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Tour Roundup: Canadian Pair T8 On Symetra Tour, Two More T13 At Barbasol, Open Championship And More

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2018-07-19 21:42
Augusta James of Bath, Ont., and Calgary’s Jennifer Ha are both tied for eighth, four shots off the lead, at the Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic in Rochester, N.Y. Both go into Friday’s second round of the Symetra Tour event in a tie for eighth after each shot a three-under 69 in Thursday’s opening round. […]
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DCM/PGA Of Canada Strike Partnership On Women’s Bursary Initiative

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2018-07-19 11:37
Aspiring women golf professionals with the dream of playing on the LPGA Tour will now have added support through a new DCM Power Up initiative. DCM, in partnership with the PGA of Canada, is launching five newly created bursaries for 2019 to support women in golf who are on the verge of breaking through to […]
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Voices: Sandra Post On Hall Of Fame Day At The RBC Canadian Open

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2018-07-19 11:00
The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame will hold a public induction of Gail Graham and A.V. Macan on Tuesday at Glen Abbey, followed by an induction luncheon in the clubhouse, complete with a silent auction of items that would capture the attention of any golfer. Sandra Post, a member of the hall and chair of […]
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Link: New Golf Course Owner In Ontario Says It’s His Logical Next Step

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2018-07-19 10:59
Owning a golf course was the next step through the golf industry for the new owner of Haliburton Highlands Golf Club in Haliburton, Ont. Darren Lum has more here for the Echo in Haliburton County.
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Equipment Technician Required

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2018-07-19 10:59
Campbell River Golf and Country Club has an immediate position available for a skilled and qualified equipment technician. Responsibilities: Maintain a clean, organized and safe service area and maintenance facility. Oversee a comprehensive preventative maintenance program. Instruct and provide direction to staff the safe operation and care of all tools and equipment. Maintain accurate digital […]
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Link: Building Underway After Fire Destroyed Clubhouse

Golf Industry Insider - Thu, 2018-07-19 10:58
After fire destroyed the pro shop and clubhouse just over a year ago at Loon Lake Golf and Country Club in Saskatchewan, the rebuilding process has begun with target opening next May. Kathy Gallant has more here for Meadowlake Now.
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Florida Governor tours Air2G2 factory

Golf Course Industry - Thu, 2018-07-19 09:09

Scott chose GT AirInject’s Air2G2 factory as the backdrop for a campaign stop to promote his bid for United States Senate as a pro-business candidate, and to announce his endorsement by the National Federation of Independent Business, a pro-business organization of which GT AirInject is a member. 

During the press conference, held on the factory floor and surrounded by the new Air2G2 324 machines and the people who build them, Scott expanded on the GTAirInject story. “This company is less than eight years old and, if you look at the map, they’re selling products in over 50 countries,” he said. “They’re all across the United States. And it’s because Glen and his team have put together a great business model, and it’s done really well.”

“To have the Governor come to see the Air2G2 324 machine for himself, and to single out our company as an innovator in the state, lends a great deal of credibility to GT AirInject, our staff and our line of air-injection products,” Black said. “We hope it means our brand will be more recognized and will raise the curiosity of those who don’t know about the machine and they will want to learn more about what it does.”

The Air2G2 is not only assembled in Jacksonville but is manufactured primarily with parts made in the United States. To emphasize the point, Black invited representatives of key parts vendors including: Kohler, maker of the engines used in the Air2G2 324, based in Kohler, Wis., and FABCO, maker of the Air2G2 324’s pneumatic cylinders, based in Gainesville, Fla., among others.

The Air2G2 324 uses an environmentally-friendly, patented air-injection process to increase drainage and porosity, relieve compaction, promote healthy roots and aid in player safety on turfgrass surfaces in stadiums, on university campuses, golf courses, soccer, football and baseball fields, polo and lacrosse fields, lawns and sod farms.

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Minneapolis course reopens following renovation

Golf Course Industry - Thu, 2018-07-19 00:00
Golfers in Minneapolis finally have a opportunity to play the newly renovated Theodore Wirth Golf Course. The original nine-hole course opened in 1916 as Glenwood Golf Course and was later expanded to 18 holes in 1919. The course was renamed to honor Theodore Wirth who was director of parks for the City of Minneapolis from 1909 to 1935. The course is one of five courses owned by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

The renovation involved the construction of three entirely new holes as well as a complete bunker renovation and installation of a new irrigation central control system. Golf course architect and ASGCA member Kevin Norby noted that his firm first looked at the project in 2011 when the Park Board asked him to explore alternatives for reducing the impact which winter activities were having on turf quality. Then, in 2014 the Loppet Foundation, approached the Park Board with the idea of expanding cross country skiing trails and constructing a new Adventure and Welcome Center which would offer mountain biking and a variety of winter activities.    

Construction on the nearly $12-million project, which was jointly funded by the Loppet Foundation and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, began in May of 2017. According to Norby, “there was a lot of discussion and debate about losing the par-3 18th hole. It was a beautiful example of a short Golden Age par three.” 

As it turned out, aerial photographs of the original course showed another par 3 hole which had been abandoned in the 1960s. That hole was a short uphill par 3 with a blind approach and surrounded by bunkers.

 “We reinstated that hole but lowered it slightly to increase the green size and to improve visibility,” Norby said. “The resulting holes is a really nice replacement for the par-3 18th that was lost. “

The par-4 17th hole was replaced with a new 360-yard par 4 that will now play as the finishing hole. The hole doglegs slightly to the right with four strategically placed fairway and greenside bunkers. 

The new greens were elevated and the bunkers and surrounds were designed to create a look which is consistent with the course’s 1920s styling.

“We spent a lot of time working on the shaping of the greens and greenside surrounds so they would match the style and character found throughout the rest of the course,” Norby said. “We also renovated all of the existing bunkers to reduce their size and to provide a consistent golden-age look throughout the course.”

The reconstruction was completed by Duininck Golf, a certified member of the Golf Course Builder’s Association of American.

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Former Argo Named Tournament Director For RBC Canadian Open

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2018-07-18 16:03
Golf Canada has called on a former Toronto Argonaut to be its new tournament director for the RBC Canadian Open, which will be played next week at Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ont. Bryan Crawford served the past three years on the leadership team of Canada Basketball in the role of senior director of operations. He […]
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Add a little aloha to the workplace

Golf Course Industry - Wed, 2018-07-18 15:57
Aloha! ‘Ohana! Malama ‘aina! Kokua!

Yes, we still have Hawaiian fever.

For the past four months, we have revealed the people, practices and partnerships on Hawaii’s Big Island, a region where most of our audience will never work a golf course maintenance shift. Why did we do it?

A partner who understands the value of telling quality stories to the industry always help. Like it did last year, when it supported our “When the creek rises” series about the devastating flood and inspiring recovery at The Greenbrier, John Deere committed to a people-focused project.

The people responsible for maintaining golf courses in Kailua-Kona are different than people holding similar jobs in Rye, New York, or Scottsdale, Arizona. Any industry, especially a challenging one dependent on disposable income, suffers if everybody thinks and acts alike.

GCI strays from homogeneity, thus the reason for edgy columns, enewsletters and social media feeds. As much as we admire and ardently support major championship superintendents and association leaders, we dig deeper for cover concepts and story topics. The names of terrific columnists and writers are the only thing we hope a reader can predict when opening these pages or visiting our website. Golf is a conservative business. It doesn’t need another publication producing predictable content.

And a magazine doesn’t need to introduce readers to people in the same places, brining us to the reason behind our “Mauka to Makai” series, which concludes this month. Here’s a theme-by-theme look at how studying golf course maintenance on the Big Island can help somebody on the mainland.

Aloha (welcome). Golf is – or at least should be – a customer-centric business. Smiles and waves are common when Big Island workers encounter golfers. Similar enthusiasm exists when superintendents and course employees interact with industry peers. Anybody know of a business that failed because its employees were too friendly? We can all benefit from incorporating a “Sense of Aloha” into our daily interactions.

‘Ohana (family). I started my tour of Big Island courses on a Monday. The week commenced with more conversations about surfing and weekend barbecues than turf. Big Island workers know their colleagues on personal levels. The conditioning doesn’t suffer because of personal relationships. Kailua-Kona boasts some of the world’s best maintained golf courses thanks to loyal crews. Multiple workers told me they turned down higher-paying jobs positions – within and outside the golf industry – because they value the family atmosphere at their current job. Remember this whenever you think you’re too busy to hear a brief description of a co-worker’s fishing trip.

Malama ‘aina (To care for the land). Superintendents everywhere are wonderful at protecting what separates golf from other activities. Signage explaining the cultural and physical significance of wildlife, careful pesticide and fertilizer applications, integration of hybrid technology into mower fleets, efficient irrigation and comprehensive recycling programs help golf courses navigate operational perils in an environmentally sensitive state.

Kokua (help). High labor and supply costs, cultural differences among managers and employees, poor soil, salinity issues, intense sunlight and customers with enormous expectations make maintaining a Big Island golf course a tricky assignment. Asking co-workers, competitors and suppliers for help isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of savvy strength.

Guy Cipriano is GCI's senior editor.

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Link: Unflattering Highlands Links Reviews Have Locals Concerned

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2018-07-18 13:53
Highlands Links has over the years been considered one of Canada’s top courses, but recent negative online reviews has the Cape Breton Highlands Golf Club society concerned. Tom Ayers has more here for CBC News.
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Link: Oakville, ClubLink Square Off In Court Over Future Of Glen Abbey

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2018-07-18 13:49
The Town of Oakville and ClubLink are squaring off once again about the future of Glen Abbey, this time in Superior Court. David Lea has more here for the Oakville Beaver.
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Link: Brooke Henderson Pays It Forward At Junior Clinics

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2018-07-18 13:44
Brooke Henderson recalls the positive impact of meeting LPGA Tour player Morgan Pressel when she was younger. These days, those two players are friends and Henderson understands the importance of carrying on the tradition with juniors. She was at a junior clinic at St. Charles Country Club in Winnipeg on Tuesday. Ken Wiebe has more […]
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Video: Jean Van de Velde Relives His Moment Of Infamy In 1999

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2018-07-18 13:40
Jean Van de Velde has a positive attitude about his infamous collapse on the 18th hole at Carnoustie in the 1999 Open Championship when he arrived with a three-shot lead, needing only a double bogey six to win. We’ll let him explain what happened in the following video, but the Paul Lawrie eventually won in […]
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Voices: Hutch Joins Rick Ralph, TSN 1290 Winnipeg, To Preview British Open

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2018-07-17 17:10
Hutch joined Rick Ralph on TSN 1290 in Winnipeg to preview this week’s Open Championship at Carnoustie. Click Play below to listen.
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Carnoustie Hole By Hole

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2018-07-17 13:48
  Carnoustie – affectionately known as “Car-nastie” – is considered by many to be the toughest venue in the Open Championship rotation and with Scotland experiencing a dry summer thus far, it will offer new challenges this week. Carnoustie will play to par 71 at 7,402 yards. Click here for a hole by hole look […]
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Video: Great First Impressions At The Open Championship

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2018-07-17 12:37
The Open Championship at Carnoustie hasn’t even gotten underway, but comedian Conor Moore has already left a good impression of some of the main characters.
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New GAPR Products From TaylorMade Help Fill That Gap

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2018-07-17 12:35
TaylorMade, creator of the Rescue line of hybrids in 1999, has introduced GAPR, a trio of products with unique identities and performance deliverables providing golfers with clubs to fill gaps in the long game. Nearly every golfer has a gapping challenge in the long game, specifically the difficult-to-manage yardage between the longest playable iron and […]
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Link: Plenty To Celebrate In 125-Year History Of The Victoria Golf Club

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2018-07-17 12:19
With over 650 people in attendence, the Victoria Golf Club celebrated its 125th anniversary on Saturday. Tim Collins looks back here on a colourful history for the Victoria News.
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Link: Labrador Club Celebrates 50 Years And Counting

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2018-07-17 12:15
The Tamarack Golf Club is celebrating 50 years of short seasons, unpredictable weather and humble beginnings in Labrador. Gary Shaw has more here for the Telegram.
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