Golf Course Management

SEP 2016

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108 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 09.16 John Mascaro President of Turf-Tec International Presented in partnership with Jacobsen When a 2-inch quick-fix coupler cracked next to the sprinkler head to the side of this green, it created the incredibly uneven surface shown in the photo. Mur- phy's Law dictates that such breaks typically happen at night. This one, however, occurred in the morning, and two employees adjusting nearby sprinkler heads were able to shut off the water almost immediately. The water from the break rushed underground toward the sand-based green and flowed down a nearby hill. When the underground bubble began to drain, the water poured out around the hole location. Because of the green's slope, its surface started to roll like a carpet, causing deep "wrinkles" over 200-plus square feet. Repairs had to be delayed until the next day because of the turf's saturation. A hand tamp was used to level the area, which was then rolled with a vibratory asphalt roller. In some areas, the sod was removed and replaced in order to level the surface. The repairs took about two days to complete because of the wet conditions. Photos submitted by Ryan Meredith, a GCSAA Class A superintendent for American Golf Corp. at Plantation Country Club in Boise, Idaho. Meredith is an 11-year GCSAA member. 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. The marks on this bentgrass green were caused by deer. The superintendent's best guess is that a deer was running across the green — which was still partially frozen in early spring, with a top layer that had thawed slightly — when it slipped and slid about 4 feet, as if it were on an ice rink. Numerous other footprints on the green indicated that several deer had traversed it while it was covered in frost. This course is located in northern Wisconsin, where deer that weigh several hundred pounds are not uncommon and can inflict significant damage, leaving holes in turf by dashing across greens. The deer also harm trees in fall by rubbing against them to remove velvet from their antlers, and by tearing off the bark. Destruction to this green occurred about a month before the growing season started, so the marks were visible for that period before the grass began to grow out. According to the superintendent, "Looking at this dam- age for so long only makes me look forward to hunting season that much more!" Photo submitted by Brad Bucks, superintendent at Edgewater Country Club in Toma- hawk, Wis. (photo quiz answers) (a) PROBLEM PROBLEM ( b )

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