Golf Course Management

AUG 2019

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80 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 08.19 Q: The most underrated piece of equipment/tool in your job is … ? A: I would have to say my Stihl KombiSystem. It is a power head that allows me to quickly install different end attachments, such as a weed whip, pole saw and hedge trimmers. Without well-manicured trees, branches and their bases; course yardage markers; tee complexes and signs; bunker edges; and willows along the two different creeks that run though the golf course, things can become pretty unsightly, fast. Some of these things go unnoticed but go a really long way in adding to the aesthetic value of the golf course. Q: Do you have a pet peeve? A: For the most part, I am a pretty relaxed guy, but the one thing that kind of drives me nuts is when tee setup isn't done correctly. The tee markers have got to be straight with the fairway, green, or landing area and the tee caddies on the side of the tee the golfers exit. Q: What do you remember about your first day as superintendent? A: Coming into work and realizing that my past years of hard work here had paid off. I felt like I was ready, really excited and a bit nervous to take on the new challenges of being a superintendent. I kind of sat back and thought about the upcoming season. I asked myself probably way too many questions and had so many ideas going through my head. I then realized I needed to calm down a bit and take it one step at a time. Having the ability to put my own touches on this beautiful golf course and seeing the constant improvement is what will always drive me to work hard and educate myself to be the best leader, role model to the employees and supervisor that I can be. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Getting to know you Kyle Darrow learned to play golf at Double Arrow Lodge. The results? Awesome. "We won the high school state championship my senior year," says Darrow, who helped accomplish the feat for the Seeley-Swan High School Blackhawks in 2006. Darrow, 32, now oversees Double Arrow Lodge, a scenic layout set at 4,000 feet elevation. "I think it's one of the hardest spots in the state to grow grass," says Darrow, a two-year GCSAA member. A late, harsh winter, including below-average low temperatures for March (8 degrees, compared to the normal average of 20), played a part in the loss of three greens that are 90% Poa annua. On May 1, only the front nine was open for play. A team effort is important for Darrow, whose staff includes James Williams — who was on that state title golf team with Darrow. Kyle Darrow Was: Assistant superintendent, Double Arrow Lodge, Seeley Lake, Mont. Is: Superintendent, Double Arrow Lodge (climbing the ladder) ON COURSE Aug. 1-4 — PGA Tour, Wyndham Championship, Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, N.C.; Chad Cromer, GCSAA Class A superintendent Aug. 1-4 — Korn Ferry Tour, Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae, Hayward, Calif.; Erik Dunster, superintendent Aug. 1-4 — LPGA, AIG Women's British Open, Woburn Golf Club, Milton Keynes, England Aug. 2-4 — Symetra Tour, Janesville Golf Classic, Janesville Country Club, Janesville, Wis.; Jeffrey Rottier, GCSAA Class A superintendent Aug. 5-11 — USGA, U.S. Women's Amateur, Old Waverly Golf Club, West Point, Miss.; Bradley Suggs, superintendent Aug. 8-11 — PGA Tour, The Northern Trust, Liberty National Golf Club, Jersey City, N.J.; Greg James, superintendent Aug. 8-11 — Korn Ferry Tour, WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinz, Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club- Witch Hollow, North Plains, Ore.; Eric Feldhusen, GCSAA Class A superintendent; Vincent Rubeo, GCSAA Class A superintendent Aug. 8-11 — LPGA, Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open, The Renaissance Club, North Berwick Aug. 9-11 — Symetra Tour, PHC Classic, Brown Deer Park Golf Course, Milwaukee; Tim Wegner, GCSAA Class A superintendent Aug. 12-18 — USGA, U.S. Amateur, Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, No. 2 and No. 4, Village of Pinehurst, N.C.; Bob Farren, CGCS, director of golf course management; Kevin Robinson, operations manager; John Jeffreys, GCSAA Class A superintendent; Alan Owen, GCSAA Class A superintendent Aug. 15-18 — PGA Tour, BMW Championship, Medinah Country Club, No. 3, Medinah, Ill.; Steve Cook, CGCS, MG; Chris Funke, superintendent MEMBERS ONLY

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