead of this weekend’s club championships.  We are hopeful for a week of sunshine to firm surfaces up and we would like to wish all members participating in the club championship this weekend the best of luck!

Course Update August 9, 2023

Greens over the past week and continuing into this week are performing a little below what we would like.  We completed an essential day of cultural and fertility practices to the greens on July 31st.  This program provided the greens with air, sand, and fertility to set the stage for the months of August and September.  Unfortunately following this we received a heavy thunderstorm with 1.5 inches of driving rain.  This essentially washed away all the sand applied and saturated the greens. With the long weekend this week, the window we require to improve performance was not there.  We have not watered greens overnight since the thunderstorm a week ago.  We are hopeful the forecast this week does not deliver too much rainfall to aid in drying out the surfaces and giving us control of the moisture which has an impact on ball roll.  With the fertility application, we have seen an increase in growth which is also slowing up greens.  We are also hopeful that the time required to spray greens this week is available around rainfall to regulate the growth.  This is unfortunately the second time this summer we have lost the benefits of the greens programs to heavy thunderstorms followed by a long weekend. Without the time to reapply sand which aids in smoothness, speed, and firmness we are at the mercy of the elements until the next window of time is available and greens simply will not be at the peak of their performance unless we get cooperation from Mother Nature. 

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