Golf Course Management

FEB 2017

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108 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.17 John Mascaro President of Turf-Tec International Presented in partnership with Jacobsen The scene in this photo was a bit of a mystery to the superintendent. He noticed that one of the fairways had a burned appearance, and as he fol- lowed the damage, he saw that the condition became more pronounced as he approached the maintenance facility. This course uses effluent water for irrigation, and when Hurricane Ike struck the Galveston area in 2008, the city's wastewater treatment plant was inundated with stormwater, resulting in power problems. The combination of flooding and power loss caused the chlorine in the effluent irrigation water to fall below acceptable levels. To raise the chlorine levels, city engineers installed a couple of chlorine tanks at the maintenance facility to inject chlorine into the irrigation line. After the treatment plant was operational again, the tanks were disconnected from the irrigation system, but were left in place. Apparently, some eight years later, one of the seals on a tank gave way during the night, allowing some of the chlorine gas to escape and travel across the turf, which caused the burn. Shortly thereafter, the tanks were properly removed, and the turf recovered on its own. Photo submitted by Jeff Smelser, CGCS, superintendent at Galveston (Texas) Country Club and a 26-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 yellow area around this drain was caused by the effects of a torrential downpour. This Pennsylvania golf course, located close to the Ohio state line, received 3.75 inches of rain in just three hours, on a day after the course had been mowed. Because of the extremely wet conditions, the maintenance staff couldn't go out on the course for three days. After the fairways had firmed up, the assistant superintendent began blowing off the leaves that remained on the 10th fairway. As he moved down the fairway, he discovered that clippings from the mowing that had been done before the heavy rain had flowed to a catch basin, covering it almost completely. Removal of the clippings revealed yellowed turf suffering from a lack of photosynthesis. Luckily, the course ex- perienced no major damage from the storm, and this area quickly grew back. Photos submitted by Keith Jones, assistant superintendent at Avalon Golf and Country Club, Buhl Park, in Sharon, Pa. Ray Spangler is the superintendent at Avalon G&CC. (photo quiz answers) (a) PROBLEM PROBLEM ( b )

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