Golf Course Management

FEB 2017

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62 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.17 tegrated pest management plan. Every member of the agronomy staff is trained to identify potential pest problems and take immediate control measures if feasible. The findings are then documented and the issues monitored. "You want to be able to have multiple eyes looking for the same things," says Nice. "If you can get the entire crew to be on the same page, it's a win for every area." And then there's Bandon Preserve, the most recent addition to the resort's golf offerings, from which all net proceeds go to the Wild Rivers Coast Alliance, a philanthropic organi - zation focused on the conservation, communities and economy of Oregon's southern coast. Each of the course's 13 holes boasts an ocean view, and even its scorecard is eco-centered, informing players of some of the resort's stewardship activities. Further environmental efforts abound, from renewable energy (four solar arrays) to recycling (the resort is an EPA WasteWise Partner), and while all of this adds up to an im - pressive catalog of achievements, Nice says thinking green is simply second nature at Ban- don Dunes. He attributes the mindset to the resort's owner, Mike Keiser, and management company, KemperSports Management, who he says encourage a culture of environmental conscientiousness from the top down. "We're lucky that we have a place where we can do this kind of thing," says Nice, who grew up 115 miles away in Corvallis, Ore., and is a graduate of Oregon State University. "Knowing that we have the support of our owner and management company frees us up to do the things that are right." What wisdom would this environment-minded turf manager pass along to those just getting started in the profession? "The tendency for young turf managers is to come in and want to do lots of things. You went to school — you want to do the things you learned. But you need to be really thoughtful of your inputs," Nice advises. "Scrutinize, and ask yourself, 'Do I really need to apply this? Is this essential?' See what your environment and the golf course need, and go from there. If you can cut some things that aren't necessary, cut them." Christine Chan The Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course Hong Kong International winner When Christine Chan was growing up in a small farming village in rural Hong Kong, admiring the verdant swaths of turf - grass at Hong Kong Golf Club whenever she would pass by, the site of her future place of employment, The Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course, was sitting battered and abandoned — inhospitable to people, plants and animals. Located on the island of Kau Sai Chau, northeast of Hong Kong, the land was formerly military train - ing ground, in use from 1936 to 1975 and bearing heavy scars from aerial bombing, artillery shells and hill fires. These days, with Chan at the helm as superintendent, the operation of the three 18-hole golf courses composed on the is - land — the North and South courses, de- signed by Gary Player and opened in 1995, and the East Course, the work of architec - ture firm Nelson & Haworth, added in 2008 — has revitalized the once-desolate space into both a bustling business and an ecological sanctuary. "Golfers share 250 hectares with eagles, egrets and pond her - ons, as well as the occasional barking deer, leopard cat, native boar, civet and porcu - pine," says Chan, a 21-year GCSAA mem- ber, who notes that a recent survey of the property found that the presence of the courses (which occupy 617 acres, a total of about 42 percent of the island) has boosted Kau Sai Chau's biodiversity. With its sweeping panoramas of the Sai Kung Peninsula, The Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau, initiated by the Hong Kong gov - ernment and Hong Kong Jockey Club in Dune treasure: Silvery phacelia, a low-growing, ivory-flowered perennial herb, exists only along about a 130-mile stretch of the Pacific coast, part of which falls under the watchful care of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.

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