Golf Course Management

JUN 2013

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PHOTO quiz answers John Mascaro President of Turf-Tec International PROBLEM A Austin, Texas, hosted a Formula One race — the United States Grand Prix — at the new Circuit of the America's Race Track in November 2012. Since this resort's golf course is located near the track, it was a prime location to host many guests, and during race week, the club was inundated with Formula One fans. One of the packages offered at the resort gave guests the opportunity to purchase a helicopter ride to and from the racetrack, eliminating the need for guests to fght their way through hours of traffc. To accommodate this, the superintendent made a makeshift helipad on one of his two driving-range tees. Helicopters took off every 20 minutes on race day, and as a result, the heat from the rotor wash caused by the helicopter's exhaust burnt some interesting large brown marks onto the driving range. The damage showed up about fve days after the event, but with some overseeding and a little TLC, the areas made a full recovery. Fortunately, there was no damage caused by the fans waiting for the helicopter rides. Photo submitted by Jacobus Snyman, the superintendent at the Fazio Foothills Course at Barton Creek Resort in Austin, Texas, and a 10-year GCSAA member. PROBLEM B The missing turf on the right side of this black line is a result of an armyworm infestation. This kikuyugrass rough had such a large infestation of armyworms that you could actually see them removing grass as they feasted. This is a rare photo, as adult armyworms often hide during the day and feed at night to avoid being eaten by birds. Populations like this on turfgrass areas often spike during droughts, as irrigation produces plenty of green plant material for them to feast on and the dry conditions also reduce pathogens that attack the caterpillars. Moths lay eggs on trees, shrubs and buildings, then the small caterpillars move in from the edge of the turf. That is why IPM scouting should always be concentrated on the edges of fairways and greens. By using a soapy water fush, you can monitor for activity as well as increased bird feeding activity along the edges of fairways. Usually the armyworms come in a large wave, so one timely insecticide application, applied to only the edges of the fairway, is often enough treatment to control the population and end the banquet. Photo taken by A. S. Schoeman, an Extension offcer with the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and a 15-year educator member of GCSAA. Photo submitted by Rick Brandenburg, professor of entomology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., and a 16-year educator member of GCSAA. If you would 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 e-mail to If your photograph is selected, you will receive full credit. All photos submitted will become property of GCM and GCSAA. Presented in partnership with Jacobsen

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