Floating In a Root Zone

12.01.11-Dave Doherty200by Dave Doherty

OK…we’ve had hundreds of meetings. We’ve done all of our homework. We’ve selected an architect and a construction company, and chosen the type of grass for surfacing or resurfacing our greens.

We’ve had the sands that are available to us analyzed frontwards and backwards, upside down and inside out. We’ve have lab certification of what the physical properties will be for all of our possible different root zone mixes, using each of the different sands with both organic materials and inorganic amendments in ratios of 100/00, 95/05, 90/10, 85/15, 80/20 and sometimes 75/25. We’ve crossed our Ts and dotted our Is and are ready to go forward with our project with great anticipation, but maybe a little apprehension.

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Let’s Talk Aerification And Money

12.01.11-Dave Doherty200By Dave Doherty

In my last article, “Testing Greens when they are Healthy is a Must”, a superintendent in the U.S. Gulf Coast area was planning to adjust his aerification program after our ISTRC visit to his course.    The superintendent made the decision to modify his aerification program based on the physical property testing over the last few years and what was found during the ISTRC site visit.

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Boardroom Yarn #34 - State of the Industry

12.01.11-Dave Doherty200by Dave Doherty

The question that I am asked the most frequent has to do with the state of the industry.  It is not a simple question to answer and the answer starts about 10 years prior to the beginning of the recession in 2008, so let’s go back to 1998, to start to answer the question. In 1998 the National Golf Foundation published a report that the golfing population in North America would not support more than 300 new golf courses a year.  We built 500 a year.

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