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BAYER STANDS BEHIND IT’S CHIPCO CHOICE

Bayer's Topchoice product
I have to say that I love when people and companies keep their word. This spring, I contracted to have over 30 acres of turf treated with Bayer’s Chipco Choice for control of mole crickets. Chipco Choice’s active ingredient is fipronil which is very safe and effective at ultra-low doses. The product was sliced into the turf with perfection and carries a six month guarantee. We hit the tee tops, collars and all of the fairways.Mole cricket damage on 419 Bermudagrass

The application provided 98% control and I recently noticed small areas of cricket break through on a few fairways. I picked up my phone, took a picture of the damage, sent it to my vendor and within less than a week, I had Top Choice at my door step to treat the areas. Great job Bayer, and way to stand behind your products.

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Turfunderground’s first report in from China.


Xili Golf and Country Club in Shenzhen, China. With help from, Brian Distel Director of Agronomy, we have some dirt for you. Brian reports to me that his course in China is doing well. From the looks of his picture I would have to agree. This course was built 14 years ago by Nelson & Wright design and is located 1 hour from Hong Kong. The town of Shenzhen has 14 million people in it and is growing every day. The 36 hole country club has 1200 members and is open year round. Memberships are going for $250,000 USD and you still pay $200.00 USD for your round of golf. The course has Tifeagle greens and Zoysiagrass fairways, tees and roughs. Brian is working on some renovation plans for next year. He also tells me that the course receives over 150 inches of rain a year and sometimes it could be even more if the weather is just right. This rain makes it tough to maintain the course due to it’s location in the mountains. Brian congratulations on your job at Xili and keep sending us some dirt.

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How are you keeping their attention in the boardroom?


It’s tough to be in the golf business these days and it’s even tougher to keep members interested in what we do. Many superintendents have to conduct monthly meetings with their staff, owners, owners reps, golf pros, general managers, board of directors or green committees. How are you getting your message across to listeners? I have seen that there are three levels of information distribution that gets people’s attention. First, walking the Clubhouse provides face to face time with golfers, letting them know what is going on right here and now. Second, the Club’s newsletters and web site are a great forums for bigger things like summer closing dates and project updates. Third and finally, the meetings in the boardroom are the most important and biggest opportunity for you to get your message out to the membership. You have a captive audience in the boardroom. Those members sitting across from you obviously care about the club and the course or they would not be serving on a committee or have a seat on the board. These members are your messengers. It’s up to you to educate them and give them the power of information. I use the Powerpoint method for both my meetings with the board and with the green committee. Last year, I got away from using this method and I discovered that my meetings where running longer than two hours and the right message was not getting back out to the membership. By using the Powerpoint method, the members see and hear what you are talking about. I also take it a step further and sometimes bring in visual aids, such as soil samples, and include pictures in the Powerpoint presentation related to the topic at hand. I also bring hand outs and items they can take home after the meeting. After one hour of holding court with them you will have empowered everyone in the room and will have made your point. I promise the next day, while walking around the club, you will hear third or fourth hand what you covered the night before. So get on board and don’t be afraid to take control of your message. It’s your job to do so.

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