Our participating clubs have superintendents who work tirelessly to deliver excellent course conditions every year. Through reading our research and utilizing their experience, many superintendents have found new and innovative ways to enhance their operation. Included below are articles members have shared with our readers for the purpose of offering advice on all topics related to golf course maintenance.
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FROM THE DESKS OF SUPERS
The Life of a Golf Course Superintendent: Weather
Superintendents live and die with the weather. Last year's incessant rains, for example, wrought havoc on maintenance schedules, on disease protection and on members' ability to enjoy their course. There were too many rainy days in the metropolitan area to provide the conditions we strive for.
New USGA Rules and Golf Course Maintenance
The good news is that these new Rules don't require you to be an expert, but they do require some analysis of the course by a Committee to review the way in which the course is marked. I would strongly recommend getting your professional staff involved in this process. One Rule change is that there are no more "hazards". The new term is "penalty area". Here is the new Rule as written by the USGA:
Effective and timely communication with staff, club officials, and golfing patrons has never been more critical to a well-run operation and ultimately, golfer satisfaction.
Frost delays are difficult to predict in both when they will occur and when they will be over. This can lead to frustration for all involved. By communicating and being prepared with info and alternatives, stress can be minimized.
To help make the most informed decisions regarding their trees, it is advised that clubs bring along an individual who is knowledgeable in tree care.
Whether your golf course is a high-end private facility or a heavily played daily fee course, all superintendents strive to manage the resources provided to achieve an enjoyable playing experience for every golfer.
Lightning fast speeds greatly reduce the cupping area on greens while also increasing the degree of difficulty, which has a direct impact on the pace of play.
in order to maintain optimal turf conditions on greens, hand watering during the day is needed to keep these areas well-maintained.