Golf Course Management

JUL 2018

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92 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.18 John Mascaro President of Turf-Tec International Presented in partnership with Jacobsen The white material on this putting green also filled the cup and was discov- ered on a Saturday morning by the weekend crew at this golf course. The substance was thought to be some sort of glue. When an employee riding around the course found an empty gallon container of Elmer's Glue-All, the theory was confirmed. It's hard to say why someone would vandalize the course, but Elmer's glue is fairly benign on turf. The course, which is near a high school and a college, has had some problems with college students, dog walkers, bicyclists and occasional partiers. The superintendent has set up a game camera on one of the more visited holes, and if the damage to the course is ever significant, he turns the video over to the police. On this occasion, he did not catch the glue-pouring culprits, and the damage was not serious. Crew members pulled the cup, washed it out and rinsed off the green. Fortunately, no browning of the turf was observed after the incident. Photo submitted by Noy Sparks, the Class A superintendent at Fossil Trace Golf Club in Golden, Colo., and a 23-year member of GCSAA. 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 john@turf-tec.com. If your photograph is selected, you will receive full credit. All photos submitted become property of GCM and GCSAA. This golf course opened in 1988, and all 18 greens were converted to Mini- Verde ultradwarf bermudagrass in 2017. The rebuilding process involved removing the top six inches of each green's surface and replacing it with new growing media. The greens were then tilled as deeply as possible and sprigged with the new turfgrass variety. The first time the newly rebuilt greens were aerified, the superintendent used 0.25-inch hollow tines at a depth of 3.5 inches without any problems. The second time the greens were aerified, one of the hollow tines hit a chunk of wood and pulled it out of the ground. Apparently, the wood had escaped the growing-media screening process as well as the first aerification. Photo submitted by Christopher A. Sorrell, CGCS, at the Club Course at Stonebriar Country Club in Frisco, Texas, and a 12-year member of GCSAA. (photo quiz answers) PROBLEM PROBLEM (b) (a)

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