Golf Course Management

JUL 2017

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50 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.17 Average hours operated Gallons of fuel Gallons of waste oil CO 2 emissions (pounds) Cost of maintenance Gasoline Electric Gasoline Electric Gasoline Electric Gasoline Electric Gasoline Electric Riding greens mower 1,304.00 1,304.00 1,004.00 0.00 37.00 0.00 20,080.00 0.00 $6,085.00 $750.00 Riding tee mower 1,440.00 1,440.00 1,108.00 0.00 41.00 0.00 22,160.00 0.00 $6,720.00 $828.00 Green roller 576.00 576.00 444.00 0.00 17.00 0.00 8,880.00 0.00 $2,707.20 $334.08 Green sprayer 144.00 144.00 111.00 0.00 1.00 0.00 2,220.00 0.00 $426.24 $195.84 Bunker rake 768.00 768.00 591.00 0.00 23.00 0.00 11,820.00 0.00 $3,609.60 $445.44 Mid-duty utility vehicle 6,000.00 6,000.00 4,617.00 0.00 24.00 0.00 92,340.00 0.00 $14,225.20 $1,755.00 Light-duty utility vehicle 3,360.00 3,360.00 2,800.00 0.00 8.00 0.00 56,000.00 0.00 $9,945.60 $1,227.33 Totals 13,592.00 13,592.00 10,675.00 0.00 151.00 0.00 213,500.00 0.00 $43,718.84 $5,535.69 Calculations based on: Gasoline: $3.06/gallon Electricity: $0.0925/kilowatt-hour Riding greens mower: 1 unit × 4 hours daily use × 326 days of use Riding tee mower: 2 units × 5 hours daily use × 144 days of use Green roller: 1 unit × 4 hours daily use × 144 days of use Green sprayer: 1 unit × 4 hours daily use × 36 days of use Bunker rake: 1 unit × 4 hours daily use × 192 days of use Mid-duty utility vehicle: 5 units × 5 hours daily use × 240 days of use Light-duty utility vehicle: 2 units × 5 hours daily use × 336 days of use The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay's Electric Equipment Initiative Gasoline to electric comparisons, 2014 Gallons of fuel: Jacobsen and Toro equipment operation calculator websites Gallons of waste oil: Jacobsen and Toro equipment operation calculator websites CO 2 emissions: EPA and Department of Energy fuel economy guide; 1 gallon of gasoline burned = 20 pounds of CO 2 emitted Cost of maintenance: Jacobsen and Toro equipment operation calculator websites; includes labor, oil, hydraulic fluid, brake fluid and filters tural practices such as verticutting just can't be performed properly using an all-electric greens mower — not because the unit doesn't have the capability to tackle such jobs, but because the draw on the batteries would be too great and would drain the batteries prematurely. To get around the lack of power longevity, we still rely on gasoline-powered triplexes for verticutting. Contrast these cons, however, with the many pros of having all-electric equipment. In the case of The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay, we've eliminated thousands of gallons of fuel from our operation every year, which, in ad - dition to significantly cutting expenses, has in turn eliminated point source carbon emis - sions, thus softening our environmental foot- print, improving air quality on the course, and decreasing health risks to employees. We've also reined in our noise pollution to a reason - able and legal level, enhancing the well-being and on-course enjoyment of both employees and golfers. What the future holds For years, golf cart manufacturers have been using and improving electric technol - ogy to better serve their clients, and some golf course maintenance equipment manufactur - ers are now seeing the benefit in pursuing a line of fully electric equipment. The future looks to bring more-efficient electric motors, along with rechargeable solar panels that can be attached to the mowers to feed the batter - ies while the machines are in operation or are parked outside on a sunny day before being stored indoors overnight. Lithium-ion-based power sources will most likely overtake lead-acid battery systems as the most economical and environmentally sound power source for electric equipment. According to George Roddan, CEO of British Above: Author Paul L. Carter, CGCS (left), with his wife, Melissa, and former University of Tennessee head football coach Phillip Fulmer at the Tennessee Turfgrass Association's 50th anniversary celebration in 2016, at which Fulmer was the keynote speaker. Right: Former GCSAA president Keith Ihms, CGCS, presenting Carter with the association's President's Award for Environmental Stewardship at the 2015 Golf Industry Show in San Antonio.

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