Synthetic Turf Toronto Builds 20,000 sq.ft Backyard Putting Green

The featured installation this month comes out of Toronto, ON. Our team in Toronto had a large residential golf project this fall which turned into quite an impressive yard!

This project features STI Tour Shot as the putting surface, SoftLawn EZ Play as the fringe, and SoftLawn Select as the rough. Together these created an 18,000 square foot putting green! Most people dream of practicing on a green like this, so our team had a great time creating this space for our client. The yard also features a 700 square foot tee deck created from our EZ Tee system, as seen below. To finish it off, they added in two synthetic bunkers out of our Bunker Turf for a total of 1,100 square feet to get stuck in the bunker. What a fun area this was when complete! To grasp the size of this project, just take a look at the three golf carts parked near the green above.

The finished project fits right in with his natural backdrop of a treed in area over looking the pond. The colours worked so well together and the space was used to its full potential. This golf lover couldn’t have been more excited to get out there and start practicing in his own backyard.

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3 Ways to Make Your Golf Members Stay Members for Life

As a superintendent, director, or head pro, you are concerned about your members and how they are enjoying your golf course. Your goal is for them to return year after year, while bringing new friends and family each visit. The question then becomes how do you keep these retention rates so high among existing members?

We have taken it down to the three key pieces to make your members stay members for life.

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1. Upkeep.

Make your members proud to visit and bring their personal network. Have a strong maintenance team to ensure the entire grounds are kept looking pristine. Flowers and treed in areas give a warmth especially if your club is a more versatile space with a restaurant, shop, and driving range. Another option is for the tee line to stay looking like new. Over half of the top 20 courses in Canada use the EZTee Hybrid Plus tee line. It comes with a warranty in the case it does not live up to your expectations, but this has yet to happen. There are also alternatives such as turf bunkers to keep sand out of the greens, turf ponds to avoid the lost balls at the bottom of the cold ponds, and fully synthetic greens to keep the space green year round without the maintenance.

2. Keep learning.

The more you have to offer, the longer your members will find value in staying a customer. Read, attend local meetings, and get together with like-minded individuals to stay up to date on new practices and ideas to better your club. Everyone you meet will have a fresh persepective on your golf club. If there is something you are looking to improve, there’s a chance someone you know will be able to help or recommend you to someone they know. Aquire new skills and experiences regularly to stay fresh and on top of your competitive advantage.

3. Connect.

Stay connected with members. Hold socials each month to create a community among members, dividing into women’s/men’s nights is a common event. Offer a rewards program for reaching a certain amount of visits or bringing a certain amount of new friends. This not only allows your members the opportunity to show others your club, but provides you a chance to prove your club to new visitors. Lastly, listen to requests from visitors and members. Maybe they see something you could improve or change that you haven’t noticed yet. Always be willing to listen and learn from others and you will surprise yourself what you accomplish.

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Featured Synthetic Turf Install: Soccer Field in Arviat, NU

STI Winnipeg had an exciting opportunity arise when they were approached to provide the hamlet of Arviat with their new sports complex. They were looking for someone to design, draft, provide and install a synthetic turf regulation-sized soccer field and baseball diamond infield that could withstand the harsh arctic conditions. After some conversations with STI Winnipeg they realized it was going to be an easy decision to move forward on this project.

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 The seacan of turf being unloaded in Arviat, NU
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The base being prepped for the 90′ x 204′ soccer field

The team started on the baseball field first, you can read more about that in the baseball diamond blog here. The kids sat anxiously on the sides the whole time just waiting to get to play on their new field. A few of them even took matters into their own hands and helped unroll some of the final pieces of turf in the hopes they would be finished sooner. (As seen in the photos below)

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STI Nunavut in the making, such great kids STI Winnipeg got to enjoy while working.

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The kids couldn’t wait to play on their new field, so they took matters into their own hands.

The design began in late 2014 for this entire project to unfold in the summer of 2015. There were many specific details that had to be taken care of, as this is a unique location for a sports complex. The transportation of getting the synthetic turf and required installation materials to Arviat had to be synchronized with the weather conditions of the arctic. The channel the barge came through to ship the turf was only thawed enough for a 5 week window to deliver everything needed for both projects.

After a few short days, the project was already coming together looking like a field. The local kids couldn’t wait to get out there and start playing. By the time the entire project was finished, both the baseball diamond and the soccer field were filled with kids running and playing. Overall, this project was a huge success and everyone was so pleased with the outcome.

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The completed project: full size artificial turf soccer field  
 

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