Golf Course Management

OCT 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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92 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 10.18 John Mascaro President of Turf-Tec International Presented in partnership with Jacobsen This black and sunken area was caused by a malfunctioning hybrid mower. The 4-year-old mower was displaying a "steering fault" that would stop the mower occasionally. This particular fault caused the machine to stop moving with the engine running. Previously, the operator had corrected the problem by turning off the machine and restarting it. In this case, neither the super- intendent nor the mechanic could clear the fault, and the mower was stuck on the green for about 15 minutes. They finally unplugged the power con- nection from the engine to the hybrid batteries. The fix turned out to be quite simple: The two set screws on the steering sprocket were loose, so they were replaced with longer set screws installed with Loctite. To repair the turf, the crew used a screwdriver to reduce the compaction from the tire, allowing the area to heal on its own in about two weeks. Photograph submitted by Brian Brown, Class A superintendent and mechanic at Chisa- go Lakes Golf Course in Lindstrom, Minn. Brown is a 22-year GCSAA member. 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 light-colored marks on the practice green appeared after a hot July rainfall. Apparently, the cart boys pushed all the golf balls onto the practice green and left them by the flag overnight. A heavy downpour occurred during the night, and the crew member who removed the balls early the next morn- ing discovered these marks. It was surmised that the heat from the day and the golf balls on the green drought-stressed the bent/Poa a little. During the rain, the golf balls acted like little umbrellas, shielding the turf. When the balls were removed the following morning, only the areas that had been covered by the balls were still drought-stressed. Photograph submitted by Mike Hahn, Class A Retired and lifetime member, now crew member of Coyote Creek Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind. Hahn is a 39-year GCSAA mem- ber. Chris Rudolph is superintendent at the facility. (photo quiz answers) PROBLEM PROBLEM (b) (a)

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