Golf Course Management

MAR 2015

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104 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.15 By John Mascaro President of Turf-Tec International Presented in partnership with Jacobsen This green has irregular dark green lines with off-color turf between them, but it's not a serious problem. Instead, it's just a neat photo. The Champion ber- mudagrass in this part of the country usually does not go completely dormant during the winter if the turf is covered before the onset of cold weather. Last winter was unusually cold in the Mobile area, with temperatures below freezing for several consecutive days. Because of this, these greens were covered, and the covers were left in place for some period of time. Strong wind gusts caused some of the covers to bunch up in places, which doubled the insulation, protect- ing those areas from the bitter cold (by Southern standards) and keeping them from going into dormancy. The stripes remained nice and green until the spring came and evened things out. Photo submitted by Brian Aaron, CGCS, superintendent at Azalea City Golf Course in Mobile, Ala., and a 22-year member of the association. 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 ice on the green is fairly obvious. How it got here is the real story. During the middle of the fall golf season, the superintendent arrived at this hole on a 30-degree mid-November morning to fnd all the irrigation heads running. The right photo shows the amount of ice on the seventh green; the green surrounds were also frozen, and icicles were hanging from the trees. There was standing water throughout the fairway, which was also iced over in areas. The superin- tendent grabbed his irrigation radio and tried to shut down the station, but there was no communication with the controller. When he went to the box, he heard a loud and fast clicking noise so he opened it up and shut off power to the box, which shut down all the heads. Upon closer inspection, he realized that a mouse had chewed on the wires in the controller, causing all heads on the seventh hole to run all night. The superintendent and a clubhouse attendant scraped the ice off the green with coal shovels, a task that took about three hours. The hole was cart path-only for the day, and the superintendent changed out the ribbon cable (left photo) the next day, returning the controller to full operation. Photo submitted by John Karas, superintendent at Bull Run Golf Club in Haymar- ket, Va., and an 11-year GCSAA member. (photo quiz answers) (a ) PROBLEM (b ) PROBLEM

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