Golf Course Management

JUN 2018

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62 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 06.18 cused on four objectives. 1. Review and evaluate new technology. e revised recommendations reflect currently available testing methods for determining the suitability of materials for putting green construction. 2. Better educate the practitioner. e revised recommendations clarify the steps needed to construct a USGA green and provide the practitioner with information necessary to customize the construction materials based on their local site conditions and golfer ex - pectations. e USGA also updated the document "Building the USGA Putting Green: Tips for Success" to reflect modern construction techniques and technology. is document contains information that will help golf course builders and superin - tendents successfully build USGA putting greens. 3. Maintain the broad range of application. e advances in material testing methods. From a structural and technical standpoint, only minor changes were made to the updated rec - ommendations. e biggest change readers will find is expanded discussion and explana - tion on how to customize root-zone materials to meet a course's specific growing environ - ment and golfer expectations. Who was involved in the review process? Individuals representing all facets of con- structing golf course putting greens were in- cluded in the revision process. e goal was to leave no stone unturned with regard to review - ing and revising the 2004 recommendations. is selected group of industry professionals — including university scientists, representa - tives from the A2LA-accredited physical soil testing laboratories, golf course builders, and sand and organic matter suppliers, golf course architects, golf course superintendents and the USGA agronomists — all provided feedback during the 18-month review process. e re - view team met frequently online to discuss every aspect of putting green construction. e review process also included several trips to soil-testing laboratories, research facilities, sand-blending operations and putting green construction sites. e proposed edits and updates were compiled, and a small group from the USGA met with Norm Hummel, Ph.D., to begin the revision process. Next, a series of drafts developed by Dr. Hummel were reviewed by the USGA team over sev - eral months. e new recommendations were published in the USGA Green Section Record on Feb. 16, 2018. Revision objectives e process of updating the recommenda- tions and providing supporting materials fo- Drainage pipes in the putting green should be placed no more than 15 feet apart and have a continuous slope of 0.5% or more to the main drain line.

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