- 11 a.m. – Anuew PGR with Bill Kreuser: UNL turfgrass expert shares key performance benefits
- 11:20 a.m. – Pinpoint by Jason Fausey: Nufarm field expert teaches superior dollar spot efficacy
- 11:40 a.m.m – Traction by Rick Fletcher: Nufarm technical expert highlights versatile dual-FRAC technology
Nufarm has announced its plans for 2019 Golf Industry Show in San Diego. Nufarm will feature new research underscoring the significant advantages of Anuew PGR, as well as Traction and Pinpoint Fungicides.
Expert-led research presentations on Wednesday and Thursday
Learn and gain a gift or two at Nufarm booth 3937
The Nufarm exhibit will feature a fun and interactive Anuew PGR training experience. Attendees can view this mini-course and receive a travel mug. They can also attend Nufarm’s live presentations at the booth and complete a punch card for joining just two of three sessions to earn a special Nufarm divot tool gift.
Better performing plant growth regulation
GIS attendees can learn about improved turf regulation, as well as help for collar decline and seedhead suppression with Anuew at the Nufarm booth.
Welcoming the second EXCEL Leadership Program class
Nufarm will once again welcome EXCEL Program members to five days of GIS learning and engagement. The EXCEL Program, offered by Nufarm and GCSAA, provides leading-edge development opportunities for 12 assistant superintendents chosen annually from many excellent applicants. Each class participates for three years, learning leadership in personal, career, community and industry stewardship that will impact the future of golf course turf management. Learn more about the EXCEL Program and how to apply for the next class of membership at the Nufarm booth.
Celebrating golf’s leaders who innovate and demonstrate leadership in sustainability and water resource management, the USGA has named Michael T. Huck, a turfgrass and irrigation specialist from Orange County, Calif., as the recipient of its 2019 Green Section Award.
Huck will be honored at the USGA’s Annual Meeting and Service Awards Dinner at the J.W. Marriott in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, Feb. 23.
Currently a principal at Irrigation and Turfgrass Services in Southern California, Huck is widely recognized as a visionary in water conservation and water use efficiency. He has authored nearly 50 articles and continues to share news and insights on water regulations, supply issues and the future of golf course irrigation to a worldwide audience. He also regularly works with regulators, golf facilities and allied associations on developing best practices and policies that conserve water while ensuring sustainability.
“Mike’s continued dedication to elevating the topic of water conservation in golf and advocating for education and dialogue has benefited courses across North America and the world,” said Dr. Kimberly Erusha, USGA Green Section managing director. “His innovative approach, matched with his ability to communicate very complex science in a relatable way, has provided game-changing leadership that helps golf courses and communities.”
Huck has more than 40 years of experience in the golf industry, including 12 years as a golf course superintendent and six years as a regional agronomist for the USGA. His particular expertise lies in irrigation water quality assessment, saline and recycled water management, irrigation system auditing and sprinkler uniformity.
Huck has also served on several golf water task forces in Los Angeles, San Diego and the Coachella Valley in the wake of water restrictions imposed on golf courses during periods of extreme drought. He collaborated with the Southern California Golf Association to study the feasibility of creating on-site non-potable water sources that could be used on large landscape environments. He also taught an advanced water quality seminar through the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America for 12 years and coauthored a 2009 reference text on this subject.
“I have known Mike for over 30 years, during which time he has always had a genuine concern for the proper use of our precious water resources,” said Pamela Pavela, water use efficiency specialist for the Western Municipal Water District in Riverside, Calif. “However, it is Mike’s strong character and his commitment to valuing business relationships that make him a consummate professional so deserving of this award.”
The USGA Green Section Award has been presented annually since 1961. Through the work of its Green Section, which was established in 1920, the USGA is one of the world’s foremost authorities on turfgrass management, as well as research, development and promotion of environmentally friendly practices and a more sustainable game.
The Service Awards Dinner honors the people whose dedication and outstanding accomplishments have made an important contribution to the USGA and its mission to serve the game. In addition to the Green Section Award, the Joe Dey Award, the Ike Grainger Award and the Herbert Warren Wind Book Award will be presented at the evening event.
Toro has announced the launch of the new Greensmaster 1000 Series fixed-head walk greens mowers. This new series of fixed-head greensmowers, with several patent-pending features, was designed to eliminate variability in the walk mowing process by integrating operators of all sizes and skill levels to work in harmony with the machine. Ultimately, the desired result was to improve the operator experience and deliver consistent quality-of-cut and playability for golfers.
A number of operator-centric features have been integrated into the new line to improve cut quality and consistency. For instance, the innovative telescoping loop handle can be easily adjusted to comfortably accommodate operators of varying heights. The simple adjustment simultaneously helps to deliver a more consistent cut, while reducing operator fatigue. Handle isolation mounts give the cutting units consistent contact with the ground throughout the mowing process, eliminating even the slightest variability in the height-of-cut that can occur because of variations in handle pressure or differing operator strides.
The new bail design combines safety and operational control. New operator controls, in conjunction with a shorter distance between the roller and drum, deliver significantly more precise handling in turns as well as more consistent performance on greens with modest undulations. Other exciting features include the new Edge Series reels for a crisp, close, precise cut, an easy-to-reach knob for adjusting the clip rate and flexibility to choose between 8-, 11- and 14-blade cutting units. These and several other newly integrated features on the Greensmaster 1000 Series mowers contribute to an outstanding after-cut appearance.
“This new series of fixed-head walk greens mowers takes cutting performance to an all-new level,” said Helmut Ullrich, Toro senior product marketing manager. “We started from the ground up in the development of these machines, and we are excited that this solution helps courses deliver the best playing experience available.”
Another key focus during the development of the new Greensmaster 1000 Series was to save time and money by minimizing and simplifying maintenance. Several features contribute to a lower overall cost of ownership. For example, it now takes only minutes to replace an entire cutting unit or engine assembly. From the modular design for easy repair and replacement of key components to the ability of each unit to backlap directly using transport wheels, the entire maintenance process is streamlined to maximize uptime without sacrificing performance.
The all-new Greensmaster 1000 Series models are powered by Honda GX120 engines, and are available in a variety of standard cutting widths, including:
- • Greensmaster 1018, featuring an 18-inch (45.7 cm) cutting width
- • Greensmaster 1021, featuring a 21-inch (53.3 cm) cutting width
- • Greensmaster 1026, featuring a 26-inch (66 cm) cutting width
The Greensmaster 1000 Series fixed-head walk greensmowers will be on display at the Golf Industry Show in Booth #4337 and available for purchase in spring 2019.
Kapalua Golf’s Plantation Course, home of the PGA TOUR’s Sentry Tournament of Champions, will close Feb. 11 to undergo a multimillion-dollar enhancement project aimed at refining and revitalizing the 27-year-old golf course. The project will be completed in November 2019, in time for the course to host the 2020 Sentry Tournament of Champions in early January.
Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, the original Plantation Course design team, will assist with the extensive course enhancement project. Troon’s design/development/agronomy team and longtime Maui resident and Golf Channel personality Mark Rolfing will also provide input on the project.
“All of the Plantation Course refinements will be focused on improving the playability of the golf course for our guests, while also providing new challenges for PGA TOUR professionals,” said Alex Nakajima, general manager, Kapalua Golf & Tennis. “For all of the changes, it’s important to note that the overall Plantation Course layout and routing will remain the same.”
Plantation Course enhancements will include:
- Green complexes will be reconstructed and then resurfaced with TifEagle bermudagrass
- Fairways, rough and tee boxes will be re-grassed using Celebration bermudagrass
- Bunkers will be renovated and some will be eliminated or relocated
- Greens will be refined to create more options for hole locations (without changing the character of the greens)
- All existing tee boxes will be rebuilt and additional tees will be added, including a significant number of new forward/family tees. A new combined back tee will be added for holes 3 and 9.
“This will be a very thoughtful restoration and refining process, but it’s not a redesign. We are very happy with the way the course looks and the way it has gone through the past nearly three decades,” Bill Coore said. “It’s like when you have a special piece of art, or something really special to you, and you get a chance to dust if off and make it new again.”
In addition to the on-course enhancements, the Plantation Course clubhouse will also be renovated. The building will receive a new roof, new doors and windows, and an interior refresh with new paint, flooring, electrical and plumbing in hallways, restrooms and locker rooms. On-course restrooms will also be refreshed.
Jason Friedman mows so many tee boxes he could count them instead of sheep to fall asleep at night. There are 126 in all at Longleaf Golf and Family Club in Southern Pines, N.C. On the face of it, that sounds more like a nightmare for a golf course superintendent than the stuff of dreams. But Friedman has tweaked his operation to a point where the extra tee care is “effectively net neutral” from a maintenance perspective.
His facility is home to the Longleaf Tee System, a joint initiative of the American Society of Golf Course Architects and U.S. Kids Golf. In short, the system provides tees suited to a golfer’s driving distance so that long and short hitters are more likely to play the same club into a green. Colored markers on the driving range help players determine how far their drives carry and, therefore, which tees they should play.
The Longleaf system, with seven tees per hole, was one of the stars of a recent ASGCA Foundation symposium on “Forward Tees and Other High-ROI Ideas” in Pinehurst, N.C. Along with short courses, putting courses and courses with fewer holes, speakers reported that concepts like the Longleaf system are resonating with busier and younger golfers.
“I don’t have people coming into my office telling me they play here because we have tees better suited to their game,” Friedman says. “But in the pro shop, we are hearing that people are enjoying their time on the golf course and we can see that with increased rounds.”
Longleaf’s owner and instigator of the idea of tailoring tees for how far golfers hit the ball, Dan Van Horn, told the symposium rounds increased 20 percent in the year the system was installed and another 17.5 percent this year. “We’re trying to revolutionize how kids are brought into the game,” he says. “Other sports scale their playing arena for kids.” The Longleaf system allowed those kids and their much longer-hitting dads to play the same course at the same time.
Kids may be the primary audience, but they’re not only ones attracted. “In our first year, 93 percent of rounds played by women were played on tees that did not exist on the golf course previously,” Van Horn says. “People are asking for scorecards at the end of their round because they want to take them back to their course and get the same thing introduced there.”
To keep his budget “net neutral” despite maintaining so many extra tees, Friedman made savings in two key areas. The first was in reducing heavily maintained acreage in out of play areas, about 10 acres in all that are now “sandy, natural” expanses planted in part with lovegrass, wiregrass and broomsedge. “We’re not just saving money and labor, these areas now provide a contrast and help highlight the golf course itself,” Friedman says.
He has also trimmed about eight acres of fairway mowing across the course. Many of the forward-most tees are simply rectangles mowed at tee height in what was formerly the start of fairways. Allowing the bermudagrass around them to grow to rough height, not only reduces mowing but helps distinguish the tees, which Friedman paints in winter.
It takes a total of 16 hours to mow every tee – eight yards wide by 10 yards long – twice weekly in the growing season. Friedman mows with triplex units in straight lines. He tried rounding the corners to save a little time and money, but found the inside wheel, even with no tread, was wearing and tearing the turf. “It was just too tight a turning radius so now we back up,” he says.
Scott Brown admits he “wasn’t too enthused” by the idea of installing new forward tees at Surf Golf and Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He felt he had enough on his plate. In two years as superintendent at the club, Brown endured an ice storm, flood and greens renovation. Then, six days after reopening, Hurricane Matthew arrived, bringing a direct hit from a tornado.
“Someone’s got it in for me,” he told the symposium in Pinehurst. “Besides famine, I think I’ve got it covered!” But with significant areas on the nearly 60-year-old course opened up by resultant tree loss, the club engaged architect John LaFoy. “When he started talking about putting in forward tees, I wasn’t too enthused,” Brown says. “But I started looking at the demographics of our club.”
What he found was that just 2 percent of the membership was between the ages of 16 and 35, and about 80 percent of men were 65 years or older. “Maybe I was part of the problem,” Brown says. “They’d come to me saying they couldn’t get on the green in two on some holes, and I’d just tell them to find another tee box to play.”
You could say those aging men “saw red” at that suggestion, the red color of what they had always known as “ladies tees.” When LaFoy installed new forward tees, creating a new course option of about 4,000 yards Brown learned he could entice some of those male members forward if he painted the tee markers silver or, on some holes, a mix of half silver and half red.
“We now actually have eight different tees and combination tees to help put the fun of golf back into play,” he says. “We see kids out there now with their grandpas on same tee boxes enjoying themselves … This forward tee stuff is awesome. It’s been a real eye-opener for me.”
Trent Bouts is a golf writer and editor based in Greer, S.C., and a frequent GCI contributor.