Golf Course Management

MAR 2014

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18 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.14 Golf course superintendents are no strang- ers to distractions getting in the way of real life. Every time a superintendent thinks he or she has the day-to-day routine of golf course maintenance down pat, something inevitably comes up to shatter that routine. A big tour - nament, Mother Nature, a special project … you name it. At this time of year, the staff of GCM can totally sympathize with those superinten - dents. Because regardless of what we do to make the monthly production of the maga - zine as planned and as calculated as possible, there's just no way to get around the chaos that typically envelops our work on the March issue, thanks to a little disruption that seems to pop up on the calendar every year at this time — the annual Golf Industry Show. Now, we won't talk much about our week in Orlando in this issue. It's not because we don't want to — hey, even those of us in the print business understand the brevity of the modern news cycle. Instead, it's more a mat - ter of timing, or the lack thereof. The amount of time between our staff 's return from show and our deadlines for the March issue just don't allow us the opportunity to do justice to a full post-GIS wrap-up in this issue, so we wait until April. But those same restraints don't apply to our assessment of how a week out of the offce af - fects our work on this particular issue of GCM. When you take a carefully plotted four-week process and scale it back to just three weeks, you fnd yourself in the same boat as super - intendents whose daily work gets waylaid by a member-guest tournament or an irrigation project. You're bound to face a few challenges. Don't confuse our discussion of those challenges with whining, though. No need to break out the tiny violins while reading this column. To a person, our staff absolutely loves our time at the Golf Industry Show. It annu - ally provides us with our best opportunity to connect with readers, to interact with GCSAA members and to fnd out what's working and what isn't in the pages of the magazine. With - out question, we make more friends, dig up more story ideas and learn more about the people who read GCM during that week than at any other point during the year. But a week on the road (and for me, closer to 10 days on the road, thanks to my involvement in staffng the GCSAA Golf Championships) does take its toll. And the only reason I bring it up in this column is to give you a little ad - ditional context as you read this month's maga- zine, and maybe, so you'll marvel at the work turned in by our staff in the same way I mar - veled at it while I edited and proofed this issue. There's this month's cover story on new GCSAA President Keith A. Ihms, CGCS, for example, written by Associate Editor Howard Richman. It's a deep and sometimes heart- warming look at the Arkansas superinten - dent and the path he took to get to where he is today, and it's worth a read for any GCSAA member curious about where the association's 78th president plans to focus his attention in the coming year. Considering the March issue is our put - ting greens issue, freelance writer Mark Les- lie's feature on the use of zoysiagrass on greens is defnitely noteworthy. In our part of the world, it's not uncommon to see zoysia used as a fairway grass, but its use on greens is another story entirely. It's not exactly a trend yet, but Mark does a great job of examining the phe - nomenon that, at worst, gives superintendents in some parts of the country another potential putting surface to consider. You'll also fnd stories in this issue on the creation and maintenance of forward tees, the control of brown ring patch on Poa annua greens and ways superintendents can improve their résumés during the job hunt. In short, you'll fnd everything that you've come to ex - pect from GCM in this issue, whether it took us three weeks or four weeks to fnish up. Despite the abbreviated schedule, I never worried much about our team being able to produce a relevant and readable issue this time around. We'd done it before, and I knew we'd do it again. Still, it's nice when your staff makes you look like a prophet, so I hope you'll enjoy the fruits of their labor in this issue. Scott Hollister is GCM 's editor-in-chief. Scott Hollister twitter: @GCM_Magazine Conquering chaos theory Without question, we make more friends, dig up more story ideas and learn more about the people who read GCM during (GIS) than at any other point during the year. (inside gcm) 018-019_March14_IGCM.indd 18 2/18/14 1:41 PM

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