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Drones for Golf Maintenance? It’s never been easier :)

October 12, 2017 4:35 pm

If you’ve spent any time reading trends in golf maintenance, you’ve undoubtedly stumbled into these golfing maintenance drone questions…  “How does is work and can we afford it?”From the times of ancient generals meeting in tents, to our current age of corporate wars, real time intelligence has always ruled as king. In many ways, taking […]

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After the overtime rule

November 30, 2016 4:52 pm

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Originally set to go into effect Dec. 1, the Department of Labor’s overtime rule would have increased the threshold for overtime-exempt salary workers from $23,660 to $47,476. On Nov. 22, however, U.S. District Judge Amos L. Mazzant temporarily blocked the rule in a suit filed by 21 states and more than 50 business groups.Although no […]

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Cal Poly Pomona student earns Toro-supported training opportunity

November 30, 2016 4:02 pm

Toro has announced this year’s winner of the annual Toro Super Bowl Sports Turfgrass Training Program. Sean McLaughlin, a plant science major at Cal Poly Pomona, was selected and will be at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, for Super Bowl LI to assist the grounds crew in field preparations.Since 1967, Toro has partnered with the […]

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John Deere Golf product wins AE50 Award

November 30, 2016 1:54 pm

John Deere A Model Family of Fairway, Rough and Trim & Surrounds Mowers.Launched in early 2016, the John Deere 9009A maximizes both productivity and cut quality while giving turf managers more control of performance on the course. Its five-gang, 27-inch (68.58 cm) independent rotary deck mower with a 9-foot (2.7 m) cutting width provides all-day […]

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Air2G2 captures innovation award

November 30, 2016 11:51 am

Air2G2 at the conclusion of day one at the world’s premier golf business event at the Marriott Sawgrass Resort and Spa. The HSBC Golf Business Forum brings together international golf industry executives and decision makers for the largest and most significant gathering in the world and is being held in the United States for the […]

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Hold down clamp for reels with rear roller brush kits

November 30, 2016 12:21 am

I was having an issue trying to find a way to hold down the rear roller with brush kits  on my Bernhard 3000 Express Dual .I had an old club car leave spring in the scrap pile . It is the perfect solution .With the spring action of the leave spring it makes for the […]

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Ohio Turfgrass Foundation honoring trio

November 29, 2016 4:16 pm

Ohio Turfgrass Foundation Conference & Show in Columbus. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5. Shetlar will be inducted as an OTF Life Member, Kellogg is receiving OTF Professional of the Year honors and Hlavaty is the first recipient of the newly created Darian Daily Memorial Award. Known simply as The BugDoc, Shetlar […]

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The right response

November 29, 2016 3:39 pm

Large granules take longer to dissolve than smaller granules, so superintendents should make decisions about particle sizes based on desired response time, says Dr. Larry Murphy, owner of Murphy Agro and consultant for Compass Minerals. “It’s simply how quickly you want the material to dissolve, how quickly you want a response and if it’s something […]

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Debating the uptake

November 29, 2016 3:20 pm

Superintendents generally apply liquid fertilizers on highly maintained areas and granular fertilizers on lower-maintained areas, and at times when roots could use an extra push. Drawing the line of where and when these factors come into play, however, can become complicated.Liquid fertilizers often aid root function when roots are not growing at their maximum level, […]

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Protective potassium

November 29, 2016 3:14 pm

Potassium helps protect turf from stresses related to drought, heat, cold, traffic and salinity, says Dr. Travis Shaddox, assistant professor of turfgrass at the University of Florida.The vital nutrient manages the osmoregulation of water in turf, Shaddox says. “At no point does potassium ever actually enter into an organic compound,” he says. “It never enters […]

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United Turf Alliance adds to portfolio

November 29, 2016 12:29 pm

United Turf Alliance announces the addition of fluazinam-based ArmorTech Rotator Fungicide to its line of professional turf management products.ArmorTech Rotator Fungicide is notable for its fungicidal efficacy on major golf course diseases such as dollar spot and 11 other turf pathogens. As a new source of the active ingredient fluazinam, Armor Tech Rotator Fungicide gives […]

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Troon announces new division

November 29, 2016 12:07 pm

Troon has announce a new division – True Club Solutions – specializing in advisory services for the club and hospitality industries. Rich Carter will serve as the leader of the division. “We formed this new division to have a greater reach into the golf and club industries, and outside of our normal activities at Troon,” […]

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Legendary Publishing & Media Group expands custom publishing services

November 29, 2016 9:27 am

Legendary Publishing & Media Group, a custom publisher of private club books and other media products, announced its expansion of publishing services and the hiring of print marketing executive William J. Green to its leadership team effective Nov. 28.Larry Hasak, head of award-winning media company Hasak Inc., is the founder and creative director of LPMG, […]

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Milorganite celebrating 90th year of production

November 28, 2016 4:52 pm

Milorganite is celebrating its 90th year of production and environmental stewardship. One of the nation’s largest recycling programs, Milorganite turns biosolids found in recycled wastewater into a useful fertilizer well known among turfgrass professionals and consumers nationally. Production of Milorganite resulted from the City of Milwaukee’s dedication to cleaning its waterways. To this day, nutrients […]

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Florida superintendents honor executive director

November 28, 2016 11:47 am

Florida GCSA board of directors has recognized executive director Jennifer Bryan for 10 years of exceptional service to the association. The directors made a presentation to Bryan at a recent board meeting to acknowledge not just the milestone but also the caliber of her work. “It’s quite staggering what she has achieved,” said immediate past-president […]

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Guarding historical turf

November 28, 2016 11:39 am

“Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen actually shook hands and made up over a year-long tiff that they had had, on our 18th green at the end of the Western Open,” says superintendent Ryan Baldwin.Willie Park Jr. routed the course, and Bill Diddel, who was a member at an earlier location of the private club, finished […]

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Bill Brown joins AQUA-AID team

November 28, 2016 9:01 am

AQUA-AID has announced that William Brown, CGCS, has joined their team as director of brand development.   “AQUA-AID has grown dramatically in both the size and complexity of our business portfolio around the world over the past few years,” said Sam Green, chief operating officer. “As our brand has grown, so has the need for strong […]

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Building an access Gate

November 24, 2016 3:50 pm

First time building a gate . Looked around at other site gates to get a better idea . Some interesting ones out there . Ordered some heavy walled pipe . Sized so one pipe can slide into the other . Cutting pipe down to size . Grinding the ends off to get a good welding surface . Easiest way […]

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Water separator repair (Ball Picker)

November 23, 2016 11:27 pm

Our Ball Picker took a hit right on one of the pressed in tubes .There was enough material around hole toDrill out and tap for a new 1/4 fitting .During the winter service more guards were added to protect it from getting damaged again . 1/2 screen bolted to the inside of bonnet worked great . 

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Turf Max hires Frank Heery

November 21, 2016 4:55 pm

Turf Max has hired Frank Heery as national agronomic sales representative. Heery, who will be responsible for building the sales team, has more than 20 years of experience in the field of agronomy and golf course maintenance. He most recently worked as the superintendent at Overbrook Golf Club in Villanova, Pa. He also has served […]

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GT AirInject launches redesigned website

November 18, 2016 3:59 pm

www.air2g2.com. The website features videos and images of the machines in action, and explains how air injection technology benefits turfgrass growth. “The Air2G2 and its newest counterpart, the Air2HP, are cutting-edge machines with benefits proven by independent studies,” said Glen Black, president of GT AirInject. “Our website is a new face for our company, and a […]

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BASF announces pair of personnel moves

November 18, 2016 9:48 am

BASF has announced that Cozette Hadley Rosburg has assumed the role of strategic account manager for SiteOne, Primera Turf, BWI and Ewing Irrigation effective Oct. 1, 2016 and Nate Mezera has assumed the role of sales representative for turf and ornamentals in the Midwest effective Nov. 1, 2016. Cozette was formerly the sales representative for […]

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New Jersey club hires Richard Tacconelli as superintendent

November 17, 2016 4:55 pm

 RVCC completed a full greenside bunker restoration on its 18-hole, 6,808-yard parkland-style course earlier this year. Now with Tacconelli at the helm of the golf course maintenance department, work is underway to enhance the playability of the fairways and greens, upgrade the course’s irrigation system and incorporate more modern equipment into its agronomic practices.  Tacconelli […]

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Omni Resorts & Hotels enhancing multiple courses

November 17, 2016 3:54 pm

The Omni Homestead is enhancing its Cascades Course, regarded as one of the finest mountain course in the country, designed by architect William S. Flynn in the 1920s. Most of the work will involve tree removal in key areas to expose the creeks running along several fairways while affecting strategy and shot selection throughout the […]

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Big advocate at the top?

November 17, 2016 10:31 am

Donald Trump, a golf course owner and enthusiast of the sport, has been elected president, and many representatives of the golf industry are glad to have him in their corner.“We’re in the business of educating policymakers about the value of golf in general, and golf course management, in particular,” says Robert Helland, director of congressional […]

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Knox Fertilizer celebrates SurfCote milestone

November 16, 2016 2:44 pm

Knox Fertilizer is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its polymer coated fertilizer technology which can extend the nutrient release of fertilizers for up to a year in some applications. SurfCote is a controlled-release urea for general turf maintenance.The Surf technology, or Sustained Uniform Release Fertilizer, is a patented polymer coating that represents the latest era […]

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Camaraderie

November 15, 2016 8:20 pm

Crap. So much for the fun. I said my goodbyes and started heading back to the room to dream up something to write about my day in Myrtle Beach and observations about the show. On the way, I got sidetracked at the M Bar at the Sheraton Hotel. I saw Dr. Jim Kerns and mentioned […]

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Slideshow: 2016 Carolinas GCSA Conference and Show

November 15, 2016 8:03 pm

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Product Spotlights Z-A

November 15, 2016 7:23 pm

VereensBooth #2015For over 50 years, Vereens has assisted customers in dealing with agronomic problems by delivering quality products and innovative resolutions. Vereens manufactures fertilizers and distributes multiple lines of basic pesticides as well as marketing several specialty lines such as Earthworks, AQUA-AID, Custom Agronomic liquid fertilizers, Pathway and Turf Screen.   Turfline Inc.Booth #2307With major technological […]

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‘Service in its essence’

November 15, 2016 2:59 pm

How fortunate are superintendents in your part of the country to have an annual event like the Carolinas GCSA Conference and Show? “For me personally, it is a staple of my year. With the educational offerings, the networking, those sorts of things, it’s probably the single most valuable educational event I leave property for. I […]

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Insider access

November 15, 2016 11:43 am

After 30-plus years in the turf business working on both sides of the desk, I have a discovered a few things every superintendent/customer needs that are important for every dedicated DSR to know.     The first, and most important, thing a DSR must understand about the needs of the customer/superintendent is that every superintendent has […]

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Sales across the spectrum

November 15, 2016 10:47 am

He met with a prospect in Birmingham, Ala., that wanted a presentation on why his computers were superior to the competition. Fresh out of sales school, the answer was an easy one for Greg. He decided to focus on what was considered his company’s unique differentiator  — technology. Even though Greg is a relationship person, […]

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Break the ice

November 15, 2016 10:36 am

First impressions are lasting impressions.  As a sales professional, you only have once chance to make that first impression. So make sure you do it right.  Sales take a lot of disciplined work. Make sure you strategize to utilize the best methods and practices to gain entry to the needs of your customer. Superintendents have […]

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Back to offer more

November 14, 2016 8:34 pm

What has 2016 been like for the company?  2016 has been a great year. Brandt completed the purchase of our manufacturer, Baicor LLC in Logan Utah. This purchase completes our organization. Brandt, Grigg Brothers and IHammer are now all on the same page. We have spent the year organizing our territory managers so that they […]

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In a perfect world…

November 14, 2016 8:20 pm

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Slideshow: 2016 Carolinas GCSA Golf Championships

November 14, 2016 8:12 pm

More than 300 superintendents and other industry figures spent Monday afternoon on the four Barefoot Resort courses participating in the Carolinas GCSA Golf Championships. GCI’s Pat Jones and Guy Cipriano empty their cameras after witnessing one of the industry’s largest golf outings.   Ryan Boyette of The Golf Club at Briars Creek on St. John’s Island, […]

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Meet your next assistant

November 14, 2016 7:38 pm

As key figures of the Horry-Georgetown Technical College turf faculty, Ashley Wilkinson and Charles Granger monitor the development of 50 students trying to earn two-year degrees. The golf turf experience at Horry-Georgetown involves juggling school with work on Grand Strand golf courses, leaving the area for internships and volunteering at multiple professional tournaments. The experience […]

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Product Spotlights A-Z

November 14, 2016 7:19 pm

A.C. Schultes of Carolina Booth #403A.C. Schultes of Carolina is a licensed, insured and bonded general contractor in North Carolina and South Carolina. ACSC provides a full range of water and wastewater construction services to government utilities, private utilities, engineering firms, industrial facilities, commercial farms, golf courses and more. A proven leader in assisting environmental […]

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Superintendents ready to roll into Myrtle Beach

November 11, 2016 3:57 pm

More than 1,300 seats have been sold in a strong slate of education featuring 28 seminars, 16 of which are new to the conference. The golf championship across four courses at Barefoot Resort on Monday has attracted 330 players. Another 40 show-goers will compete in a sporting clays championship.“We are extremely grateful to our members […]

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Yamaha selected as golf car provider for Jekyll Island Golf Club

November 11, 2016 2:46 pm

Yamaha announced that it has been chosen as the golf car provider to the four courses at the Jekyll Island Golf Club in Georgia, according to company president Tom McDonald.Yamaha recently installed 180 of its innovative new Drive2 electric golf cars at all three 18-hole courses at Jekyll Island – Pine Lakes, Indian Mound and […]

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Golfer-in-Chief

November 10, 2016 6:18 pm

The bad news is that he has more baggage than Kim & Kanye checking into a Ritz-Carlton for a month.Over the past couple of days, I’ve asked a lot of people I respect … lobbyists, executives, business owners – my boss at GIE Media – if they saw this coming and not one of them […]

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Pinehurst reveals master plan

November 10, 2016 9:51 am

Pinehurst Resort & Country Club has announced that Hanse Golf Design will redesign Pinehurst No. 4 and develop a short course as part of a master plan to further restore the original character and spirit to the Pinehurst golf experience. Beginning this winter and unfolding in several stages over the next few years, the plan […]

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Southern Hills (Texas) Golf Club hosting its final round to make way for new course

November 9, 2016 5:34 pm

Southern Hills Golf Club is hosting its final round at the end of the year, thus beginning a new era on the Liberty City, Texas, site. Tempest Golf Club is being built in Southern Hills’ place, owner Joseph M Bruno Sr. has announced. The new course will cost more than $6 million to build and […]

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Phil Mickelson Design begins work at The Greenbrier

November 9, 2016 1:17 pm

Phil Mickelson Design has begun work on the Greenbrier Course at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. The course was one of several at the sprawling property that suffered severe damage in a major flood on June 23. Seth Raynor designed the Greenbrier, which opened in 1929. It hosted the 1979 Ryder Cup […]

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Mirimichi Green goes international

November 9, 2016 1:00 pm

Mirimichi Green has accomplished many renovations and improvements in the golf course industry throughout the United States. Now, Mirimichi Green products are being used on an international level at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore.The Serapong Course was designed by world-renowned golf course designer Ronald Fream. Opened in 1982, the par-72 course hosts the Barclays Singapore […]

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ASGCA names 2016 Design Excellence Recognition Program honorees

November 9, 2016 11:47 am

American Society of Golf Course Architects Design Excellence Recognition Program honorees have been named. Projects from 11 courses have been cited for their work with ASGCA members in addressing unique design challenges.Since its creation, the Design Excellence Recognition Program has highlighted the innovation and problem-solving skills required of today’s golf course designs, from new 18-hole […]

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Carolinas GCSA honoring John Deere Golf pioneer

November 8, 2016 6:39 pm

In 1991, John Deere headquartered its commercial lawn and landscape operations in nearby Raleigh and in 1997 built its Turf Care manufacturing facility in Fuquay-Varina. “I like to think that myself, Revels Turf and Tractor and John Deere Golf all grew together,” Revels says. He will be recognized with a special presentation on Nov. 16, […]

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Jacobsen introduces new zero-turn series

November 8, 2016 3:56 pm

Jacobsen has announced the launch of its new ZT400 and ZT600 zero-turn series. With industry-leading features, Jacobsen’s ZT series delivers dependable performance and professional results. The ZT400 is available with up to a 24 horsepower Kawasaki or a 25 horsepower Briggs & Stratton engine, 48-, 54- or 60-inch width of cut, and ground speeds of […]

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Korean course completes improvements

November 7, 2016 10:11 am

Under the direction of Eric Iverson, vice president of Tom Doak’s Renaissance Golf Design of Traverse City, Mich., Whistling Rock received subtle but significant changes to enhance its strategic values and improve both variety and playability, particularly on and around the greens.“The greens at Whistling Rock were really artfully done,” Iverson said, “but there are […]

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Toro acquiring German-based irrigation company

November 3, 2016 12:01 pm

Toro announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Regnerbau Calw GmbH, a privately held manufacturer of professional irrigation equipment. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, and currently is expected to close during Toro’s fiscal 2017 first quarter. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.Headquartered in Althengstett, Germany, and […]

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University of Florida researcher helping superintendents establish wildflower plots

November 2, 2016 2:22 pm

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension specialist Adam Dale.“In our state, resource conservation is a big issue, especially water conservation,” said Dale, a UF/IFAS assistant professor of entomology. “Other big issues include pollinator conservation and insect pest management. Both of which are connected to the vitality of our ecosystems.”According to Dale, […]

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Pentair Hypro launches 9310 series with ForceField technology

November 2, 2016 1:49 pm

Pentair Hypro has announced the launch of the new, patent pending 9310 Series Centrifugal Pumps with ForceField Technology. The hydraulic motor driven, wet seal centrifugal pumps prevent costly downtime by protecting the mechanical seal against dry run and chemical bonding failures.  “The Hypro pump technologies have been known and trusted in the industry for over […]

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Flomatic introduces new submersible check valve

November 2, 2016 1:39 pm

Flomatic introduces a new Model 80S6CL-VFD, special patent-pending submersible pump check valve for use with variable-frequency drive control submersible pumps. Standard check valves will “chatter” and be noisy when a VFD goes to low flow, causing premature wear and eventual failure. These unique valves are designed to minimize flow losses and hydraulic shocks in the […]

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Anuvia raises $23 million in equity

November 2, 2016 1:16 pm

Anuvia Plant Nutrients announced that it has secured an additional $23 million in equity capital from current investors. This new funding will allow Anuvia to further accelerate its growth opportunities: utilization of food waste, the development of a liquid product and expansion into international markets. The funding will also support project development for construction of […]

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5 steps to achieving better fall rooting

November 1, 2016 3:02 pm

Increase mowing heightsThe turfgrass principle of increasing mowing heights in the fall goes back decades, but is still important today, says Dr. Keith Karnok, professor of turf management in the University of Georgia’s Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. The higher the top growth is, the deeper the root system will be. “If you can […]

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Five things southern courses should avoid heading into winter

November 1, 2016 2:13 pm

Spring dead spotAlthough it is aptly named, spring dead spot begins infecting roots in the fall. That is when superintendents should apply a preventative fungicide to treat against the disease, says David Y. Han, extension specialist associate professor in Auburn University’s Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences. “You just have to go with something […]

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Vivid Life Sciences adds to its team

November 1, 2016 1:31 pm

Vivid Life Sciences has added Eric Gerhartz to its growing team. Gerhartz will lead turf and ornamental sales. He brings more than a decade of experience in the turf and ornamental industry to the team, having previously been with Liquid Fence and Arysta LifeScience.“We are excited to bring Eric’s unique talents and knowledge to our […]

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PGA Golf Club’s Dye Course reopening Nov. 25

November 1, 2016 1:20 pm

PGA Golf Club’s Dye Course is scheduled reopen to the public Friday, Nov. 25 following a regrassing project that will enhance year-round playability and overall appeal.All 18 greens have been regrassed with TifEagle, an ultradwarf Bermudagrass variety lauded for its improved speed, consistent smoothness and superior color retention, while TifGrand was chosen for the collars. […]

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Three keys to a successful winter shutdown

November 1, 2016 12:11 pm

Protect against desiccation and freeze injuryDry and windy conditions in areas such as Western Iowa, Nebraska and farther west toward the Rocky Mountains can lead to desiccation, says Dr. Nick Christians, professor of turfgrass management in Iowa State University’s Department of Horticulture.Laying down covers and performing light topdressing are two methods superintendents can use to […]

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Aspen continues to bolster Southwest presence

October 31, 2016 4:26 pm

Aspen Corporation will conclude a strong 2016 which will see it complete renovation projects at several private country clubs in the state of Texas.Over the past three years, Aspen has completed more than 15 construction, renovation and irrigation projects for golf courses west of the Mississippi River. “An increasing number of our clients in recent […]

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Deane Beman receiving GCBAA’s Don A. Rossi Award

October 31, 2016 12:27 pm

Golf Course Builders Association of America has announced Deane Beman as its recipient of the prestigious Don A. Rossi Award. The award will be given at the 2017 Golf Industry Show to be held in Orlando, Florida, Feb. 7 during the GCBAA Opening Reception at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. While a renowned playing professional, Beaman […]

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Editor’s notebook: Triangle of thoughts

October 31, 2016 10:48 am

Observations from a three-day whirlwind through North Carolina’s Research Triangle…Day 1 Old Chatham Golf Club is a Rees Jones-designed course opened in 2001. The club rests on 400 secluded, wooded acres in Durham, N.C. New housing developments creep toward the gates, yet once on property, a clubhouse and guest cottage are the only visible structures.  […]

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Texas course reopens following renovation

October 28, 2016 4:33 pm

Again, in 2015 the now Corporate Employees Recreation Association choose to engage another Texas architect, John Colligan, ASGCA, along with associate Trey Kemp, for a $2.75 million renovation of the 45-year-old Plummer classic. Squaw Creek reopened for play Oct. 28.The course was routed along Squaw Creek and around a 14-acre lake constructed by the Soil […]

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Jacobsen introduces addition to series of wide-area rotary mowers

October 27, 2016 9:31 am

Jacobsen has announced the introduction of the new HR600 class-leading 11.4-foot width-of-cut rotary mower. The HR600 is designed to deliver more uptime and less upkeep.Featuring individual hydraulic deck motors with self-lubricating integral bearings, a fully sealed rear axle, and parking brakes integrated into the front wheel motors, operators can save up to 50 hours of […]

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Yamaha adds GPS solution option to YamaTrack

October 26, 2016 2:37 pm

Yamaha has added yet another layer of innovation, function and affordability to its YamaTrack GPS Solution with the addition of a customized GPS screen that integrates a golf car to the course’s cloud-based fleet management control center.The 8-inch bracket-mounted YamaTrack GPS screen now gives a course two options for managing its golf car fleet. YamaTrack’s […]

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Fall Projects: Crossing the T’s and Dotting the I’s

October 26, 2016 2:33 pm

Most golf course superintendents feel more comfortable out on the course handling the agronomics than stuck in the office handling budgets, staff reviews, inventories, training classes and planning capital projects. This leads to what I call the fall season catch up and review. Fall is the perfect time to review and catch up to date […]

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Work on second course at Arcadia Bluffs begins

October 25, 2016 5:11 pm

Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design has announced its new project, The South Course at Arcadia Bluffs, which will be the companion course for the acclaimed Arcadia Bluffs located in Arcadia, Mich. The new inland course will be located one mile to the south of the existing Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course off Highway 22 and will […]

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Anuvia Advantage: Playable and sustainable

October 25, 2016 3:43 pm

Turf managers are seeing improved sustainability and playability with GreenTRX, a 16 percent organic fertilizer from Anuvia Plant Nutrients.The fertilizer, which has a chemical ratio of 16-1-2-17S-3Fe, causes a green-up, but doesn’t create a huge flush in growth, says David Plunkett, territory manager for Harrell’s Southeast Florida region. “It’s a bunch of nutrients that are […]

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Results within range

October 25, 2016 2:16 pm

After spending a year working with phD researchers and product distributors in attempts to cure bare spots on his driving range, superintendent Todd Ingram finally saw results when he used Anuvia Plant Nutrients’ GreenTRX fertilizer.“I put a strip out, it looked good, and then I did the whole range and, boy, it just took off,” […]

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Priceless knowledge

October 25, 2016 11:36 am

My father once told me that when you finish college it is just the true beginning of your education in this business.  College gives you the information you need to begin to understand the technical information required to do our jobs.  Understanding research and data is important for us to make strategic decisions and provide […]

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Six GreenTRX questions with Dr. Raymond Snyder

October 25, 2016 11:27 am

GCI: What is your experience with this product, and when you first started trials with it?Dr. Raymond Snyder: I began conducting trials in mid to late 2015 as part of my internal evaluation at Harrell’s, for which I am the research and development manager.What are things you have noticed since the trials started?Immediately following the […]

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Craig Laursen joins Agri-Turf as territory manager

October 24, 2016 5:14 pm

Agri-Turf as a territory manager calling on the specialty markets in the San Diego area. Laursen has over 25 years of experience in the ag-chem industry in California. He began his career as a sales representative for Mycogen Corporation (acquired by Dow AgroSciences) in 1988. In 1995, he joined Syngenta as a senior technical sales […]

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Audubon International names new executive director

October 24, 2016 5:01 pm

Audubon International’s Board of Directors has named Christine Kane as the new executive director for the environmental education organization. Kane comes to the organization with extensive management experience as a leader at several educational and charitable not-for-profits in New York State. She served as director of the office of institutional advancement at Dutchess Community College, […]

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Wiedenmann honors distributors

October 24, 2016 12:13 pm

Wiedenmann North America implemented an incentive program for the North and South American distributors of Wiedenmann natural and artificial turf maintenance equipment.Salespeople who reached the set threshold by the end of 2015 were honored with a trip to Germany. During this trip, the winners and their significant others toured Wiedenmann’s world headquarters and then enjoyed […]

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Slideshow: Green Start Academy 2016

October 24, 2016 11:15 am

It wasn’t about the turf. It was about everything needed to put people in the right places to maintain the turf – including future superintendents. The 11th annual Green Start Academy, sponsored by Bayer and John Deere, attracted 52 assistant superintendents to North Carolina’s Research Triangle for 2 ½ days of serious career, personnel management, […]

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2016 State of the Industry Report

October 21, 2016 11:41 am

BUDGETThe average non-capital operations budget is increasing from $697,000 to $750,000, a robust and encouraging 13.2 percent increase. For those wondering, the average maintenance budgets in 2012 and 2013 were $651,392 and $622,500, respectively. More than half of superintendents (52 percent) will see their maintenance budgets increase in 2016 while only 16 percent will be […]

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Jacobsen to combine with Textron Specialized Vehicles

October 21, 2016 10:53 am

Jacobsen, both Textron Inc. companies, will combine their operations by the close of 2017 in order to optimize efficiencies and better serve the companies’ shared customers and distributors. Jacobsen is a leading manufacturer of professional and “prosumer” turf-care equipment under the Jacobsen, Dixie Chopper and Ransomes brands. Textron Specialized Vehicles designs and manufactures several vehicle […]

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Fall Finale

October 19, 2016 4:13 pm

Greens are annually pushed to their limits as the requests and demands for firmer and faster come our way.  Given the conditions that we have it is a good time to evaluate the greensmix, the grasses, the drainage, our cultural practices, pest control practices, aerification, mowing, verticutting, brushing, rolling, etc.  There is no single item […]

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Managing Frost Delays

October 19, 2016 3:48 pm

It is inevitable as fall arrives there will be frost and with frost comes the dreaded frost delay. We are all aware of the science associated with frost on turf. The turf grass plant is mostly water and frost is simply frozen dew that has crystalized on the leaf blade of the turf. While the […]

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Winter is coming

October 18, 2016 3:00 pm

A harsh winter forecast weakened when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration took down their La Niña watch in September. Although California superintendents felt let down when El Niño failed to haul in the water needed to normalize operations in 2015-16, those in the North might be relieved to hear that this winter could be […]

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Contend now registered for snow mold control on golf courses

October 18, 2016 2:47 pm

Click here for a list of states where Contend is available.“We expect that the innovative chemistry of Contend will bring snow mold protection for fairways to a new level,” says Stephanie Schwenke, turf market manager at Syngenta. “With four a.i.s, including a new active ingredient to the turf market and three modes of action, Contend […]

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GT AirInject unveiling portable aerifier tool

October 18, 2016 2:36 pm

GT AirInject is unveiling the Air2HP portable aerifier tool at the GIE+Expo 2016. The Air2HP is an innovative and convenient portable aerifier tool to help turf facilities ease compaction, increase drainage and aerify. The Air2HP may be used to quickly and easily spot-treat lawns, and to increase drainage, aerify and ease compaction on lawns, in […]

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Fall Projects: Preparing for leaf season

October 18, 2016 2:26 pm

Fall’s arrival is a welcome sight for most golf course superintendents. Summer’s heat is behind them and the days are shorter and the nights are cooler. It is a time to exhale from the warm season stresses and watch the leaves change color while the greens speed up. However, there are a few projects and […]

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6 superintendents newly honored in golf halls of fame

October 18, 2016 1:43 pm

–Robert Frase, 33-year GCSAA member, retired golf course superintendent and current owner of Sable Creek Golf Course in Hartville, Ohio; Stark Country (Ohio) Amateur Golf Hall of Fame–Joseph A. Kennedy Jr., 34-year GCSAA member, certified golf course superintendent and director of golf course maintenance at Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.; Tennessee Golf Hall of […]

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Pinpoint receives registration for dollar spot control

October 18, 2016 11:29 am

Valent and Nufarm have announced that Pinpoint Fungicide has been registered as a new tool for controlling dollar spot in turfgrass. Pinpoint optimizes disease management programs for golf course superintendents and turf lawn care operators by providing consistent turf quality throughout the season while helping combat dollar spot resistance.The active ingredient in Pinpoint is mandestrobin, […]

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The PBI-Gordon EOP

October 17, 2016 11:44 am

PBI-Gordon Early Order Program has exceptional opportunities for you to maximize your rebate. The PBI-Gordon Early Order Program gives end-user professionals in golf and other turf management areas an opportunity to earn a great rebate when they order their PBI-Gordon products early. And the earlier you order, the bigger your rebate!To earn a rebate, end-users […]

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Plan your plan

October 17, 2016 11:09 am

No better time than the present to reflect back on the year in review. There is always room for improvement.  Therefore, I offer you the following areas for a deep performance analysis:• Staff• Training• Equipment• Standards• Safety• Budget• Capital projects• Self-ImprovementThis should be a never ending process throughout your career. Make a list of your […]

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Volunteering: Think years in advance

October 17, 2016 10:07 am

Volunteering at any tournament can be a great experience for anyone in the industry. It shows a commitment to helping another peer, an interest in being a part of high level and high stress situations, and can help to build upon an individual’s experience and therefore improve your resume. My students are now back in […]

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Arizona course reopening following renovation

October 14, 2016 4:23 pm

The Wigwam’s Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed Patriot Golf Course will reopen on Monday, Oct. 17 after an extensive bunker and irrigation system renovation. Lead by Nevada-based golf course renovation firm Key Golf, in collaboration with The Wigwam’s ownership group JDM Partners, the renovation work focused on removing bunkers, modernizing and reshaping the remaining bunkers, and […]

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Dr. James Watson materials to reside at Michigan State’s Turfgrass Information Center

October 14, 2016 2:42 pm

The Turfgrass Information Center of the Michigan State University Libraries has announced the arrival of a major donation of turfgrass industry materials from the family of the late Dr. James R. Watson. Included are a wide range of materials with hundreds of monographs, including university extension publications and bulletins, as well as 2,000-plus issues of […]

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Flagstick experiencing construction success in Vietnam

October 13, 2016 2:38 pm

Flagstick has constructed a second course at FLC Quy Nhon Golf Links in impressive time.Reinforcing its reputation for the speed and quality of its work, Flagstick has completed its latest project in the space of just four months.In so doing, Flagstick lived up to the daunting challenge laid down by Trinh Van Quyet, chairman of […]

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Carolinas GCSA providing hurricane assistance

October 13, 2016 10:42 am

Carolinas GCSA office is offering to assist with volunteer support for golf facilities affected by Hurricane Matthew.Contact the Carolinas GCSA office if:1.) Your facility requires assistance (labor, meals, equipment, etc.)2.) You are willing to volunteer (labor, equipment, etc.)The staff will coordinate all efforts from its office in Liberty, S.C.  The staff needs to know specific […]

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Bayer opens Fall Solutions Program

October 12, 2016 1:04 pm

Environmental Science, a business unit of the Crop Science division of Bayer, has launched the 2016 Bayer Fall Solutions Program, offering early order incentives for golf course superintendents moving into 2017. Fall Solutions extends through Dec. 9, 2016. The flexible program allows participants to save on individual products or product bundles to maximize savings per […]

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Underhill unveils Gulp Ultramax Plus

October 11, 2016 2:41 pm

Underhill International and will be on display at the 2016 Irrigation Show in Las Vegas. The Underhill hand pump is used for quick clean ups of water-soaked areas on turf and landscape, including valve boxes and sprinklers. Three models are featured: 36” length with 72” hose; 21” length with 18” hose; and 12 ounce syringe […]

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Justify a Budget Increase

October 11, 2016 2:27 pm

A recent trend within the golf maintenance industry is the expectation of owners and/or management to achieve more with less leading to smaller budgets to support unwavering expectations of playability.However, sometimes more resources are needed to meet these ongoing expectations. This creates an age old confrontation of choice between investing in the infrastructure and daily […]

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Shop smart

October 11, 2016 2:04 pm

A golf course is a business and it takes money to run a business. Most superintendents are not privy to the bigger picture of the finances of a club. The most important financial item to understand is cash flow.  Depending on what climate a golf course is in the need for fertilizers, wetting agents, fungicides, […]

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Campey Imants exhibiting at 2017 Golf Industry Show

October 11, 2016 12:55 pm

Campey Imants will be exhibiting at the 2017 Golf Industry Show in Orlando with support from American company and main importer Aqua Aid Inc. GIS provides an opportunity to showcase the popular Vredo Super Compact/Compact and Turf Fix Series and the Koro FTM Universe rotor (patented). Vredo Compact seeders are in Europe at Castle Stuart […]

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An Insider’s Look

October 11, 2016 11:51 am

The industry has been blessed with some great fall weather, and to extent a longer golf season this year. How has that effected golf course superintendents?The statement “we have been blessed with some great fall weather,” probably has many superintendents asking when did fall start? In the Midwest, most superintendents would hardly notice the difference […]

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New University of Tennessee center to provide weed diagnostic tests

October 11, 2016 10:20 am

The University of Tennessee Weed Diagnostics Center is there to help identify weeds and screen them for herbicide resistance. This initiative, supported by UT AgResearch and UT Extension, provides end-users with diagnostic tests tailored to weeds in a variety of settings.“Our aim is to provide a broad spectrum of services to both professional and consumer […]

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