Golf Course Management

JUN 2019

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92 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 06.19 John Mascaro President of Turf-Tec International This depressed line across this green with sand every couple of feet was caused by red imported fire ants. This superintendent has been in the indus- try for 16 years and had never seen this before. While the course was drying out the greens for a tournament for the upcoming weekend, ants wore this path across this green by going from one colony to another. Because the course is built on a large sugar sand deposit, the ants usually are around the course, but they typically stick to rough and areas not treated with pre- ventatives. During dry times, they appear in the fairways, but usually not on the greens. The green was treated with bifenthrin, the problem was quickly solved, and the area healed on its own. With the amount of rolling and mow- ing workers were doing for the upcoming tournament, the line was almost completely gone after a couple of days. Photo submitted by Kenton Gamache, the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Davie (Fla.) Golf Club and a nine-year association member. 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 john@turf-tec.com. If your photograph is selected, you will receive full credit. All photos submitted become property of GCM and GCSAA. The strange thing about this photo is not the fact that this water bird, called an anhinga, is standing on a goose. The fact is, the goose is actually a plastic decoy, and the anhinga is just sunning himself. The park where this photo was taken is a 32-acre former contaminated site that was cleaned up thanks to a regional Brownfields Program pilot project grant from the EPA. The area remediated was excavated to a depth of 50 feet, and over 147,000 tons of contaminated soil was removed, with over 40 million gallons of contaminated water treated and discharged. The site was designed to capture and treat stormwater from an 89-acre area in the nearby downtown by capturing runoff and filtering it through a treatment drain, where stormwater flows through a series of baffle boxes, forebays, wet detention ponds, a braided stream and wetlands before eventually discharging into a creek. The fake goose is used as a float to suspend a sub-surface pond aerator off the bottom, and the anhinga found it a suitable perch. Photograph from the John Mascaro collection (photo quiz answers) PROBLEM PROBLEM (b) (a) Presented in partnership with

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