Golf Course Management

MAR 2017

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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100 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.17 John Mascaro President of Turf-Tec International Presented in partnership with Jacobsen The white area on the front of this bermudagrass green mirrors the shade pattern of the trees that surround it, and frost is the culprit. This golf club grows bermudagrass in the transition zone, and in spring and fall, waiting for the frost to burn off the greens before play begins always presents a challenge. The problem on this green was compounded by a large pine tree that casts a shadow from the second tee across the green. On this particu- lar day, the green was not in full sun until almost 10 a.m. Even though the superintendent has demonstrated that the trees should be removed or at least thinned out, the club's board of owners has been reluctant to do so. To prevent turf damage, the course enforces frost delays until the shade has cleared. Hand watering is also key to maintaining healthy turf on the course's shaded greens. Photo submitted by Mark Patterson, superintendent at Huntsville (Ala.) Country Club and a 13-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 black, vein-like marks on this putting green actually stumped me for a time. The superintendent told me the strange pattern had appeared in the bermudagrass following a foliar application of a nutrient package and a granular lime, and he had assumed the marks were related to those ap- plications. What could have caused discoloration if the entire area had been treated? Upon questioning the superintendent further, I learned the black marks on the TifEagle green had been caused by leaves that had fallen from a nearby red oak tree and landed on the surface. The lime had broken down the leaves and turned the grass beneath them black. This scenario is proof that you should always take a step back and look at the big picture before drawing a conclusion. Photos submitted by Justin Murray, the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Tchefuncta Country Club in Covington, La., and a 15-year member of the association. (photo quiz answers) (a) PROBLEM PROBLEM ( b )

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