Golf Course Management

AUG 2015

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

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08.15 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 103 included the rebuilding and shaping of four greens, plus slight adjustments on all other greens; capturing additional hole locations; rebuilding green surrounds; and reconfg- uring approach areas with a return to the original strategy, which is more receptive to run-up approach shots and the ground game. Bunkers now refect a more classic styling and placement. In the process, the course was lengthened to 6,948 yards. The National Club Association (NCA) welcomed Club Car into the NCA Corporate Partner Pro- gram as the newest Executive Partner. With more than 50 years' history serving private clubs, Club Car's new relationship with NCA refects the frm's commitment to innovation and advancing the club industry. As an Executive Partner, Club Car is taking on many new and extended projects with NCA, including targeted editorial contribu- tions in Club Director and NCA Connect; in- structional educational webinars co-hosted with NCA; and professional advice during the "Ask the Experts" series online and at NCA-hosted educational conferences. The National Golf Course Owners Association (NG- COA) has released a comprehensive set of guidelines for the online distribution of tee time reservations. Endorsed by the PGA of America, the guidelines set forth a framework for third-party, online agents and golf course owners and operators to conduct business together. Key points include allowing for better control and price integrity of tee time inventory, includ- ing barter rounds; clarifying alternative payment modes for services; delineat- ing independent and bundled services, including POS, tee sheet management and tee time distribution; and restricting online agents from purchasing course names and other keywords and terms for SEO. To assist NGCOA members in implementing the guidelines, the organization is hosting a series of webinars. "Setting Up Golf Courses for Success" is an industry-wide guidebook to course setup. It debuted in digital form in June on www.pga. org. The collaborative guide contains new industry research, and it addresses a critical factor that inhibits enjoyment of the game for many women — golf course setups that are not tailored to the customer and the customer's ability level. The book provides research, case studies and self-assessment tools for facilities to use when considering course setup, and it's supported by the PGA of America, GCSAA, USGA, American Society of Golf Course Architects, Club Managers Association of America, LPGA, National Alliance for Accessible Golf, and National Golf Course Owners Association. The book was authored by Arthur D. Little, the senior trustee of the Royal Little Family Founda- tion, with support from the golf industry organizations. Comet USA/Efco has appointed Robert Parsons as its western regional sales manager for the U.S. and Canada. Parsons has more than 20 years of experience in the outdoor power equipment industry, including working as distribution sales manager for Tanaka and territory manager for Pace Inc. Parsons is also a frefghter for the Clarendon Hills (Ill.) Fire Department. Everris , Fuentes , Nu3 , Novapeak and F&C fully united to form a global leader in specialty fertilizer solutions under the name ICL Specialty Fertilizers . The company's focus continues to be on fulflling the needs of end users and growers. ICL Specialty Fertilizers is dedicated to meeting the needs of ornamental horticulture, specialty agriculture, and turf and amenity. Bernhard Grinders partnered with Ohio-based distributor Shearer Equipment . A full-line John Deere dealer, Shearer is educating golf courses and sports facilities across northeast Ohio, northwest Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia about the benefts of Bernhard's trademark Express Dual and Anglemaster machines, as well as its other products. The cities of Euclid, Ohio, and Fernandina Beach, Fla., extended partnerships with Billy Casper Golf (BCG) to manage Briardale Greens Golf Course and Fernandina Beach Golf Club , respectively. Aqua-Aid Inc. has appointed GLK Turf Solutions as the new dealer for the state of Texas. Aqua-Aid is the North American manager and importer for the Campey Imants equipment line.

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