DryJect LLC has announced the expansion of its business operations with the addition of a new franchisee devoted to serving Missouri.
Jim Naudet, of Heartland Golf & Turf Services, LLC has purchased the DryJect franchise territory in the state. Naudet has vast experience in the industry as he has lived and worked in the Kansas City area for the majority of his life. He has owned and operated an upscale lawn and landscaping service for the past seven years and previous to that was the superintendent of the Leawood South Country Club for 21 years. Prior to that, he held the assistant superintendent position at Oakwood Country Club for 12 years.
Naudet resides in Kansas City, Missouri, with his wife Rita.
“We are excited to have Jim as part of the DryJect family,” President and owner John Paddock said. “We wish him the best of luck in his endeavors as we work together to ensure the best possible service to our customer. It is pleasing to know that this territory will receive the attention and quality of service they deserve."
PBI-Gordon has announced a new formulation for SpeedZone herbicide.
The new SpeedZone EW Broadleaf Herbicide for Turf features an emulsion-in-water (EW) formulation – a technological advance from emulsifiable concentrate (EC) formulations that rely on solvents to solubilize active ingredients.
The emulsion-in-water technology of SpeedZone EW creates smaller particle size than EC formulations. This results in more active ingredients impacting the leaf surface for improved efficacy, plus a lower odor profile and lower Volatile Organic Content (VOC).
The formulation is engineered for use in low-volume and conventional sprayers. Ideal for use on golf courses, residential and commercial turf areas, SpeedZone EW controls more than 90-plus tough broadleaf weeds, including dollarweed, ground ivy and spurge. It is labeled for use in the most common turfgrass species, including Kentucky bluegrass, annual bluegrass, annual ryegrass, perennial ryegrass, and tall fescue. Other features of SpeedZone EW include:
• A visual response within 24 hours; Weed death in 7-14 days
• Rainfast in as little as three hours
• Allows for reseeding in one week
SpeedZone EW will be available for sale in fall 2020, pending state registrations.
Millennials and Gen Z make up the largest representation in the United States workforce, nearly half. There’s plenty of competitive attributes that they can bring to the workforce - high energy, fast-paced, masters of technology and collaboration.
COVID-19 has disrupted the return to the classroom, which has opened the door for golf courses to fill both short-term and long-term needs. High school and college students are searching for jobs and exploring alternative career opportunities.
Due to hiring freezes resulting from the economic downturn, college students are seeking employment – even temporary assignments. They are applying for jobs outside of their majors, which creates an opportunity for golf.
Has the industry ever been positioned better to reframe the labor crisis? Golf courses across the country are tapping into this temporary labor pool.
However, if employers want to capitalize, they will have to adapt the work atmosphere to what this generation wants. That doesn’t mean you need to coddle them, but be flexible and willing to accommodate.
In nearly every interaction with this generation, start with why. They want to know purpose, and why each task is important to that purpose. Communication is vital to them as they seek feedback. In addition, incorporating their feedback into operations will encourage ownership.
Many retirees or older generations love the opportunity to coach and share wisdom. Building a mentor relationship will improve team cohesion, cross-train skills and break traditional barriers.
Space is an intangible need of millennials. They can’t stand to be stuck in cubicles, because of their need to collaborate and trade information with peers. Your 200-plus acres of open space is an ideal environment for millennials to express their creativity and innovation.
Growing up with technology at their fingertips is a pain point for most golf course superintendents when dealing with millennials. However, introducing technology like moisture management with handheld sensors, digital job boards and drones to advance operations will keep them engaged.
One of the negative aspects of COVID-19 has been the reduction in labor budgets. Given this workforce loves work-life balance, you can structure operations based off a four- to six-hour work shift. Set a schedule to give people time off to minimize overtime, which should keep your general manager and controller happy.
Communicate the health and wellness benefits of working on a golf course. Millennials want an active lifestyle, which goes hand in hand with job requirements on golf course maintenance.
If we learned one thing this year, maintaining a golf course fits in essential business. This is a message employers must educate the general public about to continue building positive relations.
Implementing an apprenticeship program is a strategy that jives well with parents of youth. Sending their kids off to pursue careers with no practical experience is a poor $100,000 investment. Career advancement by earning a wage while they learn will enhance public perception. Students who enroll in apprenticeship programs maintain full-time employment with that company 90 percent of the time with zero college debt.
Universities and community colleges are holding virtual fairs for students interested in different industries. While there’s no guarantee you will find your next assistant, there’s a high probability you can provide a student direct access to business network at your facility.
As projects and capital improvements have been pushed off for 2020, consider working on your human capital plan. Here some other strategies to consider:
● Contact your local university or community college to participate in employer outreach programs
● Generate online referrals on LinkedIn for your existing students. You have to give before you get.
● Consider reaching out to career centers to post your openings as students and parents seek employment referrals
The golf course industry has been yearning for an overabundance of quality candidates to offset the labor shortage. Yes, there are some adaptations, personality and generational differences that need to be accounted for. Students (high school or college) do need a mentor willing to be flexible, but the payoff could be huge.
Tyler Bloom is a workforce and leadership consultant and principal owner of TBloom, LLC. He previously served 15-years in the golf industry, the most recently as golf course superintendent at Sparrows Point Country Club in Baltimore, Maryland.
More than 200 golf course superintendents from across the United States stepped up to the tee box at the FMC Professional Solutions booth during the 2020 Golf Industry Show for the chance to earn donations for their local Golf Course Superintendents Association of America chapter. In total, FMC donated $21,000 to 71 local GCSAA chapters as a result of the kickoff event. For the month of August, FMC is increasing their give back to $25 for every 2.5-gallon purchase of Rayora fungicide.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better place to emphasize the commitment FMC has to the golf industry than at the Golf Industry Show. The extra incentive in August is a great way to further support local chapters, especially since many fundraisers and outings were cancelled this year due to COVID,” said Mike Sisti, golf and lawn care market manager for FMC. “As a committed partner, it is important to us to support the golf industry and those who are helping it progress each day.”
The fundraiser was an initiative driven by the FMC True Champions that was launched in fall 2019. One of the key features of the loyalty program is to support industry associations such as GCSAA chapters, We Are Golf and RISE.
“The Georgia GCSA applauds FMC for their commitment to the golf industry, especially in these tough economic times,” Georgia GCSA executive director Tenia Workman said. “FMC’s Give Back allows our chapter to continue to grow its programs and our mission of enhancing the game of golf and the golf course management profession. It is sincerely appreciated.”
Northern Michigan’s Forest Dunes will open its new 10-hole, 1,135-yard Keith Rhebb- and Riley Johns-designed short course Aug. 1.
Home to the celebrated Tom Weiskopf-designed Forest Dunes course and the reversible Tom Doak-designed The Loop and the 18-hole, two-acre Hilltop Putting Course, Forest Dunes offers one of the most complete and unique golfing destinations for golf aficionados and buddies trips.
Situated on a peaceful, rolling bulge of land positioned perfectly between The Loop and Forest Dunes courses and near the spacious clubhouse, pavilion, practice area and massive HillTop Putting Course, the short course, with fun, strategic holes measuring between 65 and 150 yards, is a new focal point and an energetic hot spot for golfers of all ages and skill levels.
Forest Dunes owner Lew Thompson wanted a fun and playable course for his grandkids and beginning golfers so he entrusted Johns and Rhebb, who led the renovation at Orlando’s Winter Park 9 course, to build a course with entertaining shot values and an unintimidating sense of fun. He also wanted it ready for this summer. Johns and Rhebb responded with a course that has excellent shot values while maintaining a playfulness is throughout the design. And they got it built and grassed in just 81 days.
“We essentially had carte blanche from Lew, which was awesome, and really the only way we could get the project completed in time,” Rhebb said. One of the few requests Thompson had was to make the course playful––a theme that permeated throughout the design process.
“You don’t often get the chance to get super creative when designing courses, but with the short course we really had the opportunity to have some fun with it,” Rhebb added. “Lew wanted it to be fun and always engaging, and we were able to express that in the design.”
The short course’s creatively designed greens are constructed to funnel balls toward pin locations, improving the likelihood of ever-elusive holes-in-one, while a few tee shots tempt you to make use of strategic slopes and banks instead of flying it in the air. The greens showcase a variety of subtle shapes, many being bowl-shaped and some resembling catcher’s mitts or table tops.
A unique feature on the course will be that holes 1 and 10 are crossover holes with a tree protecting from direct ball flight issues. “The land gave us such a great canvas to create something fun that offers a ‘welcoming handshake’ to entry-level players and says ‘this is what golf can be,’” Johns said. “Here you can go out in your flip flops and hit flop shots with a few buddies, try to make an ace on every hole, or use a putter off the tee to try and run one on the green.”
Not only does the design lend itself to great on-course fun, its routing also incorporates Forest Dunes’ bustling social scene, with the entire first hole and 10th viewable from the pavilion. “The pavilion is the social hub, it’s where music is playing and people are having drinks, so we wanted to take some of that liveliness and put it into play somehow,” Johns said.
Thompson thinks the prime location of the short course will easily entice guests to play it before or after a round on The Loop or Forest Dunes or any time they’re recreating on the resort grounds. “When you come to Forest Dunes, we want you to have a good time,” said Thompson, who says music, bare feet and eightsomes are all fair game on the new par-three course if that’s what it takes to make the game more accessible and fun. “What Keith and Riley have built is bringing a new life and energy to the property. It’s going to bring people together and make their time here more enjoyable.”