Golf Course Management

DEC 2013

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Inside GCM by Scott Hollister Memories of a year gone by What will you remember about 2013? At this time of year, that question certainly isn't uncommon. I think each of us probably takes at least a moment to refect on the previous 12 months, whether to take stock of personal events, professional milestones or which of the top 10 movies of the year we haven't seen yet (for me, that would be all of them). I know I considered that question at least a couple of times as our staff was putting the fnishing touches on the issue of GCM that you're now reading. We didn't compile any year-inreview list or anything like that, but the mere fact that we were working on the fnal issue of 2013 and looking ahead to what we believe will be a banner 2014 had me reminiscing just a bit about the stories we had covered, the people we had met and the things we had done over the previous 12 months. So what will I remember about 2013? First and foremost, I'll remember some of the stories that we were able to share with you this year, whether in the printed magazine, on the GCM blog or through our various social media channels. Stories such as Stacie Zinn Roberts' look at American Lake Veterans Golf Course outside of Tacoma, Wash., which we published in the January issue ("A place to heal," http:// Stories such as Howard Richman's examination of the lost art of the night waterman, which ran in September's GCM ("The night life," http:// I'll remember the work that our team did in the feld in 2013, including my own experiences embedded with the maintenance teams at Omaha (Neb.) Country Club for the U.S. Senior Open and Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., for the PGA Championship. I'll remember the hills at Omaha CC, the early morning rains at Oak Hill and a photographer from The New York Times plying his trade from the back of a moving fairway mower as it rolled up and down the 13th fairway of Oak Hill's famed East Course. I'll remember meeting new people and catching up with old friends at the Golf Industry Show in San Diego, grabbing an after-dinner beverage with the attendees at the Bayer Plant Health Academy and learning about some of the industry's up-and-comers at the Green Start Academy, a production of Bayer and John Deere Golf. I'll remember walking the halls of Capitol Hill with Matt 18 GCM December 2013 Shaffer from Merion Golf Club and Bob Farren, CGCS, from Pinehurst Resort on National Golf Day. I'll remember 18 holes of golf at Pinehurst No. 2 (thanks again, BASF!), even though the score I carded that day will remain a closely guarded secret. And like many of you, I'll remember the many great people that the golf course management industry lost in 2013. There were four previous winners of GCSAA's Old Tom Morris Award (Jaime Ortiz-PatiƱo; Joe Duich, Ph.D.; James Watson, Ph.D.; and William Campbell). There was one of the most helpful and accommodating superintendents I ever And like many of you, I'll remember the many great people that the golf course management industry lost in 2013. worked with (Philip S. "Stan" George, CGCS, from Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.). There were titans of industry (Smithco founder Ted Smith, Jacobsen's Vollie Carr and Turfgrass Producers International executive director Doug Fender) and some of the brightest research minds the turfgrass business has ever seen (USGA Green Section pioneer Charles G. Wilson and the University of Kentucky's A.J. Powell, Ph.D.). And fnally, I'll remember the herculean efforts of those responsible for producing GCM each and every month, work that resulted not only in the magazines that you've already seen but also in an all-new version of GCM that we will unveil in January 2014. It's work we're excited to share with you and work that we're sure is going to pay off in a year that will be just as memorable as the one that is just now concluding. GCM Scott Hollister ( is GCM's editor-in-chief.

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