Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.
Issue link: http://gcmdigital.gcsaa.org/i/766215
82 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.17 Orange Tree Golf Club, site of this year's First Green field trip at GIS. Photo by Bob Sabin FIELD TRIPS Outside studies The hands-on how-to offered through an educational field trip will enrich your GIS learning experience. Venturing outside the Orange County Convention Center needn't be reserved for your evening or downtime activities. GCSAA has been growing its lineup of beyond-the- classroom curriculum at GIS over the past three years, and in Orlando, those in the as - sociation's newest membership classification — equipment managers — can take part in the first-ever excursion geared specifically toward their expertise and interests. The value of a GIS field trip lies in more than just fresh air and a reprieve from Power - Point presentations, however. Whether it's an up-close look at a leading-edge maintenance facility, demos of innovative technology or ex - periencing a course abustle with the energy of next-generation golfers, you'll get immersed in your selected subject matter and benefit from the unmatched resonance of real-world, ap - plied learning. The field trip format also fosters greater dialogue between instructors and at - tendees, as well as a unique forum for network- ing with your peers. For additional details on each field trip and to reserve your spot, go to www.golfindustryshow.com/gcsaa-education- conference/field-trips . Launching a First Green Field Trip Program at Your Own Golf Course Monday, Feb. 6 I 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You'll delight in experiencing the golf course and its environmental elements through the fascinated eyes of fifth-graders on this field trip with First Green, a Washington-based or - ganization that promotes and provides youth environmental education on golf courses. At - tendees will travel to Orlando's Orange Tree Golf Club to observe a First Green event in action, and will receive instruction from First Green staff and experienced superintend - ents on how to host such a gathering on their home turf, from connecting with a local school to developing engaging lesson plans. These community outreach initiatives enable super - intendents to showcase their role as environ- mental stewards, as well as to become directly involved in growing the game and ensuring a robust population of future golfers. "Being in the golf industry since I was a kid, I've seen the popularity of the game decline over the years," says Ryan Kraushofer, superintendent at West - minster (Md.) National Golf Course and a 14- year association member, who participated in last year's First Green field trip in San Diego. "The First Green seminar at GIS provided me with all the information I needed to success - fully host a program at my course. It was such a great seminar — I plan on attending again in Orlando." Preparing for the Future of Turf Equipment Management Tuesday, Feb. 7 I 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those who specialize in the equipment be- hind golf course maintenance will be particu- larly drawn to this day-long outing, presented in partnership with John Deere Golf, at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, home to Tranquilo Golf Club. You'll tour the club's world-class maintenance facility, take in presentations on topics such as main - tenance facility renovation and organization, and hear from a panel of equipment managers and superintendents from a variety of course types during an interactive Q&A. Engineers from John Deere, Jacobsen and Toro will also be on hand to discuss the future of turf equip - ment. "Everyone will be able to take something back home with them, whether it's an idea you saw, education you learned from, or people you got to meet," says Stephen Tucker, equipment manager at Four Seasons Resort Orlando and host of the field trip. Tucker, a 16-year GCSAA member, is looking forward to sharing the ins and outs of his operation, as well as gleaning insight from fellow technicians. "Typically, we may see one or two guys come by every few months," Tucker says. "It will be exciting to have over 100 in attendance from all over the country. Lots of experience to learn from." Gadgets and Gizmos: How to Best Use Measurement Technology Tuesday, Feb. 7 I 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get acquainted with several soil, plant and environmental measurement devices under the tutelage of University of Arkansas profes - sor Michael D. Richardson, Ph.D., and asso- ciate professor Douglas Karcher, Ph.D., both of the university's Department of Horticulture. You'll head to nearby Shingle Creek Golf Club for half the seminar to see many of the tools at work, and discussion of each device will ad - dress its diagnostic capabilities regarding spe- cific turf management problems, the technol- ogy behind it, its shortcomings and its cost. "This seminar will give attendees ideas that they can take right back to their golf course and put to use," says Richardson. "That is the goal — providing ready-to-use information that will allow attendees to better measure and monitor conditions at their course." — Megan Hirt, GCM managing editor