Golf Course Management

MAY 2014

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28 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 05.14 Vehicle damages Texas golf course Lake Arlington Golf Course in Arlington, Texas, is not very far from the annual NASCAR event in Fort Worth. Recently, someone clearly mistook the golf course for the nearby race track and spun donuts on the golf courses, in much the same way a NASCAR driver might after a big victory on the track. Unfortunately, this instance was no act of triumph, as this story in the Arlington Voice explains. Gary Archer, a 16-year GCSAA member, is superintendent at Lake Arlington. www.arlingtonvoice.com/story/ news/02/18/2014/arlington-golf-course-vandal ized-donuts Oregon golf club celebrates 100 years Ben Hogan played there. Long before that, when Portland Golf Club opened, initiation fees were $10. Read more about the centennial celebration in The Oregonian. www.oregonlive.com/beaverton/index. ssf/2014/03/portland_golf_club_celebrates.html Feeding frenzy Squirrels, have created quite an issue at a nine-hole executive course in Fairfax, Va., becom - ing bolder and more aggressive in their quest to grab a few snacks from golfers on the course, the Washington Post reports. www.washingtonpost. com/local/emboldened-by-free-snacks-hungry- squirrels-terrorized-a-falls-church-golf-course-for- years/2014/04/06/58b1bc38-b8ea-11e3- 899e-bb708e3539dd_story.html Reynolds Plantation course renovated The National, one of six golf courses at Reynolds Plantation in Georgia, reopened following extensive renovations, says Golf Course Architecture. The changes include the removal of 10 bunkers. www. golfcoursearchitecture.net/Article/The-Nation al-at-Reynolds-Plantation-reopens-following- extensive-renovation/3085/Default.aspx#. U0LSylw2_wI Tweets RETWEETS In the NEWS tion and vetting processes. The selection commission co- chairs are Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Annika Sorenstam and Nancy Lopez — all hall-of-famers in their own right. Candidates for election come from four categories: male competitors, female competitors, veterans (careers primarily completed before 1975) and lifetime achieve - ment (contributions to golf outside competition, which could include superintendents). The international portion of the ballot was eliminated. Candidates must receive at least 75 percent of the votes (12 or more out of 16 from the commission) to gain induction. That means it should be more diffcult to be elected, based on the previous criteria in which a candidate needed at least 65 percent. In the competitor category, a male needs 15 victories in International Federation of PGA Tours events or wins in two major championships or The Players Championship. Females need 15 wins on tours that receive Rolex Rank - ings points or two victories in LPGA majors. Alabama college tackles lightning issue The University of Alabama-Huntsville is developing a tool to reduce the risk of being struck by lightning. The university is combining data from weather satel - lites with Doppler radar and numerical models in a sys- tem that is designed to warn which specifc pop-up storm clouds may produce lightning and when the lightning strike threat is likely to begin and end. The research is being sup - ported by a two-year research grant from NASA. "One of our major goals is to increase the lead time that forecasters have for predicting which clouds are most likely to produce lightning and when lightning will start," says Alabama-Huntsville's John Mecikalski, Ph.D., an associate professor of atmospheric science. "If we can combine data from satellites, radar and models into a single lightning forecast system, we can give the National Weather Service and other meteorologists a new tool to support forecasts." During the system's early development, the Ala - bama-Huntsville team is using data from storms in Florida and northern Alabama to test how best to combine three sets of operational data into a real-time prediction system. Golf Industry Show makes the list Trade Show Network News revealed its list of the top 250 trade shows in 2013 — and the Golf Industry Show ranked No. 129. The group ranked trade shows that were held in the U.S. last year by net square footage. The Golf Industry Show was held in San Diego, with a net square footage of 173,000. The convention city that hosted the most of top-250 shows was Las Vegas, followed by Chi - cago and Orlando. Dan Grogan @purdueturfy New bunker raking style is starting to look sharp. No more pulling edges, raking bottoms only. #TGIF pic.twitter. com/xoJ9Z9xezQ Karl Danneberger @GlobalTurf Pam and Dave's bermudagrass prac - tice tee study being established. Using Latitude 36, Northbridge, Patriot, & Riviera pic.twitter.com/KqnqyQPmyg Bayer Golf @BayerGolf Tip from our #CoolSeasonGuide – it's still early for brown patch, but here's info to get ready for it this summer http://ow.ly/vDHiP Jason Haines @PenderSuper The conditions at Augusta impress me less every year thanks to everyone sharing beauty pics of their courses on twitter. #perspective Bill Corcoran@BCorcoran7 Not getting a full plug pull? Try the extended taper tine! http://twitpic. com/e0vpz6 Adam Garr@Superin10dent This green was uncovered all winter. Snow and ice removed. Looking great today after @HarrellsLLC spray!! pic.twitter. com/Oqi2PSxD0m Thomas Bastis @Calsuper Recently learned how to install syn - thetic turf and found a great use for the remnants. No pitted rollers! pic.twitter. com/odBFyrHW6L 020-029_May_Front9.indd 28 4/16/14 2:42 PM

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