Turf Care

Priddis Greens has been recognized both nationally and internationally for our environmental efforts. We were the recipient of the top environmental award for golf courses in Canada in 2005 and followed by receiving the top environmental award for international golf courses in 2006.

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Turf Care

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How can a Footprint be a Killer?
When it's a footprint made on a putting surface that’s covered with frost, it’s hard to believe that simply walking across a golf green covered with frost can cause so much damage. But the proof will be there in a few days as the turf grass dies and leaves a trail of brown footprints. That's why most courses will delay starting times until the frost has melted. And it is also why golfers who appreciate a quality putting surface will be patient during frost delays.

Why Does Frost Cause Problems?
Greens are fragile. The putting surface, or green, is an extremely fragile environment that must be managed carefully and professionally. Remember that every green is a collection of millions of individual grass plants, each of which is a delicate living thing. Obviously, Mother Nature never meant for these plants to be maintained at 3/16 or even 1/8 of an inch for prolonged periods. This stress makes greens constantly vulnerable to attacks from insects, disease, heat, drought, cold and frost.

Frost is essentially frozen dew. It can form when the temperature (or wind chill) is near or below the freezing point. The ice crystals that form on the outside of the plant can also harden or even freeze the cell structure of the plant. When frosted, the normally resilient plant cells become brittle and are easily crushed. When the cell membranes are damaged, the plant loses its ability to function normally. It’s not much different than cracking an egg. Once the shell is broken, you can't put it back together.

The Proof is in the Prints
Although you won't see any immediate damage if you walk on frosted turf, the proof will emerge within 48 to 72 hours as the leaves die and turn brown. And, since just one foursome can leave several hundred footprints on each green, the damage can be very extensive.

Thanks for Understanding
The damage isn't just unsightly putting quality will also be reduced until repairs are made. Those repairs are expensive and, in some cases, the green may have to be kept out of play for days or weeks until the new turf grass is established. A short delay while the frost melts can preserve the quality of the greens, prevent needless repairs and may even save you a few strokes the next time you play.

Environmental Awards

Priddis Greens has been recognized both nationally and internationally for our environmental efforts. We were the recipient of the top environmental award for golf courses in Canada in 2005 and then followed this up by receiving the top environmental award for international golf courses in 2006.

CGSA/TORO Environmental Achievement Award
Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club received the 2005 CGSA/TORO Environmental Achievement Award. The award/recognition program is co-sponsored by TORO and the Canadian Golf Course Superintendents Association (CGSA). This award is presented to the superintendent that best demonstrates an overall commitment to environmentalism through specific initiatives at their respective golf club and initiatives related to the golf industry at large. The Criteria for winning the award is based on the golf club’s environmental management plan that incorporates responsibilities, practices, procedures, and processes. The winner is selected by a committee appointed by the CGSA that includes environmental experts.

Environmental Leaders in Golf Award
Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club has been awarded the 2006 Environmental Leader in Golf Award – International Category. The award/recognition program is co-sponsored by Golf Digest Magazine and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). The environmental award is designed to recognize golf course superintendents and golf courses around the world for environmental stewardship. All applications for the award are reviewed by an independent panel of judges comprised of representatives from major national environmental groups, Environmental Protection Agency, USGA Agronomists, Irrigation Specialists, Turf Grass Consultants, and independent environmental groups. There are four national awards handed out in the categories of private golf club/public golf club/resort course, and one award is given in the international golf course category.

The judges evaluate all applications and rate them based on their defined objectives in the following categories:

  1. Resource Conservation
  2. Water Quality Management
  3. Integrated Pest Management
  4. Wildlife / Habitat Management
  5. Education & Outreach

The criteria used for responding to each category are as follows:

  1. Sustainability
  2. Criticality
  3. Originality
  4. Technology use/implementation

To qualify for the award, an application must achieve more than 90% in each of the 5 categories. Priddis Greens achieved this in all categories.


  • Recognition in Golf Digest Magazine and GCSAA trade journals
  • Recognition at the 2007 GCSAA International conference and trade show
  • A personalized trophy and certificate of recognition
  • National, regional and local publicity


In June 1998, Priddis Greens became the first golf club in Alberta, 11th in Canada, to become certified under the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System of Canada.

Environmental Policy

Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club is committed to the protection of the environment through incorporating the best possible practices throughout our operations. We are committed to using the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Certification program as the foundation of our environmental management system.


  • To conduct our business in compliance with environmental laws and regulations.
  • To provide customers with systematic services in a manner that protects the environment by assessing the individual sensitivity of the worksite and the impact our operation may have (i.e. slope, runoff, drift, water bodies, soil porosity and wildlife).
  • To continually improve our environmental management systems and corporate performance.

Overview of Responsibilities

Management and Supervisor Responsibilities
Monitor and actively control the environmental aspects of golf club operations through the implementation of the Priddis Greens Golf & Country Clubs Environmental Management System.

Employee and Contractor Responsibilities
Attend applicable internal training and report all environment-related near-misses and accidents.

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program

Audubon International
Audubon International is a non-profit organization that was originally founded in 1897 as the Audubon Society of New York. Their goal is to work with various stake holders to develop sustainable communities throughout the world. They began working with the USGA in 1991 to promote environmental responsibility on golf courses, which provide valuable green spaces within communities. Audubon International currently has 4000 member golf courses worldwide working on meeting certification requirements. There are currently 635 golf courses that have achieved full certification. Canada has 52 fully certified golf courses of which 9 are in Alberta. Priddis Greens was the first golf course in Alberta and the third in Western Canada to become a fully Certified Audubon Sanctuary.

Certificate Requirements

Step One
Register the golf course with Audubon International. This gives the golf course access to environmentally knowledgeable experts, a monthly environmental newsletter, the Audubon International web site, and regularly updated environmental stewardship manuals. Priddis Greens became a member of the Audubon program for golf courses in 1993.

Step Two
Meet requirements in the following six environmental focus areas:

1. Environmental Planning
Environmental planning requires developing environmental strategies for in-play turf grass, maintenance facility, irrigation, course landscaping, water features, and non-play natural areas. The goal is to develop strategies that promote a high level of golf course playability within an environmentally responsible management plan. Priddis Greens became certified in this area July 23, 1997.

2. Wildlife and Habitat Management
The goal of wildlife and habitat management is to incorporate projects, which enhance the natural areas on the property and improve landscaping to attract and provide habitat for beneficial wildlife. Priddis Greens became certified in this area January 14, 1998

3. Chemical Use Reduction and Safety (IPM)
IPM requires the safe storage and handling of pesticides, having a strong cultural program for managing healthy turf, and infrastructure for an environmentally responsible maintenance facility. Priddis Greens became certified in this area August 6, 1998.

4. Water Conservation
The goal of water conservation is to develop programs for using water in the most efficient and effective manner for maintaining a healthy golf course. Priddis Greens became certified in this area February 20, 1998.

5. Water Quality Management
The goal of water quality management is to develop programs and practices which protect water sources from nutrient and chemical contamination. Priddis Greens became certified in this area July 6, 1998

6. Outreach and Education
The goal of outreach and education is to implement projects, which communicate our commitment to environmental stewardship, to educate members, staff, decision makers, and community members about our environmental projects, and provide opportunities for members, staff, and community members to get involved in environmental projects. Priddis Greens became certified in this area February 20, 1998.

Step Three
Become re-certified through documented proof and external audits that look at not only maintaining but also improving existing environmental projects as well as developing and implementing new environmental projects. Priddis Greens has gone through the re-certification process twice first in 2001 and again in 2004 and remains a fully certified member in good standing with Audubon International.

For a detailed copy of our environmental management manual, which includes documentation and pictures of our environmental projects contact Lance Morris.

Phone: 403-931-3391
Email: lmorris@priddisgreens.com

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