Greig Barker is Hosting the Freedom 55 Financial Championship at Highland Country Club in London, ON from September 11-17

September 11th, 2017

Golf Course Profile- What’s Your Course Saying?

Event: Freedom 55 Financial Tour Championship

Superintendent: Greig Barker, CGSA member since 2002

Golf Course Name, Number of Holes:  Highland Country Club, 18 holes

Where (Address, Directions, Email, Website): 1922 Highland Heights, London, ON

Superintendent, Designations, Awards, Years of Experience: 11 years as a Superintendent

Annual Rounds Played: 26000

Average Season Length: 7 months

Front Nine Yardage: 3500

Back Nine Yardage: 3204

Total Yardage: 6704

Total Area of Greens, Number of Greens, Predominant Type of Turfgrass: 3 acres, 20 greens, Poa/Bent

Total Area of Fairways, Predominant Type of Turfgrass: 22 acres, Poa/Bent/Fescues

Total area of Tees, Predominant Type of Turfgrass: 2 acres, Poa/Bent/Fescues

Predominant Soil Type on Course: Clay

Irrigation System Type, Water Supply and Age: Rain Bird Stratus 2, well water, 11 years old.

Number of Bunkers and Sand Type: 60 Bunkers, Fairmount Signature Blend.

Number and Type of Water Features: 2 ponds.

Construction and Original Architect: 1922 Stanley Thompson.

Renovations and Architects: Bunkers and Tees by Doug Carrick and Ian Andrew.

Maintenance Shop Construction Year: Mid 1980’s renovation.

Number, Type and Make of Equipment: John Deere, Toro, Clubcar

Does Your Course Have a Separate Chemical and/or Fertilizer Storage Facility (Size, Age)?:  Yes, 10+ years old.

Number of Staff (Year-Round, Seasonal, Mechanics, etc.):  3 Full Time (Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Equipment Manager) and 16 Seasonal employees.

Assistant Superintendent: Paul Snelgrove

Club President: Doug Galbraith

CPGA Professional: Rick Pero

Club Manager: Leo Larizza

Club Owner: Membership

Other Key Course Personnel: Alan Wood, Equipment Manager

Current Course Projects: Drainage (greens, fairways, rough)

Long Range Plans:

Challenges: Heavy clay soil, relatively small property

Success Stories: Sound agronomics have continued for years to create a very playable and challenging golf course for our membership and guests.

Unique Features of the Course: A year round facility for golfers, curlers and social members of one of the oldest clubs in London.

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