Golf Course Management

APR 2018

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108 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 04.18 John Mascaro President of Turf-Tec International Presented in partnership with Jacobsen These marks on one of two practice greens at a test site in Minnesota were a mystery to the research agronomist who discovered them. The greens are used for conducting research, and sometimes employees practice put- ting during lunch. At first, the agronomist thought the depressions might be caused by a piece of equipment. However, upon closer examination, he de- termined that these marks were caused by someone wearing in-line skates and taking a shortcut across the green. It's still a mystery why the person decided this was the best shortcut. Perhaps the in-line skater just wanted a closer look at the green. Since the green is not used on a regular basis, the impressions were left until the green was aerified and topdressed a few days later. Other damage to the greens has come from picnics, new equipment testing and Fourth of July fireworks. Once, a neighbor used the greens as a remote-control car raceway on the weekends, and spinning tires damaged the greens. Luckily, the neighbor finally moved. Photograph submitted anonymously. 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 john@turf-tec.com. If your photograph is selected, you will receive full credit. All photos submitted become property of GCM and GCSAA. The reason the turf on this TifSport bermudagrass tee is missing might sur- prise you. You know how they say everything is bigger in Texas? Well, this tee was eaten almost clean by rabbits. This course has a fairly large population of cottontails and black-eared jackrabbits and has been working with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to help determine the count. The cottontails aren't large, but the jackrabbits can weigh as much as 10 pounds and are so large that they are too big for a fox or hawk to take down. In addition to using this tee as a buffet, the rabbits eat anywhere they can find green plant tissue, including tees, fairways, roughs, bunker faces and flower beds. Thankfully, they usually make their tunnels or dens in native areas, as they provide the most cover from predators. Rabbits occasionally will burrow into bunker faces, as the second photo shows. The course is working through the process of gaining permission to trap the rabbits, but because the golf course is owned by a university located inside city limits and it serves alcohol, firearms are prohibited. Photograph submitted by Rodnie Bermea, the superintendent at The Rawls Course at Texas Tech in Lubbock and a 17-year GCSAA member. (photo quiz answers) (a) PROBLEM PROBLEM (b)

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