Golf Course Management

FEB 2019

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02.19 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 87 building, landscape, sports turf and golf course industries. Turf Connections has four sod farm locations, two in North Carolina and two in South Carolina, where high-quality bermudagrass, zoysiagrass and fescue sod and sprigs are grown. The company offers delivery and installation services. The Research and Educational Facility of Bayer Environmental Science , a business unit of Bayer Crop Science in Clayton, N.C., was selected for the 2018 Best of Clayton Award in the Laboratory category. Each year, the Clayton Award Program recognizes companies that have achieved exceptional success through service to their customers and the community. "The research and development efforts at the Clayton facility are fundamental to the discovery of new solu- tions and cutting-edge expertise for our customers across the globe," says Jake Doskocil, Ph.D., Bayer Clayton site manager and principal scientist (pictured far right). "It's an honor to have been recognized by the Clayton Award Program, and we are grateful to be part of an impressive community that generates important work not only for this community, but for the broader turf and ornamentals industry." The facility hosts more than 50 events every year and welcomes more than 1,000 customers, university experts and other indus- try professionals as part of its ongoing commitment to customer centricity, sustainability, stewardship and product development. In 2018, the development staff at the facility con- ducted more than 160 biology-based trials in the facility's laboratory, greenhouse and field to test and measure the efficacy of insect-, disease- and weed-management technologies. The 278-acre facility has been in operation since 1957 and is the only Bayer center of excellence specializing in turf and ornamentals for environmental science globally. Similar centers of excellence operate out of Monheim, Germany, and PaulĂ­nia, Brazil. The Canadian Golf Superintendents Association, National Golf Course Owners Association Canada and PGA of Canada an- nounced their intentions to collaborate on a new vision for their respective conferences. The vision is to schedule the three national conferences simultaneously and in the same city. Although each conference will remain independent, some sessions will be shared for the mutual benefit of all delegates, such as opening keynotes and receptions. In addition, a combined trade show will bring together exhibitors from the turf, business and pro shop sectors into one large event for the greater benefit of all delegates and improved marketing value for suppliers. Branding for the trade show will be the "Canadian Golf Industry Show," while the three related conferences will maintain their existing branding. "We're very excited about this new opportunity," says CGSA president Kendall Costain, MS. "We've talked about this possibility for years, and the CGSA is pleased to see the vision now becoming a reality. This model just makes sense for the good of the entire golf industry." The numbers are in, and the 2018 GIE+EXPO (Green Industry & Equipment Expo) held last October in Louisville, Ky., was a record-breaking event. The show topped the last four years' records in both attendance and exhibitors, making it the largest ever for GIE+EXPO. More than 24,700 people from around the world attended, representing a 3 percent increase over 2017. With 1,000 exhibits, the indoor show floor and outdoor demonstration area also were larger than ever. The annual industry event draws all segments of the outdoor power equipment and lawn and garden industry. GIE+EXPO is sponsored by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, Professional Grounds Management Society and National Association of Landscape Professionals. Examples of growth at the event include: Lawn and landscape pro registrants were up 7 percent; servicing dealer registrants were up 5 percent; and the indoor show floor was 40,000 gross square feet larger than in 2017. With the recent purchase of Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Ind., the Nebraska-based Dormie Network has grown to five premier private clubs around the country. Dormie Network is in the process of assembling a nationwide stable of ultra-high-end properties, combining the experience of destination golf with the exclu- sive hospitality of private membership. Each club offers an intimate, pure golf experience in a relaxing and accommodating environment ideal for business or leisure. Victoria Na- tional GC joins a portfolio with the Dormie Club in Pinehurst, N.C.; Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio; ArborLinks in Nebraska City, Neb.; and Ballyhack Golf Club in Roanoke, Va. The end goal is to create a network of as many as a dozen destination private clubs focused purely on the game and aimed at golf traditionalists. Each Dormie Network club will reflect the unique flavor of its setting. Bayer Research and Educational Facility

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