Golf Course Management

MAY 2019

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92 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 05.19 John Mascaro President of Turf-Tec International You can blame a large social gathering for the funky pattern seen on this recently overseeded 419 bermudagrass driving range tee. This course is lo- cated in North Carolina, and the driving range tee was overseeded about two weeks before this photo was taken. The facility was celebrating its 20th anniversary, so the clubhouse staff planned a large party for the club's mem- bers, an affair that included setting up a giant party tent directly on the driving range tee. Unfortunately, the clubhouse staff had not notified the golf course maintenance department about these plans until after the overseed had taken place; had the crew known about this event in advance, it would have delayed overseeding until after the party. The brown areas in the top photo show the wear pattern caused by foot traffic from the partygoers on the newly planted ryegrass under the tent. The green areas are where tables were set up, protecting those areas from damage. After the event, the crew hand- applied and broadcast-spread some additional ryegrass, but cold weather hit soon after, and the area took awhile to fill in. Since almost all the members had attended the party, they all knew what caused the damage and vowed to do a better job communicating these types of events in the future. Photo submitted by Kyle McSweeney, the assistant superintendent at Magnolia Greens Golf Course in Leland, N.C., and a three-year GCSAA member. Marty Walker, CGCS, is the facility's director of golf course operations and a 27-year member of GCSAA. 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. The yellow spots surrounded by dark green circles on this putting green were caused by fertilizer prills. The owner/superintendent was fertilizing fairways on his course with a granular fertilizer. When he went around this green, some of the granules must have bounced up on the green. That night, a warm and heavy dew set in and must have released the fertilizer, causing this pattern to form in a 5-foot ring around the edge the green. Before the damage was vis- ible the following morning, the greens mower picked up the remaining prills off the green. The following day, this damage appeared. No additional inputs were required to correct the damage, and the green was back to normal in about a day or two. Photo submitted by Bradd 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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