Wrapping Up The Show In Las Vegas

We are back in the office today trying to get reacquainted with the day-to-day here at the club.  Our trip to Las Vegas (Golf Industry Show) was complete with education opportunities, recognitions, and opportunities to observe the most recent technologies available for managing the course.  Our education seminars spanned a wide variety of topics that will all be applied to golf course. Here is an overview:

  • managing tall grass areas - these areas were addressed many times last summer, and the area by the 17th tee will be changed this spring.
  • precision turfgrass management - using the latest instruments and GPS to gather as much information as possible to make the best management decisions. Many of these ideas we are already in the process of doing on a daily basis.
  • organic approach to golf course management - any information we can gather to always be more environmentally aware, while also maintaining playing conditions is great.
  • soil chemistry - a regular review of the interaction of nutrients in the soil is always welcome.
Aside from the education, Tuesday night's "Celebrate GCSAA" event included recognizing Tim as the recipient of this year's Leo Feser Award (Tim Wins Leo Feser Award From GCSAA).

Tim accepting the award on Tuesday night.

Visiting the trade show to find and learn about the newest products and equipment available was the other major event of the week.  No shortage of equipment and gadgets were found on the trade show floor.  Even a familiar green committee chairman was found!(pic)

The newest technology in greens mowers were on display, including this model, of which we expect 6 to arrive sometime this month.

It is always nice to see fellow superintendents and industry suppliers in a different setting, but a week is a long time to spend in Las Vegas. To steal a line from Kramer on Seinfeld, "I spent a month there one night." We are glad to be back, and were welcomed with more green grass than we left.  The process of opening the course will begin shortly.
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