Golf Course Management

SEP 2013

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front NINE 9 see more @ www.gcsaa.org GCSAA announces show changes Atlanta Athletic Club's Riverside Course has followed in the footsteps of the facility's Highlands Course, host to the 2011 PGA Championship, in converting their greens to Champion ultradwarf bermudagrass. Photo courtesy of Ken Mangum V v v The second Rounds 4 Research auction of 2013 brought in nearly $40,000 that will be used to fund turfgrass research efforts at both the local and national levels. The auction capped off a very successful year for R4R, with a June auction raising more than $107,000. Since launching in summer 2012, R4R has raised more than $170,000 for turfgrass research. The August auction, which took place during the week of the PGA Championship and concluded on Aug. 11, featured a total of 370 items, a list that included rounds of golf at facilities all over the country as well as travel packages to major golf and other sporting events in 2014. 26 GCM September 2013 Greens makeover for Atlanta Athletic Club Atlanta Athletic Club has completely parted ways with bentgrass greens. Both of their golf courses, including the famed Highlands Course that most recently was host to the 2011 PGA Championship, have gone all Champion ultradwarf bermudagrass on their greens. The Highlands Course went that way in 2009. In July, Atlanta Athletic Club began making the switch to bermudagrass on the Riverside Course. Why now? For a couple reasons, says Ken Mangum, CGCS, director of grounds and golf courses at the facility. First, it gives the club a uniform look for next year's U.S. Amateur. Second, it simply is a more desirable grass for the region, able to better withstand Georgia summers. "It's a win-win-win situation," Mangum says. "We don't have to be babysitting (the greens) 12 months. Now we can manage them during normal working hours." Mangum, a 39-year GCSAA member, says the club made its fnal decision in April to go with all bermudagrass greens. It wasn't a simple decision. "We had a few people that had to get comfortable with the idea," he says. Ultimately, it is a major beneft for a facility that knows a thing or two about majors. "The bottom line is we're giving members more good months to golf," Mangum says. "That's what matters. We won't have hoses interrupting play, we will save on power, save on fungicides. This is going to be more environmentally friendly, more member friendly, more economical." — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Minor changes are coming to the annual Golf Industry Show. Unlike in recent years, there are no scheduled activities for Friday of the week of the GCSAA education conference and trade show, which is set for Feb. 3-6 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The USGA Green Section Session, which had traditionally taken place on Friday, will now occupy the 8-10 a.m. slot on Thursday, before the start of the second day of the trade show, and will become the General Session. Also, to alleviate the overlap between the GCSAA Golf Championships and educational opportunities for attendees, the golf tournament dates were moved back one day. The Four-Ball Competition is set for Sat., Feb. 1, while a shamble tournament will be Sun., Feb. 2. The GCSAA National Championship and the GCSAA Golf Classic will be held Sunday and Monday, Feb. 2-3. "The focus will remain on keeping the agenda as condensed as possible to minimize expense and time away for both attendees and exhibitors," GCSAA Chief Executive Offcer Rhett Evans says. "Our post-event surveys indicate that our efforts to shorten the week were seen as positive, but there were a few instances where conficts were created. We have shared the new schedule with some of our committees, and the response has been good." A source of pride Golf courses mean more to a community's water supply than people may know, but the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., does its best to detail just how much the course can make a difference. GCSAA's Greg Lyman, director of environmental programs, is featured in the story. www. sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/f-boynton-golf-courseaquifer-20130713,0,4142715.story A landmark in New Jersey? Famed Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfeld, N.J., where Mark Kuhns, CGCS, a 33-year GCSAA member, serves as director of grounds, has been nominated for National Historic Landmark status. The New York Times reports on what it may take for it to happen, and a history of other sports venues that have been considered for the honor. www.nytimes. com/2013/07/29/sports/golf/baltusrol-is-a-landmarkcourse-in-almost-every-sense.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 Correction A listing for the U.S. Senior Open in the "On course" section of the July issue of GCM (Page 104) contained incorrect information about the personnel at Omaha (Neb.) Country Club. Eric McPherson, CGCS, is director of green and grounds at the club. Spencer Roberts is lead assistant superintendent, while Jared Kalin and Jeffrey Thorman are assistant superintendents. Course opens after four-year hiatus ColoVista Golf Course had been shuttered since 2009. That all changed in July, however, and the Austin AmericanStatesman provides details on how and why they are back in business deep in the heart of Texas. www.statesman. com/news/news/local/bastrop-golf-course-returns-with-abang/nYs7t/

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