Golf Course Management

JUL 2017

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52 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.17 Columbia-based Dynamic Energy Solutions, a leader in innovative industrial alternative power sources, lithium-ion battery systems should last three to four times longer than lead-acid batteries, giving a course six to eight years of trouble-free service. And because lith - ium-ion batteries require no monitoring or cleaning of terminal posts or refilling of water levels, maintenance costs get trimmed. Plus, lithium-ion battery systems charge more effi - ciently and are about 25 to 35 percent lighter than lead-acid batteries, resulting in mini - mized rolling resistance, which translates to energy savings. Electric takes charge Darren Davis, CGCS, superintendent at Olde Florida Golf Club in Naples, Fla., and GCSAA vice president, says he has been very impressed with his fully electric green rollers. "They are quiet, quick, and have no problem rolling all of our greens on a single charge," Davis says. "Probably the most important attribute of the units, for us, is the elimina - tion of hydraulics on the greens." Davis is also pleased with the "stealth mode" furnished by an electric light-duty utility vehicle, which al - lows him and his two assistants to travel the golf course without the worry of engine noise bothering golfers. For The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay — which is one of nine golf courses along the Tennessee Golf Trail, operated by the Ten - nessee Department of Environment and Conservation — the Electric Equipment Ini - tiative was so successful that the project was expanded to the other eight courses. Fully elec - tric greens mowers are now in use on all nine. By outfitting its golf courses with fully electric equipment, the Tennessee Golf Trail has the potential to eliminate the use of more than 15,000 gallons of fuel each year, reduce point source carbon emissions by more than 215,000 pounds, and slash course maintenance ex - penses by more than $52,000 annually. Greens must be mowed, bunkers must be raked, and staff and equipment need to be fer - ried about the golf course. Tackling these es- sential tasks with electric equipment can equal savings for your operation on many fronts, and provide a more peaceful and enjoyable course for golfers to play and wildlife to inhabit. Paul L. Carter, CGCS, is the golf course superintendent at The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay in Harrison, Tenn. A 25-year association member, Paul has won several envi - ronmental stewardship awards, including the Environ- mental Leaders in Golf Awards top honor in 2013, and GCSAA's President's Award for Environmental Steward - ship in 2015. He lives in Ooltewah, Tenn., with his wife, Melissa, and daughter, Hannah. Leo Feser Award CANDIDATE This article is eligible for the 2018 Leo Feser Award, presented annually since 1977 to the author of the best superintendent-written article published in GCM during the previous year. Superintendents receive a $300 stipend for their articles. Feser Award winners receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Golf Industry Show, where they are recognized. They also have their names engraved on a plaque permanently displayed at GCSAA headquarters. Use of electric equipment has made The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay a more peaceful place to work, play and live. A celebrated environmental haven, the property features more than 50 acres of native grass areas that provide wildlife with nesting spaces and movement corridors throughout the course, while also reducing water, fertilizer and pesticide use. Shown above is resident bald eagle Eloise of the famed Harrison Bay Eagle Cam (www.harrisonbayeaglecam.org), who nests behind the course's 10th green and has had two eaglets fledge this year.

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