Divanem nematicide from Syngenta has been registered for use in California. With the nematicide active ingredient abamectin, Divanem helps superintendents manage multiple plant parasitic nematodes, including lance, root knot and sting.
“By offering Divanem to superintendents in California, we are meeting their needs for reliable nematode control and improved aesthetics and playability for their courses,” said Stephanie Schwenke, turf market manager at Syngenta. “Since being introduced in other states in 2016, Divanem has become an integral part of agronomic programs to help control these elusive, but very damaging pests.”
When used as part of an agronomic program with solutions such as Heritage Action fungicide, superintendents can simultaneously manage nematodes while preventing additional stresses turf can encounter when weakened. When turf roots are damaged by nematodes, the plant is unable to effectively absorb water and nutrients from the soil. A damaged root system also weakens the plant and decreases its ability to defend itself against biotic and abiotic stress like heat, drought and disease, which can negatively impact turf quality.
“Damaged and stressed turf is more susceptible to infection, so using Divanem with Heritage Action provides nematode control against species like root-knot while boosting turf’s defenses against disease pathogens,” said Dr. Dean Mosdell, technical services manager for turf at Syngenta. “Heritage Action fungicide delivers proven control of soil-borne disease with a boost of acibenzolar-S-methyl (ASM) for enhanced biotic and abiotic stress management.”
Divanem is available in a package containing two half-gallon jugs and qualifies for yearlong savings as part of the GreenTrust 365 program, which runs until Dec. 7, 2018. It is also available as part of a Multipak with one half-gallon of Divanem and five one-pound bottles of Heritage Action in a convenient combination to treat 5 acres.
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PBI-Gordon Corporation has extended the company’s October End-User Early Order Program deadline for customers in states in the South and Southeast affected by Hurricanes Michael and Florence.
To give them more time to focus on recovery efforts, PBI-Gordon professional turfgrass management customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Virginia will have until Nov. 30, 2018 to take advantage of the maximum rebate allowed for their specific purchases.
“The hurricane season so far this year has been disruptive and damaging, and we realize how much stress it has placed on our distributor and end-user partners in the affected states,” PBI-Gordon vice president of professional and agricultural sales Doug Obermann said. “It is our hope that, by extending the EOP pricing deadline, we can alleviate some of their concerns and worry.”
Toro has announced this year’s winner of the annual Toro Super Bowl Sports Turfgrass Training Program. Wilson Morgan, who majors in crop, soil and environmental sciences at Auburn University, was selected to assist the grounds crew in field preparations for Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
Since 1967, Toro has partnered with the National Football League to provide equipment and expertise to help prepare the game field and multiple practice fields leading up to the biggest professional football game of the year. In 2003, Toro and the NFL established the Super Bowl Sports Turfgrass Training Program. Developed to recognize one student each year who has shown exemplary leadership in turfgrass management, the program encourages emerging professionals to further grow their knowledge base by assisting the grounds crew for this high-profile game. Morgan will work alongside NFL field directors Ed Mangan, George Toma and the Super Bowl grounds crew at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on turfgrass maintenance, logo painting, field preparation for media day, halftime preparation and field cleanup.
“I’ve had some excellent mentors in my life who helped me discover my dream of one day becoming a football field manager,” Morgan said. “I’m so grateful for this amazing opportunity to learn from the best of the best and apply what I learn to my future career.”
Morgan plans to graduate from Auburn University in the spring of 2020. He is currently a member of the grounds crew for Auburn University and has been responsible for helping maintain all athletic fields on campus — specifically during the baseball and football seasons. Additionally, Morgan was an intern on the Miami Dolphins grounds crew at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, during the summer of 2018.
To be considered for the program, entrants had to undergo a comprehensive application process. Due to Morgan’s ambition to pursue a career in turfgrass management, and the leadership he has shown among the student workers as part of the Auburn University grounds crew, he was selected from a large pool of talented candidates. Applicants must be enrolled in at least the second year of a two-year turfgrass program, or in at least the junior year of a four-year turfgrass program.
“We’re thrilled that Wilson Morgan will be part of the Super Bowl Sports Turfgrass Training Program this year at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta,” said Boyd Montgomery, CSE, CSFM, regional business manager for sports fields & grounds, North America at Toro. “Wilson has shown outstanding leadership skills in his current role at Auburn University, and we hope this experience helps contribute to a good foundation as he works to finish up his education and start his career as a sports field management professional.”
The game is Feb. 3, 2019, and Morgan will be on site helping to prepare the field during the week leading up to the Super Bowl.
The J.R. Simplot Company is expanding its turf, horticulture and specialty plant nutrition business to the southeastern United States. “Simplot Partners” will now operate new locations in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Texas. The new locations will offer a complete line of plant nutrients, plant protection, specialty products and maintenance options for nursery, turf and specialty agricultural professionals.
Dr. Jeff Higgins, manager of business development for Simplot’s southeast locations, said that plans for the new locations are being finalized, with hiring and operations ramping up to full service starting next summer.
“We’re excited to establish a presence here,” he said. “We’re a 90-year-old, family-owned company that operates in a range of industries serving food, agriculture and other related, specialized industries like golf course and turf management. Our focus on long-term relationships is a true differentiator for our Partners business.”
Simplot Partners offers a complete line of products that meet the needs of a wide range of customers, including golf courses, landscapers, nursery operators, municipalities and athletic field managers. The company’s turf was used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Simplot also offers a proprietary line of premium turf colorants and many other ornamental plant management products. Simplot Partners has locations in 16 other states, all in the West, as well as two locations in Australia.
The seventh annual American Society of Golf Course Architects Design Excellence Recognition Program honorees have been named. Projects from 11 courses have been cited for their work with ASGCA members in addressing unique design challenges.
Since its creation, the Design Excellence Recognition Program has highlighted the innovation and problem-solving skills required of today’s golf course designs, from new 18-hole layouts to renovations to new and updated practice facilities.
(Pictured: Baylands Golf Links in Palo Alto, California)
The 2018 nominations were reviewed by a panel of golf industry leaders, including representatives of the Club Managers Association of America, Golf Course Builders Association of America and Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.
The recognized courses are:
-- Banyan Cay Resort & Golf, West Palm Beach, Florida/Jack Nicklaus, ASGCA Fellow, Chris Cochran, ASGCA, and John Sanford, ASGCA
-- Baylands Golf Links, Palo Alto, California/Forrest Richardson, ASGCA
-- Boca Lago Country Club, Boca Raton, Florida/Jan Bel Jan, ASGCA
-- Braemar Golf Course, Edina, Minnesota/Richard Mandell, ASGCA
-- City Park Golf Course, Denver/Todd Schoeder, ASGCA Associate
-- Golf Learning Facility at Harris Park, Kansas City, Missouri/Todd Clark, ASGCA
-- The Preserve at Oak Meadows, Addison, Illinois/Greg Martin, ASGCA
-- Sunset Valley Golf Club, Highland Park, Illinois/Rick Jacobson, ASGCA
-- The Nest at Friday Harbour Resort, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada/Doug Carrick, ASGCA
-- The South Course at Arcadia Bluffs, Arcadia, Michigan/Dana Fry, ASGCA, and Jason Straka, ASGCA
-- Waters Edge Golf Course, Fremont, Michigan/Raymond Hearn, ASGCA
“This is an impressive group of golf facilities, and I congratulate them and the architects they worked with on these projects,” ASGCA President Jeff Blume said. “Each year, the Design Excellence Recognition Program illustrates the art and science of golf course architecture that leads to facilities better-serving their communities and golfers. I have so much respect for what is shown in these projects.”
Banyan Cay Resort & Golf, West Palm Beach, Florida/Jack Nicklaus, ASGCA Fellow, Chris Cochran, ASGCA, and John Sanford, ASGCA
The design team transformed a former 36-hole private club into a successful 18-hole resort course, with extensive practice facilities, resort hotel and resort residences.
The 100-acre development was full of highly organic soils not suitable for building and development. Over 300,000 cubic yards of unsuitable material was transferred to the golf course. This unsuitable soil was used to fill and build the practice range thus saving significant expense. The final quantity of poor soil was utilized to raise and provide better definition on the practice range.
Baylands Golf Links, Palo Alto, California/Forrest Richardson, ASGCA
Project goals included reconfiguring the course to resolve community flooding, replacing irrigation, improving drainage and transforming the landscape with native habitat areas and a 40 percent reduction in managed turf area. More than 450,000 cubic yards of imported topsoil were imported to raise elevations above sea level soil conditions. Permitting involved eight federal, state and local agencies. More than 12 acres of new wetlands were created and integrated to preserved wetlands.
A major component of the redesign was to free up 10 acres of the golf course land for a new public recreation facility, a move that would have cost the City of Palo Alto more than $60 million had the real estate been purchased on the open market. The City’s new golf asset is now financially sustainable, an equally important goal to the environmental objectives set for the project.
Boca Lago Country Club, Boca Raton, Florida/Jan Bel Jan, ASGCA
Established in 1975 as 36 holes, Boca Lago Country Club was prime for modernization. The facility was reconfigured as 27 holes with expanded practice range and Golf Academy, two short game areas (each with its own practice putting green), two putting greens and two practice holes.
-- Re-configured 36 holes to three nines, plus two short game areas, two putting greens and two practice holes
-- Re-designed/re-built greens to accommodate more rounds and established stimpmeter readings of 10-11.
-- Repurposed excavated greensmix to create 27 additional tees (75,000 sf) and raise elevations of fairways too close to water table.
Braemar Golf Course, Edina, Minnesota/Richard Mandell, ASGCA
How can you to revitalize an under-performing and outdated 27-hole course on environmentally sensitive property golfers dismissed and citizens saw draining tax dollars? The solution was a new 18 holes that preserved floodplain, increased wetlands, restored Oak Savanna, and provided a great strategic and playable challenge for all golfers. The new course re-captured the golfing constituency with a layout that brought out the topographic features of the property to provide strategic challenge. The environmentally sensitive features of the site enhanced that challenge and also gained support of non-playing residents.
City Park Golf Course, Denver/Todd Schoeder, ASGCA Associate
How do you utilize an existing, 1913 historic golf course in the heart of an urban environment to address major neighborhood flooding issues without changing the character of the golf course? The remodeled par 70, 18-hole course retains the original course character and includes a new First Tee course, driving range, multigenerational forward tees and three short courses within the course. The design utilized 20 acres of the course to hold and slow 227-acre feet of floodwater during storms, providing much need floodwater protection and also includes an integrated natural water treatment channel that enhances course strategy.
Golf Learning Facility at Harris Park, Kansas City, Missouri/Todd Clark, ASGCA
Harris Park offers basketball courts, sand volleyball, miniature golf and a football practice field. With limited space, the challenge was to create a golf learning center that would expose the community to the game.
First phase construction included six synthetic tees playing to two synthetic putting greens, zoysiagrass fairways and fescue roughs. There are two synthetic turf-lined greenside bunkers.
The master plan calls for another hole along with a large practice green. The course will ultimately consist of three holes with three tees each allowing for a nine-hole loop. The planned putting green will be built to function as a nine-hole putting course.
The Preserve at Oak Meadows, Addison, Illinois/Greg Martin, ASGCA
The Preserve regularly suffered flood damage losing revenue and customers while pressuring operations and maintenance staff. Goals included improve golf conditions, relieve downstream and on-course flooding, provide environmental benefit, improve water and habitat quality, and provide connectivity to other Preserve properties.
To meet the objectives of flood resistant golf and environmental benefit, the planning, design and permitting was coordinated with 19 separate agencies. Ultimately, 27 holes was converted to 18 holes, moving four holes from flood-prone areas to more upland positions while other holes in close proximity of the creek floodway were raised above specified flood elevations.
Sunset Valley Golf Club, Highland Park, Illinois/Rick Jacobson, ASGCA
Long term deferred maintenance negatively impacted this 1920’s era golf course that was constructed in a lowland area of undeveloped floodplain and floodway. Significant public engagement resulted in a comprehensive master plan to improve drainage infrastructure, storm water management and enhance the golf experience for all golfers.
Raised tee shot landing areas, swales and strategic landforms designed within specific hydraulic flow modeling constraints have transformed a flat site into a course with sweeping elevation changes that provide dramatic panoramic views. This combination of the art and science of golf course architecture has resulted in the enhanced functionality of a recreational amenity for the community.
The Nest at Friday Harbour Resort, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada/Doug Carrick, ASGCA
A 600-acre “urban style” resort included design of a 200-acre championship golf course. Course design required the disposal of 2 million cubic meters of earth excavated from the marina basin to be utilized and sculpted on 15 golf holes located on flat, open agricultural land with limited natural character.
The new course features dramatic elevation changes of up to 50 feet in height and landforms that mimic a natural rolling moraine landscape. The course was also designed to encourage walking with gentle climbs going uphill and more dramatic elevation changes on downhill holes. The 6th, 9th,15th and 18th holes are all located within close proximity to the clubhouse allowing time constrained golfers to play shorter rounds. The practice area features a nine-hole pitch and putt course integrated into the target greens for junior clinics and beginning golfers.
The South Course at Arcadia Bluffs, Arcadia, Michigan/Dana Fry, ASGCA, and Jason Straka, ASGCA
The project is a unique design inspired by the Chicago Golf Club design from early American golf course architects CB Macdonald and Seth Raynor. Prominent features of the South Course common to both it and the Chicago Golf Club include:
-- Large greens, averaging over 9,400 square feet, often squared off in one or more corners and separated into different sections using swales, ridges, slopes and isolated bumps.
-- Bunkering style defined by strong grass faces and ribbons of flat sand which jut far into the fairways.
-- Wide, straight-edged fairways and approaches running directly into bunkers, offering strategic lines of play.
Waters Edge Golf Course, Fremont, Michigan/Raymond Hearn, ASGCA
The lack of a driving range was not appealing to existing members and public golfers. The golf course needed something to trigger a renaissance to help attract more members and public play. A master plan and construction drawings were developed for two new golf holes in order to create room for a new upscale driving range, new putting and a chipping green.
The range features are designed to look like actual golf holes in order to increase enjoyment when practicing. The range can also be played as actual golf holes when the main range tee is closed. The new range will help attract more golfers especially juniors, women and super seniors to the club.