On The Road With The USGA - August 2009
What an interesting summer. While the economy has been an ongoing theme/concern, the weather pattern is always on the minds of golf course superintendents. Nothing impacts golf turf maintenance more than the weather. So far, this year’s weather pattern has been mild, and overall, no real problem for golf turf maintenance – quite the opposite. Some areas have been wetter than others, but none in the North Central has had any significant heat. In fact, July 2009 will go into the record book as the coolest ever for some, like Indianapolis. So much for ‘global warming,’ some would argue, but ‘climate change’ is the more accurate label – a pattern of relative extremes. A tough economy and harsh weather would not be a good combination. Fortunately, we’ve only had to deal with one.
Regarding the challenging economy, it’s essential to continue adjustments as needed. Cutting back on the aeration of greens, for example, is not sustainable. Without such adjustments, play volume will decline. Conversely, when improved cash flow allows, adjustments can be applied that can then be easily reversed, without any major agronomic pitfalls. If your course hasn’t signed up for a site visit to review the maintenance operation at your course, there is still plenty of time. The cost of a visit is very small compared to the savings that will be realized when following our site-specific recommendations.
Call or e-mail anytime – we’re always available to help with economic challenges, water management or any other aspect of golf course maintenance.
Source: Bob Brame, firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-356-3272