Golf Course Management

DEC 2013

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front NINE 9 see more @ Architects honor design leaders Deere makes major contribution V v v Comedian Bill Engvall will be the featured performer during the GCSAA Closing Session, presented in partnership with John Deere Golf, Feb. 6 at the 2014 Golf Industry Show in Orlando. One of the stalwarts of the popular Blue Collar Comedy Tour, Engvall was featured in the current season of "Dancing With The Stars" and is the former star of a self-titled show on TBS. The event will cap a week of activities in Orlando that includes the GCSAA Education Conference, the trade show and the GCSAA Golf Championships. Registration for the event is now open for GCSAA members, non-members and media at registration/default.aspx. Additional information on the Golf Industry Show can be found online at 26 GCM December 2013 John Deere donated more than $400,000 of equipment and attachments that are being used to restore "America's Front Yard," also known as the National Mall, in Washington, D.C. Representatives from John Deere participated in a celebration of National Public Lands Day. The multi-year restoration at the National Mall is focused on improving the ability of the National Mall to serve the public need for national celebrations, demonstrations, festivals and other special events. The equipment that John Deere donated will be used between 3rd and 7th streets. The donation includes the new commercial-grade Z925M Flex Fuel ZTrak mower, Terrain Cut 8800 Rotary Mower, TX Turf Gator and X739 Lawn Tractor. "This gift will help protect the park's investment in new turf, which provides visitors a more vibrant, welcoming and sustainable green space for recreation, civic gatherings and refection," says Caroline Cunningham, president of the Trust for the National Mall. American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) announced their 2013 Design Excellence honorees, cited for their work with ASGCA members in addressing unique design challenges leading to improved social, economic and environmental benefts. The honorees and their superintendents and architects, respectively, are: Butterfeld Country Club, Oak Brook, Ill. (Michael Vercautren; Steve Smyers); Camelback Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz., (Kirk Hardin; Dana Fry, Jason Straka); China Maple Golf Club, Dandong, Liaoning Province, China (Zhou Qingyi; Rick Robbins); Columbia (Mo.) Country Club, (Joseph Herzog; Dana Fry, Jason Straka); Ely Callaway Golf Club & Learning Center Honours Course presented by TaylorMade, Oceanside, Calif. (Alfredo Sanchez; David Rainville); Glenlaurel Resort, Rockbridge, Ohio (Rick Brown; Mike Hurdzan); Island Hills Golf Club, Centreville, Mich. (Richard Laux; Raymond Hearn); Lake Venice (Fla.) Golf Club, (David Knott; Jan Bel Jan); Mohegan Sun Country Club, Baltic, Conn. (Anthony Grosso; Robert McNeil); Rock Manor Golf Course, Wilmington, Del. (Richard Sweeney, CGCS; Lester George); Stevens Park Golf Course, Dallas (Frank Hutchins; John Colligan); and Twin Oaks Country Club, Springfeld, Mo. (Tyler Heidbreder; Todd Clark). Second Melrose Leadership Academy class named Nicklaus takes superintendent's advice The second class of GCSAA members has been selected to participate in the Melrose Leadership Academy to be conducted at the 2014 Golf Industry Show in Orlando, Feb. 1-6. Sixteen GCSAA Class A members earned the all-expensespaid trip through an application process based on fnancial need, volunteerism and a drive to advance their careers. The academy offers education specifc to risk management (health, safety, environmental compliance), operational effciency, business and environmental stewardship. Those selected are: Kelly D. Bowen, Black Rock Creek Golf Club, Sunnyside, Wash.; Brian Brown, Chisago Lakes Golf Course, Lindstrom, Minn.; Joel A. Collura, Deerwood Country Club, Mount Holly, N.J.; Thomas F. Dale, CGCS, The Links at Brigantine (N.J.) Beach; Ronald C. Garrison, Fox Hill Country Club, Exeter, Pa.; Hampton Kicklighter Jr., CGCS, Dublin (Ga.) Country Club; Patrick S. Knelly, Sugarloaf (Pa.) Golf Club; David L. Littrell, Iroquois Golf Course, Louisville, Ky.; Stephen E. Malloy, The Oaks Golf Links, Somersworth, N.H.; Shane A. Miller, Iron Lakes Country Club, Allentown, Pa.; Peter C. Powell, Boca Greens Country Club, Boca Raton, Fla.; David C. Van Auken, Antigo Bass Lake Country Club, Deerbrook, Wis.; Michael F. Walton, CGCS, QiZhong Garden Golf Club, Shanghai, China; Michael White, The Links at Kahite, Vonore, Tenn.; David R. Williams, CGCS, Mountain View Country Club, Boalsburg, Pa.; John M. Wynn, WGC Golf Course, Xenia, Ohio. Even the all-time leader in men's major championships listens to superintendents. An article in The New York Times chronicles how Jack Nicklaus was convinced by superintendent Paul Latshaw to make one particular change at the Golden Bear's famed Muirfeld Village, which hosted the Presidents Cup in October and annually is the PGA Tour stop for the Memorial. golf/muirfeld-village-the-course-that-jack-keeps-building. html?pagewanted=all&_r= Wild pigs test Bay Area golf course They are adding fences, treating grasses and sealing off entryways at Almaden Country Club in San Jose, Calif., to keep wild pigs from causing any more damage to the golf course, the NBC affliate there says. www.nbcbayarea. com/news/local/Wild-Pigs-Tearing-Up-San-Jose-GolfCourse-229019211.html Las Vegas bets on Green Grass Project A plan is in the works to restore two Las Vegas golf courses to their original, lush appearance, according to a story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. www.reviewjournal. com/news/government/zones-changed-restore-golf-courses

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