Golf Course Management

OCT 2014

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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118 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 10.14 By John Mascaro President of Turf-Tec International Presented in partnership with Jacobsen This straight line void of turf is the result of employee error. This golf course is tucked among some rolling hills in northern Mississippi, so as a result, this particular greens complex is very contoured. When spraying this green with a fertilizer and fungicide mix, the employee is supposed to go slow, rais- ing and lowering the boom with the electric lift arms to ensure adequate space between the greens surface and the nozzles. On this particular day, the employee did not follow the proper procedure, and the nozzles on this pass almost touched the greens surface, browning out the turf. The superintendent does regular verticutting of the turf and tried to give the turf some time to heal. After a few days passed, however, it was apparent that the turf was not going to recover, so the damaged area was plugged. The superintendent provided the employee with additional training, but this mishap was just the tip of the iceberg, and ultimately, the employee left the club to pursue other career opportunities. Photo submitted by Jeremy Castle, superintendent at The Country Club of Oxford (Miss.) and a three-year GCSAA member. 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. This raised turf is the result of an irrigation break that occurred right in the middle of a ladies' league golf outing. The golf course has some 45-year-old irrigation pipe around the greens and tees tied into a "newer" 25-year-old fairway system. This leak was on a 1½-inch pipe that was dead-ended with a cap. In the 15 to 20 minutes between groups of players, the cap blew out and a solid stream of water fowed back under the green, producing this enormous turf bubble. The photo was taken a few minutes after the water was shut off. The grounds crew took fat spades to cut holes in the bubble to let the water slowly drain out. The bubble stretched the sod far enough that there was a fap of sod roughly 6 inches long on the leading edge of the bubble that they had to cut out in order for it to lie fat again. Next, they rolled the area multiple times over the course of a few days until the area frmed up and the major dips and dents were smoothed out (this is shown in the second photo). Following this, they topdressed and rolled the area to work out any remaining dips and dents. After about four or fve days you could hardly tell anything had happened to the area. This photo also ended up being a great visual aid to convince the club members that it was time to upgrade the irrigation system. A new irriga- tion system was installed last fall and is working great. Photo submitted by Brent Vermeer, the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Rock Valley (Iowa) Golf Course and a 12-year member of the association. (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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