Golf Course Management

OCT 2013

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front NINE 9 see more @ www.gcsaa.org damaged fairway. More than 30 turf entomologists met late this summer in South Kingstown, R.I., to discuss the latest research and the more pressing issues for entomologists who work with golf courses. This year's meeting began with the hot topic at the previous meeting in 2011: Annual bluegrass weevil (ABW), which has not only remained as a pest of Poa annua on golf courses, but has also extended its range. In order to develop new ways of coping with ABW, scientists are attempting to learn more about when adults feed, when are they reproductively active, and when they lay eggs. The group's research will be published in GCM over the course of the next two years until the group reconvenes in 2015. — Teresa Carson, GCM science editor Offcials with The Toro Co. broke ground on a $25 million expansion to their Bloomington, Minn., headquarters in early September. Photo courtesy of The Toro Co. V v v The losers in the lawsuit to close Sharp Park Golf Course in Pacifica, Calif., walked away with something after all. A federal judge awarded the six environmental groups that filed the lawsuit $386,000 in attorney fees. Last year, the combined groups brought a suit to close the golf course because it threatened the California red-legged frog and San Francisco garter snake. The judge, though, dismissed the lawsuit. Toro expands Minnesota headquarters The Toro Co. broke ground in September on a $25 million expansion to its headquarters in Bloomington, Minn. The 75,000-square-foot addition is expected to be completed by next summer. Toro is celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2014, and the expansion is expected to be complete at that time. Toro is using its newly acquired line of backhoes, trenchers and ground compactors/power trowels for the project. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton attended the groundbreaking ceremony. This is the frst major addition to the building since 1997. USGA, PGA championship sites set The USGA and PGA of America recently announced future sites for some of their championship events. Tulsa (Okla.) Country Club has been selected as the site of the 2015 U.S. Girls' Junior Championship by the USGA. A.W. Tillinghast is the original course designer, and Rees Jones led a renovation that was completed in 2011. Richard Finton, a 19year member of GCSAA, is the Class A superintendent at Tulsa Country Club. Also, The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn., will host the 2016 U.S. Junior Amateur. GCSAA Class A superintendent David Stone is a 39-year member of the association. French Lick (Ind.) Resort was named site of the 76th Senior PGA Championship in 2015. John Parker, a 23-year member of the association, is the Class A director of golf course management at French Lick, while Brett Fleck, a seven-year association member, serves as the facility's Class A superintendent. Turf entomology group meets As a discipline, turfgrass entomology is probably on par with urban geology and marine archaeology as a subject that sounds like a marriage of two seemingly unrelated topics. Golf course superintendents, however, are keenly aware of turfgrass entomology and the numerous pests that can destroy a green or pockmark a fairway, and many are grateful to a turfgrass entomologist who saved a devastated green or restored a 26 GCM October 2013 Six-fgure renovation in the works in Florida A decline in rounds played at Cleveland Heights Golf Club in Lakeland, Fla., is a key reason why the city is spending nearly $200,000 for renovations, including a new irrigation system, at the facility, according to The Ledger, who documents the process. www.theledger.com/ article/20130716/NEWS/130719458 New York club celebrates 100-year anniversary Golf legend Gene Sarazen is among those who have played at Wheatley Hills Golf Club in East Williston, N.Y., where Newsday reports on the club's 100-year anniversary. www.newsday.com/sports/columnists/mark-herrmann/ wheatley-hills-golf-club-celebrates-100thanniversary-1.5975352 Co-owner shifts gears at Ohio course A request by one of the owners of 18-hole Fox Den Golf Course in Celina, Ohio, pulled a motion to rezone 89 acres of the course so it could be sold as agricultural land to retire debt and pay taxes, The Daily Standard reports. www.dailystandard.com/archive/2013-09-04/ stories/21929/foxs-den-golf-course-partner-pullsrequest College course follows a trend More and more courses in the South are converting greens from bentgrass to heat-tolerant Champion ultradwarf bermudagrass. Duke University is among those, and it reopened its course in September after all 18 greens were renovated, according to Duke Today. http://today.duke. edu/2013/08/golfcourserenovation

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