Golf Course Management

JAN 2014

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(photo quiz answers) By John Mascaro President of Turf-Tec International (a) PROBLEM This irregular area of brown turf is not a crop circle, as some of this club's members had guessed. This picture is from the clubhouse's back lawn, which is an area of well-maintained bermudagrass. On a Saturday in October, the club hosted its annual fall member-guest tournament. This year, a barbecue dinner was served under a rented tent in this area. The C-shaped brown turf in the picture was formed by a beverage service station — a bar. Apparently, this was a popular area. The grounds crew was not aware that such a bar structure was to be used. However, they had informed the club that it might be good to rent temporary fooring to protect the turf in the areas of extensive traffc (buffet tables, bar, serving areas) to reduce compaction and wear from the foot traffc of the servers. Fortunately, winter overseeding with a perennial ryegrass blend had been scheduled for the week following the member-guest event. The seed flled in the area, which should recover fully in the spring after the ryegrass transitions out. Photo submitted by Bryce Gibson, assistant superintendent at Interlachen Country Club in Winter Park, Fla., and an 11-year member of GCSAA. Stuart Leventhal, CGCS, is the superintendent and a 28-year member of GCSAA. (b) PROBLEM As the superintendent was riding around inspecting the golf course in the early morning, he noticed some areas on this green that he assumed were poorly repaired ball marks or a place where someone had buried his putter head into the green. When he went to fx the spot, he stuck his knife into the soil and felt something solid, which he discovered to be a 1½-inch hickory tree nut that a squirrel had buried. On this particular day, the squirrel had dug three holes in this green to bury four nuts (one of the holes had two nuts on top of each other). So far, the damage has been contained to the putting greens on No. 9 and No. 18. The superintendent has been walking these greens daily for signs of his friend's handiwork and then probing suspicious areas with a knife. He has found both whole and shelled nuts. When he fnds a nut, he removes it, pushes most of the sand back into the hole and repairs the area like a ball mark. He reports that this activity may continue until the squirrel gets enough food for winter or gets tired of the superintendent digging up his food. Photo submitted by Bob Friend, golf course superintendent at Brookwoods Golf Club in Richmond, Va. 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. If your photograph is selected, you will receive full credit. All photos submitted will become property of GCM and GCSAA. Presented in partnership with Jacobsen 170 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.14

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