Golf Course Management

MAY 2019

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48 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 05.19 AT THE TURN (renovation) Hal Phillips Back to school Managing the new crop of college golf practice facilities can present unique challenges to the superintendents in charge of their care. Tim Flanagan learned much of his trade at e Forest Lake Club in Columbia, S.C., where, as an assistant superintendent, he took to heart the regimentation of cultural practices and their relation to traditional play patterns, just like anyone else would in the low country. Aerification took place three times a year — spring, summer and fall. When he topdressed, naturally he did so on Mondays to be sure the course was as pure as possible by the weekend. When he left for his new gig just down the road, these and several other basics of timing went straight out the window. "Summer is the big time at most golf courses, but here, summer is the slow time," says Flana - gan, the golf facility superintendent at the University of South Carolina. "As a result, we jam our cultural practices into the summer months — to the extent we can — to avoid disrupting play. With aerification, I cram two big ones and one small one into the same two-month period. Same thing with verticutting. We're way more aggressive in the summer months than any other time." Flanagan's new gig is nontraditional and just happens to intersect with one of golf 's few re - maining development booms: the university-themed practice facility. Flanagan has been with the University of South Carolina since 2016, when the school broke ground on the Huskey/ Dietrich Golf Practice Facility, a 20-acre complex in the shadow of Williams-Brice Stadium that was created exclusively for the men's and women's golf teams. No expense or expertise was spared. Landscapes Unlimited built the place according to a design from architect and Gamecock alum Beau Welling. e rectangular parcel features tees at either end, a pair of legitimate par-4s that play side by side, practice greens and a short game "You see what these schools spend on football and what the coaches make, but I didn't realize the arms race that was going on in golf." — Kasey Kauff The University of South Carolina is among the frontrunners in the arms race between college golf facilities. The Gamecocks' 20-acre Huskey/Dietrich Golf Practice Facility was created solely for the university's golf team. Photos courtesy of the University of South Carolina

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