Golf Course Management

MAR 2019

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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100 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.19 John Mascaro President of Turf-Tec International Superintendents tend to use tried-and-true methods to provide members and guests with the finest possible facilities and conditions. There are, how- ever, certain things beyond their control — weather, insects, animals. After a recent hollow-tine aerification on this green, the irrigation technician came upon this unpleasant surprise produced by an eastern mole (Scalopus aquati- cus) that invaded one of the greens. I have seen quite a few mole photos over the years, but I had never seen damage like this: The mole seemed to poke its head out of the golf green every couple of feet and then deposit the excavated soil on the green. The crew used a mole trap to capture the culprit. The area was repaired by fixing the holes with plugs from their nursery green. The damage was still noticeable for a couple of weeks, but topdressing the area and additional care eventually allowed the area to blend in. Photograph submitted by Bob Hartman, the irrigation technician at the Ritz-Carlton Members Club in Bradenton, Fla., and a three-year GCSAA member. Clay Batson, a 12-year member of the association, is the club's director of grounds. 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 nine-hole golf course is located on the shores of Lake Alice in Toma- hawk, Wis., and the golf course superintendent is also the owner. When I first saw the photos, I assumed the yellow circles on the collar were caused by leaving the flagsticks for the putting green flags on the creeping bentgrass collars during a hot, sunny day. However, these yellow areas were not heat- induced. In the fall, this course is maintained primarily by a single, hard-work- ing person, the superintendent/owner. Last September, the course received five straight days of rain. Because the superintendent was not mowing, and had no golfers, the superintendent never got around to picking up the putting green flagsticks. The yellow circles were produced by the lack of sunlight under the flagsticks during this rainy period. The area greened up about four days after the flagsticks were removed. Photograph submitted by Brad Bucks, the owner/superintendent at Edgewater Country Club in Tomahawk, Wis. (photo quiz answers) PROBLEM PROBLEM (b) (a) Presented in partnership with

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