Look…on the course…it’s Environmental Superman!

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The “Super Super” and his progeny: Pat, Samantha, and Zachary Blum. Like many superintendents (myself included), Pat Blum literally grew up in golf course maintenance. In Pat’s case, he began at age eight helping his father, Paul Blum, while Paul was Superintendent at Wayne Hills CC in the Rochester, N.Y. area. And like many of […]

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 […]