Golf Course Management

DEC 2012

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gcm extra thing could really take place," he says. "Now that Storr has gotten me some equipment, we can start the long road back … they've been awesome." Onto higher ground The Woodmere Club and 13-year GCSAA member Timothy Benedict, CGCS, was my next "In nearly 30 years here I've never seen anything even close to this." — Nicholas Brodziak stop. Located just a few miles east of Inwood, the maintenance facility at Woodmere also sustained massive flood damage. I was unable to speak with Benedict, as he was off property dealing with personal issues. I was to find out from Benedict's colleagues that he lives in an area devastated by flooding, and that his home was severely impacted by the damage as well. His equipment was ruined by Irene last year, and as a preventive measure, it was moved to the highest point on the property this year. It was a move that saved his equipment. Neighboring Rockaway Hunting Club's Nicholas Brodziak, a GCSAA Class A superintendent and 30-year member, was not left unscathed either. While his maintenance facility was out of harm's way, the ocean and wind have provided him with a tremendous amount of cleanup as well. The facility completely lost the shooting amenities, including a lounge building approximately 20 feet by 30 feet that was removed from the foundation and deposited close to 100 feet on the 18th fairway. This area hasn't seen damage like this since the Long Island Express (Hurricane) in 1938. "In nearly 30 years here I've never seen anything even close to this," says Brodziak. The staff modified a bunker rake, adding small 12-inch forks to the front of the plow attachment for debris removal. Maximum impact Seventeen-year GCSAA member Michael Benz at Middle Bay Country Club in Oceanside is dealing with less debris from Sandy than he did with Irene last year. So was the impact less? Abso- lutely not. Benz explains: "The water was so much higher this year it took all the debris to the fence that lines the course or into the neighborhood beyond it. The water was eight blocks up the street." The ocean rose to the windows of the clubhouse, where it forced its way in, through the build- ing and out the other side, taking a lot of the contents with it. All 18 holes were completely under water, states Benz. An intricate sump-pump system and drainage were installed in low areas on the course after Irene created standing ocean water and substantial turf loss last year. "That worked great," said Benz pointing to the drainage as we drove by. "It did exactly what it was supposed to do." Recent verti-drain procedures on the greens, in addition to the slowing of the plant metabolism at this time of year have Benz in a positive frame of mind when it comes to turf recovery. "I think we'll do OK; it'll come back fine," Benz says with a hopeful smile. Meadow Brook Club, and 31-year GCSAA member John Carlone, CGCS, found being inland from coastal damage to be the same, yet different. "We have about 450 trees on the property that have been uprooted, snapped or damaged," states Carlone, scrolling through pictures on his computer. 64 GCM December 2012

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