Golf Course Management

MAR 2015

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28 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.15 Tweets RETWEETS Aquatrols @Aquatrols Our President and CEO Tracy Jarman just signed a BIG check to @theEIFG . It will be presented offcially at @GIS_2015. Kevin W. Frank @MSUTurf The lower & upper peninsula #GLTE Thad Thompson @TerryHillsMaint Vinyl Guard on trap rake handles. No more fberglass splinters, dresses them up and saves me a lot of money. Clay Stewart@claystewart58 Floor being poured for the new chemical storage facility John Deere Classic @JDCLASSIC A snow covered 16th green at TPC Deere Run... We promise it's there.#meltfaster http://instagram. com/p/yZ3Xq8HouO/ Mike Huck @IrrTurfSvcs From @ucanrwater how CA's % of normal snow water equivalents have declined from an avgs of 54% to 26% in last month Steve Wright, CGCS@wrightsteve19 Getting my CEU'S at FTGA regional seminar. @PBGCSA@FGCSA Joel Kachmarek @tacomaturf Lowering the collar around 16 in order to expand putting surface GSU University Park @GSGolfCourse Red maples are ready for spring to get here too! Editor's note: GCM is excited to welcome Adam Lawrence and his new quarterly feature, The Drawing Board, to the GCM family. This feature will spotlight new golf course development and construction projects worthy of note to superintendents in both the United States and around the world and will be authored by Lawrence, the editor of Golf Course Architecture mag - azine as well as By Design, the quarterly publication of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. Saint Emilion (France) Tom Doak's frst course in mainland Europe, which is now complete and growing in before an offcial open - ing later this year, could be an important milestone for the French golf industry. Developed by the Mourgue d'Algue family, publishers of the Rolex World's Top 1,000 Golf Courses guide and tireless promoters of French golf, the course — formally named Domaine Golfque du Grand Saint-Emilionnais and located near the famous wine town, 40 minutes east of Bordeaux — occupies excellent undulating land, though the soil is heavy. Doak's design is typically bold: The frst hole, downhill and with a severe fallaway green sets the tone. But it's in the areas of greenkeeping and sustainability that the course may have important messages for the French business. André Mourgue d'Algue, who, along with his father Gaëtan, found the site 10 years ago and has been working on the project ever since, says they want the course to offer a taste of British golf, includ - ing a traditional fescue/browntop bent sward. This will be something of a challenge on poor soil in a country where much of the industry seems to have accepted that the battle with Poa annua cannot be won. Addi - tionally, French regulations preclude the extraction of water from aquifers, so Doak's cleverly designed sys - tem of ditches and ponds will have to collect and store all the water needed for irrigation through the summer. Fort Myers (Fla.) Country Club Donald Ross's course in southwest Florida was an example of an architect making something good out of a very unprepossessing location. Almost entirely fat and devoid of natural features, about the only thing that made the site stand out was the drainage canal through the middle, which Ross used as a hazard on a number of holes. Now Fort Myers Country Club has a new look, courtesy of architect Steve Smyers and his associate Patrick Andrews. It's still fat, and it still has that drainage canal — which carries stormwater away from nearby developments — but it now has a more substantial network of ponds and streams, serving to detain more water when the Florida rains hit. Despite the tight site, Smyers has stretched the course to al - most 7,000 yards, turning the fnishing hole into an ex- citing, multi-option par 5, which uses the canal to set up the second shot. The player can either blast for the green, or lay up on either side of the water. Celebration bermudagrass covers the fairways, while the greens are TifEagle. "From the very beginning, our main goal was to update the course in the same way that Ross might, were he alive and designing a course on the same site today," said Smyers. Sweetens Cove Golf Course South Pittsburg, Tenn. Golf Digest architecture editor Ron Whitten has called Sweetens Cove one of the 10 best nine-hole courses in America, while Anthony Pioppi, author of "To the Nines," a survey of those courses, says it's the best built since World War II. Architect and constructor Rob Collins and Tad King, and superintendent Michael Burrows appreciate the praise, but for them just hav - ing the course open is recognition enough. Collins and King used the abundant sand supplied by their client's concrete company to shape the fat site at Sweetens into a course that packs more punch into nine holes than most do in 18. Hugely undulating greens put a premium on short game skills, while the par-3 fourth hole, whose green measures 25,000 square feet and is partially blind from the tee, is unique in golf. The drawing board Adam Lawrence adam.lawrence@golfcourse architecture.net Twitter: @adamlawrence

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