Golf Course Management

JUN 2013

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INDUSTRYnews Happenings and people you should know about This year's Turf Bowl champions received a visit in April from the Lebanon Turf College Tour, which made a stop at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Turf Program. "As the winners of this year's Turf Bowl competition, we wanted to congratulate the UMass turf team and present them with a $500 donation to help with expenses for attending the 2014 Golf Industry Show in Orlando," said Chris Gray, product marketing manager for Lebanon Turf. Gray hosted a presentation during the visit titled "Why Fertilizer Costs What it Does: Understanding the Fertilizer Market." The presentation covered raw material costs, exports, imports, production, freight, corporate structures and how they affect the market, and distribution channels. The Lebanon Turf College Tour was created to help support turf clubs, engage the next generation of turf professionals and educate them with real-world information to help build their professional careers. Hunter Industries released the fndings in its frst Corporate Social Responsibility Report. Researchers spent more than a year measuring Hunter's seven major social and environmental impacts: climate change and energy; water use; product responsibility; waste; community; employees; and human rights in supply chain. The measurements are intended to provide internal and external stakeholders with a glimpse inside Hunter's operations, and an understanding of the organization's goals. The report showed Hunter's employees were healthier in 2012 than they were in 2011, community partnerships are thriving, and the company was successful in returning 3 acres of disturbed environment to native habitat at the corporate headquarters. The private community of Riverwood, Fla., became the most recent community in that state to join Audubon International's Sustainable Com- 90 GCM June 2013 munities Program. Riverwood will undergo and complete three stages in the multi-year certifcation process. The process includes completing an assessment, defning a long-term community vision, choosing sustainability indicators as a mechanism for fostering action and measuring success, and implementing the plan. Once Riverwood demonstrates progress on its chosen goals, it will be eligible for designation as a Certifed Audubon Sustainable Community. Riverwood is located one hour from Fort Myers, and it has more than 2,600 property owners. Former golf course superintendent Tom Mead launched his own frm, Sustainable Golf Solutions LLC, dedicated to helping clients achieve longterm fnancial viability in their golf op- erations. "We will do that by developing fnancially realistic, sustainable course designs, practices and standards for clients," Mead says. "The initial focus with clients is implementing sustainable design and maintenance modifcations that will enhance playability of courses to reduce costs without interrupting play, or requiring capital expenditures." Mead, who served as superintendent at Crystal Downs Country Club in Frankfort on Lake Michigan, was a consultant to notable clubs such as Sand Hills Golf Club in Mullen, Neb., and Whistling Straits Golf Club in Kohler, Wis. Mead holds an undergraduate degree from Indiana University and completed the turfgrass management program at Michigan State University. His services include both golf and sustainability advice that addresses all of the key elements of a sustainable golf course business model. "Current economic conditions are steering the game back to its origin, more connected to the natural world and local community, which I feel is our best chance for long-term fnancial viability," Mead says. His website is www.sustainable Celebration Golf Management launched a "Change for Wounded Warriors" program aimed to raise money for wounded U.S. veterans. Celebration Golf Management plans to post point-of-sale "Round Up" posters and collection jars in each of its golf shops, restaurants and taverns, asking patrons to "Round Up" change to contribute to the Wounded Warriors program. For information, go to www. Celebration Golf Management, based in Celebration, Fla., owns or operates golf clubs in Celebration, The Golden Bear Club in Windermere, Kings Ridge Golf Club in Clermont, and others.

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