As superintendent of Canmore Golf & Curling Club, Reid Solodan’s duties run the gamut from constructing new holes, to waking up before the sun rises and making sure the course is playable just days after some September snowfall. In between his many responsibilities, Reid took the time to chat with us in our latest “Ask the Super” feature:
1) You’ve been with Canmore Golf & Curling Club for nearly 10 years, how’d you get your start there and what makes it such a special place?
Prior to coming to Canmore I was the Assistant Superintendent in Kananaskis for 7 years. The Canadian Rockies offer an endless supply of fantastic golf in an amazing setting, especially a great course like Canmore. It’s my home away from home!
2) You post a lot of great pictures to your Twitter account, is photography a passion of yours?
I’ve always loved photography and enjoy sharing some of the moments I have to myself when I’m one of the only people out on the course. Around here the number of views to capture are endless.
3) As we’ve seen recently, the weather in Canmore can be very unpredictable during the shoulder seasons. What challenges arise when taking care of grass that could be dried under the sun one week and under snow the next?
Yes, the weather here can be unpredictable – as we saw this year going from plus 28 degrees, then down much colder very quickly and a dump of snow. From such sudden changes comes the challenge of moist greens and disease pressure. With our wet climate in the spring and fall we are susceptible to disease, as our grass stays wet for a long period of time. We combat this with solid aeration techniques and a light topdressing of sand to help dry the plant out.