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Link: Alberta Town Purchases Golf Club

Golf Industry Insider - 2 hours 17 min ago
The Town of Carstairs in Alberta has purchased the Carstairs Community Golf Club for $700,000. Craig Lindsay has more here for the Mountain View Gazette.
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Vancouver’s Marine Drive Requires An Assistant Superintendent

Golf Industry Insider - 3 hours 35 min ago
Marine Drive Golf Club in Vancouver is seeking an assistant superintendent. Working alongside newly hired golf course superintendent Jamie Robb and associate superintendent Dain Mikulic, the assistant superintendent will be an integral part of leading a team of up to 30 staff members on a daily basis. This leader will be responsible for aiding in […]
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Link: Struggling Club Turns Around Finances In 2019

Golf Industry Insider - 3 hours 35 min ago
A golf club in Alberta that was facing financial ruin a year ago has turn it around and is heading in the right direction, according to a member of the club’s board of directors. Jessie Weisner has more here for Chat News Today.
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Electing to be different at elevation

Golf Course Industry - Wed, 2019-09-18 16:23
Red Ledges director of agronomy Pat Christoffer is an outside-the-box thinker. Cultivating bentgrass fairways and A1 bentgrass greens in Heber City, Utah – one of the highest and driest regions of the United States – has forced the 20-year golf industry veteran to employ maintenance practices that most would never think of. By implementing a “limited disruption concept,” Christoffer has found a balance between playability and the environment that are sustainable for the mountain community’s 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and 12-hole, par-3 Jack Nicklaus Golf Park.  “Since the day we built Red Ledges, 12 years ago, we have never hollow core aerated our greens, never,” Christoffer says. “I believe we are the first club in the world to implement this type of limited disruption concept from day one on newly built USGA golf greens.” Red Ledges greens are as firm, true, Poa annua-free and healthy as the day they were built. Christoffer’s out-of-the-ordinary maintenance approach on the greens requires its share of tradeoffs.  “The trick is once you eliminate hollow core aeration, you lose a powerful mechanical tool to remove thatch accumulation,” Christoffer says. “To manage the thatch in other ways, we apply frequent, light topdressings, but more importantly we monitor fertilizer input to avoid producing thatch faster than it is broken down by microbes and diluted with sand.”   Red Ledges has also eliminated the use of synthetic foliar nitrogen on greens, choosing instead to use primarily organic, locally sourced nitrogen and encourage conditions to promote mineralization of the existing nitrogen in the soil.  “Our minimalist goals have also allowed Red Ledges to very sparingly apply nitrogen fertilizer to our creeping bentgrass fairways,” Christoffer says. “We’re applying only about 10 percent of the nitrogen fertilizer that other golf courses are putting on their fairways annually, while still delivering perfect playing surfaces for members and guests.”   Located in the Heber Valley on the eastern edge of the Wasatch Mountains, Heber City and Red Ledges receive less than 16 inches of precipitation annually. Working in concert with Mother Nature is a vital part of Christoffer’s job.  “We pay attention to what Mother Nature is doing as she has more experience managing turfgrass than any of us,” Christoffer says. “Fundamentally, nothing we do at Red Ledges is more important than the application of irrigation water. That is why Red Ledges has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into making the most efficient irrigation system in Utah even better. We’ve added micro-irrigation, installed moisture sensing technology, utilize drone photography and continually audit the entire irrigation system for efficiency.”   By taking a natural and eloquent approach, while utilizing a mix of science, technology, Mother Nature and good old-fashioned hard work, the Red Ledges agronomy team is recognized as one of the most innovative and successful turf maintenance teams in the West. Rob Myers is an Arizona-based writer. 
CLICK HERE to listen to a podcast Golf Course Industry recorded with Pat Christoffer last year.  ]]>
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New Balance Introduces Fresh Foam Technology

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2019-09-18 15:57
New Balance Golf is introducing its Science of Soft with its new golf footwear line featuring Fresh Foam technology. New Balance’s Fresh Foam technology utilizes data-driven designs to determine zones in the midsole where altering levels of compression and resistance are aligned to provide ultra-soft cushioning and lateral stability. The company first introduced Fresh Foam […]
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G&G Golf Seeks Sales Agency For Corporate Division In B.C.

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2019-09-18 14:19
G&G Golf Company, based in Langley B.C., is seeking an independent multi-line sales agency for its newly created Corporate Division, for the province of British Columbia. G&G Golf Company is a family-owned, established and progressive manufacturer and distributor in the Canadian golf industry and expanding into the corporate promotional product market.  Now in its 28th […]
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CGSA Awards Nominations Deadline is November 30

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2019-09-18 12:58
Nominations are open for several Canadian Golf Superintendents Association awards with a deadline of Nov. 30. Click the links below for information on each award and a nomination form. John B Steel Award CGSA/Rain Bird Environmental Award CGSA/Toro Assistant Superintendent of the Year Award CGSA/Foley Company Equipment Technician of the Year Award CGSA Student Scholarship […]
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Link: What Image Do You Exude To Staff Members?

Golf Industry Insider - Wed, 2019-09-18 12:50
Leaders can exude positivity simply by the way they show up, optimistic as opposed to being stressed and impatient, and it all starts with how well they look after themselves. Rob Dube chats with business coach Anese Cavanaugh for this story in Forbes.
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Players Take Advantage Of Glorious Conditions At PGA Assistants’ Championship Of Canada

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2019-09-17 21:05
Players at the PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada were treated to all the ingredients for low scoring, including radiant sunshine, no wind, soft greens and wide fairways in Tuesday’s first round. Thirty-one players broke par at TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley, with Quebec’s Yohann Benson leading the way after an opening-round, nine-under 63. “It’s just […]
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Better Billy Bunker offering GCSAA Disaster Relief Fund assistance following Hurricane Dorian

Golf Course Industry - Tue, 2019-09-17 18:20
A natural disaster has once again affected many within the golf community. As with hurricanes in recent years, Hurricane Dorian continues to impact the Bahamas and much of the East Coast, devastating golf facilities and altering the lives of GCSAA members, their families, and their staffs.

In times such as this, the GCSAA Disaster Relief Fund is critical in ensuring GCSAA members who need help get it. Developed after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the fund is designed to provide assistance to members personally affected by natural disasters. Unfortunately, Hurricane Dorian isn’t the last natural disaster that will impact GCSAA members. It’s essential for the fund to be adequately prepared when calls for help come.

For the third straight year, Better Billy Bunker has announced a matching program for those wanting to show their support for GCSAA members through the Disaster Relief Fund. BBB will match the first $10,000 in individual and chapter donations made to the fund.  

“Our goal with this matching initiative is to encourage as many contributions as possible,” Better Billy Bunker officials said in a statement. “Donating to the GCSAA Disaster Relief Fund is the perfect way for everyone in our industry to show support for friends and colleagues who are in need. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those affected by Hurricane Dorian.”

To make a donation, text “Disaster” to 785-693-2593, or donate online at https://www.gcsaa.org/about-gcsaa/gcsaa-disaster-relief-fund.

For GCSAA members personally impacted by natural disasters, call 800-472-7878 or email mbrhelp@gcsaa.org.]]>
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First Pro Win Earns Him The Great Lakes Tour Championship

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2019-09-17 16:25
Cooper Brown of Peterborough Ont. birdied the final two holes for a final round 69 to capture the 2019 Great Lakes Tour Championship at Greystone Golf Club in Milton, Ont. It was his first win as a professional. Brown finished the two rounds at two under, with Robert Wilkinson of Dundas, Ont., and Luke Moser […]
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Industry Notes: Hall Of Famers, Cutter & Buck Growth, #WebbyStrong And More

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2019-09-17 15:52
Kristen MacLaren, associate professional at the Cataraqui Golf and Country Club in Kingston, Ont., was inducted into the Belleville Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday … Cutter & Buck was ranked No. 23 by Canadian Business and Macleans on the annual Growth 500 list, based on five-year revenue growth. “The past five years has been […]
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Capilano Seeks Second Assistant Superintendent, Irrigation Technician And Two Interns

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2019-09-17 14:43
Capilano Golf and Country Club in West Vancouver, B.C., is seeking a second assistant superintendent, irrigation technician and two interns. Second Assistant Superintendent The second assistant superintendent is responsible for aiding in the maintenance, operation and management of the golf course and associated grounds and facilities. He/she is also responsible for any facets of staff […]
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PGA Of B.C. Announces 2019 Regional Award Finalists

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2019-09-17 14:29
The PGA of British Columbia has announced the regional recipients in 11 categories of the 2019 PGA of BC Awards. The regional award recipients listed below for the Lower Mainland, Kootenays/Northern B.C., Interior and Vancouver Island, respectively, were selected following an open nomination period and extensive deliberations by regional nomination committees. Each of the regional award […]
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Dilution Solutions adds new business development manager

Golf Course Industry - Tue, 2019-09-17 10:45
Irrigation and agriculture engineering specialist Jose Rodriguez has joined Florida-headquartered Dilution Solutions as business development manager.

Rodriguez earned his Ph.D. in engineering sciences — food engineer program from Washington State University, along with a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering, and also has experience in food processing and sanitation.

Rodriguez will will focus on meeting customers’ needs and exploring opportunities to grow relationships.

“I am eager to share my knowledge and experience developing long-term customer relationships by providing excellent support,” Jose said. “Staying in touch with our customers, being available and remaining in contact is of utmost importance.”

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With Henderson And Andreescu, Mainstream Media Needs To Expand Women’s Sports Coverage

Golf Industry Insider - Mon, 2019-09-16 22:03
I must admit that I haven’t spoken with her since the CP Women’s Open a few weeks back, but I highly doubt that Brooke Henderson is chewing on sour grapes over a column by Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, who compared Bianca Andreescu’s win over Serena Williams to “some of the greatest individual achievements […]
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SkyCaddie Introduces New, More Compact SX400

Golf Industry Insider - Mon, 2019-09-16 14:31
SkyGolf, maker of SkyCaddie has released the new SkyCaddie SX400, designed to give golfers the same features found in their SX500 model in a more compact size. With a full, high-definition four-inch touch screen driven by a fast multi-core processor, the SkyCaddie SX400 joins the SX500 to deliver a powerful way to measure yardage while […]
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Cleveland Introduces Launcher HB Turbo And Launcher UHX Irons

Golf Industry Insider - Mon, 2019-09-16 13:34
Cleveland Golf has announced the release of the Launcher HB Turbo Irons and Launcher UHX irons. Launcher HB Turbo Irons The Launcher HB Turbo Irons are designed for more forgiveness and feature an easy-to- hit profile specifically targeted at game improvement players seeking more distance and more accuracy. “These irons allow game improvement players the […]
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Launcher Halo From Cleveland Returns With Gliderail Technology

Golf Industry Insider - Mon, 2019-09-16 13:23
The Launcher Halo returns with new features that offer a versatile scoring club designed for any situation. Featuring new Gliderail Technology, the Launcher Halo is designed for better turf interaction from the toughest of lies . “We all hit it in the rough and find ourselves in difficult positions out on the course,” said Brian […]
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