Golf Course Management

MAR 2015

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

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Lukus Harvey Manages What World Famous Golf Course In Palm Beach Gardens, FL? "When the PGA tour comes in, they preach one thing over and over. CONSISTENCY. They want all 18 greens to be the same consistency. They want every bunker the same depth and firmness. They want our roughs to be the exact same height, no matter where you land. So when you're trying to put together a competition for the world's best, or even for your own members, it's all about consistency. In my opinion , TifEagle is heads and shoulders above all the other ultradwarfs. It's absolutely the most consistent greens grass out there." Lukus Harvey-Director of Agronomy PGA National Resort & Spa Palm Beach Gardens FL TEAM UGA ® TifEagle Bermudagrass has been on holes 15, 16 and 17 at PGA National's Champion Course since 2002. Ditto for the other 15 holes. That's 12 years. Not Mini-Verde. Not Champion. Not Emerald. Not Tifdwarf. But TifEagle. As Director of Agronomy, Lukus Harvey manages all five golf courese at PGA National Resort Spa, home of the Honda Classic. He's also re- sponsible for the Resort's grounds. And Lukus has wo rked with every greens grass in the book. Here's his take on TifEagle. "My Eagle has always been the model of consistency. Basically our focus is on texture and grain control. With our program of extensive light grooming and brushing combined with an ag- gressive aerification schedule, we've elimi- nated the grain in our TifEagle. In fact, we couldn't convince the players at this year's Honda Classic that we hadn't put in brand new greens. At the end of the day, the players were comparing our greens with classic bentgrass greens up north." Take a tip from Lukus Harvey. Whether you're renovating your existing greens or planning a new facility, insist on the best. Specify certified TifEagle Bermudagrass by name. You can sod it, sprig it or even no-till it under the right conditions. Call 706 542-4525 for more information. Or visit (Hint: It's Home of the Honda Classic and The Infamous Bear Trap)

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