ECHO Robotics has introduced the new RP-1200 range picker to its line of autonomous turf equipment. The emissions-free, robotic machine features advanced automation guidance and safety features, helping facilities collect golf balls 24/7 in a variety of conditions.
- Bay Hill Club and Lodge Short Game Area, Orlando, Florida/Thad Layton, ASGCA and Brandon Johnson, ASGCA
- The Dunes Putting Course at Diamante Cabo San Lucas, Mexico/Paul Cowley, ASGCA
- Maple Lane Golf Club, Sterling Heights, Michigan/Raymond Hearn, ASGCA
- McLemore Club, Rising Fawn, Georgia/Bill Bergin, ASGCA and Rees Jones, ASGCA
- TPC Colorado, Berthoud, Colorado/Arthur Schaupeter, ASGCA
- University Club of Milwaukee, Milwaukee/Andy Staples, ASGCA
- A new regulation 18-hole golf course with a 6-tee system.
- New turfgrass species that require less irrigation and fertilizer.
- Residential opportunities for the engineer/land planner to design surrounding the new golf course.
- A new, lighted 9-hole par-3 course.
- A storm water retention/detention network on the new golf course that maximizes rainfall capture for irrigation use.
- Shorter golf holes that function better in the floodplain.
- Provide seven tees setting course length from 4,157 to 7,991 yards.
- 55 acres of fairway to create a lot of fairway width space to play for recreational players.
- Larger, undulating greens gives recreational players a better chance at hitting the green while creating strategic hole locations for tour players.
- Unique bunkering scheme combines stacked sod wall bunkers with traditional shaped bunkers for more strategic variety and interest.
- The combination of wider fairways, larger greens and a diversity of greenside influences to create more angles of approach, strategic variety and interest for all players.
Syngenta wants superintendents to #ExperienceTheAction at the 2020 Golf Industry Show Jan. 25-30 in Orlando, Florida, with opportunities to take action through networking, prioritizing personal health and learning about innovative solutions for defending turf.
Visitors to the Syngenta Booth No. 2628 can look at the science behind the company’s Action-branded solutions through virtual reality. Participants will see how acibenzolar-s-methyl, the plant defense activator in Daconil Action, Heritage Action and Secure Action fungicides, helps protect turf from stress.
Syngenta will introduce two new fungicides coming to the turf market in 2020.
During the show, Syngenta will support the Ladies Leading Turf panel discussion and networking reception, the GCSAA Certification Luncheon and the Superintendent of the Year award presentation.
Attendees can receive free wellness checkups at the Mobile Wellness Unit in Booth No. 2607 and free skin cancer screenings at the GIS Wellness Pavilion. Online registration is also open for the annual Health in Action 5K fun run.
“We’re excited to show superintendents an in-depth look at how the Action family of products helps manage turf stress,” Syngenta turf market manager Stephanie Schwenke said. “But we also know their jobs come with their own stresses, so we hope attendees take a moment to focus on themselves with our free health checkups and skin cancer screenings.”
Rosen Centre Hotel, poolside
Jan. 28, 5-6:30 p.m.
Mobile Wellness Unit: Free Medical Checkups and Skin Cancer Screenings
Booth No. 2607, in the GIS wellness pavilion
Jan. 29-30, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
North Hall, main stage – North Concourse
Jan. 29, 8:30-9:50 a.m.
To kick off the show, Syngenta and the GCSAA will honor several industry professionals, including the Certified Golf Course Superintendent Class of 2019, the recipient of the Old Tom Morris Award and the Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards. Mike Parkin, global head of Professional Solutions at Syngenta, will provide a special welcome to attendees.
#ExperienceTheAction: Virtual reality experience
Syngenta Booth No. 2628
Jan. 29-30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
GCSAA certification luncheon
North Hall, main stage – North Concourse
Jan. 29, 12:30-2 p.m.
Ladies leading turf discussion panel and networking reception
Convention Center, S230AB – South Concourse
Jan. 29, 3-4:20 p.m.
ASGCA president Jan Bel Jan will moderate a panel that includes:
- Cathy Harbin, owner, Pine Ridge Golf Course
- Elizabeth Guertal, Ph.D., professor at Auburn University
- Kayla Kipp, golf course equipment maintenance manager, Lodestone Golf Course & Fantasy Valley Golf Course
- Laurie Bland, golf maintenance manager, Miami Springs Golf & Country Club
- Ellen Davis, vice president, SportZmix Solutions, Waupaca Sand & Solutions
Health in Action 5K
Starting at Orange County Convention Center, South Building
Jan. 30, 6:30 a.m.
Superintendent of the Year presentation
Syngenta Booth No. 2628
Jan. 30, 1:30 p.m.
The Arizona Golf Hall of Fame inducted a quintet of new members last week, including Jeff Spangler, Troon senior vice president of science and agronomy, during a ceremony at Paradise Valley Country Club.
Spangler is one of the leading agronomic experts in the world of golf. He began his Troon career at Troon North Golf Club, where he opened the industry-leading club with Troon founder and now-executive chairman Dana Garmany and brought a new level of agronomic conditioning to the resort/daily-fee course world. Spangler received a promotion in 1993 to director of agronomy and was later promoted to senior vice president of science and agronomy. He continues to oversee all agronomic programs for Troon.
Spangler has been instrumental in standardizing high-level golf course agronomics, including environmental conservation, occupational safety and economic management across a global platform of more than 500 golf courses located in 45 states and 33 countries.
“What a special night honoring an incredible professional, colleague and friend,” Troon president and CEO Tim Schantz said. “Jeff is a real innovator in the world of agronomy. His induction into the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame is a well-earned and well-deserved honor. On behalf of and from the entire Troon family, a heartfelt thank you and congratulations.”
Under Spangler’s agronomic leadership, Troon facilities have received numerous awards and accolades, including multiple courses ranked as “Best Conditioned Golf Course in the U.S.” by Golf Digest and Golf Advisor. Prior to joining Troon, Spangler worked at Scioto Country Club, Muirfield Village Golf Club and The Pebble Beach Company.
The rest of the 2019 Arizona Golf Hall of Fame class included journalist John Davis, business industry leader Doug Hawken, club management veteran Richard Kopplin and professional golfer and architect Tom Lehman. The hall now includes 72 individuals inducted over the last 51 years.