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Jim Pavonetti, CGCS, Fairview CC, Greenwich, CT

The golf course maintenance business is one of relationships, where superintendents often rely on help from one another. So, when it came time to apply for this year's Syngenta Business Institute, Jim Pavonetti of Fairview Country Club in Greenwich, Connecticut, sought the advice of one of his colleagues who had attended the event in the past, Mike Brunelle of Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton, New Jersey.   The three-day educational event exposes superintendents to graduate school-level

John Reitman

John Reitman

 

Jason Mahl, Moraine (Ohio) Country Club

It has been a busy second half of the year at Moraine Country Club where a Keith Foster-led restoration has been the story of late.   Superintendent Jason Mahl recently shared information with the club's members on just how much work was completed in-house on the project that began June 16, giving them an indication of just how much money was saved while at the same time improving the golf course.   The project has touched all parts of the golf course (No. 17 shown here), including not just gr

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John Reitman

 

Rafael Barajas, CGCS, Hacienda Golf Club

Rafael Barajas, CGCS, has gone the extra mile to educate members at Hacienda Golf Club about what he and his staff are doing to save water at the course in Hacienda Golf Club in La Habra Heights, California.   He's dedicated a page on the club blog to the subject.   With six figure spending not uncommon for golf courses in areas that receive little rainfall, irrigation efficiency is more important than ever.     Smart Watering   The need to efficiently use our water resources has led to some

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John Reitman

 

Ken Williams, Stanford University Golf Course

Classic era Stanford University Golf Course was built in 1930 by William Bell and George Thomas atop what superintendent Ken Williams describes as gummy, slow-draining clay soils.     Although Palo Alto, which is located between San Francisco and San Jose, doesn't receive a lot of rain, when it does rain those clay soils can make for a mess thanks to those clay soils. The area receives an average of about 15 inches of rain per year, most of which typically falls throughout the winter months. La

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John Reitman

 

Jamie Kapes, Woodway CC, Darien, Connecticut

Woodway Country Club in Darien, Connecticut was the first of nearly 40 golf courses with a confirmed diagnosis of problems stemming from the use of ALT 70. Communicating regularly with members and keeping them up to date on the problem as well as the cure was critical to the success of the recovery process.   ALT 70 is a fungicide with the active ingredient aluminum tris (O-ethyl phosphonate) that is marketed and distributed by United Turf Alliance. It, along with Viceroy 70DF, an identical pr

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John Reitman

 

Mike McCormick, assistant, Oakmont Country Club

No one could blame Mike McCormick if he is seeing trees in his dreams - or nightmares.   The assistant superintendent under John Zimmers at Oakmont Country Club, McCormick manned a chainsaw during a recent tree-removal project that included not only the few remaining trees around the golf course, but thousands more that covered the steep hillside east of Pennsylvania's Turnpike and a railroad line that cut through the property.   Part of an overall tree-management plan that has included removi

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John Reitman

 

Dan Mausolf, Radrick Farms Golf Course, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Radrick Farms Golf Course at the University of Michigan is going to the goats.   In late June, 10 goats from Twin Willow Ranch in nearby Milan were brought in to clear out a host of invasive plants that include honeysuckle and poison ivy.    According to superintendent Dan Mausolf, Radrick Farms is the first course in Michigan to use goats for landscape management.   Course officials said they chose a natural approach over a process that would have included mowing down the plants, pulling them

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John Reitman

 

Shawn Greenbird, Indian Hills GC, Lambton Shores, Ontario

The course at Indian Hills Golf Club in Lambton Shores, Ontario, has been conspicuously absent of golfers for the past month.   The problem has not been disease, or inclement weather at the course located about 30 miles due east of Michigan?s thumb. Instead, natural gas eruptions that have popped up in mid-June in a pond closed the course while officials could test the danger the phenomenon posed.      Utility officials said they did not have a line in the area, and local government officials i

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John Reitman

 

Foxoborough (Massachusetts) Country Club

For some NFL fans, the New England Patriots can be a polarizing entity, even without Defategate.   Whether it's envy for the franchise's success under the tandem of coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, or confounding decisions that seemed to grant the Pats favored status, like the Snowpolow Game in 1982, or the Tuck Rule Game in 2002, or other misgivings, such as Spygate or reports of repeated attempts to deceive opponents by including false information in the team's official injury

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John Reitman

 

Anthony Williams, CGCS, Stone Mountain (Georgia) GC

Anthony Williams, CGCS, is one of the most inspiring people we know - in any profession.   A two-time published author, Williams is a regular presenter at national and regional conferences who talks more about personal and professional development than he does managing Stone Mountain Golf Club?s bentgrass greens in Georgia?s summer heat.   We weren?t surprised when Williams developed a bucket list of 50 experiences he wanted to accomplish to commemorate his 50th birthday in 2014. Nor were we s

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John Reitman

 

Ian Everett, Downers Grove Park District

There are a lot of challenges facing professional turf managers nowadays, not the least of which is trying to figure out a way to spread the word to the 300 million Americans who do not play golf that they are not destroying the environment.   In an industry often accused of preaching too often to the choir, Ian Everett has taken his message out of the pulpit and to the masses.   Marketing director for the Downers Grove (Illinois) Park District that includes municipal Downers Grove Golf Course

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John Reitman

 

Curtis Nickerson, University Park CC, Sarasota, FL

Sometimes, it's the little things that make the largest impact.   Few if any products on the trade show floor at GIS '15 in San Antonio clicked with Curtis Nickerson of University Park Country Club in Sarasota, Florida quite like the mower brushes from A.P.E. Brushes.   With brushes constructed from high-density nylon and aluminum mounting components on a system that attaches to the front of just about any walk mower and eliminates the deterioration of the brush mount.   Four strips of indepen

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John Reitman

 

Jeff Backstrom, Cannon Golf Club, Cannon Falls, MN

Jeff Backstrom of Cannon Golf Club in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, like much of what he saw on the trade show floor this year at GIS '15 in San Antonio, but was especially taken by the new lineup of walk-behind aerators from PlanetAir.   With aeration widths of 21, 29 and 37 inches, the self-propelled units have rollers on front and back that allow the operator to roll and aerifiy all in one step.   The PlanetAir 21, PlanetAir 29 (pictured here) and PlanetAir 37 also can accommodate PlanetAir's sl

John Reitman

John Reitman

 

Eddie Roach Jr., Jimmie Austin Golf Club at OU, Norman, OK

There are many reasons the Jimmie Austin Golf Club at Oklahoma University is annually named one of the country's best college golf courses (it's ranked No. 17 on the Golfweek list of Best Campus Golf Courses).    Not the least of these reasons is superintendent Eddie Roach Jr. and his desire to maintain his education.   Like other superintendents, Roach cited three main reasons he is attending this year's Golf Industry Show in San Antonio: continuing education, networking opportunities and the

John Reitman

John Reitman

 

Mark Hoban, Rivermont Golf & Country Club, Alpharetta, GA

Mark Hoban, who has built a career on a minimalist philosophy that includes organic and low-risk products as well as incorporating native grasses, has a specific list of things he is looking for this year at the Golf Industry Show.   Hoban brews his own compost tea and in November was named winner of the Georgia Golf Environmental Foundation Environmental Leader of the Year Award, and he wants to learn more about efficacy of biological products and how long they persist in the soil.   "I am ho

John Reitman

John Reitman

 

Joe Wachter, Glen Echo Country Club, St. Louis, MO

There are a lot of things that bring superintendents to the golf industry show: education, new equipment, networking opportunities and a chance to catch up with industry vendors.   Joe Wachter is going to San Antonio for all of those reasons.   Tops on his list for this year are finding out more about drones, which can be used to provide valuable overhead views of areas on the golf course that superintendents might not otherwise be afforded. Drones also are valuable for recording top-down views

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Scott Witte, CGCS, Cantigny Golf, Wheaton, Illinois

Networking, education, kicking tires, looking at new products. All are common and valid reasons for attending the Golf Industry Show. Scott Witte noted another reason to attend.   "I'll be squeezing in some golf with great friends," he said. "This has more value than most think. ?Many great ideas come from seeing how the other guys do it. Also a great opportunity to experience a great variety of golf course architecture, and glean ideas from the best of them."   Witte, who initiated The Bee Bar

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Doug Ayres, Corral de Tierra CC, Corral de Tierra, California

After taking a hiatus from GIS Orlando a year ago, Doug Ayres is returning this year as the show gets a little closer to home, which for him is near California's Monterey Peninsula.   Among the items on Ayres' schedule this year are, of course, classes the first two days of show week, followed by networking with colleagues from other parts of the state and around the country. Networking for Ayres involves much more than just catching up with other superintendents. He uses the time to learn what

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

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