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.


Topdressing Drag Mat

This Toro 5040 Sand Pro does double-duty dragging-in greens sand topdressing. The framework is made out of 6-foot by 1-inch by 1-inch by 1/16-inch square tubing. The 52-inch by 80-inch scrap carpet remnant wraps around two 2-inch by 6-inch by 36-inch boards on both ends. Four spring clips, eight eye bolts and 4 feet of 3/16-inch chain comprise the parts list. The carpet goes up and down using the hydraulic lift used for the bunker rake. The carpet is placed vertically for transport with the flip of the wrist and two bungee cords. Materials cost around $171, and it took about 10 hours labor time for fabrication, testing and configuration. Jesse Metcalf, superintendent, and Doug Meir, equipment manager, are the “A Team” at the Bonita National Golf & Country Club in Bonita Springs, Fla.

Wile E. Coyote Prevention

The Vestavia Country Club in Vestavia Hills, Ala., rebuilt all of its greens using AU Victory Creeping Bentgrass in 2017. One Zareba ESP2M-Z (two Miles) Electric Fence Controller ($112.71 Amazon) per green was hooked-up to Electric Fence Poly Wire/Poly Rope, Steel/Aluminum Fence or Poly Tap. Insulators available from Zareba or Gallagher were attached to traditional metal snow fence posts. Coyotes from the mountains were digging up the newly seeded greens. The bottom electric fences were placed low enough so the coyotes could not crawl underneath them and both fences were placed close enough together so they could not enter in-between them. The electric fence solved the problem, the 4-volt battery lasted one month and it took one day to install. They were borrowed from Rex Davis, superintendent, at Shoal Creek (Ala.) Golf Club. Owen Coulson, superintendent, Jeff Womack, 18-hole assistant, and Drew Charcandy, 9-hole assistant, created the fence.