Nothing to Hide

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Summing It Up Know what you want, what you need, and the difference between the two before upgrading or building a new maintenance facility Equipment wash areas that use recycled water can reduce harmful runoff and simultaneously conserve water. Even if your budget doesn’t allow for a state-of-the-art building, do-it yourself upgrades—like a refurbished break […]

Lessons From Down On the Farm

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Sylacauga, Ala., located just east of the state’s geographic center, is a town of 12,600 known as “The Marble City,” because it sits on a solid deposit, measuring 32 miles long by 1 1/2 miles wide by 400 feet deep, of what’s claimed to be the hardest, whitest marble in the world. But for people […]


Irrigation Without Irritation

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Jane Hall can certainly relate to how the turf industry has changed over the past 20 years. Like a lot of her colleagues, she came over from the landscape side to be a course superintendent. She remembers hydraulic irrigation and antiquated solenoids that made digging anywhere on the course a potentially shocking experience. Now that […]


Mission: Control

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Just as some good landscaping touches can greatly enhance the "curb appeal"—and resale value—of any home, a renovated golf course can yield sizeable returns, no matter how bad things may have once looked, or how lengthy or expensive the repairs. Golf course manager David Brandenburg learned this first-hand when he came to Rolling Meadows Golf […]


Cleaning Out the Garage

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After a summer spent up to their eyeballs in broken hoses, bent drive trains and a host of other mechanical nightmares, most course maintenance workers are understandably ready to hang up the tool belt and take a muchneeded break once the season winds down. But as deserved as that rest would be, wintertime (or any […]


A Step Ahead of the Law

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Summing It Up • Networking and an ever expanding knowledge base are the keys to successful management of the environmental areas (water, habitat, chemicals and wildlife) that have a direct impact on club properties.   • Course superintendents are in the best position to serve as linchpins between a club and local or national regulators. […]