Golf Course Management

JUN 2019

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22 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 06.19 Walter Pritchett, CGCS, a 27-year association member at Hurstbourne CC. Landscaping materials were donated by Kenton Abrams of Abrams Nursery. Shallock hopes to involve more chapter members and, ultimately, do something really big. "I'd like to get into help- ing to build a house. That'd be pretty cool," he says. — H.R. Report: Golf reduces stress, offers mental health benefits A leading psychologist has championed the role golf can play in reducing stress and supporting good men- tal health. Professor Jenny Roe, environmental psychologist and director of the Center for Design & Health, University of Virginia, says golf is one way of benefiting from a regu- lar dose of green space to boost psychological well-being and physical health. "There's a wealth of evidence, using Trending Have trophy, will travel Members of the 2019 Turf Bowl championship team from Penn State collected part of their prize in May, going inside the ropes at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas to help prep for the AT&T Byron Nelson. http://bit.ly/34kcN4H Superintendent remembered with putting course Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., is home to a putting course designed by and dedicated to its late superintendent, Dave Johnson, who headed operations from 1988 to 2017 and oversaw 28 straight majors. http://bit.ly/2FX2m6x Get set for summer Summer turf decline is complex, with conditions from the previous spring and winter often coming to bear. Brush up on strategies to prevent and alleviate the season's stresses. http://bit.ly/2UE2y42 GCM Get m o r e GCMOnline.com robust, scientific methods, to show the benefits of green exercise — exercise in the natural outdoors — compared to exercise indoors, including the gym," Roe says. "When you step into a green space, there's a number of things that happen with both your physiology and your psychology. Your parasympathetic nervous system kicks in — the sys- tem that's associated with relaxation — and your stress physiology actually changes. You literally manage stress more efficiently when you are in a green space." Roe's insights appear in a new multimedia article titled "Golf Saved My Life," published by the Syngenta Growing Golf campaign, highlighting golf and mental health issues and telling the story of young U.S. golfer Sam Gerry. Gerry reveals how playing golf saved him after depression left him suicidal at age 14. Recent research from the U.S. and the UK demon- strates the widespread need for stress-reducing activities. A 2018 study by the UK's Mental Health Foundation re- vealed that in the previous 12 months, 74% of people had felt so stressed they had been overwhelmed or unable to cope. In the same study, almost 10% of respondents said they were stressed "all of the time." A Gallup poll in the U.S. showed a similar trend, with only 17% of respondents saying that they rarely feel stressed. Research also shows that women tend to report more stress than men, with one recent poll demonstrating a 78% to 66% difference. Syngenta's worldwide research report, The Global Economic Value of Increased Female Participation in Golf, demonstrates that the things that attract women to the game align with Roe's insights, as well as with general stress-relief advice from institutions such as the UK's National Health Service and the American Heart Foundation. In the report, five of the top factors that piqued women's interest in golf were: being outdoors; relaxation or stress relief; the mental challenge of the game; spending time with family or friends; and the physical challenge it presents. The R&A, one of golf's governing bodies, is also high- lighting the issue, and launched the first Golf & Health Week in April, showcasing a dedicated campaign to raise awareness of the health benefits of golf for people of all ages and abilities. One day of the week specifically con- centrated on the game's mental health benefits. Courses land major events Erin Hills, in Erin, Wis., is among the facilities recently named to host major golf events. The United States Golf Association announced Erin Hills has been selected as the host site for the 2025 U.S. Women's Open and 2022 U.S. Mid-Amateur Champion- ships. The U.S. Women's Open will be contested May 29- June 1. The 2022 U.S. Mid-Amateur will be played Sept. 10-15, with Blue Mound Golf and Country Club, in Wau- watosa, Wis., serving as the stroke-play co-host course. Located 35 miles northwest of Milwaukee in the Kettle Mo- raine region, Erin Hills was designed by Michael Hurdzan, Ph.D., Dana Fry and Ron Whitten. Zach Reineking, a 16- year GCSAA member, serves as director of golf course maintenance. The public facility, which features bentgrass greens and fine fescue fairways, opened for play in 2006. The same team oversaw a major renovation to the layout in 2010. The championships will be the fourth and fifth USGA championships conducted at Erin Hills. In 2017, the course played host to the first U.S. Open in the state of Wisconsin. The USGA also announced sites for six U.S. Amateur championships, from 2021 through 2026. The sites and the superintendents are: Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club in 2021 (17-year GCSAA Class A member David Delsan - dro, grounds superintendent); Ridgewood (N.J.) Country Club in 2022 (Todd Raisch, CGCS, a 35-year association member); Cherry Hills Country Club, in Cherry Hills Vil- lage, Colo., in 2023 (six-year GCSAA member Tyler Cole is interim superintendent); Hazeltine National Golf Club, in Chaska, Minn., in 2024 (GCSAA Class A 19-year su- perintendent Chris Tritabaugh); The Olympic Club, in San Francisco, Calif., in 2025 (Troy Flanagan, 26-year Class A, director of golf course maintenance); and Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pa., in 2026 (Paul B. Latshaw, CGCS, a 32-year association member). Three states develop, publish BMPs Earlier this year, as part of a GCSAA initiative, golf course superintendents and related organizations in Geor- gia, Nebraska and Ohio have developed and published best management practices (BMPs) for golf courses in each of the three states. The states' BMPs were created in part using the BMP Planning Guide and Template from GCSAA, which was funded by the association's Environmental Institute for Golf, through support from the USGA. In addition, GCSAA-af- filiated chapters in Georgia, Nebraska and Ohio received BMP grants from GCSAA funded in part by the PGA Tour. The BMP grant program administers funding through the EIFG to chapters to develop new guides or update existing guides, or for verification programs. GCSAA's goal is to have all 50 states offer established BMPs by 2020. "BMPs are crucial to the future of golf. State-specific best management practices provide superintendents, fa- cility owners, managers, golfers, communities and gov- ernment agencies with a framework for a sustainable approach to golf course management," says GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans. "Thank you to our members and others in Georgia, Nebraska and Ohio for championing the efforts in their states." Talk to us! @GCM_Magazine Facebook.com/GCMmagazine

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