Golf Course Management

AUG 2018

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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84 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 08.18 John Mascaro President of Turf-Tec International Presented in partnership with Jacobsen If you guessed this is hail damage, you are correct. In June 2017, a severe thunderstorm moved through the area of southwestern Minnesota where this nine-hole golf course is located. Since the storm occurred in the evening, just after dark, no employees or golfers were on the course. The storm produced hail the size of golf balls, which damaged all 10 greens at the facility, brought down several branches and left leaves scattered in the roughs and fairways. The superintendent was able to borrow a roller from a nearby golf course to roll the greens, which required about three weeks to heal. The members were shocked at the severe damage to the greens. Photo submitted by Chuck Sommervold, the superintendent at Hendricks (Minn.) Golf Course. If you'd like to submit a photograph for John Mascaro's Photo Quiz, please send it to: John Mascaro, 1471 Capital Circle NW, Suite #13, Tallahassee, FL 32303, or email it to If your photograph is selected, you will receive full credit. All photos submitted become property of GCM and GCSAA. These four concentric circles of damaged turf puzzled the superintendent at this Georgia golf course for a few moments after a crew member called him over to have a look. As it turned out, a nationally syndicated weekly televi- sion program that featured some of the best private, resort and daily-fee golf courses in the country was filming on this course with an aerial drone. Appar- ently, the drone pilot flew too close to the flag/flagstick, causing the drone to become tangled in the flag and drop upside down onto the green. Although the pilot immediately tried to turn off the drone, it was still running when he reached the green. The damage was minimal, and the green recovered within a few days with no special treatment. A height-of-cut prism gauge revealed the drone's height-of-cut to be inconsistent, varying from 1 / 16 inch to 1 / 8 inch. You could say the drone took the club to new heights. Photo submitted by Jeff Miller, the GCSAA Class A superintendent at the Harbor Club in Greensboro, Ga. (photo quiz answers) PROBLEM PROBLEM (b) (a)

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