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Paul Carter, CGCS, The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay

Posted 06 January 2017 · 242 views

Thanks to the efforts of a few dedicated individuals at Harrison Bay State Park near Chattanooga, Tennessee, it has been possible since 2011 to witness bald eagles more up close and personal than anyone could have previously imagined.

 
Through the years, there have been a lot of heart-warming scenes on display through the Harrison Bay Eagle Cam. Viewers have been able to watch eggs being laid, new eaglets hatch and grow as the adults brought back blackbirds, turtles and fish to feed them. and ultimately leave the nest. There have been some sad stories as well, including a couple of years where the eaglets did not survive.
 
Truly, it has been Mother Nature at her finest.
 
This nesting season, however, it was Mother Nature that knocked out the camera perched in a tree above the nest during a storm in early December. Federal regulations, namely The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, make it illegal to harm, kill or otherwise harass the birds.
 
Talk about irony.
 
Paul Carter, CGCS, who has been a key driver in the project since its inception (his daughter, Hannah, named the adults Elliott and Eloise), said they won't be able to retrieve the camera until the eagles have left Harrison Bay for the season in the spring.
 
The timing was unfortunate as a new female (dubbed Eliza, courtesy of Hannah) joined Elliott in the nest, replacing Eloise.
 
For now anyway, the second camera that captures the nest and the surrounding area from ground level will have to do - that is unless anyone wants to cover the $500,000 fine and do the jail time that comes with harassing the birds. If next year is anything like the past five, the wait will be worth it.



BASF's Kyle Miller: December to Remember... plus a look back and a glance ahead

Posted in Audiocast Update 20 December 2016 · 285 views

TurfNet's John Reitman chats with Kyle Miller of BASF about the challenges December has brought to mid-Atlantic and snow belt turf managers so far, while also looking back on the past season and ahead to the next.

 

 

 




BASF's Kyle Miller: Post-Labor Day recap; preparing for fall and winter

Posted in Audiocast Update 18 September 2016 · 1,274 views

 

In this episode of The BASF Pin Sheet, TurfNet's Jon Kiger chats with BASF Sr. Technical Specialist Kyle Miller about the recent summer season in the north and mid-Atlantic regions, and what to think about to properly prepare for fall and winter.

 




BASF's Dr. Kathie Kalmowitz: Managing Pythium for bentgrass >> ultradwarf conversions

Posted in Audiocast Update 07 September 2016 · 776 views

 

For this audiocast episode of the BASF Pin Sheet, host Jon Kiger caught up with BASF Technical Specialist Dr. Kathie Kalmowitz at a recent BASF Turf Research & Solutions Seminar held at Druid Hills Golf Club in the Atlanta area.

 

Topics include differing strategies for managing Pythium and other diseases on both bentgrass and ultradwarf Bermudagrass in the South, and special concerns for those converting from bent to ultradwarf.

 




Marty Smith, University Park (Illinois) Golf Club

Posted 06 September 2016 · 3,403 views

Who says you cant go home again?

 

Marty Smith of University Park Golf Club. Photo by Daily SouthtownMarty Smith spent the past 12 years as superintendent of University Golf Club south of Chicago until the city-owned course closed last November. He returned in June when Billy Casper Golf took over the management contract on the course that had fallen into disrepair since it closed.

 

Renamed University Park Golf Club, the course is scheduled to reopen this week

 

Casper has a large footprint in the Chicago area. With a portfolio of more than 150 courses nationwide, Casper manages nearly 30 courses in Illinois, at least 17 of which are in the Chicago area.

 

When Smith returned to the course in June, grass in the roughs was tall, really tall, as high as 3 feet in some places.


The club had targeted a Labor Day weekend grand reopening, but that was delayed thanks to rainfall totals of 4-5 inches in August in the Chicago area.

 




Audiocast: Willie Pennington, industry icon

Posted in Audiocast Update 28 July 2016 · 1,082 views

In this audiocast episode of the BASF Pin Sheet, Jon Kiger chats with long-time BASF Southeast Sales Representative -- and industry icon -- Willie Pennington. Jon and Willie cover a broad range of subjects, from Mother Nature to bent-to-Bermuda conversions, changes in levels of turf inputs over the years... and Willie's penchant for deep sea tuna fishing vacations!

 

 




Scott Bender, CGCS, Marriott Griffin Gate Resort, Lexington, Kentucky

Posted 18 July 2016 · 397 views

A 2015 renovation project at Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington, Kentucky resulted in reducing the bunker count from 69 to 67 at this former Champions Tour site. That might not sound like much, but as is often the case in the golf business - things are not always as they appear. 

 
The project also reduced bunker square footage from 130,000 square feet to 80,000 square feet in an effort to reduce the threat of washouts after rain events and to make the course more friendly for resort play. The project also left Scott Bender, CGCS, director of engineering and grounds, and course superintendent Zach Newell with a lot of dirt to move around.
 
They used the dirt to build a 3,000-square-foot pad that the 400-room hotel can utilize as a wedding venue or for other special events that help drive revenue.
 
They also grassed it with Meyer zoysiagrass, a tried and true standard in this part of the world.
 
The course has had ryegrass fairways since the PGA Tour's urging in the mid-1980s, when the course was home to the Champions Tour's Bank One Classic. Much has changed since then. Lower mowing heights make the turf more susceptible to disease pressure, and Pyricularia grisea, the pathogen that causes gray leaf spot, has developed resistance to strobilurin fungicides.
 
As a result, the ryegrass struggles during the sweltering summer heat.
 
Bender had a specific purpose in mind when he chose Meyer for the special events venue. It stands up to Kentucky's weather extremes, including cold winters and hot, humid summers and it is wear tolerant, factors he wants to exploit to sell a future fairway renovation.
 

 




Regional update: Kyle Miller in the Mid-Atlantic, mid-June

Posted in Audiocast Update 22 June 2016 · 634 views

In this episode of The BASF Pin Sheet, Kyle Miller of BASF updates us on conditions in the Mid-Atlantic region as of mid-June, 2016. Hosted by Jon Kiger.

 




Tom Fisher, Wildwood Golf Club, Allison Park, Pennsylvania

Posted 06 June 2016 · 782 views

There are hazards, and then there is the greenside bunker on the fourth hole at Wildwood Golf Club near Pittsburgh.


Part of a bunker on the fourth hole of Wildwood Golf Club near Pittsburgh is out of play thanks to a mother snapping turtle who laid her eggs in the hazard.Wildwood pro Bernie Hough watched recently as a female snapping turtle spent four hours depositing a clutch of eggs in a hazard on No. 4 on the course in suburban Allison Park.


The club is going the extra mile to help ensure the nestling turtles get a chance to survive. Superintendent Tom Fisher made sure the area was roped off so golfers dont disturb the nesting site, and golfers hitting into the roped off area are asked to take a drop away from the eggs until the turtles are gone from the area.

 

Much of the hazard likely will be out of play for most of the summer.


Common snapping turtles typically retreat from water to lay their eggs in a warm location to incubate them until they hatch, a period that can take as much as 90 days.




Western US update from Jen Browning and Corbett Schnatmeyer of BASF

Posted in Audiocast Update 04 May 2016 · 484 views

 

In this Pin Sheet audiocast, host Jon Kiger speaks with Jen Browning and Corbett Schnatmeyer of BASF about what they see, hear and feel in the western states about the golf course maintenance industry in late April/early May.

 

 








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