Golf Course Management

MAR 2015

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64 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.15 wood. Several people in our community have been building ice rinks in their back yards in recent years, and most of them use simple wood construction with plywood walls. The temperatures have been consistently cold for the beginning part of January 2015. The rink is seeing heavy use and we are get - ting compliments on the quality of the ice. But an ice rink is just as dependent on the weather as the golf course when it comes to producing high-quality conditions. It only takes a few days with temperatures in the 40s with bright sun to ruin a perfect surface and all your hard work. The next day it drops below freezing and the members are all asking when the ice will be smooth again. The answer is the same one I would give a golfer asking when a newly aerated green will be smooth again: when the weather turns favorable for a long enough pe- riod to restore the conditions. Building an ice rink is certainly not for ev - eryone. We have found a system that works when the weather is consistently cold. We are fortunate to have multiple staff members on through the winter. If you are thinking of of - fering this at your club, you should really weigh the cost and frustrations with the net beneft to the members. We seem to have a large popula - tion of young families and members with col- lege-age kids. If you took away these groups, the rink would not see much use. Greg Cormier, CGCS, is the director of golf course opera- tions at Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord, Mass., and a 12-year member of GCSAA. 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. Nashawtuc CC chose to locate the ice rinks on the tennis courts, where potable water, lights and shelter are accessible. "CUSHMAN ® VEHICLES ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF COURSE OPERATIONS AT PINEHURST." BOB FARREN, CGCS Director of Grounds and Golf Course Maintenance Pinehurst Resort For over 40 years, Pinehurst has relied on Cushman vehicles to keep one of the game's premier facilities perfectly manicured for every round. So when they were tasked with hosting back-to-back US Open Championships, there was only one name they trusted to rise to the challenge—Cushman. See Pinehurst's story at ©2015 Textron Inc. All rights reserved.

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