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60 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.17 Unconventional wisdom Superintendents who've departed from the tried-and-true have discovered improved ways to manage their turf. In Marble Falls, Texas, Jamie Kizer has core-aerified the greens on his 18-hole golf course only once in the past seven years. In Madeira Park, British Columbia, Jason Haines uses so little fertilizer that his August weekly application cost just $10.20 for nine holes. In suburban Phila - delphia, former superintendent Scott May tells the story of how he tested a crazy idea on his golf course — that perhaps sunscreen might not just be helpful to people, but to turf, too — and it prompted him to quit his day job and start his own company. All of these professional turfgrass managers are risk takers, and all of them have seen some level of success because of their willingness to buck conventional wisdom — to try something new. That's not to say the tried-and-true isn't still valid, but as these superintendents have shown, sometimes taking a chance pays off. A new approach to aerification When Jamie Kizer, a third-generation golf course superintendent with 22 years in the busi - ness, took the job as superintendent at Hidden Falls Golf Club at Meadowlakes in Marble Falls, Texas, he had to rethink everything he knew about golf turfgrass management. The 18- hole course with 40-year-old greens operates on a $250,000 annual budget, which includes the salaries for Kizer and his four-person crew. Kizer quickly realized he had little to no budget for chemicals or granular fertilizer. So instead, he looked to the past — to the way his grandfa - Stacie Zinn Roberts AT THE TURN (operations) As these superintendents have shown, sometimes taking a chance pays off. A pass with the Air2G2 over stressed areas, such as the greens perimeters, at The Club Pelican Bay in Naples, Fla., relieves compaction without troubling players, according to superintendent Robert Bittner, CGCS. Photos courtesy of Air2G2