Golf Course Management

FEB 2014

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80 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.14 became law. Pests there are monitored on a daily basis, and damage thresholds determine whether pesticides should be applied. "Spraying has always been a last-resort IPM practice at Pheasant Run," says the eight- year GCSAA member. When spraying does occur, only the "safest products and mixing methods" are used and 33-foot buffers are maintained around ponds. Using a mineral oil-based fungicide has resulted in less water, chemical and pesticide use. Hardy produces an IPM annual report that lists the pesticides used and the amounts (in kilograms) of the active ingredients ap - plied, along with explanations about why the amounts of pesticides applied have varied (or not) from previous years. In compliance with Ontario law, the report is prominently dis - played in the clubhouse so that the public has access to it. Water use and quality have become areas of focus at Pheasant Run. The use of wetting agents and a soil moisture meter have reduced excessive irrigation. Reduced irrigation on fairways, greens and tees has, in turn, reduced irrigation of rough areas. In 2012, total vol - ume of irrigation water used decreased by 23 percent; an additional 21 percent reduction took place in 2013. The irrigation system has been improved by the addition of a variable- fow pumping system, nozzle changes, use of part-circle heads and the addition of quick couplers for more precise irrigation of greens. The course has retained a hydrogeologist to monitor all water practices, and the qual - ity of irrigation water and of water entering or leaving is monitored on an annual basis. All water usage (wells, clubhouse and irrigation) is recorded daily for the Ministry of Environ - ment, but the course's excellent recordkeeping has convinced the ministry to make Pheas - ant Run the frst facility in Ontario that will submit reduced documentation beginning in 2014. Preventing pollution is a priority at the course, where safety procedures for mixing and loading pesticides are routinely followed. Equipment is washed in a designated area to prevent runoff of hazardous materials, and pest control products and paints and solvents are stored in a safe manner. Used oil and oil flters are removed by an outside contractor, and environmentally friendly cleaning sup - plies are used as well. To conserve energy, all the lighting systems on the course have been upgraded to higher- effciency systems, resulting in a 21 percent reduction in costs over a two-year period. A smaller (12 percent) reduction in waste man - agement costs occurred when waste pick-up was changed from weekly to "on call." The change in schedule has renewed a focus on re - cycling and composting to prevent accumula- tion of waste. Canadian superintendent Andrew Hardy is the 2013 inter- national winner of the GCSAA/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Award for his work at Pheasant Run GC. Course photo by Lesa Stadnek Photo of Hardy by Judy Metherel 068-083_Feb14_ELGAs.indd 80 1/17/14 11:44 AM

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