COURSE CARE
The Winter Of 2009-2010: Are We On Our Way To A Record Breaking Winter? February 4, 2010 By Stanley J. Zontek

It has been a few years since the Mid-Atlantic Region has received this amount of snowfall. Depending upon the official accumulation for the remainder of the season, this winter will be in the top five for record snowfall amounts. Most golf course maintenance staffs have the responsibility to keep roads open to and from the facility, to plow parking lots, and shovel sidewalks and steps. This winter, the weary never rest.

Golf course superintendents and club managers will soon depart for the annual Golf Industry Show in San Diego, California. This is the premier show for the turf management industry, and there is always much to see and learn. However, due to economic pressures, a large percentage of people are not attending the event this year. Fortunately, there are some excellent educational opportunities on the local front for turf managers and others. For example,

  • Western Pennsylvania Turf Conference and Trade Show, Sheraton Four Points North, Mars, PA. Tuesday, Feb. 23 – Thursday, Feb. 25.
  • Winter Education Meeting of the Central Pennsylvania GCSA, Valley Green Golf Course, Etters, PA Tuesday, March 2
  • USGA Green Section Regional Meeting at Oakmont CC, Oakmont, PA, Tuesday, March 9 Entry Code # 30910
  • USGA Green Section Regional Meeting at DuPont CC, Wilmington, DE, Tuesday March 16 Entry Code # 31610


Registration information for the USGA meetings can be found at: www.usga.org/register

The Green Section regional meetings have presentations of interest for turf managers, golf professionals, club and general managers, course officials, and interested golfers. These half-day meetings also offer a continental breakfast and luncheon. Please plan on attending one of our USGA meetings. It is a great opportunity to learn and meet with your golf industry partners. Even with the snow, it’s time to begin thinking about the upcoming golf and turfgrass management season.

The Mid-Atlantic Region agronomists are part of your agronomic support team. If you have a question or concern, give us a call or send an e-mail. Stan Zontek (szontek@usga.org) and Darin Bevard (dbevard@usga.org) at 610/ 558-9066 or Keith Happ (khapp@usga.org) at 412/ 341-5922.