Golf Course Management

DEC 2018

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92 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 12.18 John Mascaro President of Turf-Tec International Presented in partnership with Jacobsen I have been writing John Mascaro's Photo Quiz for 16 years now, so some- times I repeat a subject matter of interest. I have done photos of wild pig damage before, but this damage was the result of domestic pigs, not wild ones. Thankfully, the superintendent had the presence of mind to take an action shot before he ran the trespassers off, so I had to publish it. Here is what occurred: Early one morning, 10 pigs wandered onto this course after breaking out of a neighbor's fenced-in area and caused the damage around this tree. Luckily, one of the crew members caught them in the act, so they didn't have a chance to damage other areas. Since this course is located in a rural area, the crew knew the pigs had come from a small neighboring farm. A member of the crew chased them back to the farm with a utility vehicle, while other crew members rolled the sod back the best they could, then seeded and topdressed the area with sand. If a green had been damaged, I think this story might have ended with an employee barbeque. Photo submitted by Sam Samuelson, CGCS, the superintendent at Wildhawk Golf Club in Sacramento, Calif., and a 37-year member of GCSAA. 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. This circular brown area on this St. Augustinegrass clubhouse lawn was caused by heat damage and a fire. The superintendent was startled one day when he noticed a 10-foot flame coming from near the clubhouse. As it turns out, the flame was coming from an area where the propane tank for the kitchen was located. The gas company needed to replace a valve on the tank, but because there was still fuel in the tank, it had to be burned off before the valve was replaced. The superintendent estimates that it took six hours to burn off the propane. Since St. Augustinegrass is a pretty hardy warm-season grass and the brown area was located on the side of the clubhouse lawn, the superintendent allowed the area to recover on its own without any additional inputs. Full recovery took about four weeks. Photo submitted by Rob Uzar, the GCSAA Class A superintendent at the East Course at Eastpointe Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and a 10-year GCSAA member. (photo quiz answers) PROBLEM PROBLEM (b) (a)

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