Golf Course Management

DEC 2018

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52 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 12.18 self quite involved as the leader of the expedi- tions. e preparation list can be daunting, es - pecially considering the long-mileage treks I tend to commit to: • Equipment procurement, from condition review and repair, serviceability, volume and weight, to packing, unpacking and re - packing. • Food considerations, including special diets, dehydrated or fresh, weight, volume, calorie content, shelf life and flavor. • Potable water availability, including deter - mining local sources, how much there is, its quality and taste, whether we need filtration systems or ultraviolet purification. • Nonpotable water? at involves deter - mining how many gallons to transport per person per day, containers, re-supply, food preparation requirements, canoe size, weight and volume. • Personal gear has to be waterproof, bug - proof, breathable, comfortable, washable, right-sized and versatile. • Emergency contingencies, including satel - lite communications, medical gear, extrac- tion insurance, weapons, redundant equip- ment and repair kits. However, the greatest challenge of an epic expedition is the planning of logistics — spe - cifically, shuttle transport to a river's head- waters or insertion point, and extraction at a specific place and time at the end of a trip. Some waterways are traveled enough that local entrepreneurs have carved out boutique busi - nesses of driving canoes, gear and adventur- ers. Other canoeing destinations are so lightly traversed the canoeists have to be very creative and diligent in their pre- and post-water travel plans. e Little Mizz is one such adventure. Power of logistics Last November, upon determining the river for a spring "run-off" trip, as the party leader, I began mapping the course, consider - ing miles and day lengths as well as the many items on the punch list. Because the Little Missouri is silt-laden, with visibility of about an inch, and home to thousands of bank bea - vers that often carry the Giardia parasite, our crew would have to haul fresh water (one gal - lon per person per day) and resupply our water along the route due to the nonpotable water in the river. Weight, volume and placement in the canoe were of paramount interest. It would be a limited-challenge trip of modest length that would include 13 days on the river, two parks, the largest grassland Top: MacKenzie and his dog, Sadie, who has been a faithful companion during previous adventure canoeing trips. MacKenzie has served as the executive director of the Minnesota GCSA for six years following a nearly 30-year career as a superintendent. Bottom: During a recent trip down the Little Missouri River, MacKenzie and his traveling partner received support and assistance from Brian Klatt (left), assistant superintendent, and Terry Simon, superintendent, from Medicine Hole Golf Course in Killdeer, N.D. New adventures My not-so-new lifestyle as an association manager has afforded me the chance to pur - sue a hobby of adventure canoeing. Destina- tions over the past few years have included the Arctic Circle, Quetico Canoe Wilderness, Boundary Waters Canoe Area, the lower Rio Grande and, just a couple of months ago, 230 miles of the lightly explored Little Missouri River in North Dakota. At one time, I was a paying participant in some of these adventures, but now I find my -

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