Golf Course Management

JUN 2018

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92 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 06.18 John Mascaro President of Turf-Tec International Presented in partnership with Jacobsen A dark green line of turfgrass on this putting green encircled the entire green when it appeared during spring green-up, but its origins were a bit of a mys- tery to the superintendent. The turfgrass on this green is a Penn A-1/Penn A-4 creeping bentgrass blend, the collars are 419 bermudagrass, and the greens are not covered during the winter. The superintendent and his team could think of only one reason for the dark green turf: the previous fall, or- ganic granular fertilizer was applied to the bermudagrass collars, outside the green's edge. The fertilizer was applied with a drop spreader to help with the winter survival and recovery of the bermudagrass. When springtime tempera- tures reached an unusually warm 82 degrees, this 3-inch ring of turf seemed to rise to the occasion along the edge of the collar. The bentgrass greens had last been fertilized in early December, when 0.10 pound of nitrogen/1,000 square feet was applied in a liquid spray to the green's surface and collar. Photograph submitted by Matthew Wharton, CGCS, MG, at Carolina Golf Club in Char- lotte, N.C., and a 20-year GCSAA member. 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 If your photograph is selected, you will receive full credit. All photos submitted become property of GCM and GCSAA. This par-3 golf course plays host to an annual night golf tournament pre- sented by an outside group. To help locate tees, greens and hole locations at night, the golf course is set up with glow sticks encircling tees and greens, and glow sticks are also tied to the flagsticks. The morning after the tourna- ment, the superintendent found these irregular brown areas, as well as the remains of a couple glow sticks that had been broken open. He chalked up the damage to some of the tournament participants having "a little too much fun," and aerified and fertilized the damaged area. Unfortunately, however, the damaged turf did not recover, and the dead spots had to be replaced with turf plugs from the course's turfgrass nursery, which turned out to be a glowing success. Photo submitted by Chas Walker, the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Exchange City Par 3 Golf Course in Billings, Mont., and a 13-year GCSAA member. (photo quiz answers) PROBLEM PROBLEM (b) (a)

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