Golf Course Management

MAY 2018

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22 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 05.18 by following in their father's footsteps. "If we wanted to see dad, we would go to his job site. It was our summer vacation," K.P. Cloud says. Nowadays, the Cloud name is attached to a program that helps make it possible for youths to enjoy their sum - mers on golf courses. At the Golf Industry Show in San An- tonio this past February, the annual Chuck Cloud Memorial Raffle raised more than ever — approximately $32,500 — to benefit the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA)'s Sticks For Kids. The junior outreach program for ages 5 to 18 is designed to provide clubs, bags, teaching and marketing materials, and instruction. In the 1990s, the GCBAA decided that it needed a phil - anthropic outlet that would perpetuate the game of golf, including making it possible for more youths to participate. More than a decade ago, the raffle became one of those outlets. Currently, there are 175 Sticks For Kids programs. "The clubs get used approximately 30,000 times a year," says Tom Shapland, president of the GCBAA Foun - dation. "A majority of the money goes to kids to expand the game I have played since I was 5." Chuck Cloud won some of the raffles, including the grand prize of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The raffle was later named in his honor after he died in May 2009 from complications from an accident. This year's raffle winner was Mike Roberts of Landirr Inc. "Chuck was a great supporter of the event. He routinely bought the most tickets," Shapland says. K.P. Cloud says that his late brother "would be em - barrassed" that the raffle has been renamed in his honor. What that raffle has done for so many youths, though, is nothing to be ashamed of. "It's an honor. It keeps the name alive," K.P. Cloud says, "and the kids playing keeps the golf courses alive." — H.R. Hazeltine, Westchester get good news When it comes to the Ryder Cup, Hazeltine National Golf Club (pictured here) is one of a kind in the U.S. Hazel - tine National was awarded the Ryder Cup in 2028, which will make the club in Chaska, Minn., the first American venue to host a second Ryder Cup. Hazeltine also hosted the 2016 event, won by the U.S. over the Europeans 17-11. Four European venues in the United Kingdom have hosted multiple Ryder Cups: The Belfry (1985, 1989, 1993 and The What's app-ening Golf Weather – Golf Weather is designed to deliver detailed seven-day weather forecasts for more than 40,000 golf courses worldwide. Seven-day detailed forecasts and weekly summary forecasts predict wind, precipitation level, temperature, comfort level and humidity. Functionality includes constantly updated data, saving favorite courses and submitting your course. More than just a convenient tool to keep in touch with staff, smartphones offer weather, turfgrass-care and course-management apps that can help in planning facility maintenance. Here's a sampling of the many available. GCSAA+ – You haven't downloaded our app? Why not? GCSAA+ has the latest news and resources from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, including current news and social media feeds, and access to GCSAA TV and the membership directory. Users can view and update their profile information as well. T2Green Benchmarking – Evaluate golf course conditions and quantify key maintenance conditions affecting playability. Metrics were developed over 30 years with input from golf course superintendents, general managers, owners and golfers. Evaluate each tee, bunker, fairway and green with data stored indefinitely in your personal cloud account. Create and download reports. Sun Locator Lite – Predict the sun's position and path at a specific location during the course of a day. The Augmented Reality feature displays the solar position directly overlaid on your device's camera. Track the sun's position by using the slider to set a time of day and day of year to anticipate the casting of shadows on tees, greens, etc. Display the sun's location, direction and shadow on a map to help determine if turf will get enough direct sunlight during the course of the day and year. Turf MD – This interactive reference tool for the identification and management of turfgrass diseases was designed by the American Phytopathological Society for golf course superintendents, turf managers and anyone else responsible for maintaining turfgrass. The app's peer-reviewed images, diagnostic keys and decision support tools are designed to help users identify and treat diseases and link to a directory of turf extension sources for more information.

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