Golf Course Management

AUG 2014

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70 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 08.14 Leo Feser award CANDIDATE This article is eligible for the 2015 Leo Feser Award, presented annually since 1977 to the author of the best superintendent-written article published in GCM during the previous year. Superintendents receive a $300 stipend for articles. Feser Award winners receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Golf Industry Show, where they are recognized. They also have their names engraved on a plaque permanently displayed at GCSAA headquarters. 30 percent of the sand's AOR. • Allow entry points for power equipment (and golfers). • Eliminate the need to only hand rake by selecting durable liners. • Allow the majority of mowing to be accom - plished with riding equipment. • Use turfgrass species proven to be good bunker edge material that will stabilize the soil around the bunker. 7 . Maintain After all the work is done, golfer expec - tations are going to be high. Nothing is more frustrating than seeing torn liners or contami - nated sand a mere year or two after the com- pletion of a bunker renovation. The following suggestions may extend the life of your bun - kers. • Monitor and keep sand at proper depths. Sand can be moved by wind, water, golfers and machines. Periodically check depths to keep sand functioning properly. • Maintain proper moisture. Moisture con - tent of the sand will greatly impact playabil- ity and sand performance. Determine how you want your bunkers to play (frmer or fuffer) and adjust accordingly. • Consider a reduced raking program. Rake bunkers only when they need to be raked. Raking when bunkers are already perfect is a budget-killer. Conclusion Bunkers are not just hazards that can be ig - nored. A bunker renovation is the best oppor- tunity to improve the overall appearance of the golf course and reduce long-term maintenance. Preventing sand contamination from erosion and excessive edging dramatically extends the life of bunkers. Remember, nothing kills a staff 's morale or a course's budget more than the need to repair contaminated, washed-out bunkers over and over again. Many superintendents are testing differ - ent sands, methods and materials prior to a full renovation. This is an excellent way for superintendents, owners, greens committees and members to make an educated decision on which method and materials to use. Jerry Lemons is the president of Old Hickory, Tenn.-based Golf Links Inc. and a senior design associate with Lee Trev - ino Golf Design. A 34-year member of GCSAA as well as a member of ASGCA, Lemons has been involved in more than 200 bunker renovations in the last three years. " OUR CUSHMAN HAULERS WORK EVERY DAY AND THEY NEVER LET US DOWN." JOHN KATTERHEINRICH Superintendent, The Bear's Club The Bear's Club was designed by Jack Nicklaus to offer the finest possible golf experience. To maintain such a lofty standard, they use a fleet of Cushman Haulers. Available with 13.5-hp gas, 48V DC or 72V AC electric powertrains, the Hauler delivers proven reliability and up to 1,200 pounds of load capacity. So as you're chasing perfection, your vehicles will be working as hard as you do. See the Bear's Club's story at Cushman.com/BearsClub. ©2014 Textron Inc. All rights reserved.

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