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December 20, 2017

Trees – A Big Problem for Golf Course Turf and Budgets

To a golfer, few things are as satisfying as playing a good game of golf on a course with mature trees lining each side of the fairway. Players come to the course for the game but also to appreciate the calming beauty that a golf course can offer. However, it has long been known that trees on golf courses can wreak havoc with turfgrass quality and playability. For us, trees and the work they create have become a part of […]
December 13, 2017

An Open Mind

I am a fan of new discoveries. The allure of the unknown has always interested me, especially the notion that what I hold to be true could very well turn out to be false. The turf industry is no exception when it comes to new discoveries. It seems every year there is a new piece of equipment to try, a new chemical to spray or a lost philosophy that will solve all our problems. Choosing which new discovery to try […]
December 6, 2017

Golf Outings From A to Z

Candia Woods along with most public access golf courses rely on golf outings to help generate revenue. Most golf outings take advantage of not only the golf aspect but also food and beverage making it an attractive opportunity for fundraising groups as well as the golf courses. Hosting a golf outing at Candia Woods is a combined team effort of all of our departments; Matt Evans, grounds, Doug Alderman, Mike Lloyd and Christina Desjardins with food/beverage and of course Craig […]
November 2, 2017

Wedges 101: Is the bottom of your bag right for you?

What’s your wedge set up? Do you know what your 100-yard club is, or how many degrees of loft are between each of your wedges. Do you have a preferred yardage with your favorite wedge? The reason I ask these questions to help you, the golfer play better from inside 100 yards. Don’t buy into the marketing hype of the big driver manufacturers about how they’ll… “Take strokes off your game with X club!” The only real way to take […]
October 11, 2017

Spikeless or Spikes … That Is The Question

When you golf, what type of shoes do you wear?   Spikes?  Spikeless?  Or another type of shoe?   Now, when talking spikes I do not mean the metal spikes. More talking about soft spikes.     Here are some Pros and Cons to the debate: Spikes Pros Traction – with a traditional look and ability to change worn spikes, these shoes offer maximum traction Course Conditions – plays off of the first point but in wetter conditions shoes with […]
October 5, 2017

“Gorjus” George…. Yardologist

The following account is about a man named George Lucas. No… not the Star Wars guy. This George Lucas was never a movie maker, but he has had an illustrious career during which he has displayed a range of extraordinary accomplishments; Yes… in the arena of golf. And, I had the privilege of knowing him personally. • A professional caddie on the PGA tour. o Arnold Palmer’s personal caddie throughout 1980-81. o Inducted into the Professional Caddie Association’s “Hall-Of-Fame” in […]
September 28, 2017

Seasons Change… and So Does the Beer

          One of the many perks of being a bartender brings the changing of the beer taps. Not only changing from one type of beer to another, but more so the changing of seasonal beer.  Seasonal beer arrivals bring a lot of excitement to the customer, and as bartenders we love seeing and sharing the customers’ excitement when we put a summer beer on tap as the weather starts to get warmer, or when we exchange the summer beers for […]
September 20, 2017

Teamwork Makes The Dream Work

This post is written by Steve Diehl, Assistant Superintendent at Candia Woods. “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision, the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives.  It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” Seeing as this is my first blog I wanted to write something sort of out of the realm of what others have posted in the past.  However, I came up short on what to discuss until […]
September 6, 2017

Make-A-Wish: The Annual Weathervane Golf Fundraiser

Part 6 of our Guest Blog Series – This post is written by Ian Kelley for Weathervane Restaurants and Make A Wish. When it comes to making wishes on the golf course, most players probably pray for long drives and accurate putts — or perhaps a bit of divine intervention to escape from a deep, steep bunker. But for one very special day each September, golfers gather to help grant the wishes of children who have been diagnosed with a […]
June 30, 2017
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Wedding Photography – Does It Get Much Better?

This post is written by Rick Bouthiette of Rick Bouthiette Photography.  You can see more of his work here. Where do we begin? The views and the beautiful backdrop of the golf course? The attentive and professional staff? The phenomenal food? Well, we’ll start with the views and the gorgeous grounds. There’s no shortage of photo opportunities around the property. The Garden’s landscaping is always meticulously manicured and makes an amazing backdrop for beautiful wedding photos. At every turn the […]
April 12, 2017

Do You Know About the Benefits of a Spring Wedding?

Spring can bring beautiful weather with birds chirping, white cherry blossoms, the smell of winter going away and a fresh New Year starting.  Outdoor weddings are beautiful in all seasons, especially in the spring.  It is important to remember that each season brings its own colors, climate and weather conditions.  You can plan your themed wedding around your season (See Woodland Theme Wedding). With that being said; spring weddings can be challenging and come with additional planning, especially with the […]
November 1, 2016

Planning your wedding with New England Weather

As Mark Twain once said….. “If you don’t like the weather in New England now… just wait 5 minutes “   Many couples dream of having the perfect outdoor wedding with spectacular weather.  Sometimes Mother Nature does not receive that email and doesn’t deliver the 75 degree sunny day. Some say that rain on your wedding day is a sign of good luck and fertility.  Being said, the benefits of rain and snow will deliver the most gorgeous photos and […]
May 24, 2016

Woodland Theme Weddings

Why are couples now looking for a Woodland Themed Wedding?  Well, it starts with their personalities, outside activities, inspiration and vision of what their perfect day would be. Woodland Themed Weddings are gaining more and more popularity, as this is an amazing theme for an outdoor soiree that can be brought indoors. With all of the natural beauty and elements that you could utilize such as burlap, lace, wood based centerpieces, moss, tree branches and seasonal flowers, add a few […]
April 12, 2016

How the Magic is Made for your Special Day…

Twenty years ago I took on the position of a bookkeeper close to home at a Candia Woods Golf Links. Little did I know this position would then blossom into a job that I would take so much pride in and I would become apart of the lives of couples for the happiest day of their lives. With my past experience and education in interior design, flower arrangements and corporate events I was excited to take on the position as […]