Travels with Terry

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Globetrotting consulting agronomist Terry Buchen visits many golf courses annually with his digital camera in hand. He shares helpful ideas relating to maintenance equipment from the golf course superintendents he visits – as well as a few ideas of his own – with timely photos and captions that explore the changing world of golf course management.

April 12, 2018

Cherry Picker Attachment

This very effective implement can be attached to any front-end loader tractor with a forklift attachment. Tree trimming — or anywhere high-height access is required — can be performed easily with employee safety in mind. A recycled DJ platform from the clubhouse made from ½-inch thick plywood using approximately 60 feet of 2-inch by 8-inch support beams underneath the plywood for structural strength. The railings and further support were made from approximately 20 feet of 4-by-4 and 30 feet of 2-by-4, costing about $200 for the lumber. The remaining material list: four eye hooks ($20); 12 carriage bolts ($24); two heavy-duty ratchet straps ($25); and a climbing harness ($100). Total cost approximately $369 with about 12 hours labor time. Brian Goleski, superintendent, and J.R. Wilson, equipment manager, of the Noyac Golf Club in Sag Harbor, Long Island, N.Y., built another great idea.

Cutting Unit Lift For Grinders

Lifting heavy cutting units by hand up to the reel grinders is a thing of the past at the Noyac Golf Club in Sag Harbor, Long Island, N.Y. This platform lift has had a hydraulic motor powered by a 12-volt battery added for ease of operation. The material list includes:

  • Strongway four wheeled platform lift, Northern Tool ($630)
  • Nortrac dump trailer double-acting cylinder power unit with heavy-duty 12-volt DC Motor, Northern Tool ($469)
  • Lion welded hydraulic cylinder 3,000 PSI 24-inch stroke model, Northern Tool ($200)
  • NAPA gel battery ($100)
  • NAPA trickle charger ($25)
  • Two hydraulic hoses ($30, made in-house)

Total cost was approximately $1,454 and about four hours of labor. Brian Goleski, superintendent, and J.R. Wilson, equipment manager, makeup the very creative team at Noyac.

Terry Buchen, CGCS, MG, is president of Golf Agronomy International. He’s a 41-year, life member of the GCSAA. He can be reached at 757-561-7777 or