Just three months into the already daunting task of being only the seventh Superintendent to care for the 121-year-old Detroit Golf Club’s Donald Ross courses, Jake Mendoza learned he had a year to get ready to host a PGA Tour event.
Superintendents must take a year-round, balanced approach to properly maintaining the trees on their properties while also protecting the health of golf course turf and staying mindful of strong emotions that golfers, memberships and the local community can have.
Input from superintendents is invaluable for designing and operating safe, efficient, state-of-the-art golf course maintenance facilities.
Nathan Neumann has executed major course renovations at each step in his 19-year career, culminating with this year’s overhaul of the historic MacKenzie/Maxwell design at Oklahoma City G&CC.
With proper planning and personnel in place, golf course superintendents can minimize the hiccups of irrigation replacement projects and keep things flowing smoothly.
His Nebraska roots run deep, but Brian Woster has found a rewarding new home in Idaho, at Circling Raven GC.
With more educational opportunities at their disposal and a dedication to their craft, equipment managers are proving to be indispensable parts of golf course maintenance operations.
The course maintenance team at Woodhill CC in Wayzata, Minn. has enhanced its credentials for environmental stewardship by participating in a research project that helps golf courses measure sustainability.
As home to a high-quality, extremely productive wild trout stream, Lost Creek Golf Club in Fayette Township, Pa., has provided prime real estate for the development of a plan to protect the waterway. Turfgrass scientists at Penn State University developed such a plan for Lost Creek in late 2018. The project, believed to be the…
At first glance, it might seem there is little connection between overseeing a golf course maintenance operation and running a cattle ranch. However, Dan Tolson, Golf Course Superintendent at The Club at 3 Creek in Jackson, Wyo., has undertaken a maintenance process that not only provides pesticide-free feed for livestock, it turns a common golf…
Regrassing projects can give golf courses a much-needed update. But anticipating the proper adjustments in mowing techniques and strategies required by the change is also critical for keeping new turf healthy, long after the renovations are complete.
Detailed record keeping, return on investment, and preparation are keys to making sound equipment-financing decisions.
After starting a career in psychology, Jared Viarengo let the tug of a lifelong love of golf course work redirect him on a path that led to dual responsibilities as GM/Director of Grounds at Applebrook GC.
Improvements to the Montgomery Bell Golf Course, part of the Tennessee Golf Trail and the state parks system, are the brass ring of better maintenance practices and playability for golfers of any level.
Golf course superintendents are finding that despite its salinity, the benefits of using reclaimed water outweigh the challenges.