Golf Course Management

FEB 2019

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42 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.19 Calif., area is all about community inclusion — another key element to CourseCo's strat- egy. "We have Easter egg hunts, family fun nights, and kids have helped with our birdhouses. We want people to look at the golf course in a different light, that it's not just for golf," says 20-year GCSAA superintendent Moody Ayeb. He is proud of work he and his crew have done to establish native areas in an affordable manner, which goes hand in hand with Mather's being among the first 25 courses in the state to earn fully designated Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary status. "We're in the business to produce the best product for our clients, but we don't waste money to do it. We are very conscientious of how we impact the environment, and we limit our footprint as much as we can," Ayeb says. "CourseCo has been good about allowing us the freedom to do what we do here." Chance of a lifetime Rob Esposo appreciates CourseCo for believing in him. "I was just an assistant — really green. I didn't have a turf background. They made me superintendent, took a chance on me. They gave me all the support I have needed. I'm grateful," says Esposo, a five-year GCSAA member who oversees Pacific Grove (Calif.) Golf Links. Esposo has rewarded CourseCo for its support. Three years ago, Esposo and Pacific Grove received an ELGA merit award. Ecological preservation is always on Esposo's mind at Pacific Grove, where he manages a protected natural freshwater pond. Esposo has reintro - duced native and endangered plant species and participated in a 10-year dunes restoration project. Top left: They take their role as protectors of wildlife and the environment seriously at Mather Golf Course in the Sacramento, Calif., area. Photos courtesy of Moody Ayeb Top right: Volunteers install posts and ropes around a native area at Mather GC, which was one of the first 25 golf courses in the state of California to earn Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary status. Bottom right: Washington State University's men's and women's teams, members of the Pac-12 Conference, play at Palouse Ridge. Photo courtesy of Todd Lupkes Coulter is a GCSAA Class A superin- tendent who will celebrate his two-year an- niversary there in May. Although he hasn't been there long, Coulter entered with a CourseCo frame of mind. "I've always been environmentally conscious," says Coulter, a 24-year association member who is work - ing to cement Foxtail's Audubon full cer- tification. Foxtail has already achieved one part of the certification process in chemi - cal use reduction and safety by implement- ing its own containment system for mixing and loading. Long before Coulter arrived, golf course architect Gary Linn oversaw the club's North Course reconstruction in the early 2000s, including relocating greens to alle - viate soggy and unplayable conditions with better drainage. Other benefits of Linn's work are newly created wetlands and ad - ditional native grasses. Being cost-efficient during the project was crucial. "One thing I learned a long time ago about CourseCo is, you are used to doing more with less — and doing it right," Linn says. That's entertainment Located on an old U.S. Air Force base, Mather Golf Course in the Sacramento,

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