Golf Course Management

MAR 2018

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24 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.18 enough. There's always a challenge, and that's what I love about being a superintendent. It's a privilege to be recognized for just doing what you love every day." Presented annually since 1961, the USGA Green Section Award recognizes an individual's distinguished service to the game of golf through his or her work with turfgrass, including research, maintenance and other areas that positively impact the landscape upon which golf is played. Hiers and fellow award winners were recognized Feb. 3 during a gala dinner at the USGA annual meeting in Miami Beach, Fla. Other hon - orees include Gilbert "Gib" Palmer, recipient of the Joe Dey Award; Lane Demas, Ph.D., recipient of the Herbert Warren Wind Book Award; and 23 recipients of the Isaac B. Grainger Award, which recognizes volunteers who have provided 25 years of service to the USGA. GCSAA set to welcome First Green The First Green Foundation and GCSAA have signed a memorandum of understanding that will bring First Green under the umbrella of the GCSAA's philanthropic organiza - tion, the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG). The agree- ment was announced at the 2018 Golf Industry Show in San Antonio. According to the agreement, the merger will be complete by July 31. First Green, an innovative education outreach program that uses golf courses as hands-on environmental learning labs, has worked with superintendents extensively for more than 20 years. Superintendents form the backbone of First Green initiatives, hosting STEM-focused field trips for stu - dents grades five and up. First Green and GCSAA field staff representatives have collaborated to support golf courses and train superintendents, conducting field trips and instruc - tion at GCSAA's affiliated chapters. In addition, First Green has also held well-received workshops at the Golf Industry Show for several years. "We are very excited to find a home with GCSAA since we share similar missions and goals — to promote the en - vironmental benefits of golf courses," says Karen Armstead, Ph.D., First Green executive director. "Further, the EIFG sup - ports research that enables golf courses to increase environ- mental stewardship, and through GCSAA's regional reps and local chapters, First Green will gain a larger footprint — na - tionally then globally." GCSAA has an expansive network of green industry leaders, with 99 chapters in North America and members in 78 countries. Its partnership with First Green will add to the 15,000-plus students the program has already impacted in the past two decades. "As one of the world's leading environmental education programs utilizing golf courses, First Green provides an ideal platform for GCSAA members to further strengthen ties with their communities," says GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans. "Our partnership will open new pathways to golf careers for gen - erations to come." The drawing board Adam Lawrence Twitter: @adammlawrence Editor's note: The Drawing Board is a quarterly feature that spotlights new golf course development and construction projects in both the United States and around the world worthy of note to superintendents. The feature is authored by Adam Lawrence, the editor of Golf Course Architecture magazine as well as By Design, the quarterly publication of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. Adare Manor County Limerick, Ireland Robert Trent Jones Sr.'s original course at Adare Manor was already regarded as one of the country's lead - ing inland courses, even before it was bought by famed Irish racehorse owner, gambler and currency trader J.P. McManus in 2015. McManus, though, had bigger ideas, and hired Tom Fazio's firm to completely rebuild the course to a lavish standard. Fazio senior associate Tom Marzolf relocated to Ireland for more than a year to oversee the project, and an all-star team of consultants was assembled, including contractor Atlantic Golf — which, at times, had more than 150 people working on-site — hydromulch supplier Profile Products, agronomists Turfgrass Ireland, bunker liner sup - plier Capillary Concrete, irrigation manufacturer and con- tractor Toro and MJ Abbott, respectively, and the SubAir aeration system. Marzolf says that, from the start, the team knew it was working on a course that the owner intends to host profes - sional events of the highest caliber — McManus is widely rumored to be seeking to bring the Ryder Cup to Adare — and thus took spectator flow into account in the design of all the holes. He adds that the course features, essentially, no rough, so that players could complete a round of golf without losing a ball. The site was capped with more than 220,000 pounds of sand, and 50 miles of drainage pipe were installed — a pipe every 5 meters (or about one every 16 feet) — even in out-of-play areas. The road network around the site is extensive, and optic fiber is buried around every hole, to make television coverage of future events easy to arrange. The new-look Adare will open this spring. Northwood Club Dallas Northwood Club, founded in 1946, hosted the U.S. Open in 1952, won by Julius Boros. Ever since then, North - wood has been a leading golf venue in the Texas city, even though it may have fallen out of the national consciousness. Created by golf architect Bill Diddel, Northwood was renovated in 1990 by the team of Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf, but essentially the course remained true to its original design. With Dallas's golf scene fast-moving — with the creation of new courses like the Coore & Cren - shaw-designed Trinity Forest and the Maridoe Golf Club by Steve Smyers, both of which have aspirations to hold major events — Northwood hired architect Tripp Davis in 2015 to improve the course as much as possible. Work began in late 2016. Davis has left Diddel's orig - inal routing largely untouched, though the par-3 16th was relocated to make use of a small creek about 150 feet left of the old hole, and the fourth hole was moved to make room for an expanded practice facility. The new North - bridge bermudagrass has been planted across the course, though the greens remain bentgrass. Davis has added a four-hole short course, ranging from 50 to 120 yards, to make the club more appealing to junior golfers. As an homage to the 1952 U.S. Open, Davis has placed a marker on each hole to show where those players played from. Grove XXIII Hobe Sound, Fla. Basketball legend Michael Jordan has finally con- firmed details of his much-anticipated golf development in Florida. The Grove XXIII course, of which M.J. is a majority partner, will be designed by golf architect Bobby Weed and his firm. Located on a former citrus grove, the course has been routed to take note of the trade winds that affect southern Florida. The layout includes a crossover at holes five and 14, which will allow members and their guests to swap from one nine to the other while still completing a nine- hole loop. Weed says that, in order to influence the layout of holes and the positioning of hazards, the design team is taking into account performance data supplied by Darren May of Every Ball Counts, who will become the club's golf coach. "To see this information integrated in the course design, and be part of the process, is extremely exciting," says May. Read more about new golf course development in the U.S. and abroad — including planned renovations at North Carolina's Dormie Club and storied Southern Hills in Tulsa, Okla. — at .

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