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.

October 2, 2019

Space Efficiency

These 12 custom-made hose storage racks are made of 1/8-inch thick 8-gauge aluminum. The back baseplate measures 12 inches by 8 inches. The curved aluminum part was cut and bent into a 24-inch long by 12-inch wide piece that the hoses rest on. The 1-inch square tubing that is beneath the curve extends outward 13 inches and upward 6 inches to hold the hoses in place. Galvanized bolts measuring 9/16 inch by 2 ½ inches mount the hose racks to the wooden beams of the metal maintenance building. They have stood the test of time, and they are now 15-plus years old and counting. It took about 30 minutes to build each one and the estimated material costs were less than $25 each. Olde Florida Golf Club equipment manager Guillermo Gomez, assistants Andy Polzin and Matt Klein, and superintendent Darren J. Davis, CGCS, are an extremely efficient team in Naples. Davis was the 82nd president of the GCSAA.

Bunker Rake Blower Rack

The 2018 Stihl BR450 Backpack Blower is mounted to the 2018 Green Touch Industries Backpack Blower Rack ($89.99), ordered from Humphries Farm & Turf Supply, that is mounted to the 2018 Smithco Sand Star II Bunker Rake’s ROPS bar. The blower is mounted quickly and easily to the rack using a steel plate and lynchpins to hold it in place. The black plastic “snout” snaps into place in a specialty holder on the rack. The blower is used to clear any debris prior to raking of the bunker to provide a uniform appearance and playability. The rack took about 10 minutes to install using 5/6-inch by 1-inch self-taping screws. Equipment manager Eric “Skip” Bridges, lead mechanic Ronnie Smith and superintendent Owen Coulson represent teamwork at its finest at the Vestavia Country Club in Birmingham, Ala.

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