Golf Course Management

OCT 2013

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PHOTO quiz answers John Mascaro President of Turf-Tec International PROBLEM A These dark areas with brown turf are the result of burrito damage. This municipal golf course in Southern California has a public park at the north end of the property and a jogging trail that encircles the entire golf course. The whole course is fenced, except at the second green and third tee. Behind the second green is a Jack In The Box fast-food restaurant, and because of the golf course's proximity to the restaurant and the fence situation, this particular green is a favorite for nighttime vandalism. Apparently, a group of diners had been congregating on the green for a late-night snack one night, and someone left a burrito on the turf that had broken open along with packets of hot sauce. To add insult to injury, the hot sauce packets had been stepped on and exploded open. The streaking of the turf came from the irrigation tech removing the material with a shovel after the irrigation cycle had run, which spread the hot sauce and burrito contents. The burrito vandals also stole the pin and three tee markers. The day after the burrito and hot sauce had been removed, the turf died and had to be plugged out and replaced. Photo submitted by Ken Ballard, superintendent at Chula Vista (Calif.) Municipal Golf Course and a 13-year member of GCSAA. PROBLEM B The superintendent at this Canadian facility frst noticed this damage early in the morning while driving the course. After following the track, he was amazed to fnd the two lines remained a consistent 9 inches apart all the way across the 16th, 17th and 18th fairways, including the paved cart path, cart staging area and parking lot. Apparently, a golfer got a fat tire while playing a round of golf, and the driver continued to operate the cart with the fat tire in order to complete the round. This club has members who rent carts, but some residents also play rounds in their own carts. The golfer was not identifed; however it was a privately owned cart as none of the golf course's feet carts had fat tires. The offending golf cart could not be traced because the scratch marks ended once it reached the asphalt parking lot. Luckily, no major repair work was needed, and the problem was undetectable after the turf was mowed. Picture submitted by Tom Altmann, superintendent on the Riverside Course at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in British Columbia, Canada, and a 21-year 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 john@turf-tec.com. Presented in partnership with Jacobsen 106 GCM October 2013 If your photograph is selected, you will receive full credit. All photos submitted will become property of GCM and GCSAA.

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