Five Gift Ideas For Your Golf Course Superintendent


All you Green Committee Chairmen need to listen up. You need to take care of the most important person at your Country Club, and not with a $5 dollar tip. The Golf Course Superintendent works day and night to make sure your course is perfect and on the right path. He deals with everything that no one else wants to deal with. Weather, employees, construction, inspectors, contractors, budgets, members, insects and the list goes on. Here are a few ideas for you to take care of your number one guy.

1. The keys to your apartment in New York City for the weekend.
2. Dump 50,000 AMEX Rewards points into his account so he can use them to travel.
3. A gift card to Sunglass Hut or Capital Grille.
4. Hook him up with your college roommate, that is a member at Cypress Point, for a round of golf.
5. Tell him thank you for everything he does and buy the entire maintenance staff breakfast at a nice place in town.

Any one of these ideas would be a big hit. So go out there and do the right thing.

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Synthetic turf circles installed in a high-use practice area-Part 2

Synthetic turf circles with eric von hofen and turfunderground.com
Like many driving range tees, practice chipping areas are tight on real estate.  The same holds true at this course.  With 575 golf members and a young membership that invades the area on a daily basis to hit their quota of practice shots, something had to be done and we began to explore our options.  In years past, we would rope off sections of the turf and not allow people to hit shots, allowing the turf some time to recover.  The success rate of this plan was highly dependent upon the growing season and the weather.  As a result, we realized synthetic turf was the only option.  If you saw my story on the installation of synthetic turf on a driving range tee, you know we kicked all the tires when selecting which product to use.  The product we selected for the driving range tee project received great reviews, so we went with it for the installation on the chipping area as well.  The Director of Golf and I hit a few shots from the chipping areas we thought would be best to maximize the land we had.  We also looked at how the design would work with 8 or more people using the space at one time.  The area allows 3 players to hit bunker shots, 5 to hit wedges to target greens and 2 to hit punch shots.  Not bad for a piece of real estate that is less than an acre in size.  We thought about installing a long tee line however, we quickly realized this was not an option.  A long tee line would have cut the size of useable space in half, limiting players to one area and preventing them from hitting their choice of shot.  After weighing the options, we chose to place 4 circles in different locations, which provided angles to both target greens from each location.  Check out the video below to see how we did it.

Please check out the video below of us changing out the driving range tee with the help of Synthetic Turf International.

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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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