A Lesson Plan For Success

The greens procedures call for the grass to be mowed five to six times weekly throughout the growing season with rolling substituted for mowing during periods of high stress. The mowing height is clearly and precisely defined at a benchmark of .125 inches.

Daily inspections for overall turf health are performed by the head superintendent, assistant superintendent and course set-up personnel. The staff immediately informs supervisors of any irregularities like disease and insect damage, plus quality of cut, moisture, pin placement, stressed areas and vandalism.

Other greens procedures include:

• Ball-mark repairs

• Grooming

• Topdressing

• Core aeration

• Weed control

• Fertilization

• Plant protectants

• Laboratory testing

• Hole locations

• Water management.

This detailed exercise is repeated for the tees, collars, approaches, fairways, rough, bunkers, practice facility, trees and landscape, lakes and other water features. The program also contains contingency plans for weather-related events, such as drought management.

It may seem outwardly labor-intensive, but working to definitively outline the goals and objectives of a golf course saves and, ultimately, makes money. Furthermore, pristine playing surfaces promote loyalty among golfers.

Protect, Preserve

Another top priority for golf course owners and operators is keeping the property environmentally friendly. Protecting ecologically sensitive areas is incredibly important to the continued viability and stewardship of the industry. It has never been easier to blend aesthetics with “doing the right thing” by following guidance from Audubon International.

In attaining certification from that conservation group, golf courses must successfully maintain sound environmental practices in six key areas:

• Environmental planning

• Wildlife and habitat management

• Outreach and education

• Chemical-use reduction and safety

• Water conservation

• Water-quality management.

Following the Audubon International-approved steps for an environmentally friendly golf course reduces waste, promotes efficient operations, and lauds courses for high standards in protecting the environment. An effective program results in a reduction of maintenance costs, including insurance premiums, energy, water, pesticides, fertilizer, equipment wear and labor.

Bryan Bielecki is the vice president of agronomy for Billy Casper Golf, which provides turnkey club management for public-agency and private owners, developers and investors. For more information, call (703) 761-1444, or visit www.billycaspergolf.com.

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