Golf Course Management

FEB 2016

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132 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.16 By John Mascaro President of Turf-Tec International Presented in partnership with Jacobsen The tall turf along the edge of this green and collar was caused by edging the SeaDwarf paspalum. Every week, the superintendent has his crew edge the greens using a standard commercial edger to keep the size of the greens consistent and help reduce encroachment. When the greens were overseeded with Poa trivialis, the seed found this nice area of soil in which to germinate, and it grew in the slit. The frst mowing eliminated the taller overseed. The superintendent says that, after watching the greens grow larger and smaller over the years, he discovered that edging was the best solution to the problem. His greens have remained the same square footage since he began the edging program two years ago. Since the greens and collars were planted in 2004, he has also begun a renovation program in which he replaces four to six collars per year by applying glyphosate to the collars, strips sod, and re-sods approximately 8 to 10 feet outside the greens surface. Photo submitted by Jeff Smelser, CGCS at Galveston (Texas) Country Club and a 25-year member of GCSAA. If you would like to submit a photograph for John Mascaro's Photo Quiz, please send it to: John Mascaro, 1471 Capital Circle NW, Suite #13, Tallahassee, FL 32303, or email it to If your photograph is selected, you will receive full credit. All photos submitted will become property of GCM and GCSAA. The white spots within these dark green marks are the result of bird droppings. This golf course in southeast Austria has a recurring problem with a stubborn crow that likes to perch atop the fagstick on one particular green, and this photo was taken near a spot on the green where the hole had been located a few days earlier. For whatever reason, the crow always goes to the same green and perches on the fagstick to relieve himself — never a different green. The superintendent and the crow have been playing a game of cat and mouse for the past fve years. Because crows are protected in Austria, they cannot be killed. A hunter responsible for the area has tried in the past to shoot some "air shots" to scare the crow away, but that solution has proved short-lived, as the crow always returns after a few days. Turns out crows are rather bright animals: One study reports that these birds are as clever as a 7-year-old human. Photo submitted by Stephan Breisach, managing director at TURF Handels GmbH in Grat- korn, Austria, and a 23-year GCSAA member. Franz Pichler is greenkeeper at the facility, Golfclub Gut Freiberg in Styria, Austria. (photo quiz answers) (a) PROBLEM PROBLEM ( b )

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