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2nd Annual Reel Hero's Ride - Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Two Years ago, Mike Creed, Plant Products, joined Superintendent Jason Winter and Equipment Manager Mike Powell from Deer Ridge GC, for an afternoon motorcycle ride down to Port Dover. Jason proposed a Ride for Superintendents and Mechanics, as way of saying thanks and showing appreciation for their continuous hard work. This discussion led to the 2021 inauguration of the Annual Reel Hero’s Ride.

After the success of the first, annual Reel Hero’s Ride, these gentlemen are happy to announce two Ride dates this year:

Thursday, July 21, 2022: Riders will meet at the Plant Products warehouse location in Ancaster around 10AM and head South, riding through the Niagara area and stopping for a lunch in Port Dover.

Thursday, September 21, 2022: Riders will meet at Deer Ridge GC in Kitchener and head West, riding through the London area with a lunch in the Grand Bend.  


We hope to make a few stops along the way at some of our fellow Superintendents and Mechanic Shops to see their operations.

If you’d like to participate in The Reel Hero’s Ride, please RSVP by July 19th to Mike Creed. See contact details below.

Phone: 519-242-7672
E-mail: mike.creed@plantproducts.com

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Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks Expands Administrative Penalties for Environment - Wednesday, June 8, 2022

June 8, 2022: During the spring, the Board of Directors met with a representative from The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, via conference call to gather information about the proposed expansion for administrative penalties for environmental violations. The main purpose of the expansion is to help reinforce compliance for environmental mandates and provide the ministry with a stronger tool to reprimand non-compliance or repeated non-compliance. This expansion is not a change to the compliance approach, but allows the tool to be used when a strong penalty is warranted.   MECP representatives are now visiting clubs and will continue to work their way through Ontario over the season. We encourage you to review all of your permits and pesticide license requirements. For those who would like to do a quick audit in preparation for a visit from the MECP here is a list of items to review. (Please do not consider this an exhaustive list of what the MECP will require or review during their visit.)

  • Personal, adequate respiratory protection and adequate protective clothing readily available near the chemical room for emergency purposes.  From regulation 69/03, adequate protective clothing means clothing including rubber or neoprene boots, rubber or neoprene gloves, hats, coats and other garments that effectively protect the user from adverse effects that might result from a pesticide coming in contact with the skin during or after the handling or use of the pesticide.
  • The pesticides area is used primarily for the storage of pesticides.
  • The storage area is ventilated to the outdoors.
  • Fuel Storage/Chemical Storage/PPE in the event of a spill.
  • An inventory is maintained for the contents of the storage area.
  • The pesticide storage area has the sign G affixed as required.
  • The list of emergency telephone numbers was affixed to the storage area as required.
  • The storage area is kept locked, is in the groundskeeper building away from and not accessed by the general public.
  • Ensure that there are no floor drains in, or near the chemical storage room.
  • Have a photocopy of all employee’s Landscape Exterminator Licenses as applicable.
  • Permits to take Water are available, posted, and reviewed to ensure compliance. A check may be completed prior to their visit.
  • Up to date HWIN and IPM information is reported and available online. A check may be completed prior to their visit. Hazardous waste cannot be stored on the property for more than 90 days without completing the Notice of the Storage of Subject Waste form.

Please note: On January 1, 2023 the registration program for wastes will be transferred to the RPRA.  Further information will be coming regarding this transfer. The MECP will still be responsible for the safe storage and handling of subject wastes.


Syngenta Announces a New Turf Technical Lead for Canada - Wednesday, April 27, 2022
I am thrilled to officially welcome Ron Townsend to the Syngenta Turf team. Ron will be filling a new Technical Lead role that will greatly enhance the level of support we deliver to our customers across Canada.
Ron originally hails from Ohio and has his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Turfgrass Science, from Ohio State University. He also obtained his master’s in plant pathology from the University of Wisconsin, where he studied under Dr. Paul Koch, one of North America’s foremost turfgrass experts.
In addition to his strong academic background, Ron brings a wealth of golf industry and research experience to our team. He previously served as the Director of Turfgrass Research at the Chicago District Golf Association and was an Assistant Superintendent at the Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park, Illinois.
Ron is practical minded, customer focused and passionate about applying the latest research to creating truly inspired turf. He will be based out of his home office in the Kitchener, ON area and is set to start on April 18, 2022.
Please join me in welcoming Ron to the Syngenta Turf team!
Dale Kobelsky Head, Professional Solutions – Canada
Syngenta Canada Inc.
Proposal to Expand Administrative Penalties for Environmental Contraventions - Monday, January 31, 2022

A proposal to expand administrative penalties for environmental contraventions was posted on January 27, 2022 and is open for comments until March 13, 2022. This will provide the framework and guidance for fines to be levied for infractions under the following Acts:

  • Environmental Protection Act
  • Nutrient Management Act, 2002
  • Ontario Water Resources Act
  • Pesticides Act
  • Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002

For those who wish to reference or to submit formal comment. All materials can be found here:



11th William Sansom Distinguished Service Award Recipient Announced - Wednesday, December 8, 2021

OGSA Announces the 11th William Sansom Distinguished Service Award Recipient


Wednesday, December 8 – Rhod Trainor, the former superintendent at Hamilton Golf and Country Club has just been named the 11th recipient of the William Sansom Distinguished Service Award by the Ontario Golf Superintendents’ Association (OGSA). The OGSA will officially recognize Trainor during the Award Ceremony Luncheon held January 18, 2022 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel during the joint Canadian Golf Course Management Conference, which is being hosted in partnership with the OGSA.

OGSA president, Al Schwemler states, “Rhod’s notable career as golf course superintendent, educator, and mentor makes him the ideal recipient of the William Sansom Distinguished Service Award.  His contributions to the turfgrass industry are well regarded by his peers.”

This award, named after the OGSA’s first president, was created in 2004 to recognize those who have made significant contributions in the advancement of the golf course superintendents’ profession in Ontario, and is considered the most prestigious award the OGSA can bestow.

Upon receiving the news, Trainor shared “I am extremely proud, humbled... and surprised to be selected for the William Sansom Award - someone who starts up an association and takes on all the related work is someone I greatly admire.  A large part of my whole career was getting people to go to meetings and get education and that is best supplied through a well-organized group.”

Nominations supporting Trainor were received from his colleagues: OGSA past president, Cory Janzen, Superintendent (Westmount Golf & Country Club); OGSA past president, Keith Bartlett (Bayer); and Dean Baker, Superintendent (Burlington Golf & Country Club).

Passionate about the industry, Trainor spent his career seeking all opportunities to learn everything there is to know and shared his wealth of expertise by educating young turf managers at the University of Guelph and Humber College. Most recently he was the project manager for the historic renovation of all 27 holes at HGCC by golf course architect Martin Ebert. Construction started in October 2019 and finished in the fall of 2021. The West and South courses reopened for member/guest play in the summer/fall of 2021 and the East course will open in 2022. HGCC is once again scheduled to host the RBC Canadian Open in 2024.

Janzen states, “In addition to being a great person and mentor, he has also had a great career. Multiple PGA Tour Events, 30 years at the same private club, Past President of the OGSA, CGSA Superintendent of the Year Award Recipient, and the list goes on. Most of us would consider our career successful if we achieved ONE of these milestones, let alone four of them. I could go on, but I honestly think that what he has achieved speaks for itself.”

A well-known spokesperson for the golf and turfgrass industry, Trainor is respected and admired by his peers, employees, and industry affiliates. “My favourite and most admirable qualities are his empathy and loyalty,” says Bartlett. “Over the years, he would vehemently defend any golf course superintendent who was unfairly criticized. He would ensure the truth was stated even if unpopular at the time. He would have your back!”

Baker agrees, “Rhod is a fine candidate for OGSA William Sansom Distinguished Service Award. He’s a man of integrity. He is a dedicated soul, to his work, his family and his friends. He faces any challenge head on. And does so with hard work, dedication and a strong sense of humour… which I love!”

The OGSA looks forward to honoring all of Trainor’s accomplishments in front of his peers in January.

About the William Sansom Distinguished Service Award

William Sansom was the OGSA’s first president from 1924 to 1932. The award was created in 2004 to recognize members who made significant contributions in the advancement of the golf course superintendents’ profession in Ontario. The OGSA shall present this award to an individual who has been nominated and accepted by the Board of Directors. This award is not bestowed every year. 

For more information:

To attend the celebration, please visit the OGSA.ca conference event page for links to the conference registration or call the office.




CGSA and OGSA Announce Joint Conference - Wednesday, September 29, 2021

We’re All in This Together, Eh!

Mississauga, ON - The Canadian Golf Superintendents Association (CGSA) and the Ontario Golf Superintendents’ Association (OGSA) are pleased to announce a joint golf course management conference January 18-20, 2022, at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Ontario.

This partnership will see the CGSA’s Canadian Golf Course Management Conference held alongside the OGSA’s Ontario Golf Course Management Conference, uniting, face to face, all levels of golf course management personnel and industry suppliers/supporters from across Canada.

As international travel requirements remain uncertain, the two and a half day Canadian Golf Course Management Conference will focus on Canadian content and will provide attendees with their Provincial Pesticide Recertification or IPM points, CGSA CEC points and GCSAA education points.

The conference and tradeshow will also adhere to current Covid-19 health and safety protocols as required by the City of Toronto and the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, and attendees will be notified of all protocols in advance of the conference.

Registration for the event will open on October 12, 2021, and attendees can register at golfsupers.com.

CGSA President John Scott, AGS said, “We are happy that we’ve been able to come to this partnership agreement with the Ontario Golf Superintendents Association. It’s an excellent collaboration between the provincial and national organizations. Working together for the betterment of the memberships and the industry is of utmost importance.”

Al Schwemler, OGSA president states, “The OGSA is equally pleased to partner with the CGSA to bring our members and superintendents, assistants, and technicians from across Canada, a one-stop-shop for networking, professional development, and mingling with suppliers to find out what is new and exciting on the trade show floor.”

Further event details will be released in the coming weeks. If you would like to participate as a presenter, exhibitor, or sponsor of the 2022 CGCMC in partnership with the OGSA, please contact us today.

For more information:
Kathryn Wood, CMP
Chief Operating Officer
Canadian Golf Superintendents Association
1-800-387-1056, ext 23

Courtney White
Executive Director
Ontario Golf Superintendents Association

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NGCOA: COVID-19 Bulletin #52 | Proof of Vaccination – Guidance & Regulations for Ontario Businesses - Wednesday, September 15, 2021

NGCOA: COVID-19 Bulletin #52 |

Proof of Vaccination – Guidance & Regulations for Ontario Businesses

(September 14, 2021) 

Dear golf industry stakeholders,

The Ontario government has now released regulations and guidance (version 1) for businesses and organizations to support them in implementing proof of vaccination requirements, which take effect on September 22, 2021.

Click here to review the complete guidance document.

Click here to review the new regulations (O. Reg. 645/21: RULES FOR AREAS AT STEP 3 AND AT THE ROADMAP EXIT STEP).

Requiring proof of vaccination will help increase vaccination rates, protect individuals in higher-risk indoor settings, and keep businesses open. As noted in Bulletin # 51, as of September 22, 2021, Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access certain public settings and facilities.


Entrance Guidance

In order to enter the business, with limited exceptions:

  • Patrons must provide the required proof of identification and proof of full vaccination (double dose plus 14 days), and
  • Businesses and organizations must review and confirm the proof.

Should an individual choose not to share the required information, they will not be permitted to enter businesses or organizations that require proof.


Exemption Guidance


 Does not apply to workers, contractors, repair workers, delivery workers, students, volunteers, inspectors or others who are entering the business or organization for work purposes and not as patrons.


A patron who is entering an indoor area solely for the following purposes:

  • to use a washroom;
  • to access an outdoor area that can only be accessed through an indoor route;
  • to make a retail purchase;
  • while placing, picking up, or paying for an order;
  • to purchase admission; or
  • as may be necessary for the purposes of health and safety.

NOTE: All other public health measures (e.g., masking and physical distancing) continue to apply to patrons.

Children & Youth:

Children under 12 years of age are exempt. 

Patrons under 18 years of age entering a sports and recreational facility for the purpose of actively participating in an organized sport (applies to training, practices, games and competitions) are exempt.

Weddings & Funerals:

Patrons entering the indoor premises of a meeting or event space, solely for the purposes of attending a wedding/funeral service, rite or ceremony, but not the social gathering.

From September 22 up to, but not including, October 13; patrons entering the indoor premises of a meeting or event space for the purposes of attending a social gathering associated with a wedding/funeral service and who produces a negative antigen test from within the previous 48 hours to the person responsible for the establishment is exempt.


Patrons with a medical exemption are required to present identification and a written document stating the individual is exempt for a medical reason to the business or organization.

Note: medical exemptions must be signed by a physician (designated as “MD”) or by a registered nurse in the extended class (designated as “Registered Nurse (Extended Class)”, “RN(EC)”, “Nurse Practitioner” or “NP”)



Vaccine Certification:

September 22 - October 22

Proof of vaccination will be accepted if the person’s name and date of birth on their ID matches the vaccination receipt with name and date of birth and if the person is fully vaccinated.


All Ontarians are provided a receipt at the time of vaccination (either paper or emailed version) and must provide their receipt showing full vaccination when entering a business or organization specified in the regulation.


Patrons who are visitors to Ontario will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated and proof of identification to enter the businesses.

Process / Steps Required for Your Staff:

Step 1: Match the Name and Date of Birth on the vaccination receipt (against the name and date of birth on a piece of ID.

Step 2: Verify the receipt is either:

  • an Ontario receipt issued at the time of vaccination or any format of receipt downloaded from Ontario.ca that shows the holder is fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • a receipt signed by an Indigenous Health Provider, or
  • a receipt from another jurisdiction that shows the holder is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Step 3: Verify that the receipt shows that the holder is fully vaccinated.

Step 4: Verify that the date of administration of the final shot in the series is at least fourteen days prior to the date the patron is seeking access to the business or organization.

Proof of Identity:

Validation of identification must also be undertaken to ensure that the vaccination receipt offered by the patron belongs to them. 

Validation of vaccination will be based on two key identifiers:

  1. Name of the identification holder; and
  2. Date of birth.

A photo identification is not required.

Proof of identity can be established using documentation issued by an institution or public body, provided it includes the name of the holder and date of birth. Examples of identification documents that may be used to confirm the identity of the holder of the vaccine receipt include:

  • Birth certificate
  • Citizenship card
  • Driver’s license
  • Government (Ontario or other) issued identification card, including health card
  • Indian Status Card /Indigenous Membership Card
  • Passport
  • Permanent Resident card

Validation of identification is considered to have been completed/successful when the name and date of birth of the presenter of the vaccination receipt and the name and date of birth on the identification document match.

If the name and date of birth on both documents do not match, the individual will not be allowed to enter the business or organization.

NOTE: For Ontario residents, expired Ontario government issued identification, including drivers’ licenses, and expired Canadian government issued documents, such as passports, may be provided as proof of identification


Compliance | Penalties


Businesses or organizations are responsible for ensuring they meet the requirements regarding proof of identification and proof of vaccination against COVID-19 as outlined in the regulation.

Patrons are required to ensure that any information they provide to the business or organization to demonstrate proof of vaccination (or proof of qualifying for an exemption) and proof of identification is complete and accurate.

In the event of harassment or threats of acts of violence, the police/law enforcement should be contacted immediately.

Employers have a responsibility to take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances to protect a worker. This includes assessing risk and implementing multiple control measures to address the risk of COVID19 transmission, as well as the risk of workplace violence where that hazard may exist.


Failing to comply with the requirements of O. Reg. 364/20 can result in charges.

If charged under Part I of the Provincial Offenses Act (POA), set fine amounts are $750 for individuals and $1,000 for corporations.

Maximum penalties based on a prosecution under Part I or Part II of the POA include fines of up to $100,000 and up to a year in jail for an individual; up to $500,000 and up to a year in jail for an individual who is a director or officer of a corporation; and up to $10 million for a corporation.

Violence in the workplace is never acceptable. Obstructing any person exercising a power or performing a duty (including workers) in accordance with requirements in O. Reg. 364/20 can also result in charges.


Next Steps

Ontario will develop and implement an enhanced digital vaccine certificate with unique QR (Quick Response) code and accompanying verification application that will allow users to securely and safely verify their vaccination status when scanned.

The enhanced vaccine certificate, as well as a verification app to allow businesses or organizations to read the QR code, will be available beginning October 22. Following this date, patrons will be able to provide a paper copy or a digital copy of their enhanced vaccine certificate with QR to provide proof of vaccination. Older versions of the receipt will still be acceptable as proof of vaccination.

Click here for the September 14th press release from the ON government – Ontario Releasing Guidance to Support Proof of Vaccination Policy.

We will continue to send you updates as more information becomes available.

Thank you and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.


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The Annual Turf Managers’ Short Course Returns at a New Location

GUELPH, Ont. – Turf industry professionals can once again gather at the renowned Turf Managers’ Short Course this winter. The intensive month-long professional development program is offered through Open Learning and Educational Support in partnership with the Guelph Turfgrass Institute at the University of Guelph (U of G).

From February 7 to March 4, 2022, a wide variety of turf industry professionals will have the opportunity to learn from nine experienced instructors including recognized U of G faculty. The course will be held at Guelph Turfgrass Institute’s new location at the G.M. Frost Centre at 364 College Avenue in Guelph.

Throughout the intensive course, instructors will bring their knowledge and experience to the following topics:

  • Turfgrass Identification
  • Turfgrass Species and Management
  • Identification and Management of Turfgrass Diseases, Insects, and Weeds
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Turfgrass Irrigation
  • Turfgrass Equipment
  • Construction and Drainage
  • Landscape Management

To support continued learning, there are five monetary scholarships and awards available to students in the Turf Managers’ Short Course. As well, students can also apply for OpenEd’s two bursaries – the Virginia L. Gray Memorial Bursary and the Open Learning Bursary to assist with funding the course.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will earn the Turf Managers’ Short Course Certificate. TMSC sponsoring partners are Ontario Agricultural College and Guelph Turfgrass Institute.


For more information, please contact: 

Pat Shaver, Manager, Program Development 
pshaver@uoguelph.ca | TurfManagers.ca 
50 Stone Road East,Guelph, Ontario
Canada, N1G 2W1

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July 20, 2021  The OGSA would like to congratulate Sydney Ackermann, on winning first place, and Holly Lecour and Grayden Stauffer, who have tied for second place, on earning the top spots for the OGSA Heritage Award. Each winner will receive a cash award of $1,500 to help offset the cost of their education as they persue their chosen fields of study.

Sydney Ackermann, child of Robert Ackermann (Superintendent at Weston Golf and Country Club), has completed her undergraduate degree with a double major in Physics and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and a minor in Math at the University of Toronto. Sydney has recently been accepted into the Master’s program in the department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology with a plan to do a PhD, and pursue a career in research.  

Holly Lecour, child of Chris Lecour (Senior Sales Rep, BASF), is attending Queens University, also earning top marks, and is working toward a Bachelor of Arts degree in phychology. Holly developed a passion for helping children after spending time volunteering in an art therapy camp for kids and has aspirations to earn her Masters in Phychotherapy and eventually become a child therapist.

Tied for second, Grayden Stauffer, child of Jeff Stauffer (Superintendent at Rosedale Golf Club), is currently attending the University of Tennessee at Martin, pursuing both his althetic and acedemic career goals as a member of the division 1 baseball team, and achieving honour marks in the Bachelor of Arts Social Work program. Grayden aspires to be a coach, and plans to use his degree in social work to improve his abilty to ensure a safe and supportive environment for athletes.

Ian McQueen, OGSA director and Scholarship committee liaison shared, “The OGSA is committed to finding ways to support our members and in the case of the Heritage Award, their families. This year we had a number of excellent applicants and were very impressed with their applications. With five judges reviewing each submission we were surprised to find that we had a tie for second place! This has never happened before, but we’re glad it did. These are three very deserving young people.”

The OGSA awards over $10,000 in scholarships to help support members, education and professional development within the industry. The OGSA has developed this scholarship program to recognize the scholastic accomplishments of students who are the children or grandchildren of members of the OGSA and are studying a post secondary curriculum unrelated to Turfgrass Management. For more information about the OGSA scholarship and awards program, visit ogsa.ca.          

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July 14, 2021  The OGSA and BrettYoung would like to congratulate Erik Andrejicka, and William Forsyth on winning the 2021 Turfgrass Education Awards! Erik studied turfgrass management at the University of Guelph, class of 2021. William, an Ontario resident and summer intern, is currently in his third year at Olds College studying turfgrass management. Each aspiring golf course superintendent will receive a cash award of $1,500 to help aid in their professional development.

“Supporting education has always been important to BrettYoung,” says BrettYoung Ontario Sales Manager Andrew Hardy. “Whether it was through our support of the Future Leaders sponsorship at the OGCMC or this exciting new partnership with the OGSA, we believe in the importance of developing future leaders for the Turfgrass Industry and are proud to support the successful candidates.”

Owen Russell, OGSA secretary-treasurer and scholarship committee member, shares, “The OGSA is committed to recognizing students pursuing turfgrass management in the golf industry, and supporting their scholastic achievements. Each year, we award over $10,000 in scholarships to help support our members and this year we are excited to partner with BrettYoung for this particular award. We are proud of both recipients and their accomplishments.”

The Turfgrass Education Award is for students pursuing a career in turfgrass management and enrolled in a fulltime post-secondary program. This award is judged on essay submissions as well as academic achievement. 

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Golf Course Protocol Resource Links for 2021 Season - Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Here are helpful links notes that were provided in last week's communication from We Are Golf. 

May 20 We are Golf Communication PDF

Protocols You MUST Adhere to Upon Reopening:

  • Click here to download the  (UPDATED) complete protocol listing that We Are Golf submitted to the Ontario Government and be sure to share with your management team.
  • Click here to download the Workplace Safety & Prevention Guidance on Health and Safety for Golf Courses.
  • Click here to access signage templates for your facility.

Key Operational Notes (from now until at least June 2 or until further notice):

  • Clubhouses may only open for washrooms access.
  • Green fee transactions need to be done in advance (phone/online) or outside at an outdoor table as there is NO ACCESS to your proshop.
  • Restaurants may only open for take-out or curbside pickup.
  • Patios cannot be open for use.
  • Halfway house can be open for pickup, but no seating can be available for golfers.
  • Beverage carts are able to be in operation. Please ensure golfers are masked when within 2 metres of staff
  • All protocols that were implemented by the golf industry for the 2020 golf season must be in place as you reopen for the 2021 season. The only change is with regards to use of power carts. At the start of 2021, the Ontario government updated the regulations so that ALL GOLFERS MUST WEAR A MASK (unless both golfers are from the same household) at all times when in the cart. The alternative is for facilities is to proceed with solo carts only.

Workplace Inspections:
It is expected that inspectors will be tasked to visit every golf course across the province in the coming days / weeks. Be properly prepared, including staff and golfers. You must have proper signage, postings, documentation, etc. in place or face fines / closure.

Golf Courses to Remain Open during April Stay at Home Order - Wednesday, April 14, 2021

April 7, 2021 - Update
Golf Courses to Remain OPEN
During the New Stay at Home Order

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Outdoor Golf Courses and Driving Ranges Can Remain Open During Current “Emergency Brake” - Thursday, April 1, 2021


April 1, 2021


Dear Partners/Key Stakeholders:

Outdoor Golf Courses and Driving Ranges Can Remain Open During Current “Emergency Brake”

In anticipation of today’s announcement from Premier Ford, and ahead of rumors of a potential move into Shutdown zone, yesterday your Ontario We Are Golf partners took the initiative with key industry stakeholders to send out hundreds of letters, emails and phone calls to key government officials urging them to rescind the change in the ON legislation that had revoked outdoor golf facilities and driving ranges from

O. Reg. 82/20. This concerted effort was proactively done, not knowing the exact direction a potential change in restrictions would look like. Here is the copy from the letter to Premier Ford:

Prior to the January 2021 Shutdown, there was a change in the ON legislation that removed golf from the list of recreational amenities allowed to be open during a Shutdown. It is noted in O. Reg. 82/20: RULES FOR AREAS IN STAGE 1 – (Shutdown, Schedule 3, Recreational amenities, Section 4.2.9 – this previously included “outdoor golf facilities and driving ranges”, but now is REVOKED O. Reg. 10/21, s. 3 (3)).

We request that this change to Shutdown legislation is overturned immediately.  Looking at this current list, it has been deemed safe for Ontarians to use baseball diamonds, batting cages, tennis courts, basketball courts, skate parks, BMX parks, frisbee golf locations, horse riding facilities, shooting ranges, recreational areas containing outdoor fitness equipment, and more! However, golf (one of the safest activities on this list) is not included … PLEASE RECTIFY THIS ERROR AND OMISSION IMMEDIATELY! Golf has numerous safety protocols now in place from the moment golfers arrive until departure which allows for social distancing in a safe outdoor environment while being monitored … many of these other alternatives do not!

We are happy to report that in today’s announcement from Premier Ford, it is primarily good news for golf facilities. The government has announced that all public health units will move to “Emergency Brake” zone for 28-days, and as such outdoor golf facilities and driving ranges will be able to be open during this period. The unfortunate news is that indoor golf facilities will be negatively impacted by this.

Click here for today’s official announcement.  Complete details of the “Emergency Brake” are available here but the key elements are:

  • Outdoor golf courses and driving ranges are to remain open!
  • All indoor and outdoor food service must be closed
  • Only F&B services available include Take-out, Drive-thru, and Delivery
  • Retail outlets (Pro Shop) can be open at 25% capacity

We are happy that the ON government has recognized the importance of golf as a safe recreational outlet for physical and mental well-being. Having said that, it is more important than ever that golf facilities CONTINUE TO BE SAFE in 2021. As you open in 2021, it is important that you plan to continue to implement the successful protocols from 2020 that we know will make us successful again in 2021. Here is a link to the NGCOA Canada’s Best Practices & Operational Resources that was created last season for Ontario golf courses. 

Again, based on everything we know today, the directive for 2021 is for golf facilities to follow the same protocols on the course that you had in place in 2020, with one significant difference - concerning the required wearing of face masks while on carts (click here for complete details and signage). Please note that authority for interpretation of this falls with the local PHU so if you are uncertain in your region, please reach out to your local PHU inspector/official.

SPECIAL NOTE: These continue to be tough times for everyone. While happy that golf courses will be open, there will be many, many businesses very negatively impacted by this 28-day set of restrictions and we need to be mindful of this. We ask that in any external communications (social media etc.) you be very aware of your messaging so as not to put the golf industry in the spotlight right now. The messaging should very much focus on health and safety for golfers and being thankful that golf will be able to provide a safe outlet for the physical and mental well-being of Ontarians. We don’t want to be too celebratory in our tone in light of the significant challenges other businesses are facing.

We are excited that the government has listened and recognized the importance to Ontarians for all outdoor golf facilities to be allowed to remain open during this upcoming 28-day period (and beyond) and look forward to working together with all of you to build on the momentum from 2020 to have another strong year in 2021. 





Regulations Impacting Golf Carts and Food & Beverage - Friday, March 26, 2021

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Dear Partners/Key Stakeholders:

We hope you are all enjoying the onset of the beautiful spring weather and looking forward to the 2021 golf season. In our previous letter dated February 24, we referenced the fact that we were happy to have worked with the Ontario government to ensure that golf would be included as a recreational option upon the return to the provincial colour coded framework. We are sure you are all working hard to get your courses ready for the season.

One of the key messages is that we all need to work to CONTINUE TO BE SAFE in 2021. As an industry, we proved in 2020 that with the right protocols in place, golf was incredibly safe. As a result of the diligence of our golf courses with these protocols, as far as we know, not one person contracted COVID as a result of playing golf this past season. Looking ahead to 2021, it is important that you plan to continue to implement the successful protocols from 2020 that we know will make us successful again in 2021. Here is a link to the NGCOA Canada’s Best Practices & Operational Resources that was created last season for Ontario golf courses. 


Equally importantly, it is important to note that ultimately, it is the government with the local Public Health Unit (PHU) authorities that are setting the guidelines for businesses. Your We Are Golf partners are committed to continuing to stay in close contact with the government to ensure timely communications of any changes.


Here are a few key links for your reference that we encourage you to check back on regularly to ensure you are following proper guidance.

Again, based on everything we know today, the directive for 2021 is for golf facilities to follow the same protocols on the course that you had in place in 2020, with one significant difference:

Face Masks Required in Carts

The one new regulation that has been written concerns carts and masks. This clause is in the regulation links above for all five colour coded regions. Specifically, it states:

Any person, including a person who performs work at the amenity, while driving or riding on an open-air vehicle within the amenity, must wear a mask or face covering in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin, unless,

i. the person driving or riding on the vehicle is entitled to any of the {following exceptions]:

i. is a child who is younger than two years of age,

ii. has a medical condition that inhibits their ability to wear a mask or face covering,

iii. is unable to put on or remove their mask or face covering without the assistance of another person,

iv. needs to temporarily remove their mask or face covering as may be necessary for the purposes of health and safety,

v. is being accommodated in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005,

vi. is being reasonably accommodated in accordance with the Human Rights Code.

ii. all persons driving or riding on the vehicle are members of a single household.

We have been speaking with high-ranking ON government officials, and they are unable to provide written confirmation of the exact interpretation of this regulation. As well, one of our facilities in the Windsor Essex region was in contact with their local PHU officials. While we do not have firm written guidance, it is our understanding that the cart rules for the 2021 golf season should be as follows:

  • All persons driving or riding on the vehicle who are members of same household, are not required to wear masks.
  • Further to this, a solo rider is therefore also not required to wear a mask.
  • Two people driving or riding together on the vehicle who are not from the same household are required to wear a mask.
  • This direction on masks supersedes any previous direction on cart dividers. You are certainly free to continue to use cart dividers if your facility would prefer, but use of divider is not required, and does not negate the need for masks for two or more riders in the same cart from different households.

Here is a link to the NGCOA Canada’s Signage Templates which now includes the Face Masks Required in Carts sign.

It was also indicated that authority for interpretation of this falls with the local PHU so if you are uncertain in your region, please reach out to your local PHU inspector/official.

Recent Significant Changes in Orange, Red & Grey Zones Impacting your F&B Operation

As of March 20th, the ON government has adjusted dining capacity limits at restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments, for regions in the Grey-Lockdown, Red-Control and Orange-Restrict levels of the Framework.

For regions in the Orange-Restrict and Red-Control levels, capacity limits for indoor dining will be adjusted and based on a standard, scalable calculation that will allow for up to approximately 50 per cent of the indoor dining area to be accessible to the public, subject to physical distancing rules. The total occupancy cannot exceed 50 patrons in Red-Control and 100 patrons in Orange-Restrict.

In addition, while indoor dining continues to be prohibited for areas in the Grey-Lockdown level of the Framework, outdoor dining is now permitted for regions in Grey-Lockdown, subject to physical distancing rules and a number of other public health and workplace safety measures.

To ensure the continued safety of patrons and workers, public health and safety measures in indoor and outdoor settings have also been strengthened in the Orange, Red and Grey levels in the Framework. These measures include, but are not limited to: (note - click on colour zones above for full details)

  • Limiting tables for indoor dining to members of the same household with exemptions for patrons who live alone and caregivers; (NOTE – this does NOT apply to golfers dining outdoors on your patio).
  • Limiting tables for outdoor dining in Grey-Lockdown to members of the same household with exemptions for patrons who live alone and caregivers; and
  • A sign posted by the establishment in a location visible to the public that states the maximum capacity (number of patrons) they are permitted to operate under.

COVID-19 continues to be a challenging virus, resulting in ever-changing direction and guidance for us all. We encourage you to check back on these links regularly and if you have questions, reach out to your local PHU for clarity immediately. 

We are extremely excited that all outdoor golf facilities will be allowed to be open in all five colours of the framework and look forward to working together with all of you to build on the momentum from 2020 to have another fantastic year in 2021. 



We Are Golf - Current Golf Regulation - Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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Dear Partners / Key Stakeholders,

As we all know, the last 11 months have been a very challenging time. In 2020, though, golf was a shining light in some of the darkness of COVID-19. By providing a gold standard set of protocols and operating procedures, facilities across Ontario allowed golfers to get much-needed outdoor exercise, mental stimulation, and safe social time with family and friends. And for that, we thank you! Golf facilities across the province, such as yours, went above and beyond in 2020 to ensure these protocols were followed. As a result of this, the NGCOA Canada reported that rounds played in 2020 (even after losing all of April and most of May) were up 19.4% over the previous 5-year average in Ontario. This is something we should all be proud of!

Over the last few months, Ontario’s We Are Golf partners having been working hard to continue to communicate with the government and help ensure that golf would be well positioned when the province began to reopen. Two separate letters were sent to Premier Ford and all the MPPs who are members of the Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee. A December 10 letter was sent reminding them of what an important (and safe) role that golf played in the early stages of the pandemic. A follow up letter was sent on February 10, reminding the government how well positioned golf is to adhere to all Physical Distancing and Safety protocol measures while providing Ontarians with a welcome physical and mental break from the rigours of every day. We reiterated our commitment as an industry to be good partners and continue to be the gold standard for businesses in the province.

With this in mind, our efforts have helped ensure the inclusion of golf in the recent  COVID-19 Response Framework. In all colours (from Green to Grey) of the Framework, golf courses and outdoor driving ranges will be able to open (with various restrictions depending on what colour your health unit is in). As well, indoor golf simulators and indoor driving ranges, will be able to open (with various restrictions) in Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red zones. When all zones have returned to the colour coded framework, this is great news for the golf industry and golfers alike and will ensure that golfers across the province can continue to enjoy the sport they love.  

For reference, here is a link to a recent Zoom Webinar with Premier Doug Ford and the Honourable Lisa MacLeod on February 8th, 2021 where the Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries is asked directly about golf courses opening up in spring 2021 (see the 42:00 mark).

Our commitment to the provincial government, on behalf of the entire golf industry, is that golf will continue to be a LEADER in Ontario in providing recreational activity that is so important for mental and physical well-being of all participants, while doing so in the SAFEST manner possible. As we head into the revised framework, here is what we know and ask for your support on:

We were SAFE in 2020 – Thank you again for implementing additional COVID protocols and safety procedures to make golf courses one of the safest, if not the safest, recreational option for Ontarians:

  • Longer tee time intervals – at many golf courses, foursomes were spaced further apart than pre-2020.
  • Pre-bookings only – most courses forced golfers to pre-book rounds to avoid walk-ups and congestion.
  • Cart protocols – regular cleaning and cart sharing protocols.
  • Clear and consistent screening protocols – to ensure the safety of all golfers and staff at the facilities.

We need to all work to CONTINUE TO BE SAFE in 2021 – this is imperative!  As an industry, we proved in 2020 that with the right protocols in place, golf was incredibly safe. As a result of the diligence of our golf courses with these protocols, as far as we know, not one person contacted COVID as a result of playing golf this past season. This means that for the upcoming season, you need to plan to continue to implement the successful protocols from 2020 that we know will make us successful again in 2021. All courses need to continue to stay in tune with their local public health units to ensure that our courses in each region are being true to the guidelines set out in these areas. Your We Are Golf partners are also committed to continuing to stay in close contact with the government to ensure timely communications of any changes. Here is a link for you to review Best Practices & Operational Resources that was created last season for Ontario golf courses.

For further information on the current regulations – here are a few links for your reference:

NOTE: One of the changes we have seen is a new protocol regarding the use of masks while riding in an open air vehicle. We will continue to seek clarity on this rule after the government has focused on returning all regions to the framework.

We have a UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY ahead of us to continue to grow the game of golf. 2020 was an incredible golf season. Golf was played in numbers not seen for a long time. We need to commit to continue to do things properly and safely in 2021 and work together to ensure that all golfers from 2020 (from long-time players to new and lapsed players) stay in the game in 2021 and beyond.

We will continue to work on your behalf in 2021 and look forward to continuing to build on the momentum created in 2020. While we would love nothing more than to return to ‘the old normal’ at the beginning of the season, we will still have protocols to focus on and we thank you in advance for you continued support in creating a safe environment for your staff, players, and guests.  

Thank you,

Ontario’s We Are Golf partners



OGSA Announces 2021 Board of Directors - Wednesday, January 27, 2021

The Ontario Golf Superintendents’ Association announces  2021 Board of Directors.

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Guelph, ON. January 27, 2021: The Ontario Golf Superintendents’ Association held their Annual General Meeting on January 26, 2021 virtually, using the Zoom meeting platform, and is pleased to announce the 2021 Board of Directors.

Al Schwemler, President OGSA; Tim Muys, Immediate Past President, Piper’s Heath Golf Club; Ryan Scott, Vice President, Oakville Golf Club; Owen Russell, Secretary Treasurer, Markland Wood Golf Club; and Directors, Jessica Aytoun, Sutton Creek Golf & Country Club; Ian McQueen, St. George’s Golf and Country Club; Mike Pellerin, Saugeen Golf Club. The OGSA is pleased to welcome two new directors to the board, Andrew Nieder, Deerhurst Resort, and Kevin Collier, Riverbend Golf Community.

Nieder and Collier are replacing long time OGSA members and past presidents Cory Janzen, Westmount Golf and Country Club, and Jason Boyce, Smugglers Glen Golf Course. Janzen and Boyce were both acknowledged for their tenure, as well as their contributions to the association and the golf turf industry during their time on the Board. They will be missed.

AGM documents, including the draft minutes, approved minutes from the 2020 AGM held in Niagara Falls on January 16, 2020, the 2019/2020 Annual Report and 2019/2020 Financial Statements will be available for members to review on the ogsa.ca by January 29, 2021.


Notice of AGM - Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of the Ontario Golf Superintendents’ Association will take place on:
Tuesday, January 26th, 2021
Virtual presentation format: ZOOM
In accordance with the OGSA Bylaws, Article III, 4. ATTENDANCE: Admittance to any Annual or Special Meeting of the Members of the Association shall be allowed only to those Members in good standing.
GOLF COURSE HOCKEY CHALLENGE 2021 UPDATE - Wednesday, October 14, 2020


Submitted by Stephen Kajan


Unfortunately, due to concerns over the current pandemic, it has been decided to cancel the upcoming event planned for January 2021. We hope that you stay safe through the fall and we look forward to planning the 27th event in 2022.

We would like to thank all the participants of the 26th annual tournament for continuing to support this event.

We want to thank our generous sponsors for all their contributions in helping make this event a success. Those sponsors in no particular order are:

Turf Care

GT Golf & Turf

Plant Products

Target Specialty Products

Brett Young


Vanden Bussche Irrigation

Slack Reel Service

Burnside Environmental Consulting


We also wanted to thank both Scott Dodson and John Taylor for 25 years of dedication to this event and for keeping this tradition alive.


Thank a Golf Course Superintendent Day - Sept 23 - Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Save the date: ‘Thank a Golf Course Superintendent Day’ on Sept. 23

The initiative will spotlight the professionals who maintain the game’s grounds and comes as golf’s popularity has surged amid the coronavirus pandemic.


Filed to: Coronavirus


Thank golf course superintendent
GCM staff photo

As a healthy outdoor activity that can adhere to social distancing, golf has seen a worldwide resurgence in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Sept. 23, GCSAA, in conjunction with other global superintendent organizations, is encouraging all those who love golf to thank their course’s superintendent as part of “Thank a Golf Course Superintendent Day,” a campaign to recognize those who help keep the game going.

In addition to GCSAA, other groups taking part in “Thank a Golf Course Superintendent Day” include the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA), the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association (ASTMA), the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association (CGSA), and the Federation of European Golf Greenkeepers Associations (FEGGA). Altogether, the groups represent more than 31,000 golf course management professionals in 78 countries.

The celebration on Sept. 23 will include a commercial that will begin rotation on Golf Channel and other media outlets, and social media messages touting the many ways superintendents make the game more enjoyable and sustainable.

Golfers and others are encouraged to join in the conversation on social media by using the hashtags “#ThankASuper” or “#ThankAGreenkeeper” (depending on their country’s nomenclature).

“Superintendents work hard each day to provide the excellent playing conditions that add to the enjoyment of the game,” says GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans. “But in the face of the pandemic, they have played a key role in developing and maintaining the safety protocols that allow golfers to engage in their favorite sport while adhering to pandemic-related guidelines and restrictions.”

As courses reopened after the early months of the crisis, the demand for golf was clear. In the United States, golf rounds in June and July were up as much as 20% over the same time period in 2019, and in the United Kingdom, July rounds were up 40% over last year.

In addition to making adjustments to follow new pandemic protocals, superintendents continually strive to keep the game’s playing fields healthy and beautiful with environmental stewardship as a primary focus. Thanks to the overall efforts of the golf industry, golf courses are using less water, employing sustainable maintenance practices, and expanding natural wildlife habitats on their properties.

“Golf has been a refuge for so many, so we are taking a day to recognize the men and women who work behind the scenes to make the golf course a perfect escape right now,” Evans says. “We are proud to join with our fellow associations around the world by encouraging those who love golf and appreciate the work superintendents do to reach on social media to #ThankASuper.”


In Memoriam - Chuck Egleston - Thursday, July 9, 2020

Please see the following link for Chuck’s Obituary.


CHANGES TO ON Reg. 63/09 - Wednesday, April 29, 2020

CHANGES TO ON Reg. 63/09

April 29, 2020

In such unprecedented times as these, it is nice to be able to deliver some good news.   The required public meeting component has been removed from O. Reg. 63/09.

This comes after a great deal of work, both by our NAGA – Ontario, (We are golf) group at Queen’s Park, OGSA Directors and many others, and displays the collaboration within our industry from all the parties involved.

In addition to the removal of the public meeting requirement there are some minor changes in the regulation that you may wish to review, specifically sections 78 and 79 of the act.  While section 78 has not changed, there are changes to section 79.   Both sections deal with the posting of pesticide application signs.

Please refer to the attached document for more detail on these changes:


The regulation in its entirety can be found on the government website here:



IPM Council - A MESSAGE TO OUR GOLF PARTNERS - Tuesday, April 21, 2020


April 17, 2020
The IPM Council of Canada Board of Directors and committees have been conducting virtual meetings over the past few weeks to try and anticipate how best to serve golf facilities and IPM Agents during this period of uncertainty.
Many questions have been raised by golf facilities who are being greatly challenged by limited labour and reduced income. These questions range from the logistics of certain elements of the IPM Accreditation Program to the expense of staying in the program at all.
Since golf courses must still be maintained, even while not open for business, and IPM Accreditation is required to legally use pesticides in Ontario, the program needs to continue.
Golf Course Registration Fees
What most do not realize it that the annual cost to the Council per registered golf facility is already more than the current golf course registration fee of $800. However, in light of the extraordinary challenges facing golf courses this year, the Board has accepted a deficit budget and has approved a reduction of the fee to $500 + HST for the June 1, 2020 – May 31, 2021 registration year.
Also, since it is still unknown when golf courses will be able to open for play, the usual due date for registration fees has been delayed from June 1, 2020 to Sept. 1, 2020.
It was decided that the IPM Certified Agent annual fee and due date of June 1st will remain the same. Since it is a professional fee with an expiry date on the certificate and the amount of $75 + HST has not changed since 2009, it was considered reasonable to maintain the status quo.
IPM Accreditation Program Elements
We have been asked about when Scouting Forms need to be started. Scouting is a very important element in an IPM program and should start as soon as the IPM Agent has access to the property. However, for the purposes of the annual desk review, using the database on the Council website, scouting forms must start either the date the golf course opens or a minimum of one (1) week prior to the first application of pest control product, whichever comes first.
On-site Audits
After much consideration, it was decided that due to the COVID-19 situation and in the interest of safety, that all on-site audits will be suspended for the 2020 season.
If you have any questions regarding anything in this notice, please do not hesitate to contact me. Stay safe everyone and I hope to see you back on the golf course sooner than later.
Teri Yamada, Executive Director 
info@ipmcouncilcanada.org or by phone 416-919-3832
Essential Workplace Business Information Line - Monday, April 6, 2020

Re:  Response from Essential Workplace Business Information Line

April 4, 2020

Thank you for your inquiry into the Essential Workplace Business Information Line. 

In response to COVID-19, Ontario has been diligently monitoring the developing situation and taking decisive action to contain the spread of this new virus to ensure the health and safety of all Ontarians. Based on the advice of Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, and other experts, the Ontario government has ordered the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces effective as of Tuesday, March 24th at 11:59 p.m.

On March 30, 2020 Dr. David Williams issued a statement in response to COVID-19 recommending Ontarians stay home except for essential reasons, such as to access health care services; shop for groceries, pick up medication at the pharmacy; walk pets when required; and support vulnerable community members with meeting these needs. Please find the link to Dr. Williams’ statement https://news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en/2020/03/statement-from-the-chief-medical-officer-of-health.html

On March 31, 2020 the Ontario government took further action and closed all communal or shared, public or private, outdoor recreational amenities everywhere in Ontario. Please find the link to the Ontario news release https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/ontario-extends-emergency-declaration-to-stop-the-spread-of-covid-19.html

Business owners should review the list of essential businesses which are authorized to stay open, determine whether they fit into any of the categories and, if they do, make a business decision as to whether to stay open.  Please find a link to the list of essential businesses https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces for your reference.

The Order also specifies when a business that is required to be closed, may access its place of work.  Temporary access is permitted for activities including compliance with applicable laws, security, and maintenance and repair.  Please refer to Schedule 1 section 1(2) and 1(3) of the Order for more information at https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/200082. The Order has been amended and can be found here https://files.ontario.ca/solgen-oic-closure-nonessential-business-2020-04-03_0.pdf, however sections 1(2) and 1(3) were unchanged.

Business owners, including non-profits and service delivery organizations, must take the necessary steps to keep their employees, clients and customers safe, and ensure that they are following the Emergency Order and the advice of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. 

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COVID 19 Survey - Friday, March 20, 2020

Dear Members:


Please find below, a link to our recent COVID 19 Survey.

We encourage you to go to the GCSAA’s homepage, as a great many resources are available there at gcsaa.org

While we realize things are changing daily, if not hourly, we wish that you all stay safe in these difficult times.

Sally     (On behalf of your Board of Directors)


COVID 19 Survey

Earn CECs Online for No Cost in Joint OGSA & GCSAA Offering - Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Earn CECs Online for No Cost in Joint OGSA & GCSAA Offering


<<Download printable PDF here.>>

In partnership with the Ontario Golf Superintendents’ Association (OGSA), the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is now making select On Demand webinars available for no charge until June 1, 2020.

Reviewed and approved by The IPM Council of Canada for Continuing Education Credits (CECs) in their program, each On Demand includes the recording and a short quiz required to earn CECs.

Visit GCSAA’s web site and log in. Move to the Education tab and Enter the Learning Hub and then go to the Canadian Credit category in the Catalog to find the Version for CEC that has no fee and register.

No username? You can create a username and password, then email Lisa Wick, GCSAA, Sr. Manager, e-Learning Programs at lwick@gcsaa.org for Learning Hub access. Call GCSAA at 1-800-472-7878 with questions.

Enhancing Your Weed Control Program: Cool-season Turf

Why didn’t the herbicide kill the weed? In this 90-minute webinar, Aaron Patton, Ph.D., will help you know how to answer that question for yourself and improve your weed control program in your cool-season turf by better understanding herbicide activity and weed biology. CEC value: 1.5

Factors that Affect Pesticide Fate and Behavior on the Golf Course

Travis Gannon, Ph.D., will help you learn more about the biological and chemical attributes of pesticides and how they behave after application on your course.
CEC value: 1.5

GDDs for Timing PGR Applications and Re-Applications

Details in this webinar taught by Bill Kreuser, Ph.D., can help you maximize the benefits of plant growth regulators (PGR).  CEC value: 1.5

How to Read Your Soils Report

Learn more about how to correctly read your soils report during this 90-minute webinar with Beth Guertal, Ph.D., who shows examples of various documents and provides key details on how to use that information on your golf course.
CEC value: 1.13



Increase the Precision of Your Nitrogen Application

Utilization of soil moisture probes for irrigation, environmental models for seed head and pest control, and GDD models to schedule PGR applications have increased the precision of turfgrass management over the past decade. Nitrogen fertilization scheduling, however, is still largely based on historical management practices and qualitative observations. In this 90-minute webinar, Bill Kreuser, Ph.D., highlights current research in the area of nitrogen management and investigates the potential for technology to improve application precision on creeping bentgrass golf turf.
CEC value: 1.0

Optimizing Your Annual Bluegrass Weevil Management Program

The annual bluegrass weevil (ABW) is a severely destructive insect pest of golf course turfgrass throughout the eastern US and Canada.  In this 2-hour webinar, Ben McGraw, Ph.D., discusses the keys to successful ABW management, including proper timing and selection of chemical controls, effects of cultural practices, and alternatives to chemical insecticides.  CEC value: 2.0

Reclaimed Waste Water for Turf Irrigation

Water challenges are impacting more turfgrass managers than ever and all indications are the trend will only increase. David Kopec, Ph.D. and extension specialist at the University of Arizona in Tucson, has been dealing with and teaching about water quality issues for decades. In this 90-minute webinar, he addresses, in practical terms, the classifications of Reclaimed Municipal waste water (RMWW) and the quality parameters about which you should be aware. CEC value: 0.75

Review Your Bentgrass Greens Management Plan

Turfgrass breeders have done a phenomenal job of developing new creeping bentgrass cultivars with fine texture, high density, and improved environmental stress tolerance. These advancements, combined with improved machinery, alter the way you manage creeping bentgrass putting greens. Mowing heights are lower, lightweight rolling is regularly applied, and greens still receive a lot of foot traffic from golfers. In this 90-minute webinar, Joey Young, Ph.D., reviews how all three factors can affect the quality and physiological health of creeping bentgrass. CEC value: 1.5

Sand Topdressing Programs – Benefits and Challenges

Sand topdressing putting greens has proven to be a valuable management practice that yields several benefits, both agronomic and from a playability perspective. As putting green grasses have become denser and finer-textured, it is often a challenge to incorporate topdressing sand into the putting green canopy. In this 90-minute webinar, Douglas Karcher, Ph.D., focuses on the major objectives for your putting green sand topdressing program. CEC value: 1.13


IMPORTANT IPMAP UPDATE - Wednesday, September 11, 2019


While conducting on-site visits, environmental auditors for the IPM Accreditation Program have encountered a couple of situations regarding pesticide applications that have been brought to the attention of the OGSA.

We have been advised that in order to be an IPM Certified Agent in good standing, your Ontario landscape exterminator’s licence must be current. Since licence renewal is now available on-line, keeping it up-to-date is a very simple process. Click here to renew your licence on-line.

A more serious situation is allowing trainees who have not taken the appropriate courses to become technicians to apply pesticides without direct supervision. We would like to remind you of the categories described in O. Reg. 63/09. Technicians may apply pesticides under the written instructions of a licensed exterminator who is on-site a minimum of once per week, but trainees must be under the direct supervision of a licensed exterminator at all times. For the purposes of the IPM on-site audit, this is similar to the off-label use of pesticide products (using products not classified for use on golf courses or turf). Since it is in contravention of a provincial law, if no evidence of direct supervision of the trainee by a licensed exterminator is provided to the auditor, the IPM on-site audit will receive an automatic failing grade.


It has come to our attention that Environmental Officers from the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks are performing inspections at golf clubs, with the focus being:
Permit to Take Water

  1. Hard copy correct and readily available.
  2. Confirmation of all recordings being completed as permit requires and current/up to date.
  3. Flow meter information (how many, unit of measure, maintenance, and locations).
  4. View of all meters, pump station and any water sources used for irrigation.


  1. Storage room, inventory, spill control/action plans, MSDS.
  2. Inventory/product waste? What? How? And When?
  3. Exterminators licenses; who and on site?
  4. Posting procedures.

Waste Generation

  1. HWIN registration?
  2. Manifests kept for past two years?
  3. Are you removing all waste oil within 90 days of its generation? If not, are you informing the Ministry?

More information to follow on item c above
Environmental Officers can inspect for compliance related to the following acts:
Environmental Protection Act, The Environmental Assessment Act, Nutrient Management Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Ontario Water Resources Act and The Pesticides Act.  Please note however, they have no jurisdiction related to the IPMAP. (IPM Accreditation Program).
Typically you will be contacted by the Environmental Officer to schedule the inspection ahead of time.
For further details about what to expect if your facility is inspected, CLICK HERE


OGSA is sad to announce the passing of Mike Mayne - Monday, May 27, 2019

Mike Mayne Jr passed away after a valiant battle with cancer Saturday May 25th in London. Mike worked with his father Mike Mayne Sr and his brother Steve Mayne at OTEC in London from 1986 till his retirement in 2006. Otec was the Jacobsen distributor in Ontario from 1979-1998. Mike is survived by his longtime partner Mary Jane, his parents Mike Mayne Sr and Mary Mayne, his brother Steve Mayne and his wife Janice and Mike's two sons Scott and Brent. Arrangements have yet to be made.  

The Passing of Mike (Michael) Burton - Wednesday, May 8, 2019

OGSA is saddened to hear of the passing of 19 year member, Mike Burton


We Are Golf - Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Ontario Golf Industry Celebrates Second Annual National Golf Day


(TORONTO), May 1, 2019 - Today, Ontario’s leading golf industry associations will meet at Queen’s Park to celebrate the second annual National Golf Day.

National Golf Day aims to raise awareness and highlight the positive impact the game of golf has across the country and in the province of Ontario. Golf has a significant impact on the economy, in areas such as employment levels, tax dollars earned, and from a tourism standpoint. In addition, golf is a lifelong sport that is a strong driver for healthy, active living for participants across the province.

Golf industry representatives will be at Queen’s Park today in Toronto, as well as Parliament Hill in Ottawa, to meet with MPs, MPPs, Senators and policy advisors to spread the word on the many benefits of Canada’s golf sector and the positive impact it has on so many.

 “Golf is the number one participation sport in Ontario – we encourage people across the province to get involved and support National Golf Day in their own way – whether it be playing a round of golf, visiting a course to enjoy family time, taking a lesson, or adopting a school in their community through Golf in Schools,” said Shawn Hunter, Regional Director at the National Golf Course Owners Association Canada.

In Ontario alone, based on a 2014 We Are Golf commissioned economic impact study, the game of golf contributed an estimated $5.40 billion toward the Gross Domestic Product, including 110,000 jobs and $716 million in federal and provincial income taxes.

 “We are really looking forward to today at Queen’s Park, supporting the activities in Ottawa, and celebrating National Golf Day at a provincial level in Ontario”, said Mike Kelly, Executive Director of Golf Ontario. “We are confident that government officials from all parties will be pleased to learn about all of the ways golf positively contributes to our province, and our messaging will focus on the game’s economic impact, charitable funding, business benefits, and health benefits for hundreds of thousands of Canadians”, continued Kelly.

As a group of superintendents tasked with maintaining the many amazing golf courses across Ontario, we know first-hand the benefits that golf courses have on our communities. Each day we embark on a mission of sustainability, conservation, protection, and perfection that helps bring so many benefits,” added Jason Boyce, President of the Ontario Golf Superintendents Association.

Click here for a link to a video highlighting the great work done by golf course superintendents across Ontario. https://youtu.be/LNWTLMpr79g

Simon Bevan, the President of the PGA of Ontario, as well as the President of the Southwestern Ontario branch of the Canadian Society of Club Managers also stands in support of this important celebration of golf. “We are thrilled to be part of National Golf day and believe it is important that the golf industry stands together to illustrate the importance of golf in our province.  It is critical that our local and provincial leaders acknowledge the impact that our business provides to not only the economy but also the natural green spaces that we look after. I look forward to speaking further with our esteemed MPP’s and answer any questions they have on our past and future challenges,” said Bevan.

The Queen’s Park schedule for May 1 will include a breakfast and meetings throughout the day for delegates and MPP’s alike. This day represents a great chance for all involved to celebrate the positive impact golf has in communities across Ontario.


We Are Golf is a public awareness raising initiative sponsored by the National Allied Golf Associations. The Ontario chapter includes
 the following members: Professional Golfers’ Association of Ontario, Ontario Golf Superintendents Association, Golf Ontario,
Canadian Society of Club Managers – Ontario Branches and the National Golf Course Owners Association - Ontario Chapters.
For more information on We Are Golf, visit http://www.wearegolf.ca



For more information, please contact:

Madison Simmons

Telephone: 613-233-8906  

Email: madison@impactcanada.com


Click here for the pdf version of this release.


In Memoriam - Monday, March 25, 2019

Kurt Rasmus Celebration of Life.  All are welcome to join for an evening of sharing memories and celebrating Kurt's life: 6pm April 6 at the Guild Inn Estate, 201 Guildwood Pkwy, Scarborough, ON M1E 1P5

Kurt was a long time Scarboro Golf and Country Club employee and former Superintendent at Ballantrae Golf Club. He passed away suddenly and tragically on Friday March 22, 2019. 



David S. Gourley Obituary - Thursday, May 17, 2018

The OGSA is saddened to announce the passing of Past President and DSA recipient, David S. Gourlay.  Our sincere condolances go out to his many family members, friends and associates.

The full obituary can be found at this link




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Honorary Member Norman McCollum - Letter to OGSA Members - Monday, January 18, 2016


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