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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56 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.18 AT THE TURN (pond management) Patrick Simmsgeiger Before the decision is made to remove sediment from water features, the bottom sediment should be mapped using a boat-mounted sonar device. Photos courtesy of Diversified Waterscapes What lurks at the bottom Simple rules help golf course managers decide when it's time to get the muck out of water features. Sediment removal plays a vital role in preserving bodies of water for human use, keeping water accessible for commerce and recreation and removing potentially hazardous sediment buildup from the environment. Because water features are so critical to the beauty and function of golf course landscapes, managers must be especially vigilant in monitoring streams, ponds and lakes for destructive and dangerous sediment buildup. Once a water feature has developed excessive amounts of sediment buildup, removing that sediment is necessary. Although small amounts of material can be removed manually with rakes or shovels, hiring a sediment removal service is usually the best option for keeping the water healthy and maintaining a desirable depth once accumulation has reached a critical level. A delicate balance Sediment removal has been around for centuries and has developed in many ways to account for different bodies of water and human activities. Today this process is much more advanced, and regulatory agencies hold operators to a high standard to ensure the process has the smallest

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