Golf Course Management

MAR 2014

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104 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.14 By John Mascaro President of Turf-Tec International Presented in partnership with Jacobsen The depressions on the surface of this putting green were created by hail. What is amazing about the photo is not just the damage, but the extent of the damage. This storm occurred in March just as the bermudagrass was starting to come out of dormancy. Even though the semi-private golf course was closed on this Monday, a group of about 60 golfers were on the course when the superintendent received word that a severe thunderstorm was ap- proaching. The golf-ball- to tennis-ball-sized hail started falling about 2 miles from the course, and all the golfers took shelter in the clubhouse while the crew put as many golf cars as they could ft into the cart barn. The hailstorm lasted more than 20 minutes and continued on another 2 miles after it passed over the golf course, leaving a 4-mile path of destruction. The hail not only damaged all 18 greens, tees and fairways, but also broke car windshields and put holes into the stucco walls and roofs of homes on the golf course and the surrounding community. The greens were rolled, verticut and topdressed; fairways were rolled and mowed. The turf, which had not begun actively grow- ing when the storm struck, took quite a while to recover. The members un- derstood the situation. Photo submitted by John (Jay) Coalter, the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Patrick Farms Golf Club in Jackson, Miss., and a 25-year member of the association. 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 If your photograph is selected, you will receive full credit. All photos submitted will become property of GCM and GCSAA. The brown turf on the edge of this tee was caused by maintenance equipment. A bank of turf near this cart path was sprayed with glyphosate. The following day, a mower operator, who was unaware of the previous day's application, drove through this area while mowing the tee. This transferred some of the still-active herbicide onto the tire and deposited it onto the turf, leaving behind these 20- to 30-foot strips of brown turf. It's a mystery why the glyphosate was still active the day after it was applied; however, cool and damp weather may be the culprit. It was decided that if the turf did not improve after a day or two, it would be reseeded. Photo submitted by Timothy J. Walker, CGCS at Winding Hills Golf Club in Montgomery, N.Y., and a 15-year member of GCSAA. (photo quiz answers) (a ) PROBLEM (b ) PROBLEM 104-115_March14_Departments.indd 104 2/18/14 1:48 PM

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