Golf Course Management

JUL 2017

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56 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.17 each head for the superintendent's files based on the original as-builts. He is also oversee - ing a complete installation, placing more than 600 yardage markers. Back at The Glacier Club, Sexton says the process of adding new yardage markers on the Mountain Course was a relatively simple one for the club's maintenance team. "The efficiency of the measurements and the con - venience of the installation moved the project along quickly," he says. He also notes the posi - tive effect the yardage markers have had on pace of play for golfers tackling the new nine. Nancy Hardwick is the owner of Hardwick Creative Services, based in Encinitas, Calif. The TruPulse laser beam can also in- stantly measure slope, inclination and azi- muth, and it can calculate horizontal and vertical distances. Because the rangefinder is waterproof, measurements can be obtained in all weather conditions. Following site inspection and measure - ment, markers are generally manufactured and delivered within two weeks. A facility's irrigation team typically installs them, with assistance from a company field rep when nec - essary. "We set up irrigation flags to indicate the exact location for the new markers while the crew turns the screwdrivers," says Carson. "It takes a couple days." Today's markers are available in an excep - tional range of styles — engraved caps, en- graved metal discs, snap-in markers, bond-in markers and more, depending on a course's preference — and with custom options for popular sprinkler brands, including Toro, Rain Bird and Hunter. In western states with greater demands on irrigation, there are usu - ally 30 markers per hole on a typical par 4, and 45 markers per hole on a par 5. Par-3 tees as well as high-visibility heads along cart paths are also marked. Carson recently worked with Old Ranch Country Club, an 18-hole course in Seal Beach, Calif., which has a mix of old and new Rain Bird Eagle 700s, but no markers. Car - son prepared a new set of diagrams identifying Tobin Sexton, the irrigation specialist at The Glacier Club, helped oversee the project to add precision- measured yardage markers to irrigation heads on the club's newly established nine holes. Top: A white-engraved marker is affixed to a Toro Infinity sprinkler head at The Glacier Club in Durango, Colo.

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