Golf Course Management

FEB 2016

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112 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.16 The City of San Diego's Golf Division an- nounced the selection of Weiskopf Designs and Wadsworth Golf Construction to renovate the North Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course . The design build team was chosen through a competitive process conducted by the city's public works department. Improvements will include rebuilding all 18 greens and greenside bunkers as well as the practice putting green; leveling the majority of existing tee boxes while adding new forward and tournament tee locations; reconstruct- ing and/or relocating all fairway bunkers to new locations per USGA standards, including all associated grading and drainage; removing and replacing 5 acres of existing turf with drought-tolerant landscaping; construction of a new irrigation system that uses state-of-the-art technology to maximize water effciency; and construction of a complete cart path system. Work is scheduled to begin this month after the conclusion of the Farmer's Insurance Open, and it's projected to be complete in August. The estimated cost of the renovation is $12.6 million. Kiawah Island Golf Resort is renovating Jack Nicklaus-designed Turtle Pointe Golf Course in Kiawah Island, S.C. The course closed Jan. 4 for a nine-month period to complete the work. The Nicklaus Design team was hired to consult on the renovations. Tees, fairways and greens are being converted to paspalum, which is currently used on The Ocean Course, Osprey Point and Oak Point at the resort. All 18 greens are being rebuilt, including the relocation of fve tees because of shade issues, and the expansion of fairway sizes from 20 acres to 34 acres. On the par-3 16th, the tee box will be moved away from the dunes so players will hit the tee shot with the Atlantic Ocean in the background. (industry news) The Carolinas GCSA set a record of 344 golf- ers for the golf championship during its annual conference and trade show in November in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Nearly 1,350 education seats were flled for the event, and surprise guest, former world heavyweight boxing champion James "Bonecrusher" Smith, spent time on the trade show foor and signed autographs along with for- mer NFL player Donnell Woolford. Almost 200 ex- hibiting companies participated in the trade show. "Obviously this continued success is wonderful for our association," says Tim Kreger, executive direc- tor of the Carolinas GCSA, "but more broadly, I think it is an encouraging sign for the golf industry as a whole in this part of the country." Pictured is outgoing Carolinas GCSA president Bill Kennedy, CGCS (left), and new president David Lee. Blake Anderson , assistant director of sports turf operations at the University of Arkansas, won the third annual Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) mow- ing patterns contest . Anderson's winning design is featured on a custom poster, which was displayed last month at the STMA Conference & Exhibition in San Diego. The Poconos Turfgrass Association fnished frst in the 35th annual MET Area Team Championships at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, N.Y., in late October. The Hudson Valley GCSA placed second, and the Metropolitan GCSA took third. In the skills competition, closest-to-the-pin honors went to Rick Kraus, Dan Wilber, Grover Alexander and Steve Loughran. Long-drive winners were Brian Chapin, Dave McCaffrey and Justin Miller. Low-gross team winners were Steve Wall and Jim Castle. Sponsorship team winners were Scott Tretera (Harrell's) and Justin Miller (Koch). Two- man-team gross winners were Ken McFadden and Rusty McClendon. Net winners were Bill Coulter and Pat Hogan. Setting a RECORD Torrey Pines Golf Course

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