Golf Course Management

SEP 2014

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62 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 09.14 Leo Feser award CANDIDATE This article is eligible for the 2015 Leo Feser Award, presented annually since 1977 to the author of the best superintendent-written article published in GCM during the previous year. Superintendents receive a $300 stipend for articles. Feser Award winners receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Golf Industry Show, where they are recognized. They also have their names engraved on a plaque permanently displayed at GCSAA headquarters. led to planning and installing perimeter ir- rigation heads. After several meetings on the golf course, we came up with a budget and a plan that would work. Each green was laid out to provide specifc coverage and be adaptable to existing satellites. We were able to accom - modate most station requirements but did have to add three satellites. Routing was also a concern trying to navigate around or through three old systems that were still partially live. We scheduled this project to start in spring 2013 to keep the installation away from the planned August activities, which were going to be substantial. Also, it would be smarter to have the irrigation off during March and April than in August. However, we did run into a few problems with hit-or-miss spring weather and soft ground conditions as well as a few early-morning starts compromised by frost. Commercial Irrigation started the install in March 2013, locating existing equipment and preparing to pull wires and place new irri - gation heads. Many golf course design changes over the past 105 years led to many false as - sumptions. Existing piping that we planned on connecting to was not always where it was thought to be. We also encountered old pipe that was much deeper than anticipated. The loop system around the greens, which is fairly standard, was not always looped. New fttings leaked, and patience became a virtue. Our crew took a hands-on approach and helped when necessary to move things along and to get our daily operations back to normal. Final testing went smoothly and computer pro - gramming with help from Automatic Irriga- tion fnalized the install. Throughout the entire process, the mem - bership was kept well informed with letters from the club president and weekly verbal and written communications. A great tool was "Friday Flix," a weekly video report developed by Firestone, our golf pro. Each week my as - sistant and I were guests on the "show" to talk about the project's progress. Communication is vital, especially in a project of this size, and our entire professional staff handled plenty of questions throughout the project. I am so grateful to all our members, club president, chairmen, committee members and professional staff that spent hundreds of hours to plan and execute this project. Skilled, dedi - cated, loyal, deep and committed only begin to describe this entire great group of people who know how to get work done. Brian C. Chalifoux is in his 27th year as the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Fort Wayne (Ind.) Country Club, where he works with his wife, Carol, who is the offce assistant for the grounds department, and his son, Brian John Chali - foux, who is the assistant superintendent. Daughters Lau- rie and Jennifer also worked at the golf course during their high school years. Father and son (above) team up to mark 25-inch collars before the greens are seeded. Below, the newly seeded putting green is rolled before it receives its frst mowing.

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