Birch Bay is greening up

Published on Thu, Oct 3, 2002
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Birch Bay is greening up

The grass at the Birch Bay golf club is getting greener.

This fall the club brought aboard new greenskeeper Mark Elliott. Since early September he has been in charge of a vigorous restoration of the bentgrass greens at the small seaside golf course. Elliot spent 10 years on Loomis Trail’s bentgrass greens, so he’s more than familiar with their care and feeding.

“We’re into a massive program of making our greens healthier and better,” said owner Jim Tull.

The 18-hole course is a links-style course laden with ponds, meandering streams and 32 sand bunkers. “It is a unique short course with an interesting niche in golfing,” Tull said. “It is designed to provide the golfer with a very challenging game played in less than three hours.”

Tull said he likes to build his staff with proven performers. The golf pro for the club, Brian Southwick, came to the Birch Bay course after 10 years at Semiahmoo.