Golf Course Management

JAN 2017

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164 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.17 John Mascaro President of Turf-Tec International Presented in partnership with Jacobsen This golf course had a storm roll through late one Friday night, and as the marks on this fairway show, there was a double lightning strike to the ground. In addition to the burned turf, a couple of sprinkler solenoids near the strikes needed to be replaced. As for the seagulls in the photo that had been prob- ing the turf for crane fly larvae when the lightning struck — well, let's just say they didn't survive the storm. The course had an irrigation satellite box on another hole that took a direct hit as well. The turf turned yellow for a bit but eventually healed on its own. This photo is a great teaching moment for all golfers and crew members: When lightning is in the area, you must take cover. If lightning can hit a seagull that sits only a few inches above ground level, we can all imagine what it could do to a taller entity, such as a person. Photo submitted by Matt Falvo, CGCS, the director of golf courses and grounds at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, N.Y., and a 22-year GCSAA member. If you'd 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 become property of GCM and GCSAA. The superintendent at this course saw these marks on his fairway in late January after a snow melt. A very large area of turf had been marked and sliced up. At first, he thought this might have been the result of a lightning strike, but upon closer inspection, he found a piece of a deer antler in the fairway (pictured here) and realized the damage was from two deer that had been fighting. It's common for families of large white-tailed deer to walk this course year-round. In fall, the maintenance crew wraps the trunks of small trees, because the deer will scrape their racks on the trunks. The only place the course uses deer repellent is on its evergreen bushes and flower beds, as the deer like to snack on arborvitae and various flowers. The damage shown in the photo did not require any additional repairs. When spring came, the grass started growing again, and the marks grew out quickly. Photo submitted by Adam Mis, the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Brookfield Coun- try Club in Clarence, N.Y., and a 26-year member of the association. (photo quiz answers) (a) PROBLEM PROBLEM ( b )

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