Golf Course Management

JUN 2019

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60 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 06.19 AT THE TURN (cooperation) Logan Freeman All for one Turfgrass managers from all fields need to work together to create a unified front against increasing challenges. While there is no debating that the turf industry has come under increased attacks from activist groups and one-sided legislation in the last few years, I believe there is a potentially dan- gerous gap in our defense. ough not often talked about, a lack of cohesion among the different professions within turfgrass management has left us isolated and separated. In the specific world of golf course management, we often discuss the importance of com- munication between the superintendent and golf shop staff, golfers, boards and committees. We also recognize the benefit of camaraderie and shared knowledge among golf course superinten- dents. Although the collaboration and community in golf is critical to the success of our work, the lack of communication and support across the various sectors of turfgrass management — golf, sports turf, home lawn care, university professionals, distributors, sales representatives — is rarely addressed. e origin of this divide is difficult to pinpoint. Perhaps we superintendents felt that cultivat- ing this long-term supportive relationship would have taken too much time and effort away from our immediate day-to-day operations. Or maybe we just saw no value in immersing ourselves in its complexities. Whatever the history, this disconnect now seriously undermines the future of our industry as a whole. An eye-opener Like so many in our profession, I used to think that sports turf and lawn care just did their We all manage turfgrass for its playability, in addition to juggling the management of people, budgets and the environment. Sales representatives are among those individuals who bridge the gap between all the various sectors of turfgrass management. Here, Logan Freeman, Class A superintendent at Mountain Branch Golf Club in Joppa, Md., (right) and his assistant superintendent, Erik Dittmar (left), visit with Scott Orndorff, a sales representa - tive from Landscape Supply Inc. Photos courtesy of Logan Freeman

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