Golf Course Management

FEB 2018

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100 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.18 John Mascaro President of Turf-Tec International Presented in partnership with Jacobsen During late fall, one of the assistant superintendents at this course was wa- tering some sod next to a tee. When he moved a bench located on the tee, he discovered a noticeably green patch of zoysiagrass beneath it. The surround- ing zoysiagrass in the area had been dormant for nearly four weeks, and the area had already received eight to 10 frosts. It appeared the bench had been absorbing and transmitting heat throughout the day, creating a microclimate in the small area below it and allowing the zoysia to sustain a little bit of growth and maintain a green color. Similar observations have since been made on other tee boxes throughout the property. Under frosty conditions, the turf under the benches is also the first to burn off the frost, which disappears as soon as the sun hits the benches. Photo taken by Jesse Perez, an assistant superintendent at Forest Hills Country Club in Chesterfield, Mo., and a 19-year GCSAA member, and submitted by Kolby Armbruster, a five-year member of GCSAA, who is also an assistant superintendent at Forest Hills. Scott Reynolds serves as the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Forest Hills and is a 27-year 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. Eagle, Colo., has become a popular destination for mountain biking enthu- siasts from all over the country, and this golf course community in the town also has many resident cyclists. There are miles of off-pavement trails for riders to enjoy, and some of them connect neighborhoods and homes to the local elementary school. As many as 200 children ride their bikes to school on a given day. Although the children are respectful of the golf course, these brown lines were caused by some of them riding their bikes to school when the grass was covered with frost. This area is next to the driving range and practice putting green, but the superintendent is amazingly tolerant of the frost damage, even though the bike tracks will be visible until next spring. "The kids are not doing it on purpose; they are just cruising to school," he says. "Many superintendents stress out way too much over the little things, and it can lead to an unhealthy lifestyle." He also finds the occasional sand castle in a bunker or snowman in a fairway during the winter, but he takes those in stride as well. Photo submitted by Derek Rose, the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Eagle Ranch Golf Club in Eagle, Colo., and a 19-year member of the association. (photo quiz answers) (a) PROBLEM PROBLEM ( b )

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