Golf Course Management

OCT 2014

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106 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 10.14 Q: Describe your golf course. A: No trees. Wide open. We get about 4,000 to 5,000 rounds a year. Q: What do you most enjoy about your work? A: I'm happy with our management and ownership. They put a lot of trust and faith in whatever I tell them. They always seem to have my back. They're willing to put up with a mistake if it happens and not be quick to judge. Q: What equipment couldn't you live without? A: Aerators. We use them a lot. Our soil here is not something to be desired. It is heavy clay. It's like gumbo. Q: You replaced Mick Reifert when he retired as superintendent. What did you learn from him? A: He always said to stick with what you think and to try to keep things simple. The grass needs fertilizer, water and sun. Don't overthink things. Q: Any hobbies? A: I like to hunt deer and pheasant. I really like to archery deer hunt. Last year I shot a big mule deer. After measuring, it scored 189 inches. I also like to do a lot of fshing. There's plenty of chances to fsh and hunt around here. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Getting to know you While his friends still slept, teenaged Kyle Rausch awakened as early as golf course superin- tendents. Growing up in Dell Rapids, S.D., Rausch helped his father, John, raise pigs on the family farm. Kyle would be up and about as early as 5 a.m., learning life lessons that serve him well now. On occasion, Kyle even was in charge; John doubled as a computer software programmer and would be gone an entire week, leaving Kyle to oversee operations. "He taught me you will have responsibilities in life and you have to take care of them," Kyle says. Kyle Rausch Was: Assistant superintendent, Sutton Bay Golf Course, Agar, S.D. Is: Superintendent, Sutton Bay (Climbing the ladder) ON COURSE Oct. 2-5 — LPGA, Reignwood LPGA Classic, Reignwood Pine Valley GC, Nankou, Beijing, China. Oct. 2-5 — European Tour, Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Old Course, St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Kingsbarns, Scotland. Oct. 9-12 — LPGA, Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Oct. 9-12 — European Tour, Portugal Masters, Oceanico Victoria GC, Vilamoura, Portugal. Oct. 10-12 — Champions Tour, SAS Championship, Prestonwood CC, Cary, N.C., David Dalton, director of golf course maintenance; Brad Griffn, superintendent. Oct. 10-13 — PGA Tour, Open, CordeValle GC, San Martin, Calif., Thomas Gray, CGCS. Oct. 14-16 — PGA Tour, PGA Grand Slam of Golf, Port Royal GC, Southampton Parish, Bermuda. Oct. 15-19 — European Tour, Volvo World Match-Play Championship, The London GC, Ash, Kent, England. Oct. 16-19 — LPGA, LPGA-KEB HanaBank Championship, Sky 72 GC Ocean Course, Incheon, South Korea. Oct. 16-19 — European Tour, Hong Kong Open, Hong Kong GC, Fanling, Hong Kong. Oct. 17-19 — Champions Tour, Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn, Rock Barn Golf & Country Club, Conover, N.C., Tony Denton, superintendent. Oct. 17-20 — PGA Tour, Shriners Hospital for Children Open, TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nev., Dale Hahn, CGCS, director of golf course maintenance. MEMBERS ONLY

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