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Golf Thunder Bay: Course Improvements to Have Minimal Impact on Play

March 27, 2008 - Golf Thunder Bay is pleased to announce the addition of an irrigation system at Strathcona Golf Course this summer. The call for tenders for the system closes March 31. Installation by the successful contractor is expected to begin in early May and is estimated to be complete in about ten weeks.

We are very excited about the work that Council has approved for the Golf Division this year, said Tom Forsythe, Director - Golf Thunder Bay. The addition of this irrigation system has been long awaited and will greatly improve the course for golfers. While there will obviously be some inconveniences, we will do our best to keep them to a minimum. The long term benefits for golf in Thunder Bay will be significant.

During the installation of the new irrigation system, disruption to golfers will be kept to a minimum as much as possible. It is anticipated that for most of the installation only one or two holes will be closed at any time. Wherever soil conditions allow, most of the pipes will be installed using a machine called a vibratory plow that cuts a thin line in the sod and soil and pulls the pipe into the ground. There may be some fairways that will require trenching if the soil is very rocky, but the final results will have minimal impact to the golfer with minimal repairs needed around those trenches. The surcharge to the membership fees that will be required to repay the debenture for the irrigation system will not start until the 2009 golf season.

There is no truth to the rumor that we will be shutting down nine holes at a time to facilitate installation of the system, continues Forsythe. For those that remember the installation of the irrigation system at Chapples that certainly was not the case and we don't anticipate it happening with the Strathcona project either.

Other improvement projects to City courses that will begin this summer include: the installation of new flooring at the Municipal clubhouse, new windows and exterior staining of the clubhouse at Chapples and structural repairs to one of the walls at the Strathcona clubhouse.  Repairs will be scheduled so that all three clubhouses are not under repair at the same time to reduce impact on members. Council has also authorized the replacement of a fairway unit and two greens mowers.

Regular updates of the improvements construction schedule will be posted on the Golf Thunder Bay website at throughout the season, as well as at City golf courses once they are open for play.

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Contact: Tom Forsythe, Director - Golf Thunder Bay, 625-2423