Golf Course Management

JUL 2018

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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48 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.18 AT THE TURN (profile) Howard Richman Flyaway Geese owner Rebecca Gibson brought border collies in February to the Golf Industry Show in San Antonio for demonstrations and a raffle. Here, a border collie chases geese, which is done in a humane and effective manner. Photo by Roger Billings Off and running Two fully trained border collies that address geese problems were up for grabs during a Golf Industry Show contest. See how they are doing at their new golf course homes. Welcome home, Jack and Storm. e two border collies are in different places but on similar missions. Nearly 1,000 people registered to win the border collies in February during the Golf Industry Show in San Antonio, a giveaway made possible by a partnership between LebanonTurf and e lucky winners? John Ballard, CGCS, and Scott Steiner, a senior assistant superintendent, had their names drawn. Contest organizer Flyaway Geese has trained more than 250 border collies that now roam golf courses. e dogs' purpose: Eliminate the nuisance that is created by geese and other wild - life effectively and humanely. e dogs operate not only on golf courses but also at colleges and universities, private estates, assisted living communities, etc. Rebecca Gibson, owner of Flyaway Geese since it launched in 1997, prepared Jack and Storm — both are just over 18 months old — for their new digs. She delivered the dogs this spring to their respective homes and provided their new handlers with a 19-page manual, a guide that informs them on commands, obedience, diet and more for border collies, whose life expectancy ranges from 14 to 16 years of age. Before the new handler puts the dogs to work, dog and han - dler share a bonding period that is about two weeks long. Gibson even has to train the handler

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