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. […]

Surviving a Mid-Decade Crisis

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Arnold Palmer called it “an exceptional year for bad weather,” based on his 50 years of experience as a professional golfer. The PGA Tour’s Vice President of Agronomy, Jon Scott, has gone even further, stating that “Never in my 31 years in this profession have I seen [a year] as challenging as this one, in […]


Being Careful About What You Wish For

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Much like an obsessive housekeeper who never runs out of chores, just about any superintendent can drive around a course and point out a hundred things he or she would love to improve. But with limited time and even more limited funds, large scale capital improvement projects for club and resort properties have to be […]


Storm Signals

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Editor’s Note: This story was scheduled and prepared before the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Certainly the magnitude of that storm far exceeds the scale discussed in this article, which covers lessons of basic preparedness for the type of weather-related disruptions that more typically affect club operations. Our thoughts are with all who are dealing with […]


Taking Courses Back to Their Roots

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The 1980s not only brought a lot of bad looks in hairstyles and dress, but in golf course design, too. And unfortunately, while it’s easy to destroy any photos that might still be lying around that show you sporting the Boy George or Madonna look, it’s been a little more difficult to erase the memories […]


Water, Water (Not) Everywhere

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  If there was ever a year when golf course superintendents will be ready for an end-of-season party to blow off a lot of pent-up stress, this would be it. Although it’s likely that not everyone who attended would want to drink the same thing. Superintendents from severely parched areas like Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma and […]