Golf Course Management

DEC 2013

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front NINE 9 struggles to fulfll the dreams of others. "I've done all but about three of them," the superintendent says. "I probably have done 400 to 500 of them, two to three a week. I'll work them over. Even one sentence is a lot of work to get the right word." Aerifying greens is like going to the dentist. Both produce short-term pain but relieve long-term misery. In truth, this superintendent is targeting a specifc audience: those who aspire to walk in his shoes. "It is for the younger superintendents, for those who want to be superintendents, to teach them how to treat other people, what mistakes not to make," he says. "As you get a little older, you want to give back." The fnal hint to his identity: He's 50. And here is one parting proverb from him. The wife of a superintendent is grateful for a diligent and responsible assistant superintendent. For more, go to www.foolishgolfsuperintendent.com. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Bell rings true for Dakota-based company Bob Bell V v v Golf course architect Tom Fazio was inducted Oct. 4 into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Fazio, GCSAA's Old Tom Morris Award recipient in 1996, is the renovator and re-designer of Augusta National Golf Club and Pine Valley. 24 GCM December 2013 The imminent retirement of longtime industry veteran Bob Bell will not go unnoticed in Grand Forks, N.D. On Jan. 17, Bell will retire as vice president of sales from Smith Turf & Irrigation Co. in Charlotte, N.C. His four-decade career has touched many lives, perhaps none more than Randy Dufault. Dufault, sales manager at Dakota Peat & Equipment in Grand Forks, tells GCM about a time in the distant past when a small company was trying to make it big, which often can be a struggle. "A long time ago we built our frst turf tender but couldn't get a dealer to take us on," Dufault says. "We sold a few, but most people wanted to buy them from dealers so they could get local service." Dufault never gave up. One day, he phoned Bell. It was a conversation that helped launch Dakota Peat's brand. Smith Turf's link as a distributor for The Toro Co. was a key to the success of the Dakota Peat-Bell relationship. "Bob sold a guy one of our tenders, and then we started selling more and more," Dufault says. "I used Bob to get every dealer in the U.S. After a couple of years, Bob said he needed a smaller (tender), one for greens. We came up with the Dakota 410." Bell says, "We were looking for a product like the one Randy produced. We hit it off pretty good." Dufault says Bell has been more than good for the industry. "I think he did what he did for us for a lot of people," Dufault says. "He didn't have to help me. I was a nobody. Bob always did what he said he was going to do. He always will mean a lot to me." Bell, a past recipient of the Carolinas GCSA Distinguished Service Award and 1983 recipient of the prestigious Toro Green Blazer Award, says it is hard to believe how quickly time has passed since the day he joined Smith in 1973. "I tried to do the right things and work hard for my company," Bell says. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor see more @ www.gcsaa.org Beyond the Green: A recap Editor's note: Sustainability in Golf: Beyond the Green, presented by Syngenta and Sea Pines Resort, took place in October at the Hilton Head Island, S.C., resort and was an opportunity for golf course industry professionals to gather and report, discuss and plan on the subject of sustainability. GCSAA's Greg Lyman, director, environmental programs, compiled this report. GCSAA and the Carolinas GCSA were Steward Level sponsors of the event. Beyond the Green was organized by Experience Green founder Teresa Wade and attended by a diverse representation of approximately 75 individuals in the golf industry, including superintendents, golf course owners, course professionals, managers and suppliers. Three panels explored the principle elements of a sustainable business philosophy — people, planet and prosperity. Wade opened the meeting with a broad view of how the concept of sustainability is being applied to a variety of business interests and community groups on Hilton Head Island. Wade chronicled the infuence of the Royal Bank of Canada in sponsoring the RBC Heritage event at Sea Pines Resort. Andrew Craig, senior manager of environmental initiatives at RBC, explained that they are interested in fostering sustainability with all their customers because responsible resource management and proactive environmental stewardship is directly related to successful businesses. GCSAA member Josh Heptig, the GCSAA Class A director of golf at Dairy Creek Golf Course in San Luis Obispo, Calif., served as a panel member in the Planet session. Dairy Creek is considered the frst zero-waste golf course in the world. Heptig explained their system of separating waste at the point of collection and their on-site compost system for all food waste. The audience was particularly interested in the red worms that are used to consume the food waste and how the compost is used on the golf course as a soil amendment. At the conclusion of the panel sessions, the groups were asked to identify what they need from each other in order to promote environmental stewardship and advance sustainability at their golf facilities. Superintendents indicated that they need buyin and commitment from other managers at the facility along with support for continued education and training. Superintendents suggested the need to fnd new and creative ways to communicate the environmental benefts and positive environmental stewardship of golf courses. Golf course professionals need basic talking points to relay sustainability and environmental efforts to their golf clientele. They also identifed that support for continued education in these areas is needed from ownership. The owners in attendance acknowledged they see a clear need for education and training on sustainability, which should be integrated throughout all departments of the golf facility. They also were interested in pursuing programs to conserve energy throughout the golf course property.

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