A few weeks ago I was looking at this landscape; It was the Golf Industry Show in Las Vegas, NV. For one week a year the GIS brings people from all areas of golf course operations together to learn, network, and relax a bit. While over the years the conference/trade show numbers have decreased a bit, there was a super turnout for the 2012 GIS. With a attendance of almost 15,000 people and 540 exhibitors, the trade show floor was constantly buzzing.
I had two really good seminars, one on management strategies to decrease the amount of Poa annua on the golf course and the other on stress management strategies for cool-season turf. I came home with some great information as well as some things we are going to implement in our maintenance practices this coming season.
With the last of the greens covers being disposed of (worn out and deteriorated beyond usefulness) we are going to be striving for a greater percentage of bentgrass on our greens and less annual bluegrass. Not that we have not all ready been doing things to achieve this over the years, we constantly modify and improve our cultural practices to encourage the bentgrass over the bluegrass. This season we are going to ease into some of the chemical strategies for modifying our populations of turf on greens. It is something that will take a long time to appreciate because we wish to achieve this with little to no effect on playability. This is just one of the many things we are working on this season, stay tuned for further details on everything we are looking at this season.
Panorama from the clubhouse roof 03-20-2012.