Golf Course Management

AUG 2014

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116 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 08.14 By John Mascaro President of Turf-Tec International Presented in partnership with Jacobsen These three lines and footprints are a result of the combination of frost dam- age and a golfer's pull cart. This golf course is located in North Vancouver, British Columbia, on the north shore of Burrard Inlet. Winters are fairly mild, so play normally continues through the winter months. The club's frost policy requires the use of temporary greens and tees when conditions warrant. Play is allowed on frost-covered fairways and rough, but regular greens and tees are not opened until both the surface and ground frost have dissipated. The members appreciate the compromise, as some courses in the area shut down until the frost has lifted. However, sometimes damage can still occur, as this edge of the fairway shows, where shade prevented any melting for a few days in a row. Luckily, winter golf levels are minimal, so they do not experience a lot of demand for golf in frost conditions. Photo submitted by Eoghan Buckley, assistant superintendent at Seymour Golf and Country Club in Vancouver, British Columbia. Jim McGarvey is the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Seymour and a 26-year member of the association, while Derek Sheffeld, second assistant superintendent, assisted with 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 and tears on this golf green are hoof prints from a horse, and the incident occurred during the club's biggest tournament of the year. A small farm neighbors the golf course, and during this big tournament, someone left the gate open at the farm. One horse seized the opportunity to make a break for it, racing through the open gate and down one of the fairways. As he galloped along in his newfound freedom, he made a turn onto the 17th green as a group was putting. The surprised foursome shouted at the horse causing it to skid and double back, which resulted in this damage. Now with the superintendent in pursuit in a golf car, the horse ran back down another fairway toward the farm it had come from and calmed down enough to take a break in the shade of some trees in a naturalized rough area. At this point, the horse's owner had been notifed of what was happening by a golfer, and she came running out to bring the horse back, apologizing profusely along the way. The crew repaired the worst of the damage to the green between groups of players by using a cup cutter to plug out the ripped turf. They also used a ball mark tool to repair some areas that were only depressed. It was a diffcult task as the 17th is a par-3 and there were not many breaks between groups. The remaining damage was repaired the following morning before the fnal round of play. Photo submitted by Travis Olson, superintendent at Kamloops (British Colum- bia) Golf and Country Club. (photo quiz answers) (a ) PROBLEM (b ) PROBLEM GCM (ISSN 0192-3048 [print]; ISSN 2157-3085 [online]) is published monthly by GCSAA Communications Inc., 1421 Research Park Drive, Lawrence, KS 66049-3859, 785-841-2240. Subscriptions (all amounts U.S. funds only): $60 a year. Outside the United States and Canada, write for rates. Single copy: $5 for members, $7.50 for nonmembers. Offce of publication and editorial offce is at GCSAA, 1421 Research Park Drive, Lawrence, KS 66049-3859. Periodicals postage paid at Lawrence, Kan., and at additional mailing offces. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to: Golf Course Management, 1421 Research Park Drive, Lawrence, KS 66049. CANADA POST: Publications mail agreement No. 40030949. Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to P.O. Box 122, Niagara Falls, ONT L2E 6S8.

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