Golf Course Management

MAR 2018

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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56 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.18 Less art, more science Build a strong foundation for your greens agronomic program by planning with a purpose. "I don't believ iloso ies. I believe in fundamentals." — Jack Nicklaus Any good coach will tell you that the game of golf is built on an essential set of skills. Mas - tering fundamentals such as a good grip, a steady swing and precise putting are the building blocks for success. For golf course superintendents, the same mentality can be applied to creating a successful turf management strategy. Asking yourself questions such as "Am I treating for the right pests at the right time?" can help build a strong foundation for agronomic planning. This question is particularly important when developing a greens management strategy, because greens are the most prone to damage from diseases, insects and nematodes, and their tolerance for this type of stress is pretty much zero. Developing an agronomic program for your greens may seem more complicated than ever. With new chemistries, premix products, resistance management concerns and other challenges, it's enough to make your head spin. But like any other complex task, if you go back to the fun - damentals, it becomes much easier to tackle. Lane Tredway, Ph.D. AT THE TURN Gather the materials needed to collect and ship diagnostic samples during the off-season so it can be done efficiently when the need arises. Photos and graphics courtesy of Syngenta (greens)

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