Turf Scouting Report, August 16th

Its come and gone!! The date that many of you look towards as being the start of the end of another season. August 15th passed without so much as a whimper and hopefully that does not come back to bite us in September. This week was somewhat hectic from the standpoint of traveling to the world class Hancock Center at Michigan State University to see the fine research they are working on there and I will discuss later. The other interesting event this week was the involvement that some of us had with potential future industry leaders. In an excellent initiative I have to give credit to the First Tee for their partnership with John Deere and the creation of the experience 'Careers on Course'. This week we had 24 young people who had little background in any facet of the turfgrass and golf industry interact with superintendents, clubhouse managers, golf pro's and general managers at the Golf House and Cog Hill CC. Their intrigue in the positions and opportunities that the golf industry as a whole affords them was refreshing and despite the doom and gloom about student numbers and turfgrass programs, potential to attract and educate people into the industry is there if these programs continue down the road.

How you handle the end of season cultural practices will help you recover for what should have been a busy golfing summer. Managers have said they have been very busy play wise and it does seem in weather like this that should be the case. Therefore getting the greens aerified is going to be on many peoples minds, however hopefully you have a set date and this has been fixed earlier in the year - don't let it float and get caught out!

Click here to view the August 16, 2013 Scouting Report.

As always if you have a question or query please do not hesitate to ask and you can call or email.

Ed Nangle PhD
Director of Turfgrass Programs
Chicago District Golf Association
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