It’s tough to outsmart Mother Nature, but superintendents can use a variety of practices to try to best protect their properties from weather-related trauma.
It took 10 years for Tim Campbell to settle on a career and complete his education—but after choosing golf course maintenance, he elevated himself, and the Palm Beach (Fla.) Par 3 Golf Course, to unique standings.
It may not be possible to completely eradicate disease and other threats from golf course greens, but superintendents have a number of available resources to keep them at bay.
More than ever, experienced and reliable equipment technicians are in high demand, to help course-maintenance departments run at peak efficiency.
Many properties are improving facilities that help golfers sharpen their skills and bring new players to the game. But to maximize their appeal and user satisfaction, they must get the same care as golf courses.
Many years in the making, Seven Oaks GC was worth the wait—and along with Colgate University, the course that’s now under the care of Superintendent Jon McConville has helped many find their way to Hamilton, N.Y.
With increased national exposure, prominent new hires, and a second golf course under construction, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is stepping up its efforts to put thePennsylvania property on the map as a premier golf destination.
Golf course properties are introducing the game to new players through initiatives such as FootGolf and other variations that have little effect on course conditions and upkeep.
Careful planning and proper budgeting help superintendents gear up for the capital equipment decisions needed to keep properties in top condition.
Beyond the permafrost potholes, snow mold and moose prints, it’s course maintenance as usual for Roger Evans at North Star GC in Fairbanks, Alaska.
As turf changes at golf course properties across the country, so are the mowing inputs required to keep new grasses in top condition.
Superintendents nationwide have scaled back water usage while showing that the playability and conditioning of their golf courses can still thrive.
Whether a golf course is located in an area under drought conditions or in a region where rain is plentiful, irrigation practices are a vital component of water management.
Historic rainfall ruined the holidays and his own home while swamping the clubhouse and course at Aberdeen GC where Matt O’Dell is GM/Superintendent—but did nothing to dampen the property’s special spirit.
Teamwork and a commitment to excellence help Boca West Country Club keep a quartet of championship golf courses in top form.