Golf Course Management

FEB 2016

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68 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.16 monitoring. All maintained turf through- out the course is bordered by naturalized buffers, and those buffers are vegetated with native grasses and were built to reduce the velocity of surface runoff from maintained turf while containing any possible contami - nants before they can reach the wetlands throughout the site. The irrigation system is the cornerstone of TPC Stonebrae's energy conservation charge, Davies says. The setup is based on a VFD-driven pump system to maximize ef - fciency. More than 30 percent of the irriga- tion system is gravity-fed, a luxury of hav- ing a 325-foot elevation change on the site. Pollution prevention features a wash area, and pesticide mix and load stations combined under one roof. As far as waste management, well, that is Davies' baby. He is a self-professed "dumpster stickler." A dumpster is located near the front of the maintenance facility. "There's a place for ev - erything," Davies says. "Let's fnd its place." Eighty acres of maintained turf is sur - rounded by 300 acres of naturalized space at TPC Stonebrae. A herd of 1,000 sheep grazes the space in March and April. The advantage of the sheep grazing? Primary desirable vegetation is maintained, and in - vasive materials can be more readily identi- fed for future treatment. TPC Stonebrae is in excellent hands, says Gary Ingram, CGCS, the 2014 na - tional ELGA winner in the Overall and Public divisions. Ingram, the director of agronomy at Metropolitan Golf Links in Oakland, Calif., notes that Davies' involve - ment in TPC Stonebrae's "Birdies for the Brave" military outreach program is as in - spiring as his efforts on the golf course. "TPC Stonebrae was the second golf course he has successfully built on highly environmentally sensitive properties while protecting the animal and plant popula - tions," Ingram says. "I was honored to tour his facility for a recent Audubon Interna - tional recertifcation, and was impressed with how he has produced such a well- maintained golf course utilizing unique and sustainable practices to protect the in - tegrity of the wetlands and natural chapar- ral within and surrounding his facility." Ingram's assessment is a testament to Davies' determination to give his entire op - eration a purpose. "We try to go above and beyond with our message, whether it's water applications or fertilizers," Davies says. "We want to be transparent so people understand the im - pact of the fnal results." Top: At TPC Stonebrae, water use is managed at a 12.75 percent reduction rate. Photos courtesy of Dave Davies Bottom: Davies' tools of the trade.

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