Golf Course Management

SEP 2018

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92 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 09.18 John Mascaro President of Turf-Tec International Presented in partnership with Jacobsen The irrigation technician at this golf club came across an unusual pattern in the turf early one morning. He initially thought it might have been caused by a golfer hacking away at the turf the previous day, although the pattern didn't quite make sense. Could it have been one of the employees? That, too, didn't quite fit. An animal? The course has had problems with wild pigs, sandhill cranes and armadillos over the years, but he didn't find any evidence to support that theory. This facility is in west-central Florida, the "thunder- storm capital of the world." As it turned out, a storm had passed through the previous afternoon, and two nearby irrigation controllers for this hole weren't communicating. Upon further inspection, components for these satellites were discovered to be completely fried. Ding! Lightning was the culprit, and the evidence was amazingly etched on the adjoining fairway. The area was mowed and topdressed with green sand, and the damage was barely visible within a few days. Photograph submitted by Bob Hartman, a two-year GCSAA member and irrigation tech at The Ritz-Carlton Members Club in Bradenton, Fla. Clay Batson, an 11-year associa- tion member, is director of grounds at the club. 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 john@turf-tec.com. If your photograph is selected, you will receive full credit. All photos submitted become property of GCM and GCSAA. A checkerboard of brown and green squares appeared on this golf tee the day after a Father's Day brunch event for the club's members. The club thought it would be fun to rent a large chess board and place it on the nice, flat Poa annua/bentgrass turf. It was left on the turf from around 9 a.m. until around 5 p.m. The black squares absorbed and transferred most of the heat, leaving behind the brown squares in the photo. The chess game was not a very popu- lar activity during the event. The chess pieces left green circles on the area where the black squares of the chess board scorched the turf. Afterward, the remaining pattern generated quite a few comments. People who did not attend the event did not know what caused the damage. The superintendent reported that the turf recovered on its own, and if the club were to do it again, it would place the chess board on the parking lot. Photograph submitted by Cory Janzen, a GCSAA Class A superintendent and 25-year association member, golf course superintendent at Westmount Golf & Country Club in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. (photo quiz answers) PROBLEM PROBLEM (b) (a)

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