Golf Course Management

JUL 2014

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100 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.14 By John Mascaro President of Turf-Tec International Presented in partnership with Jacobsen Although the white tops of these mounds appear to be frost, this phenom- enon occured in 54-degree temperatures. As the assistant superintendent was out scouting the golf course this winter, he stopped to take a closer look at something he spotted in the dormant bermudagrass rough. A sample was sent to the University of Florida, and it was suspected to probably be a generic mycelium from an unknown saprophytic fungus that was just growing on the surface of the dormant bermudagrass. No treatment was applied, and the area came out of dormancy with no problems. However, it does make an interesting shot for the Photo Quiz. Photo submitted by Jeff Heggen, the assistant superintendent at Seminole Golf Course in Tallahassee, Fla. Doug Abbuhl, a 26-year GCSAA member, is the Class A superintendent at Seminole. Philip F. Harmon, Ph.D., associate professor in the plant pathology department at the University of Florida in Gainesville, assisted in the answer. 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 deep dents in this putting green are a result of a contest that went awry. During the exceptionally wet fall this past year in the Northeast, this club had an outing that was sponsored by a helicopter company. It was two weeks after the fall aerifcation, and the club had just received several inches of rain in the three days leading up to the event. The superintendent was standing on the putting green talking to a member who was playing in the outing when someone from the pro shop asked them to move to the side as they were preparing to conduct a ball-drop contest. Participants in the outing were able to buy balls with numbers on them that were then dropped, on the green, with the closest to the pin winning a prize. At that moment, a helicopter appeared over top of the clubhouse, stopped about 150-200 feet over the green and dropped a "test" ball that went into the turf like a missile, disappearing com- pletely from view. The superintendent frantically waved his hands for them to stop, but they didn't see him and then proceeded to pour two 5-gallon buckets full of golf balls from that distance. When the dust settled, the superintendent showed the golf pro the damage that was caused. The pro asked, "Who would have known it would cause that much damage?" to which the superintendent replied, "I would have known." The divots were repaired with screw drivers in about an hour, however the damage could still be seen the following spring. This also shows why communication between the clubhouse and the super- intendent is so important. Photo submitted by Mark McGreevy, the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Wyncote Golf Club in Oxford, Pa., and a 12-year member of the association. (photo quiz answers) (a ) PROBLEM (b ) PROBLEM 100-108_July14_Departments.indd 100 6/17/14 2:35 PM

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