Golf Course Management

AUG 2019

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92 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 08.19 John Mascaro President of Turf-Tec International The cause of this U-shaped bare spot on the banks of this stormwater pond might surprise you — it was caused by a 12-foot alligator. Alligators are allowed to inhabit canals, lakes and ponds in Florida and are actually pro- tected under federal and state laws unless they become a nuisance. If they do become a nuisance, they are trapped by state-licensed trappers, removed and, usually, euthanized. Relocation isn't a realistic option; alligators often try to return to their original territory and can create problems for people or other alligators along the way. This particular big boy fancied this side of this stormwater pond to sun himself since it faced northeast, which allowed the area to get plenty of morning-to-late-afternoon sun in the winter. In addition, the banks of the pond where the grass meets the water were steep in some areas, and this particular spot had a nice, gradual entry and exit. The larger trail is where the 850-pound gator would drag himself up. Then, he would lie on top of the bank to sun himself before dragging himself down the smaller side of the trail back into the water. Photograph taken (very cautiously) by John Mascaro. 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. This golf course started a tee renovation project in December with the goal of completing it over the winter. The sod on this tee, as well as a few feet into the fescue surrounds, was one of the first existing tees stripped. After the sod was removed, the course experienced a stretch of extremely cold weather, and the frost heaving caused hundreds of tees to pop out of the ground that had been below the level of the sod cutter. After the tees were removed, crews added soil mix and drainage where needed and then laser-leveled the tee tops and installed new 007 bentgrass and turf-type tall fescue. The superintendent shared the photos with a few of his colleagues, and everyone has been amused since no one had seen it before. The course also had some sod staples do the same thing, but apparently the visual was not as impres- sive as the tees. Photo submitted by Gerald Gorman, the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Doylestown (Pa.) Country Club and a 12-year GCSAA member. (photo quiz answers) PROBLEM PROBLEM (b) (a) Presented in partnership with

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