Golf Course Management

MAR 2015

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any good." "The other thing you have to understand," says Black, getting serious again, "is that Na - ples, Florida, has some of the fnest superin- tendents in the country. There are a lot of re- ally sharp guys, and the sharing of failures is what has always intrigued me in this business. What we get right is almost taken for granted. When things are bad, there are so many guys who are willing to stop and help and tell you what worked for them. That's a part of the business that I hope never dies." Final decisions When we checked in with Black this past summer, fnal decisions had yet to be reached about just what turf he and Rogers would in - stall on the Preserve Course. This is the other key component of the renovation, and Black is still researching the matter with his colleagues in Naples and the USGA. "We're awaiting the USGA report as we speak," Black says. "There are off-types of bermuda that have contaminated our existing (ultradwarf ) surfaces. Basically, it's not unlike Poa does with bent greens. It's a bermuda- grass type, but it behaves differently than the intended type. The growth habit, the suscep - tibility to drought, pests and disease is slightly different. That makes it tough because you have to treat one green different than you treat another. Something might be more effective on one green than another, and that creates in - consistent playing conditions for the golfers." "All this became very apparent to me over the past four to fve years," Black continues. "The last few we've had drought in summer and hot humid weather in the fall, which is perfect for disease. And if you don't have greens that drain adequately or properly, you Returning Quail West's putting surfaces to their original design features and characteristics is job one of the club's upcoming renovation project. Steiner Flex Deck Mower - For a Smooth Cut on Undulating Terrain Move more dirt and snow | Clear leaves and debris quickly Mow and mulch faster | Till gardens effortlessly | Easy to operate Simple service and maintenance | More standard features and comfort DO IT. D O I T . MOW IT BLOW IT TRENCH IT HAUL IT DRILL IT TILL IT DO IT. Visit to find a Steiner dealer near you. Call for a FREE on-site demo. 1-866-469-1242. TURBINE BLOWER SLIP SCOOP ROTARY SWEEPER CORE AERATOR BOLDER. BETTER. STRONGER. 440 4-WHEEL DRIVE TRACTOR STEINER.

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