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.

Recycled Cart Path Panels

The decorative concrete cart paths, with color tinting mixed into the concrete while in transit to the club, are now 20-plus years old. They have stood up quite well except for a few panels. When the panels were replaced, the old panels were “stone chiseled” into the desired shape and transported by backhoe to their new home for golfers walking when crossing the drainage wash areas. They have been in place for approximately five years. There were drainpipes placed underneath them that were already in inventory, they look great and are very functional. The entire process took four hours. Plans call for adding them on two additional wash area crossings in the future. This idea was conceived by foreman Francisco Udave under the guidance of superintendent Jason Bazuin at the Seven Canyons Golf Club in Sedona, Arizona. Tom Weiskopf and Phil Smith are the original and restoration architects.

Large Backhoe Stabilizer Pads

To eliminate any damage to the Latitude 36 Bermudagrass turf, the two OEM stabilizer pads on the 1997 John Deere 310D Turbo 4x4 Loader/Backhoe were replaced with large, functional 33-inch by 33-inch metal pads approximately ½-inch thick acquired from a local metal company. Six nuts, bolts and lock washers hold them firmly in place. The idea was conceived in 2007 when concrete cart path panels were being removed so the turf remained undamaged. The estimated cost was $200 to $300 each and it took about an hour to install. Superintendent Chris Jordan and equipment manager Jose Salhuana at the Boca Rio Golf Club in Boca Raton, Florida, come up with many good ideas. Jim Nagle is the renovation architect.

Terry Buchen, CGCS, MG, is president of Golf Agronomy International. He’s a 51-year, life member of the GCSAA. He can be reached at 757-561-7777 or

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