Golf Course Management

JAN 2019

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146 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.19 John Mascaro President of Turf-Tec International The irregular pattern on this kikuyugrass fairway in South Africa is not actually a problem; it is just a unique photo from mid-winter on this course. After an early-morning frost, the superintendent observed the different-colored pat- tern on the turf and thought of submitting the photo for the GCM Photo Quiz. He surmised it was the result of thatch levels affecting the transpiration rates and the subsequent frosting point of the kikuyugrass on this fairway. In addi- tion, the irregular-colored pattern can also be caused by the same principles of entropy that apply to heat radiation from soil on a very still night, similar to the pattern that transmitted light makes at the bottom of a swimming pool. Photo submitted by Guy Kleu, the superintendent at De Zalze Golf Club in Stellenbosch, South Africa. 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 deep hole on the second green at this Pennsylvania golf course was caused by vandalism. It occurred the day after the July Fourth holiday and had happened once or twice before. The likely culprit was firework damage; the superintendent suspects someone must have stuck an M-80 firecracker in the aluminum cup and then covered the hole with a chunk of concrete. The M-80 blew the piece of concrete high enough that, when it landed, it put a hole in the green. The cup was still in the ground around the crater, but it was charred when the crew member in charge of mowing greens found the damage. Unbelievably, an early-morning twosome went out before the mower operator found the damage and actually tried to putt into the hole, as you could see the ball track in the dew. The superintendent reported it to the police, and, luckily, this was the only damage. They repaired the area by hex plugging the damaged area out with a total of eight plugs, six for the crater and two for the dent the concrete created. Photo submitted by Matthew Glenn, the superintendent at Yardley (Pa.) Country Club. (photo quiz answers) PROBLEM PROBLEM (b) (a) Presented in partnership with

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