Golf Course Management

APR 2014

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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112 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 04.14 By John Mascaro President of Turf-Tec International Presented in partnership with Jacobsen This rectangular area void of grass was also caused by a mower. The greens on this private course were fully renovated and seeded with certifed T-1 bent- grass. Before its frst mowing, the green was rolled in two directions using a walking mower adjusted with the cutting head up and the barrel as the roller. The brand-new front smooth roller had been installed just that morning, replacing the Wiley roller. But when the mower operator started to mow the green, the front smooth roller was not turning. The damage on the turf is from the roller not turning. As the roller became caked with greens mix, it began to dig into the green and caused the new plants to be pulled out of the seed bed. This also disrupted the surface of the green and created this low area. This event served as a reminder to check how all equipment is functioning — including the roller — before mowing a newly seeded green, even if the equipment is brand new. Photo submitted by Shawn Major, accredited assistant superintendent at Glencoe Golf & Country Club in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and a fve-year member of GCSAA. Kerry C. Watkins is the GCSAA Class A superintendent and a 16-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. These strips of low grass were caused by a sleepy mower operator and a triplex. Because many superintendents deal with young, seasonal employees, I thought this photo would strike home for most of you. This golf course mows with lights in the wee morning hours, and it was still dark out at 5:30 a.m. when this occurred. The combination of darkness and the harmonic hum of the triplex was more than this young rookie could handle, and he dozed off while mowing the cleanup pass on this green. The crew member did take some heat from the superintendent and the assistant as well as the pro shop employees and the maintenance crew. However, the superintendent took it all in stride and went easy on the guy, saying it was a good learning lesson for the young man. To encourage turf growth, he extended his greens foliar spray out a little bit, and the area was fully recovered in about a month. Photo submitted by Douglas Ware, the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Fox Creek Golf Course in Livonia, Mich., and an 11-year member of the association. (photo quiz answers) (a ) PROBLEM (b ) PROBLEM 112-123_April14_Departments.indd 112 3/18/14 2:57 PM

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