Golf Course Management

AUG 2019

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20 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 08 .19 New book on life in a superintendent's family A new book, "One Country Club Drive," follows the evolution of a historic course from its construction 100 years ago through the lives of its humble caretakers. The stories revolve around the home of three gener - ations of keepers of the greens. The book mixes themes of coming-of-age, fatherhood and golf history and in - cludes plenty of humor and life lessons. Author Marty Peck had what he calls "the peculiar honor" of growing up in that house, literally on golf course property, while his father, Harold Peck, was greens superintendent from Folks sometimes refer to the often-sweltering days of late summer as the "dog days." Technically, the dog days of summer run roughly July 3 to Aug. 11 in the northern hemisphere. The Old Farmer's Almanac explains that, during this time, the sun and the bright star Sirius occupy the same part of the sky. Sirius can be found in the constellation Canis Major — the Greater Dog — and is commonly referred to as the Dog Star. Sirius is in conjunction with the sun around July 23. The Alma- nac says the ancient Greeks thought Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, gave off heat that could be felt on Earth, adding to the sun's warmth. They referred to the annual stretch of typically steamy weather — 20 days before and 20 days after the Sirius-sun conjunction, when the two stars seem to rise together in the morning sky — as the "dog days." Curiously, the date Sirius "rose" at dawn has shifted a bit since ancient times due to the wobble of the Earth's rotation. In ancient Egypt — say, 3500 BC — that date was closer to the modern calendar's July 17. Sirius will continue to rise later in the year, which in several thou- sand years will lead to the dog days … of winter. of dog BEWARE 1947 to 1988 at Battle Creek (Mich.) Country Club. Harold had grown up in that same house watching his teamster father, Andy, use horses to sculpt the course from the Post (as in cereal) family summer estate and pull mowers down the fairways. The Peck family spent over 90 years in that house, watching the likes of golf greats Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan and Arnold Palmer play in their backyard. Harold, a 64-year member of GCSAA, died in 2011. The book, which is more than 260 pages and features 216 photos and illustrations, is available from GCSAA's online store ( http://golf-course-superintendents-asso ciation-of-america.shoplightspeed.com ), the publisher BookBaby ( https://store.bookbaby.com/book/One-Coun try-Club-Drive1 ) and Amazon. Greenworks sees a future in golf market Does the future of golf course maintenance equipment include a place for battery-powered reel mowers tackling the greens, tees and fairways of facilities across the world? The folks at Greenworks certainly think it does, and that future might be closer to a reality than many golf course superintendents think. "Whether we do things ourselves or work with an - other manufacturer, we absolutely do see great potential in the golf market," Tony Marchese, Greenworks' commer - cial business unit leader, said during a media event at the company's North American headquarters in Mooresville, N.C., in June. "I think there is certainly a world where we would explore partnering with companies already in that space, selling reel mowers. They have the knowledge. They know how to make reel mowers in a way that would take us quite some time to equal. What they don't know is how to power those mowers with rechargeable battery tech - nology, and that's something that we obviously can bring to the table." Even though those reel mowers remain on a wish list for now, there was plenty on display during Greenworks' media event to interest those in golf course manage - ment, most notably the company's wide array of hand- held equipment, from commercial-grade string trimmers and blowers to a range of chainsaws. In fact, Greenworks blowers were used by the crew at Pebble Beach during this year's U.S. Open. During the event, Greenworks also showcased its first entry into the utility vehicle market, the CU 800, along with two varieties of zero-turn-radius mowers and a selection of walk-behind rotary mowers with 21- and 25-inch cutting deck options. For more information on the Greenworks' product line, go to https://greenworkscommercial.com/global/en-us . — Scott Hollister, GCM editor-in-chief The

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