Category: Golf

It’s a Ruff Life

Golf

A day in the life of a golf dog

It’s no secret that at LebanonTurf we have a soft spot for our furry, four-legged companions. From our sponsorship with the GCSAA Dog Day’s of Golf Calendar to our partnership at the Golf Industry Show with K9’s for Warriors and Flyaway Geese, we love to see pups with a purpose.

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Planning for Success in 2019!

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If you’re like most superintendents, part of the draw of managing golf courses is the fact that you like working outside. Unfortunately, from time to time, being a superintendent does require significant amounts of time being spent inside your office. When you feel a chill in the air and see the leaves on the trees start to change color, you know it’s time to begin the annual ritual of preparing the next season’s budget and maintenance schedules.

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PGA Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary at Bellerive Country Club

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LebanonTurf keeps course looking lush in national spotlight

When you are hosting the PGA Championship, it’s a big deal. But when you are hosting the 100th PGA Championship, it becomes an even bigger deal. So, it isn’t surprising to know that Carlos Arraya, director of grounds and agronomy at the Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri, had preparations going months in advance of the championship.

“I told the staff and the entire volunteer team, that it’s the 100th — so we had been preparing for that for some time. It was a special day on the calendar and anniversary for the PGA, and a lot of hard work had gone into that,” said Arraya.

Bellerive Country Club is a unique course that features different varieties of turfgrass like zoysia and fescue. Both do well with high traffic and stripe nicely, meaning Arraya knew the turf would present well visually both in person and on television.

Zoysia, a warm-season turf is tolerant to heat and wear. Fescue is a cool-season turf but shares many of the same attributes as zoysia such as being more resistant to heat and wear.

Senior assistant superintendent, Jared Brewster thinks Bellerive Country Club might have the densest rough he’s ever seen because of the LebanonTurf fertilizer applications.

“You can get zoysia tighter but not as healthy as we have right now all throughout the course,” Brewster said.

Meaning that the turfgrass is as thick as it can be while still remaining healthy. Brewster attributes this to the Lebanon ProScape® 25-0-5 1% Fe 51% MESA® which they use a half-pound Nitrogen at a time.

“It’s a good blend of ammoniacal, nitrogen plus urea — little bit of slow release so it gives us about a month’s worth of feeding for the turf and keeps it lush. It does have a lot of iron in it too and gives it that good color so, we like it.”

Bellerive Country Club uses this slow-release product on their roughs and fairways in the fall and spring to keep their turfgrass in good condition.

“We find ways to incorporate it every year because it’s done a good job for us. Basically, that’s the exclusive brand we use on those surfaces,” Arraya said about the ProScape 25-0-5.

ProScape 25-0-5 1% Fe 51% MESA® is one of Lebanon’s proprietary fertilizers that use MESA technology. MESA is an innovative nitrogen source that combines the benefits of methylene urea with ammonium sulfate in a single, homogeneous granule. Meth-Ex® 40 slows down the release of the ammonium sulfate. This combination provides brilliant color, quick initial response and long-term feeding all without excessive surge growth while iron adds additional color benefit.

Overall, the 100th PGA Championship was just as thrilling as it is every year but something about the anniversary made it even more special — as well as the whole staff and crew at Bellerive Country Club.

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Protecting Your Golf Course from Nuisances

Golf

How Superintendents Are Using Border Collies to Remedy Their Bird Problems

As one of our main customers, LebanonTurf cares about keeping golf courses healthy and beautiful. We also care about other companies that feel the same — so this post is going to shine some light on one that is keeping courses safe as well as a little furrier.

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Bringing in the Best

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How to Hire the Right Seasonal Staff

The busy season has officially arrived for lawn care companies — which means your workload is increasing and you are likely in need of extra staff. As you look for seasonal workers, remember that you have a business to run and a reputation to uphold, and your staff is a huge part of that. Below, we are going to outline some good practices to follow when hiring seasonal workers.

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Golf (and Tiger) on the Upswing in 2018!

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For the first time in quite awhile, I made it a point to sit down and watch the final round of a televised tournament. The Valspar Championship at the Copperhead Course on Innisbrook grabbed my attention to the point that I changed my typical routine on a Sunday afternoon. Why? One word…Tiger. Love him or hate him, there’s one undeniable quality that he’s always had, he’s good for the game and our industry.

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Deep in the Heart of Texas

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Recap of LebanonTurf at the 2018 Golf Industry Show

They say that “everything is bigger in Texas,” and LebanonTurf did Texas proud last week at the 2018 Golf Industry Show in San Antonio. We had one of our busiest years ever at our booth, with several promotions and activities that kept the energy going all week long. If you came to the show, we’d like to extend a Texas-sized “thank you,” but if you weren’t able to attend, don’t worry. We’ve got a full recap of our activities from the show right here.

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It’s All About Relationships

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If there’s one defining attribute that drives the entire golf industry, it is that it is firmly based on the relationships we have with one another. This power is clearly evident in both the superintendents’ career advancements as well as in the business side of the industry, which encompasses all the necessary supplies needed to properly manage a golf course. While some people may criticize the important role that relationships play in our industry, I adamantly believe that it serves us all very well.

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The Greatest Show About Golf Turf

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Five Things To Look for at the 2018 Golf Industry Show

It’s the biggest trade show in the golf industry, and you’ll find plenty of reasons to attend all over the show floor. However, you may not find a booth as active or exciting as the LebanonTurf booth #6069 at the 2018 Golf Industry Show. To prepare you for the show in San Antonio next month, we’re giving you five things to look for in our booth. It’s going to be a must-see.

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Planning Makes Perfect

Golf

By now, most of you probably have your maintenance budget number for 2018. In all likelihood most of you don’t like that number, wishing it was about 30% more so you can do the things that would make your course really shine. But in today’s world being a superintendent means playing part-time magician with your budget and making it stretch to maximum potential. That’s where planning really pays off.

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