Golf Course Management

FEB 2018

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the Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts at the organization's annual meeting in December. Staff from the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District (RWMWD) and Paul Diegnau, CGCS, accepted the award, recognizing a 15-year partnership that has created substantial urban wildlife habitat while protecting local waters from runoff. RWMWD first began working with Diegnau, a 31-year GCSAA member, in 2003 by providing technical and finan- cial support to install a natural vegetative buffer around a water hazard, which was an innovative practice at the time. In 2012, the course underwent a $12 million renovation and was closed for two years while fairways and greens were being worked on. This allowed for a large-scale, $250,000 ecological restoration project funded by RWMWD, Ramsey County and the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Re- sources. "Paul took a chance in transforming the course and making it possibly the most environmentally friendly course in Minnesota," says Bill Bartodziej, RWMWD natural resource specialist. Today, the course boasts 26 acres of high-quality restored natural areas, the most of any golf course in the Twin Cities. It is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, and more than 110 bird species have been identified on its grounds. A mix of native prairie, wetland and woodland habitat furnishes a home for deer, foxes, pollinators and other wildlife. Water conservation is a top priority at Keller GC, with more than 75 percent of the course runoff directed to a large infiltration basin, which reduces nutrient loading into the nearby Phalen chain of lakes. An on-site weather station and in-ground moisture sensors help formulate dy- namic daily watering plans, which saves millions of gallons of water and lessens runoff. Sentosa Golf Club , host of last month's Singapore Open, launched the Singapore Open Agronomy Volunteer Program . The initiative was supported by the R&A and the Golf Environment Organization (GEO). The program afforded superintendents and assistant superintendents from around the world the opportunity to experience life at a club hosting a professional event, and to discover the meticulous practices that go into agronomy and turf management during the event. The initiative, which lasted throughout tournament week, allowed the volunteers to work side by side with director of agronomy Andy Johnston and his experienced team of greens staff, led by superintendent Rodney McKeown. Outside of day-to-day course maintenance, the program encompassed lectures and seminars from some of the game's most recognized thought leaders, including Steve Isaac, director of sustainability for the R&A. The seminars were accredited by GCSAA. Keller Golf Course

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