Golf Course Management

MAR 2015

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80 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.15 get a perfect storm of disease pressure. That's hard to manage." Rogers says that, according to the USGA, once the contamination level gets to about 40 percent, courses should think seriously about removing that grass and establishing a new stand. Most of the greens at Quail West have gone beyond 60 percent contamination. "It more or less forced the hand of the club to react," Rogers says, noting that the non- original ultradwarf surfaces at Quail West are 16 years old and provide nothing close to the pure strain sought by all supers in this part of the country. "At the same time we're dealing with the contamination, the green complexes are 22 years old," Black says. "We now have a greens mix that is 25 inches deep; a good average is 0.5 inch a year through topdressing. We're on an average schedule. But they just don't perform the way a USGA green is supposed to. They don't drain and percolate like they did, and could, and should. In a region with 56-58 inches of annual rainfall, this has made it more diffcult than we'd like." Rogers is marrying these agronomic efforts to a range of other course improvements beft - ting a 22-year-old course in a demanding cli- mate — one that enables play 52 weeks a year. "In large part, we are just piecing these golf courses back together," Rogers explains. "They are 20-plus years old and showing their age. We see it in the bunkers, tees, around the greens. The greens we've talked about, but today we also understand how to move golf carts through holes better and more safely. Trees have grown and are adversely impacting play. Some bunkers are now out of position. The tees are small and perched up — tough to climb and tough for equipment to negotiate. "We're also dealing with a slightly differ - ent demographic of member today, and we're paying very close attention to their needs. Our plan involves details that will promote a more playable and enjoyable golf experience, but without negating the original design intent or the challenge from the back tees." "The membership," Black adds, "is very happy with both golf courses. They're not looking to have new golf courses when we're done. They'd like the old ones returned to them, but just better versions." Hal Phillips is the managing director of golf and resorts for Mandarin Media, a public relations frm with offces in Portland, Maine; Park City, Utah; and Saigon, Vietnam, and the former editor of Golf Course News. "We're also dealing with a slightly different demographic of member today, and we're paying very close attention to their needs." — Rogers

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