Golf Course Management

FEB 2019

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64 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.19 gold," Page 60, August 2016); and the influ- ence of latitude on putting green surface selec- tion ("Latitudes and putting green surfaces," Page 58, June 2018). Moving forward, I'm going to tap into our most valuable resource for golf course-related environmental protec - tion — the golf course superintendent. ere is no question that superintendents are creative and progressive in making sound environmental choices for course manage - ment. In December 2017, I noted the efforts of three superintendents in Kansas who had taken a brave step to reduce management in - puts and expenses by converting from cool- season grasses on fairways and tees to seeded warm-season grasses, including zoysiagrass and bermudagrass. In 2018, I had the pleasure of serving on the selection committee for the GCSAA/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Award (ELGA) for Innovative Con - servation. is allowed me to see firsthand some of the unique ideas that are being imple - mented by golf course superintendents to ad- dress environmental issues. is year, I'll put superintendents' ideas into focus by highlighting some of their ef - forts in this column that also has a new name: "What's the Big Idea?" Some of these ideas will come from those who were nominated for the ELGAs in 2018, but I'm open to all thoughts. If you have a unique idea you've put to use at your course that is related to mak - ing golf course maintenance and environmen- tal management one and the same, send it my way via email. e more ideas, the better. oughts of changing the name of this col - umn, and ESPN's bowl-naming challenge led me to think that few of us have had the op - portunity to name a golf course. Here's my suggested formula: your favorite fauna or flora + an earthly characteristic that you favor (such as hill, valley, stream, lake, shore, mountain, wind, etc.) + the word "Golf Course." Mine: Paperbark Maple Valley Golf Course. Yours? Jack Fry, Ph.D., is a professor of turfgrass science at Kan- sas State University's Olathe Horticulture Research and Extension Center in Olathe, Kan. He is a 22-year educator member of GCSAA. Innovation in course management takes center stage Jack Fry, Ph.D. (what's the big idea?) As 2018 wound down and the stress of the holidays was upon us, I appreciated a bit on ESPN's "Golic and Wingo" show that encour - aged the naming of fictitious college football bowl games by simply noting the place you last shopped, plus the food you last ate, plus the word "bowl." I surveyed my family mem - bers, and they had some good ones — e JC Penney Spaghetti Bowl, the Sprouts Candy Corn Bowl, the Hy-Vee Daily Vitamin Bowl, the Oak Park Mall English Muffin Bowl and the Target Ice Cream Bowl. Giving this column a new name was also on my mind last December, even though I didn't come up with a funny trick to help do that. Instead, I tapped into the savvy minds of GCM Editor-in-Chief Scott Hollister and Associate Editor Howard Richman to help re - name and revamp this column. Since 2013, I've expounded on the Rules of Golf and their impact on golf course super - intendents (my hobby) and thrown in some turfgrass science and management informa - tion (my profession) to boot. In fact, the previ- ous title of this column, "rough the Green," came directly from the prior Rules of Golf and was defined as all areas of the course except the tee you're playing from, the green you're playing to, and all hazards. On Jan. 1, the Rules of Golf changed, and as a result, so did this column. "rough the Green" is no longer a term used in the Rules; those same spaces are now referred to as the "General Area," which doesn't have quite the same catchy ring to it. Hence, a new column title, and new content. A goal of turfgrass researchers throughout the U.S. for years has been to evaluate and identify ways to reduce water, fertilizer, pes - ticide and labor inputs in the management of turfgrass swards without sacrificing quality. I've highlighted a few of these efforts over the past few years, including articles on reducing summer stress on bentgrass greens ("Man - aging summer stress fundamentally," Page 76, June 2014); accepting brown turf on the course ("Brown isn't the new green," Page 84, October 2014); dealing with shade issues on greens ("Grass needs light to grow," Page 70, October 2015); low-input turf selection for the Olympics ("Going for the green — and the There is no question that superintendents are creative and progressive in making sound environmental choices for course management.

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