The arrival of Spring, a new beginning to the year, is marked by many different events. Perhaps for some it is the first sighting of a Robin, leaves starting to bud on trees, or snow melting in your backyard. Warmer weather, longer days, NHL hockey playoffs, the Masters, or street cleaning signs in your neighborhood; all are unique indicators that the grip of winter is starting to let go and we can all start to expect a little better weather as Spring is finally arriving.
At Kananaskis Country Golf Course this year, we received our indication that winter was over when we started to hear and see Construction equipment starting to get mobilized to get the Restoration project underway in early April! After nearly 3 years since the flood of 2013 and the courses being closed, all of us here at Kananaskis Country Golf Course took a collective sigh of relief when we started to hear and see the Rock trucks, Dozers, Excavators, Seppi cultivator, and other wonderful equipment start to arrive to begin the incredibly important steps to bring these courses back to Alberta and the golfing community!
It has been wonderful to see some familiar faces from the restoration crew that we saw in the fall of 2014 when we had started the clean-up phase of the plan. Some of the golf course construction business’s most talented artists have joined in the quest to bring the Mt. Kidd and Mt. Lorette golf courses back to life! Artists you say? Absolutely!!! Art takes on many forms; painting, pottery, jewelry design, architecture, photography, and many other forms share in the gift of being able to have a vision to create something beautiful and use different “canvasses” to make this beauty come to life. Painters use brushes, paint, and paper; architects use wood, steel, and glass; while photographers use a camera and paper or the internet. Golf Course shapers use dozers, excavators, and cultivators on their “canvass” of soil to create the most beautiful greens complexes, tee boxes, sand traps, and drainage for golfers to enjoy and appreciate. It truly is amazing to see the precision of what they are able to do in such large machines!
Prior to the flood, our golf course knew that spring was starting to arrive as product would start arriving to the ProShop in March and April so that it could be inventoried, priced, and displayed. We would see in early April our first staff from the maintenance team be hired and start working out on the golf course to get it ready for the year. Our food and beverage team would be hiring their staff and experimenting with new products and samples to find the perfect items to serve our guests for the season. Sadly since 2013, we haven’t had the opportunity to experience any of these things as we have been closed. While all of the above signs of Spring were tremendous, I can tell you with great certainty that the sights and sounds of our Restoration teams’ equipment working on our courses these past few weeks has been perhaps our most favorite sign of Spring yet! If Spring is truly a new beginning, then there is no more of a symbolic sign to a fresh start for this beautiful facility and it’s bright future, than the sight of dirt moving, the sounds of reverse horns beeping, and the smell of incredible optimism that this facility will be more beautiful than it ever was.