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Teeing Up Tweets: Update On #WebbyStrong

Golf Industry Insider - 2 hours 7 min ago
This from PGA of Ontario president Simon Bevan on the progress of Ian Webb, COO of the Credit Valley Golf and Country Club in Mississauga, Ont., who began treatments after being diagnosed with glioblastoma and undergoing recent surgery. Successful Day 1 of treatment….from Helen.."Staples are out and everything looks good. We had a beautiful sunny […]
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Industry Voices: Kyle German On His Return To The Golf Industry

Golf Industry Insider - 5 hours 21 min ago
After a three-year absence, Kyle German is back in the golf industry as general manager/head professional at his former place of employment, now known as the Bald Eagle Golf Club in Point Roberts, Wash., which is under new ownership and has undergone extensive changes. For more on that and other PGA of British Columbia member […]
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PGA Of Ontario Members Are Still On The Move

Golf Industry Insider - 5 hours 27 min ago
There has been plenty of movement by PGA of Ontario members in the past week. To catch up on all of the member moves, click here.
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Westin Bear Mountain Seeks Lead Equipment Technician

Golf Industry Insider - 7 hours 34 min ago
The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa is currently hiring for the position of lead equipment technician. Responsibilities: Supervising and overseeing two to three mechanics. Working within a schedule while also being able to comfortably adapt to change. Maintaining quality of cut to high standards. Working closely with the course superintendent and assistants. Maintenance […]
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Link: Plenty Of Change In 2019 For B.C. Golf Club, Including A New Professional

Golf Industry Insider - 7 hours 42 min ago
The Seven Hills Golf and Country Club in Port Hardy, B.C., has several changes in store for the 2019 golf season and one of them is a new golf professional. Tyson Whitney has more here for the North Island Gazette.
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Rees Jones returning to enhance southeast Pennsylvania course

Golf Course Industry - 12 hours 44 min ago
LedgeRock Golf Club outside Reading, Pa., will be undergoing its first major course renovation since the feted Rees Jones design opened for play in 2006.  During 2019, Jones and his team will concentrate on two holes at LedgeRock — the downhill, par-3 10th and the uphill, par-4 17th — with plans to adjust other holes going forward. Ground has already been broken this spring on 10; it should open by Memorial Day Weekend. The plan for 17 calls for construction to be completed in late 2019. Alan FitzGerald, the only course superintendent LedgeRock has ever had, will oversee the effort using in-house construction crews.  The changes will be substantial: the 10th will be equipped with an array of new tee locations, allowing this single hole to play from as many as six new angles and elevations. At the somewhat notorious 17th, Jones will soften the club’s most difficult hole.  “Every golf course needs to be reevaluated from time to time,” Jones said. “At 17, we are taking out the cross bunker to make the hole more playable for every caliber player. On hole number 10, we are building more tee locations to create more shot variety on a daily basis.”  Jones’ design associate Bryce Swanson will direct the renovation measures on site. He explained that tree clearing on 10 got underway in 2018.  “These new tee positions make sense agronomically — more sun, more air movement, spreading the wear and tear around more tees — but they will also create some really cool, new angles of attack,” Swanson said. “The club deserves credit for taking the initiative here. They’ve demonstrated a real sophisticated vision for LedgeRock. What they did with that teaching facility, for example, was way ahead of its time — clubs just weren’t doing that sort of thing 10 years ago. We relish the opportunity to complete that vision with the renovation of these two holes.” LedgeRock Golf Club opened in 2006, 15 minutes southwest of Reading, on 212 acres of terrain marked by striking elevation changes and riven by half a dozen roaring brooks. In an era when golf courses and private clubs are closing down in droves, LedgeRock has thrived by doubling down on golf itself. “We have no tennis courts or swimming pools here,” said general manager Gerry Heller, who arrived in 2017 from Philmont CC in Huntingdon Valley, outside Philadelphia. “It’s a very lively, social place, but our members are here for their golf. They’re devoted to it. I’ve worked at elite clubs all over the country, but I’ve never seen a learning center double as such a social hub.” Designed in a carriage-house style by the architects at Blackney Hayes, the LedgeRock Learning Center was among the first to offer state-of-the-art swing analysis and indoor hitting bays that deploy FlightScope, Boditrak and K-Vest technologies. There’s a dedicated instruction studio, an indoor putting and chipping green, and an array of fitting systems for clubs.  The complex, which also serves the club’s oversized outdoor range/practice facility, is centered around a great room with adjoining patio and fire pit. With its own food & beverage capability, plus commanding views of the 13th and 14th holes, the learning center has proved a popular venue for corporate meetings. “But we’ve got to be careful about that — the members just love to gather there,” Heller said. Golf courses nationwide are indeed closing in record numbers — a net loss of some 150 each year since 2008, according to the National Golf Foundation. Private clubs have been particularly hard hit; hundreds have closed outright, but hundreds more have been obliged to go public. Berks County alone has seen a dozen golf properties shuttered over the last decade. Market forces would appear stacked against the success of LedgeRock, but Heller believes that ultimately they have contributed to it. “Two quite prominent private clubs in Harrisburg also closed their doors recently and a number of those players have come to play their golf here,” Heller said. “I could cite a dozen similar examples. It’s terrible to see all these closures, but it has helped us evolve and grow as a club, strategically. Today we do view ourselves as a regional private club with members from outside what a typical private club would consider its ‘market.’” “The club has adjusted to what is a new, broader market,” new golf professional Zach Halvonik added, “one that really extends past Harrisburg, north of Reading, south to Lancaster and all the way into the western Main Line suburbs. That’s why we maintain the Kohl House,” a four-bedroom guest cottage where members can stay the night. “The market determines a lot of what we do here, including renovating these two holes, to make the golf course that much better and attractive to prospective members.”]]>
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Mackenzie Tour President Announces His Retirement

Golf Industry Insider - Mon, 2019-03-25 17:15
The PGA Tour has announced that Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada president Jeff Monday is retiring after more than 30 years of service. The transition in Mackenzie Tour leadership will include longtime championship management executive director Todd Rhinehart alongside Mackenzie Tour vice president Scott Pritchard. Rhinehart will serve as a managing director for several of the […]
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PGA Of Ontario Executive Director To Leave Position In April

Golf Industry Insider - Mon, 2019-03-25 15:29
Kevin Purcell, executive director of the Ontario Zone of the PGA of Canada, will leave his post April 18, to pursue a new career. “It is with great regret that our board of directors accepts Mr. Purcell’s resignation. While we understand the new opportunities presented to him, Kevin’s leadership impact on the Ontario Zone of […]
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Weekend Leftovers: History Quiz, Economics, RBC Canadian Open’s Reach And More

Golf Industry Insider - Mon, 2019-03-25 15:24
When the Masters rolls around in a couple of weeks and everyone starts heading up Magnolia Lane, we’ll hear a lot of stories, many that we’ve heard before, about Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Bobby Jones etc. and rightly so. It’s tradition at this time of year and we revel in those tales, but […]
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Golf Ontario Seeks Mobile Youth Program Coordinator

Golf Industry Insider - Mon, 2019-03-25 15:15
Golf Ontario is currently seeking a mobile youth programs coordinator. Reporting to the manager of sport, the successful candidate will be responsible for delivering Future Links mobile clinics for children aged 6-16 and Golf in Schools programing for kids aged 5-12. The position will require daily travel throughout the province to schools, community centres, summer […]
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Air-O-Lator debuts new fountain

Golf Course Industry - Mon, 2019-03-25 14:05
Air-O-Lator recently revealed its latest addition to an extensive line of Font’ N-Aire fountains. The Nu-Wave decorative floating fountain system is designed for applications where electrical power entering the water is prohibited or undesired. This fountain is designed to operate without an electrical motor or wire in the water. It can also run in shallow water conditions in as little as nine inches of water depth. The Nu-Wave is designed with very shallow applications in mind. Water is pumped from the body of water through a centrifugal pump and then back to the fountain through a minimum two-inch flexible hose. The Nu-Wave has no moving parts that can become fouled from debris, so there’s no need for electricity to enter the body of water and thereby no possibility of clogging. This new fountain system opens many possibilities not previously offered in Air-O-Lator’s high-performing fountain line. The Nu-Wave is ideal for very shallow irrigation ponds, stormwater retention ponds, ponds with heavy debris, swimming areas, or any application where electricity entering the water is prohibited or not desired. The Nu-Wave fountain consists of a float, a mounting disc, a two-inch hose adaptor, a water plenum and one of Air-O-Lator’s standard five decorative nozzles. The design incorporates a transfer pump located outside of the body of water. The pump will pull water from the pond/lake and then pump it back through a flexible hose connected to the fountain providing the spray pattern of their choice. Customers can choose from a Diana, Galaxy, NorthStar, Nova, or Solace nozzle and can use their pump and hoses or purchase Air-O-Lator’s optional accessories to complete their fountain system.]]>
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Innovation Never Stops: The Revysol Story

Golf Course Industry - Mon, 2019-03-25 12:37
(Editor’s Note: This year, BASF and GCI are working together to tell the story of how a new active ingredient is coming to life for the golf market. The idea is to help you learn the scope of the R&D, testing, investment and plain hard work that goes on behind the scenes of product development. The specific formulations are not yet approved by EPA but indications are they will be available in 2019. The products discussed in this article are not registered and not available for sale, this article is provided for informational purposes only and not intended to promote the sale of the products. This is part 2 of a 4-part series on the remarkable process of bringing new chemistry to your golf course.) If you’ve been around the golf course business more than a minute or two you’ve probably been to a field day. They are turf nerd heaven. You get the chance to eyeball new plant species, compare how different cultivation practices impact turf quality and, most of all, see side-by-side comparisons of how many of the insecticides, herbicides and fungicides in the market perform in your area. Yet, there are also tests going on around you at those field days that aren’t part of the tour. They are the experimental products, the yet unnamed actives and compounds that industry companies feel have promise on turf. In many cases, they are products being transplanted from ag. For example, many of today’s strobilurin fungicides came from the rice fields of the South. But, in rarer cases those “Product X” plots contain an active ingredient that’s coming to turf on a parallel testing program with ag. Revysol® fungicide, BASF’s newest disease management technology, is one of those rare compounds that is being simultaneously developed for ag and turf. And, for the past 5-6 years, you’ve probably been walking right by it at your local field day. Recently, the experimental versions of Revysol fungicide (trade name for the new active ingredient) under your feet at those field days got product names: Maxtima® fungicide – the standalone version – and Navicon® Intrinsic® brand fungicide® – a combo with BASF’s strobilurin Insignia® Intrinsic® brand fungicide. And, according to some of the best plant pathologists in the world, their performance in university testing is exceptional. We talked with several scientists who’ve been heavily involved in the field trials process about what they did and what they saw. Here’s what we learned from Dr. Jim Kerns of North Carolina State University, Dr. Bruce Martin of Clemson, Dr. Rick Latin of Purdue and Dr. Burce Clarket of Rutgers.  First, from the transition zone, Dr. Jim Kerns:We have worked with Revysol – without knowing what it was – since 2013 or 2014. Initially we worked with the products as numbered compounds and the first diseases we tested were dollar spot, brown patch and anthracnose. Our first observations were strong in that the products provided excellent control of these three diseases. We continued to work with these diseases and started expanding into other diseases such as spring dead spot, fairy ring and take-all root rot of ultradwarf bermudagrasses. When we finally learned it was a DMI, we were shocked. We had applied this material to creeping bentgrass and ultradwarf bermudagrass greens during periods of the year where other DMIs are usually phytotoxic but we hadn’t observed any phyto damage. Honestly, with the flush of new SDHIs, we were happy that a new DMI was being introduced especially one that did not result in phytotoxicity because many supers were moving away from DMIs in general. We have a unique system here at NC State where we develop testing protocols specific to what the companies tell us about the product and they vary widely for each disease. In this case we typically made 4 to 6 applications of Maxtima or Navicon for diseases like dollar spot or anthracnose, but only two to three applications for diseases such as spring dead spot or take-all root rot. We also varied how the products are applied based on the disease. For example, we irrigate fungicides in immediately after application when targeting diseases that affect the roots and stems like spring dead spot, fairy ring and take-all root rot. We have found that Maxtima is an excellent fungicide for dollar spot, anthracnose, fairy ring, spring dead spot and take-all root rot. Navicon is also excellent on these diseases but brings better brown patch and summer patch control to the table with the addition of Insignia to Maxtima fungicide. The major observation is we did not see any phytotoxicity associated with Maxtima applications in any scenario we used. We applied the fungicide in fall, winter, spring and during the extreme heat of summer and observed no adverse effects. I think these products will provide an excellent tool to complement the current suite of SDHIs and other products. These products have a broad spectrum of activity and can be inserted into programs easily and offer flexibility as we have not observed phytotoxicity with Maxtima like we have with other DMIs. These two fungicides should give superintendents options to manage difficult diseases well. From the South, Dr. Bruce Martin:I started evaluations on what turned out to be Revysol fungicide for dollar spot and brown patch in 2014. We also did an initial look at the growth regulation potential on ultradwarf Bermuda grass. Our later evaluations included efficacy for spring dead spot and take all root rot. I thought that we needed a new DMI, especially for soilborne diseases that did not regulate growth of bent, bermudagrass or other turfgrasses, especially for putting greens, so it was a pleasant surprise to find out that’s what we had. Our trials were conducted on research greens or other turf swards (including zoysia) at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center. We induced high disease pressure on the plots by inoculation and other methods. We use very accurate sprayers to mimic conditions on golf courses and greens are maintained similarly to golf course conditions. What we found was that the Revysol fungicide active ingredient is the best DMI I have evaluated for many turf diseases based on effectiveness against a wide range of important diseases and due to the lack of detrimental growth regulation. So, it has low environmental impact and is and effective. I think it offers superintendents many new options and flexibility for different diseases. So far these fungicides appear to work very well where DMI resistance has been documented for dollar spot with other products. And Maxtima and Navicon are excellent for spring dead spot and take-all root rot. Both appear to have very good efficacy for fairy ring. Last but not least, the lack of growth regulation means they can be timed best for disease control with no fear of detrimental effects to turf.” And from the North, Dr. Rick Latin:Dr. Renee Keese of BASF asked me to help look at a new technology (which turned out to be Revysol fungicide) so we included it in my fungicide research trials for several years, beginning in 2014 or 2015. When I first learned that it is a DMI fungicide I was very interested because the DMI class is very broad spectrum and has efficacy against pathogens that regularly threaten cool-season grasses. The research trials included replicated field plots at a state-of-the-art turf research center. Our trials were conducted on creeping bentgrass maintained at putting green and fairway height. Fungicides were applied as per protocols supplied by BASF. Some were applied preventatively and others curatively (after appearance of symptoms in plots). The plots are evaluated at regular intervals to assess fungicide efficacy (disease severity) and turf quality. Our research trials were limited to the evaluation of Revysol fungicide activity against dollar spot. Revysol performed very well in all trials conducted over the years—beginning when it was a numbered compound. Furthermore, we did not observe any of the PGR and phytotoxicity effects associated with current popular DMI fungicides, even when applied repeatedly to bentgrass greens during the heat of the summer. Maxtima offers superintendents a potent third-generation DMI. It is broad spectrum, so it will cover a lot of bases, including dollar spot and anthracnose, without the negative effects of conventional DMIs during stressful summer conditions. By combining the Revysol fungicide active ingredient (mefentrifluconazole) with pyraclostrobin, Navicon will further broaden its activity, further improve dollar spot control, and provide plant health effects throughout the season. ConsensusAs field tests wrapped up and Maxtima fungicide and Navicon Intrinsic brand fungicides head toward EPA for registration, the scientific consensus from some of the best disease researchers on the planet is pretty straightforward: Revysol fungicide can potentially be a much-needed new DMI with great activity on key cool-season and warm-season turf with no apparent phytoxicity issues or PGR effect. Will it be approved for golf this year? We’ll find out in our next installment. Bruce Clarke on the field testing process:Is testing fungicides different today than in 1981?The process itself has not changed much for us. We get materials as experimental products 5 or 6 years before they are released to the market. We evaluate them based on a lot of factors including the number of diseases they might control, rates for specific diseases, compatibility, etc. Most superintendents go to field days and hear presentations on various research programs but there are always those double-secret plots tucked away with no names on them. Revysol was one of those up until recently. What’s the deal with those? When I first came to Rutgers, there were very few unnamed experimental products or “RU” plots as we call them. Supers see them and ask about them but they often aren’t the final products that will be released. So we can’t divulge anything about the experiments because we’re looking at how various versions of the “RU” products work at various rates. That’s fundamentally what our research is all about. What did you see from the process of examining Revysol?We looked at the product and found it was quite effective for a number of diseases. It also worked at fairly low use rates which is important these day. Remember, we didn’t know what the chemistry was – we often don’t – so we’re just working off what we see. The other thing we noticed that was it didn’t have much if any phytoxicity (yellowing) on Poa annua. We didn’t see that with either product (Maxtima or Navicon fungicides) we were testing. So how do those observations become a recommendation for use?When we make recommendations, we look at the bulk of research that we’ve done plus all the published literature and plant management disease reports. We also check around with colleagues to see what they’ve found. We often publish the field-trial results (at turf.rutgers.edu) to get feedback and discussion from outside. Must have at least 10 reports from unbiased sources. We will be very conservative and cautious about how we do those rankings. Then, I distill the results and come up with an average efficacy rating of 1-4 and only then do we make our recommendations.  

Next Up: Part 3 of our series will focus on how the EPA reviews products.

CLICK HERE to read Part 1 of the series.

Note: Any sale of the products after registration is obtained shall be solely on the basis of the EPA-approved label, and any claims regarding product safety and efficacy shall be addressed solely by the label.]]>
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Back to basics

Golf Course Industry - Mon, 2019-03-25 12:09
Doing the fundamental things properly is an important concept in any profession and certainly in the turf industry.  As golfers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic start getting their clubs out of the closet, Jim Byrne reminds superintendents who are setting up their fungicide protocols to be sure to tend to some fundamental issues.

Byrne is a former superintendent and representative for Genesis Turfgrass. Based in Lancaster, Pa., he serves the Mid-Atlantic region, where he and his customers have started 2019 the way they spent of much of last year – dealing with wet conditions “Weather-wise it’s just way too wet,” Byrne says. “It’s definitely way too wet. We need this rain to just shut off.” Byrne points out that superintendents have been dealing with cool, wet weather for the better part of a year. “It took a while to get into summer last year,” he says. “It stayed a little cooler. Then we went into that wet period and really just haven’t gotten out of this wet period. We had over 70 inches of rain last year and we’re probably 3 to 4 inches above normal right now (for 2019).” When it comes to establishing a fungicide program, Byrne advises superintendents to utilize proven chemistries as their staples. “Your chlorothalonils, your Daconils, they’re your staples,” he says. “You mix that in with all your tank sprays; they’re staples. Syngenta has come out with some really great new products that are mixed with chlorothalonil. Their Secure products, their fantastic. Their Action products are fantastic.” Byrne notes that UPL also offers a line of chlorothalonil fungicides, adding UPL has been an innovator in the field by being an actual manufacturer of chemistries and also by blending products in an effort to ward off resistance issues. “They’re a pretty innovative company,” he says. “They seem to be always trying to come up with new things and mixing different products for resistance reasons.” Byrne believes it’s imperative that superintendents utilize varying classes of chemistries in their fungicide programs to minimize the possibility of resistance problems. “Some of these classes of chemistries, diseases can build up a resistance to them,” he says. “So, you only want to use a certain amount of chemical per year, so they don’t build up that. Pretty much all the Ph.D.s want you to do a rotation, then you have some that say, ‘Use the product until it doesn’t work anymore.’ I’m not a huge believer in that I think we need to keep chemistry around as long as we possibly can. You’ll get longer longevity out of the chemistry. You might get two or three weeks out of it. If you start building up resistance to it, you might get one to two weeks out of it and then it costs you more money. “I’ve had customers already that will go out and spray an iprodione type of product. You can build up such resistance to it that it doesn’t even work anymore, so it’s useless to even spray it. It’s a very cost-effective product to use. So why do we want to continually use that every spray, every two weeks? At the end of the day, you’re not going to be able to use it.” Byrne also lists propiconazole as a chemistry that has caused resistance issues for superintendents. “That’s probably one of the biggest chemistries out there,” he says, “(but) you can build up a resistance to and it can be rather expensive. At the end of the day, it doesn’t work if you keep using it.” Rick Woelfel is a Philadelphia-based writer and frequent GCI contributor. ]]>
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Get your mix right

Golf Course Industry - Mon, 2019-03-25 12:01
 Fungicide Resistance Action Committee (FRAC) codesUPL FungicidesGroup1T-Bird® 4.5L (Thiophanate-methyl)Group2Raven® (Iprodione)GroupM3Manzate® Max T&O (Mancozeb)Group3Kestrel® MEX (Propiconazole)/td> Group3Skylark® (Tebuconazole)Group4Vireo® MEC (Metalaxyl)GroupM1Cuprofix® Ultra 40 Disperss® (Copper Sulfate)GroupM2Microthiol® Disperss® (Sulfur)GroupM5Pegasus® (Chlorothalonil)Group12Dovetail® (Thiophanate-Methyl + Iprodione)Group13Froghorn™ (Thiophanate-Methyl + Tebuconazole)Group311Goliath™ XP (Propiconazole + Azoxystrobin)Group311M3Dexter™ XCEL (Azoxystrobin + Mancozeb + Tebuconazole)These numbers and letters are used to classify each fungicide according to their cross-resistance behavior. Single-site fungicides only act against one point in the pathogens metabolic pathway or targets a critical protein needed for the fungi to fully develop. As a result of this specific activity, fungi are more likely to become resistant to the fungicide. For example, group 3 or Demethylation Inhibitors (DMIs) are known to have some resistance with certain diseases like S. homoeocarpa (dollar spot). Multi-site fungicides act against multiple points in preventing fungi and risk of resistance is low. These fungicides are generally represented by having an “M” attached to a number in their group. An example is Manzate® Max T&O (M3) and Pegasus® (M5) which provides multi-site control with no known resistance.  UPL’s fungicide portfolio provides multiple options when it comes to disease prevention. Tank mixing different single-site fungicides in different FRAC groups often helps to delay resistance. Tank mixing products such as T-Bird® 4.5L + Raven® will provide excellent control while reducing resistance risk. UPL also provides premixes such as Goliath™XP which provides disease control to more than 20 different diseases. Also, available is new 3-way Dexter™ XCEL, which is a unique combination featuring different single-site and multi-site fungicides that provides superior control with no resistance issues. Former UPL technical expert Bret Corbett produced the above chart and guidance.  ]]>
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Inside the Cut

Golf Course Industry - Mon, 2019-03-25 08:51
Mowing or performing a cultural practice on the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course 17th green might be more pulsating than hitting a shot to the island. The 4,000 square foot surface features less than 6 feet of separation between the end of the green and water. Working on the hole, especially when the PLAYERS Championship approaches, isn’t for the meek. The steps and shifts – operators use turning boards when mowing greens – mean managers must ingrain situational awareness into employees. “We have to make sure we are not going to put someone at a spot where they are too nervous and not performing at their peak,” assistant director of golf course operations Lucas Andrews says. “You almost have to be nonchalant. We’re just mowing grass. You have to forget about the grand nature of it and where it is, but at the same time, it’s very special to a lot of people”Pete and Alice Dye’s creation includes numbing maintenance realities besides proximity to water. The hole sits in what Andrews calls a “bowl,” especially when the two-story hospitality structures stretching from tee to green are erected. Wind alters the amount of moisture on the surfaces compared to other parts of the course, making the hole wetter or drier than the other 17, Andrews says. Forget completing any significant midday maintenance on the hole, because golfers linger on the tee and green until it peeves the groups behind them. And most golfers aren’t just hitting one shot into 17, so ballmarks are plentiful. Traffic must be micromanaged in the months prior to the PLAYERS Championship. This year, the crew installed a dock on the back of the bulkhead to limit turf damage on the green’s back left corner. In one of his early moves at TPC Sawgrass, director of golf course operations Jeff Plotts removed the synthetic turf portion of the walkway, opting for a natural appearance. The dock also helps route traffic off the walkway. “We’re trying to preserve that hole for that one week when everybody around the world sees it,” PGA Tour senior vice president of agronomy Paul Vermeulen says. Crooked lines aren’t ignored. Name a more photographed par 3 in the world? The hole is so popular that TPC Sawgrass conducts tours of the course for people who never actually get to play the course.John Deere 180SL PrecisionCut and 260SL PrecisionCut walking mowers are used on the green and tee. The hole includes around 12,000 square feet of teeing space. The more than seven acres of spectator mounding surrounding the hole receive the same amount of attention as the playing surfaces. The mounds, which offer space for thousands of spectators, are mowed at 1 inch using a reel unit, the John Deere 2653B PrecisionCut. “The aesthetics of that hole are everything,” Plotts says. “We want the fan areas to look as good as the green itself does. Everything we do there has importance.” Making the 17th hole sparkle requires tremendous support. John Deere dealer Beard Equipment assists the TPC Sawgrass agronomy team during tournament week by delivering extra equipment and providing meals for employees and volunteers. And the quest for stunning aesthetics on 17 extends beyond turf, as landscape superintendent Dave Evans and the crew planted 6,000 delta pansies, 1,000 roses and more than 600 native grasses in preparation for the 2019 PLAYERS Championship. At 137 yards from the pro tee, the 17th is the shortest hole on the course. But short, in this case, doesn’t mean underwhelming.
“Everyone wants to see 17,” longtime equipment manager Mark Sanford says. “I’m talking to people all over the country who have seen 17. They don’t know what course it’s on, but they have seen the island green on 17.” ]]>
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Opening Day Celebration And Anticipation In Canada

Golf Industry Insider - Mon, 2019-03-25 08:26
The Mountain Course is now open! We are offering tee times Friday to Sunday for the remainder of March and are set to be open full time for April 1st. #bearmountain #backintotheswingofthings pic.twitter.com/7tEKvgJ1HI — Westin Bear Mountain Resort (@BearMountain) March 22, 2019 Opening days have begun their traditional west-to-east trek across Canada, with Bear Mountain […]
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Tour Roundup: Henderson Finishes Founders Cup With A 66

Golf Industry Insider - Sun, 2019-03-24 21:55
Brooke Henderson finished the Bank of Hope Founders Cup with a bogey-free, six-under 66 that left her in a tie for eighth. Henderson finished all four rounds at 18 under, four shots off the winning score. It’s Henderson’s third top-10 finish in four starts thus far this year. Click here for the final leaderboard. PGA […]
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Will Buzz Around The RBC Canadian Open Be Limited To Southern Ontario?

Golf Industry Insider - Sun, 2019-03-24 14:07
RBC Canadian Open tournament director Bryan Crawford kept his word in this “Voices” chat I had with him early last week, when he said he’d have some news on players who are coming this year to Hamilton Golf and Country Club in a few days. The bomb was dropped on Thursday morning when it was […]
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Great Lakes Tour Introduces New Senior Series, Releases Schedules

Golf Industry Insider - Sun, 2019-03-24 13:59
The Great Lakes Tour has included a Senior Series into its 2019 schedule that is available for professional and amateur (7.9 handicap or less) golfers who are aged 45 and over. For the Great Lakes Tour 2019 schedule and its Senior Series schedule, click here. The 2019 season will begin Tuesday, April 23, with the […]
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Link: Canadian Pro Overcomes Serious Illness To Return To Competitive Golf

Golf Industry Insider - Sun, 2019-03-24 13:55
Blair Bursey, a promising golf professional from Gander, Nfld., has some big plans on the golf course this year after dealing with months of battling a potentially life-threatening illness. CBC has more here.
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