Golf Course Management

JAN 2018

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150 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.18 John Mascaro President of Turf-Tec International Presented in partnership with Jacobsen At first, one might think a dark-colored product was intentionally applied to melt the snow on this green. That wasn't the case, however. The assistant superintendent at this facility took this photo while he was blowing out the irrigation system in preparation for the upcoming winter season. The club rents an 850-cubic-feet-per-minute air compressor around the first week of November to assist with the blowout, and it takes about 12 hours to complete the task. A few hours into the process, snow began to fall on the course. The off-color snow is the result of dirty water being blown out of the mainline, lateral lines and, finally, the irrigation heads. When the crew has finished blowing out the system, they bleed the remaining air out of the lines, and then the pump station is cleaned and winterized. Photo submitted by Cody Schulke, the assistant superintendent at Yellowstone Country Club in Billings, Mont., and an eight-year member of GCSAA. Joe Stribley is the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Yellowstone CC, and a 37-year association 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. During the week of the LPGA Tour's Solheim Cup competition, the LPGA's agronomist came across rings on this putting green's surface. When the golf course superintendent saw them, he remembered that two weeks earlier, the club had played host to an outside event, and the organizers had requested that circles be placed around the hole on several of the greens to create a bull's-eye effect. Using a corn-starch-and-water mix, the crew applied the circles to the turf with a paintbrush. After the event, the greens were sprayed with a light soluble fertilizer and iron to give them color for the upcoming Solheim Cup. When they began to lean out the greens two weeks later in preparation for the tournament, the off-color rings appeared. One theory for the appearance of the rings is that corn starch on the leaf blades did not allow the turf to take up the nutrients sprayed a couple of weeks earlier. The off-color circles were a result of the areas not having the same nutrients as the rest of the green. The superintendent did not attempt to treat the problem, and the rings disappeared the day after they first became visible. Photo submitted by Rick Tegtmeier, CGCS, MG, the director of grounds at Des Moines Golf and Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa, and a 36-year GCSAA member. (photo quiz answers) (a) PROBLEM PROBLEM ( b )

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