Preserving the Home Turf Advantage

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Summing It Up Management firms are frequently challenged to fix years of neglect at the courses they seek to add to their portfolios; if they take on the task, course and grounds expertise often holds the key to their ultimate success or failure. Many management companies see environmental responsibility as an emerging, make-or-break issue, and […]

Natural Selection?

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Summing It Up Few believe that all-organic turfcare yields the same results as traditional methods—but there is still merit to trying to achieve a balance between the two techniques when possible. Pesticides are not organic. To forego them would mean a decline in course appearance. A “soil-first” approach can yield results through a balanced soil […]


Home-Grown in Michigan

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Since its inception a little more than 10 years ago, Pilgrim’s Run Golf Club, in Pierson, Mich., has already earned a ranking by Michigan Golf magazine as a top-10 public facility, as well as accolades from Golf Digest and other publications as one of the country’s best, and most affordable, new public courses. And in […]


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 […]