Golf Course Management

JUL 2018

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Superintendent Ed Michaud (right) and co-owner Dan Horahan of H&F Golf Management share a moment on the clubhouse terrace. The terrace, which overlooks ponds on the golf course, is popular for guests, who can watch golfers walking to the ninth and 18th holes. 52 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.18 necks, white patches on their faces, and plump bodies. "Bela does chase and is a pretty good swimmer," Ballard says, "but what I learned through Rebecca is geese never feel threatened by Bela. ey're annoyed by her but will come back. Jack has a wolf-like mentality. Geese are threatened by his demeanor. He keeps his tail down, crouches down, when he stalks them." e club has two fairways that border water, areas that "are a mess" when geese def - ecate. Ballard has tried numerous ways (from laser beams to the Bird Banger) to eliminate the geese issue at the club, and at another course he previously worked at in the area, but those efforts didn't last. So far, Jack has made an impact. Proper training is imperative to his success. Border collies want to work, not harm geese or other wildlife. "Keeping the dog's obedience crisp is so important. If that falls by the wayside, and the birds come back, the dog may not have the obedience it had before," Gibson says. A key to Jack's adjustment has been a daily regimen. "Rebecca said to exercise him with commands 10 minutes each day. It's like a five-mile run," Ballard says. "He is a very calm dog. Listens very well. When you give him a command or call his name, he cocks his head. You can tell the wheels are spinning." Jack acts like himself whether it be geese or members of Ballard's crew. "e nature of border collies is herding. You can see that, even when he's walking around people," Bal - lard says. Ballard has received questions from other golf course superintendents about Jack. He even has taken him a couple of times to see superintendent Roger Meier at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, an Audubon-certified fa - cility that has hosted multiple PGA Champi- onships and the Ryder Cup. Meier, a 22-year GCSAA member, says that he is a bit envious of Ballard now that he has witnessed Jack in action. "Jack is very impressive with instruction and is very attentive to John. It is amazing to watch how these dogs work and respond to commands," Meier says. "eir agility and en - ergy is amazing." At home, Jack has bonded with Ballard's sons, Grant and Nicholas. At work, he loves being in his crate when he's not on the course. "He sheds a dog a day, and he can jump like nobody's business," Ballard says. Jack also has quite a fan base. "When John comes up here, we don't ask him how he is Storm is the border collie that was won by Carolina Country Club in Raleigh. Kyle Johnson (pictured with Storm) is the club's director of golf course maintenance. "When she gets up in the morning, she's ready to go straight to work," Johnson says. Photos courtesy of Kyle Johnson

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