Golf Course Management

MAY 2014

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100 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 05.14 By John Mascaro President of Turf-Tec International Presented in partnership with Jacobsen These brown lines partially circling the cup on a putting green are the result of a club game night gone awry. As it turns out, the damage is phytotoxic damage caused by remnants of glow sticks that were used during a nighttime chipping contest. In the name of creativity, the golf staff decided to break open a handful of glow sticks and then soaked string in the fuid. When it came time for game night, they placed the string in a circle on the putting green around the target hole. A few days later the circle was still very apparent. When the superintendent saw the damage, he frst thought it may have been the result of a leaky gas tank on a backpack blower, but quickly dismissed that theory because of the solid lines and the pattern of the damage. After a discussion with the golf staff about their setup for the games, it did not take long to put together what had happened. "Wow, I didn't think that would do that" and "The glow stick packaging said non-toxic" were the primary responses the superintendent got from the golf staff once the culprit was identifed. Spring aerifcation and topdressing began the day after the tournament, and the area healed over fairly quickly. Photo submitted by Tim Huber, superintendent at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas, and a nine-year member of GCSAA. 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 golf course superintendent at this Indiana course observed a strip of brown turf on the edge of a bluegrass/bentgrass fairway one afternoon during a week of unusually hot temperatures. The golf course has an older pump station and a single-row fairway irrigation system, so a little stress near the edges of the fairway during stress periods was somewhat common. This is typically one of the best fairways on the course, so the stressed area was not immediately visible. When the superintendent frst saw the stressed area, he thought it might have been caused by a buried drain tile. Upon looking around, he noticed the sprinkler placement and the 150-yard marker and realized that the marker was defecting the irrigation water as it rotated, creating the stressed area. After a good laugh, he decided to take a photo of the area and share it with his other superintendent friends in the Photo Quiz. Photo submitted by Brian Feldman, superintendent at the Sprig O'Mint Golf Course in Bremen, Ind., and a four-year GCSAA member. (photo quiz answers) (a ) PROBLEM (b ) PROBLEM 100-109_May14_Departments.indd 100 4/16/14 2:56 PM

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