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.

May 8, 2018

Equipment Manager’s Vehicle

This Jacobsen Truckster XD Technical Response Vehicle (TRV) has factory optional glass doors and a pivoting windshield along with a roof-mounted Red Dot Air Conditioner. An Ingersoll Rand 2475-175 PSI Air Compressor, with a 25-foot retractable air hose, operates the power tools and fills tires. The 2,000-watt generator operates the MIG Welder and electric power tools. A swing-out lift arm has a 400-pound capacity with an electrically operated Foley United Winch. Other useful items include a toolbox, tailgate mounted vice, gasoline/diesel cans, hydraulic jack, tow straps and hitch, and battery jump starter. The permanently mounted items were added with varying minimal labor hours with varying competitive pricing. Shane Barnett, equipment manager, and Tim Hiers, CGCS, director of agronomy, at The Club at Mediterra in Naples, Fla., are a formidable team.

Fairway Aerifier Plug Removal

The Club at Mediterra in Naples, Fla., quickly and easily removes fairway aerifier plugs with a new Jacobsen Core Harvester mounted on a 2014 Toro Workman. The Workman’s hydraulic pump operates the conveyor belt that was acquired from a TYCROP fairway topdressing machine. Nylon tie-down straps hold the conveyor belt in place and bags of sand are placed on the right side of the dump body to balance the weight properly. Two rental electric-hydraulic dump trailers, with low sides, measuring approximately 6 feet by 16 feet, are used to collect the aerifier plugs, which have a much higher load capacity compared to using a turf vehicle dump body. It took less than three hours to mount everything, and the equipment and parts were in inventory. Shane Barnett is the equipment manager and Tim Hiers, CGCS, is the director of agronomy.

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