Golf Course Management

APR 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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108 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 04.19 John Mascaro President of Turf-Tec International This ash tree was located on the ninth hole of a golf course, on the left side of the green. Located in Wisconsin, the golf course has suffered from extensive damage by the emerald ash borer, which was placed on the national invasive species list for killing hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America. All the trees on the course were transplanted there more than 40 years ago from nearby land that belonged to the owner's grandfather. This tree is thought to be around 45 years old. The object in the center of the tree is a golf ball, which, judging from its solid center, was wedged between two branches about 25 years ago. Since the golfer never found his ball, the ash tree eventu- ally grew around it, entombing the ball inside the tree. When the golf course decided to remove most of its ash trees to prevent infestation by the emerald ash borer, the superintendent cut through the tree with a chain saw, reveal- ing a perfectly sliced golf ball. Cutting one inch higher or lower would have left the ball forever hidden within the tree. The owner cut out a section of the stump containing the ball in order to display it in the clubhouse. Photo submitted by John Pfeiffer, the owner of Far Vu Golf Course in Oshkosh, Wis. Zachary Werner serves as superintendent at Far Vu. 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 uneven turf was caused by a bulldozer rolling across this green. Now, before you jump to the conclusion that this was vandalism, rest assured it was not. This golf course had planted Champion bermudagrass into its Tifdwarf greens using a no-till method several years before this photo was taken. The course got enough funding for a full rebuild of all the green com- plexes, a project that included bunker work and a new irrigation system. Since some of the existing soil would be reused in the reconstruction, the course used a bulldozer to remove surface layers of soil and grass on the greens so the bermudagrass would not contaminate the new turf areas. After the top layer was removed, the greens were excavated down to the base. New drain lines, gravel and a USGA greens mix were then reinstalled, and the greens were sprigged with TifEagle bermudagrass. Before the rebuilding process took place, the superintendent decided to have a little fun with the bulldozer, and these photos show the result. Photo submitted by Gary Morris, a retired golf course superintendent in Oxford, Miss., and a 28-year GCSAA member. (photo quiz answers) PROBLEM PROBLEM (b) (a) Presented in partnership with

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