The “Off-Season”

By Darin Bevard, director, Mid-Atlantic Region
January 23, 2013

Varying amounts of snow and frigid temperatures have limited the work that can be accomplished outdoors. This does not mean that your golf course maintenance staff members are not keeping busy!

  

The “off-season” is anything but, and there are many jobs to complete indoors.

The second cold spell, but first Arctic blast of the season hit the Mid-Atlantic Region earlier this week with bitter cold temperatures, high winds and some snow. A couple of the local golf courses that I drive by regularly looked like ghost towns. For sure, there were no golfers, but there were no members of the maintenance crew to be seen either. Does this mean that there is nothing going on at the maintenance facility? Hardly.

During the winter months, your maintenance crew welcomes periods of freezing weather to complete jobs inside. Last winter, persistent mild temperatures presented challenges for getting some tasks completed inside. The little things that often go unnoticed, unless they aren’t done, are often completed inside of the shop. Refurbishing golf course benches, painting tee markers, making the ball washers look like new and equipment maintenance, especially sharpening mowers, takes a lot of time to complete. The winter is also a good time to spruce up the maintenance facility with a new coat of paint or other in-house enhancements. The winter pace is not as hectic or stressful as the summer season, but do not think that the maintenance staff is not busy.

The cold weather has prompted some calls to our offices concerning potential winterkill of bermudagrass in the region. Winterkill is always a concern, but with the temperatures experienced and predicted to date, bermudagrass populations should be okay, overall. There is still a lot of winter left, but weather conditions in October, November and December were such that bermudagrass hardening should be sufficient to tolerate the rest of the winter in most cases. Time will tell.

Online registration for this year’s regional meetings is now available. One can register from USGA web page under “Upcoming Events.” Scroll to the meeting you want to attend or you can follow this link: https://www.usga.org/register

March 5, 2013 at Country Club of Virginia, Westhampton Course, Richmond, VA

Event Code for this CC of Virginia meeting is: 305013

March 12, 2013 at Woodholme Country Club, Pikesville, MD

Event Code for Woodholme meeting is: 31213

Our regional meetings cover a broad range of topics that are relevant to golf course superintendents, golf professionals, club managers and golfers in general. We hope to see you at one of these meetings. 

The Mid-Atlantic Region agronomists are part of your agronomic support team. If you have a question of concern, especially now, give us a call or send an email. You can reach Darin Bevard (dbevard@usga.org) at 610-558-9066 or Keith Happ at (khapp@usga.org) at 412-341-5922 

Partner Links
AmEx image
AmEx image
AmEx image
AmEx image
Chevron
   

The USGA and Chevron have committed to using the game of golf to encourage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. This commitment has led to the creation of extensive golf-focused STEM teaching tools, and has resulted in charitable contributions to support golf-related programs through Eagles for Education™

At U.S. Open Championships the Chevron STEM ZONE™ is an interactive experience highlighting the science and math behind the game of golf through a variety of hands-on exhibits and experiments.

The partnership has also produced educational materials such as the Science of Golf video series and a nationally-distributed newspaper insert which are provided to teachers as tools to enhance existing curriculum in schools. These lessons teach the science behind the USGA’s equipment testing, handicapping, and agronomy efforts.

For more interactive experiences featuring golf-focused STEM lessons, visit the partnership homepage.

Chevron image
Rolex
   

Rolex has been a longtime supporter of the USGA and salutes the sportsmanship and great traditions unique to the game. This support includes the Rules of Golf where Rolex has partnered with the USGA to ensure golfers understand and appreciate the game.

As the official timekeeper of the USGA and its championships, they also provide clocks throughout host sites for spectator convenience.

For more information on Rolex and their celebration of the game, visit the Rolex and Golf homepage.



Rolex image
IBM
   

IBM has partnered with the USGA to bring the same technology, expertise, and innovation it provides to businesses all over the world to the USGA and golf's national championship.

IBM provides the information technology to develop and host the U.S. Open’s official website, www.usopen.com, as well as the mobile apps and scoring systems for the three U.S. Open championships. These real-time technology solutions provide an enhanced experience for fans following the championship onsite and online.

For more information on IBM and the technology that powers the U.S. Open and businesses worldwide, visit http://www.usopen.com/IBM

AmEx image
Lexus
   

Lexus is committed to partnering with the USGA to deliver a best-in-class experience for the world’s best golfers by providing a fleet of courtesy luxury vehicles for all USGA Championships.

At each U.S. Open, Women’s Open and Senior Open, Lexus provides spectators with access to unique experiences ranging from the opportunity to have a picture taken with both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open trophies to autograph signings with legendary Lexus Golf Ambassadors in the Lexus Performance Drive Pavilion.

For more information on Lexus, visit http://www.lexus.com/

AmEx image
American Express
   

Together, American Express and the USGA have been providing world-class service to golf fans since 2006. By creating interactive U.S. Open experiences both onsite and online, American Express enhances the USGA’s effort to make the game more accessible and enjoyable for fans.

For more information on American Express visit www.americanexpress.com/entertainment


AmEx image