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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

This is an excellent video series by the British and International Golf Greenskeepers Association Limited (BIGGA) covering various aspects of typical british golf course ecology management strategies. This 4 part series was released back in 1997 but is still very relevant.

BIGGA Video Series: Golf Course Ecology

This is an excellent video series by the British and International Golf Greenskeepers Association Limited (BIGGA) covering various aspects of typical british golf course ecology management strategies. This 4 part series was released back in 1997 but is still very relevant.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

What Sustainability means to the Golf Course Management Business
Lately the word Sustainability has been tossed around like a garden salad, what does Sustainability really mean? We know golf course clientele’ desire attractive, playable, green spaces, while according to non-golf public opinion, golf courses are a meaningless waste of resource and space. Sustainability in golf course management seems like an oxymoron.

What Sustainability means to the Golf Course Management Business

What Sustainability means to the Golf Course Management Business
Lately the word Sustainability has been tossed around like a garden salad, what does Sustainability really mean? We know golf course clientele’ desire attractive, playable, green spaces, while according to non-golf public opinion, golf courses are a meaningless waste of resource and space. Sustainability in golf course management seems like an oxymoron.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Compost Happens - Case Study, Q and A with Scott Wheeler of Gorge Vale

One major tenant of "sustainability" that seems to be missing from most descriptions of the term in our industry is the concept of becoming self-sufficient. Why is this an important concept? By sourcing materials locally or even within our own property lines, we reduce dependency on the resource intensive transportation, production and extraction of materials. Perhaps the greatest opportunity accessible to all golf courses is composting.



Furthermore, for Island golf courses who find themselves surounded by a "money moat", the cost (economically and environmentally) to import materials is significantly higher than a golf course within the mainland web of highways. One course that has adopted composting practices as a means of managing wastes, improving aesthetics, reducing outward expenditures and creating the perfect size and consistency for use in turf isGorge Vale Golf Club on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.




I've been lucky enough to have a tour of the property (take your own here) and decided to interview Golf Course Superintendent Scott Wheeler for more info on his Composting Program.

Compost Happens - Case Study, Q and A with Scott Wheeler of Gorge Vale

Compost Happens - Case Study, Q and A with Scott Wheeler of Gorge Vale

One major tenant of "sustainability" that seems to be missing from most descriptions of the term in our industry is the concept of becoming self-sufficient. Why is this an important concept? By sourcing materials locally or even within our own property lines, we reduce dependency on the resource intensive transportation, production and extraction of materials. Perhaps the greatest opportunity accessible to all golf courses is composting.



Furthermore, for Island golf courses who find themselves surounded by a "money moat", the cost (economically and environmentally) to import materials is significantly higher than a golf course within the mainland web of highways. One course that has adopted composting practices as a means of managing wastes, improving aesthetics, reducing outward expenditures and creating the perfect size and consistency for use in turf isGorge Vale Golf Club on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.




I've been lucky enough to have a tour of the property (take your own here) and decided to interview Golf Course Superintendent Scott Wheeler for more info on his Composting Program.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


or superintendents to provide top quality turfgrass, the turf must make the best use of inputs like carbon and nitrogen while limiting energy wasted on preventing stresses caused by diseases, the environment, and other factors. Agronomic practices such as low mowing heights, reduced nitrogen rates, reduced irrigation inputs, and other cultural practices such as aerification can also cause stress to the turf. To maximize turf quality, superintendents focus on controlling factors they can impact to create an ideal environment for turf growth. These factors include agronomic practices to reduce stress, improve quality, and manage pests and diseases.

Intrinsic brand fungicides, including Insignia SC Intrinsic and Honor Intrinsic, improve plant health through inhibition of mitochondrial respiration in both fungal diseases and plants.

In fungi, inhibition of mitochondrial respiration prevents the breakdown of carbon required for production of energy to fuel fungal growth. This results in death of the fungi and is the disease control benefit.

In plants, the inhibition of mitochondrial respiration causes a cascade of positive events that can result in improved tolerance to stresses and increased efficiency of plant physiological processes. Inhibition of mitochondrial respiration by pyraclostrobin results in:

  • Less CO2 lost by the plant, resulting in more carbon available for plant growth.
  • Increased activity of nitrate reductase (NR), the enzyme that is important for making a form of nitrogen that can be used by plants. This results in more nitrogen available for plant growth.
    • The activation of nitrate reductase increases levels of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide triggers plant defense mechanisms. Plant defense mechanisms are important not only in defending against fungal diseases, but also bacterial and viral diseases.
    • Nitric oxide inhibits enzymes involved in the production of ethylene, a plant hormone produced in response to stress. Ethylene can cause a plant to drop energy containing leaves, to mature earlier than normal, and to abort flowers and seed in response to stress.
  • Increased activity of enzymes like superoxide dismutase and peroxidases that remove harmful activated oxygen species. This can result in reduced oxidative stress in response to environmental disorders, such as physiological leaf spot, ozone damage, cold stress, and heat stress.

Delivering value by affecting 3 components


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Plant Health Research

BASF has researched the plant health effects of pyraclostrobin in crops for more than 10 years and in turf and ornamentals for more than three years. Our findings show that pyraclostrobin enhances many physiological processes in a plant. So while the chemical treats the turf and plants for disease, it also primes the plant’s immune system, resulting in more efficient growth and photosynthesis as well as increased tolerance to stress. Download a copy of the research findings below:

Success Stories

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Insignia® SC Intrinsic™ brand fungicide protects against diseases and stress at Janesville Country Club.

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Intrinsic™ Brand Fungicide Success Stories: Hawk's Nest Golf Club

Plant Health


or superintendents to provide top quality turfgrass, the turf must make the best use of inputs like carbon and nitrogen while limiting energy wasted on preventing stresses caused by diseases, the environment, and other factors. Agronomic practices such as low mowing heights, reduced nitrogen rates, reduced irrigation inputs, and other cultural practices such as aerification can also cause stress to the turf. To maximize turf quality, superintendents focus on controlling factors they can impact to create an ideal environment for turf growth. These factors include agronomic practices to reduce stress, improve quality, and manage pests and diseases.

Intrinsic brand fungicides, including Insignia SC Intrinsic and Honor Intrinsic, improve plant health through inhibition of mitochondrial respiration in both fungal diseases and plants.

In fungi, inhibition of mitochondrial respiration prevents the breakdown of carbon required for production of energy to fuel fungal growth. This results in death of the fungi and is the disease control benefit.

In plants, the inhibition of mitochondrial respiration causes a cascade of positive events that can result in improved tolerance to stresses and increased efficiency of plant physiological processes. Inhibition of mitochondrial respiration by pyraclostrobin results in:

  • Less CO2 lost by the plant, resulting in more carbon available for plant growth.
  • Increased activity of nitrate reductase (NR), the enzyme that is important for making a form of nitrogen that can be used by plants. This results in more nitrogen available for plant growth.
    • The activation of nitrate reductase increases levels of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide triggers plant defense mechanisms. Plant defense mechanisms are important not only in defending against fungal diseases, but also bacterial and viral diseases.
    • Nitric oxide inhibits enzymes involved in the production of ethylene, a plant hormone produced in response to stress. Ethylene can cause a plant to drop energy containing leaves, to mature earlier than normal, and to abort flowers and seed in response to stress.
  • Increased activity of enzymes like superoxide dismutase and peroxidases that remove harmful activated oxygen species. This can result in reduced oxidative stress in response to environmental disorders, such as physiological leaf spot, ozone damage, cold stress, and heat stress.

Delivering value by affecting 3 components


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Plant Health Research

BASF has researched the plant health effects of pyraclostrobin in crops for more than 10 years and in turf and ornamentals for more than three years. Our findings show that pyraclostrobin enhances many physiological processes in a plant. So while the chemical treats the turf and plants for disease, it also primes the plant’s immune system, resulting in more efficient growth and photosynthesis as well as increased tolerance to stress. Download a copy of the research findings below:

Success Stories

Written

Insignia® SC Intrinsic™ brand fungicide protects against diseases and stress at Janesville Country Club.

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Video

Intrinsic™ Brand Fungicide Success Stories: Hawk's Nest Golf Club

China's growing golf courses: the thin end of the wedge?

Jonathan Watts travels to the tropical island of Hainan, where locals are teeing up plans to turn protected rainforest into a luxury golf resort.




Read more here

China's growing golf courses: the thin end of the wedge?

China's growing golf courses: the thin end of the wedge?

Jonathan Watts travels to the tropical island of Hainan, where locals are teeing up plans to turn protected rainforest into a luxury golf resort.




Read more here

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Course Vision

Course Vision Mapping for Golf Courses Environmental Features

Course Vision

Ethics in Business
The Oregon Ethics in Business Awards honor those organizations and individuals who have demonstrated ethical business practice in its broadest interpretation: in the workplace, the marketplace, the environment, and the community. The recipients of these awards will have, by act and example, gone beyond the expected to achieve excellence in ethical business practices.

Back in 2009 the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, located on the southern Oregon coast, received Oregon Ethics in Business Award. The resort provides golfers with three championship style 18-hole layouts ranked among the nation’s elite public courses, along with several exceptional restaurants and lodging accommodations. Bandon Dunes understands the importance of keeping guests satisfied and aims to provide services that are “genuine, sincere, helpful and friendly.” However, Bandon Dunes does not only consider paying customers to be their guests, but instead, extends the same respect to stakeholders including employees, purveyors, the local community, and the environment. This golf resort, which has been barely carved from the landscape leaving nature largely unaffected, supported by the gracious hospitality of employees who are truly proud to be a part of the organization, has continued to become an exceptionally profitable, overwhelmingly generous, highly ethical enterprise.


Ethics in Business

Ethics in Business
The Oregon Ethics in Business Awards honor those organizations and individuals who have demonstrated ethical business practice in its broadest interpretation: in the workplace, the marketplace, the environment, and the community. The recipients of these awards will have, by act and example, gone beyond the expected to achieve excellence in ethical business practices.

Back in 2009 the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, located on the southern Oregon coast, received Oregon Ethics in Business Award. The resort provides golfers with three championship style 18-hole layouts ranked among the nation’s elite public courses, along with several exceptional restaurants and lodging accommodations. Bandon Dunes understands the importance of keeping guests satisfied and aims to provide services that are “genuine, sincere, helpful and friendly.” However, Bandon Dunes does not only consider paying customers to be their guests, but instead, extends the same respect to stakeholders including employees, purveyors, the local community, and the environment. This golf resort, which has been barely carved from the landscape leaving nature largely unaffected, supported by the gracious hospitality of employees who are truly proud to be a part of the organization, has continued to become an exceptionally profitable, overwhelmingly generous, highly ethical enterprise.


Monday, January 3, 2011

Pinehurst - Looking Good!

"Sustainable Golf" "Environmentally Friendly Golf" "Green Golf" "Audubon Golf" "Golf Environment Organisation" "Turfhugger"

Pinehurst - Looking Good!

Pinehurst - Looking Good!

"Sustainable Golf" "Environmentally Friendly Golf" "Green Golf" "Audubon Golf" "Golf Environment Organisation" "Turfhugger"
"Sustainability" Revisited

"Sustainability" Revisited

"Sustainability" Revisited

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Eco-Friendly Golf Development Case Study - El Chocolatal Eco-Resort

"Sustainable Golf" "Environmentally Friendly Golf" "Green Golf" "Audubon Golf" "Golf Environment Organisation" "Turfhugger"

Eco-Friendly Golf Development Case Study - El Chocolatal Eco-Resort

Eco-Friendly Golf Development Case Study - El Chocolatal Eco-Resort

"Sustainable Golf" "Environmentally Friendly Golf" "Green Golf" "Audubon Golf" "Golf Environment Organisation" "Turfhugger"
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