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Why a ball rollback might not fly
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Arnold Palmer, in his annual session with the media at his Bay Hill tournament, trotted out his longtime support for rolling back distance on golf balls. "That's probably the major thing I would like to see happen," he said. Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and many other golf notables have also backed the notion. Why? To make classic old courses relevant for long-hitting players again without having to undergo expensive retrofits and to reduce the footprint of newer courses that may have to be 40 or 60 acres bigger than they were 20 years ago. The costs for all that extra real estate and the associated maintenance drive up green fees, while the added length of the holes slows down play. More


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Unspoken truths
Club & Resort Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Satisfying golfers' expectations about course conditions, while at the same time following environmentally sensitive maintenance practices, has become a delicate balancing act for golf course superintendents. While turf professionals cannot maintain their properties without chemical and fertilizer inputs, growing scrutiny from the general public — many times based on misinformation that must be corrected as part of the process — now dictates that superintendents use these resources judiciously and transparently. "We couldn't maintain the expectations of the community unless we had these inputs available," says Course Superintendent Jim Ferrin, CGCS, a GCSAA Class A member. More

Eugene Country Club to host 2018 USGA Senior Amateur
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The USGA announced Eugene (Ore.) Country Club as the host site for the 2018 USGA Senior Amateur Championship. This will be the fifth USGA championship held at Eugene Country Club. The dates of the championship are Aug. 25-30. Chris Gaughan, CGCS, is the GCSAA Class A superintendent at the club. More
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Harrison Bay eaglets thriving so far    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Two eaglets have successfully hatched at the Bear Trace Golf Course at Harrison (Tenn.) Bay State Park. This is the third year this pair of eagles has nested on the golf course and the second year their activities are being broadcast online for everyone to watch on demand. Bear Trace Golf Superintendent Paul Carter, CGCS, GCSAA Class A member, who spearheaded the webcam project, said the first eaglet hatched March 20 near 7:30 a.m., and the second hatched March 21 at about the same time. Carter said both eaglets appear to be strong, healthy and thriving. More

Catastrophic consequences
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A new pattern for natural disasters that has been notable not only for its fury, but also its frequency and reach, promises to have long-standing implications for clubs' insurance situations. On the whole, club properties in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast U.S. that found themselves in the path of the wide swath cut by Superstorm Sandy in the fall of 2012, largely were spared the crippling devastation that many residents and communities in that region are still trying to recover from. More

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Oaks brings change, sets trend
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Golf's top players and fans are about to descend on Georgia and Augusta to see the beauty of Augusta National for The Masters. But at The Oaks in Covington, Ga., golfers and some of the top superintendents in the sport have been descending on the golf course for years. The USGA Green Section accounted for some of those visitors, observing the course and picking the brains of course superintendent Curtis Singleton and owner Dick Shulz. Singleton is a GCSAA Class A member. More

Keeping the spirit aglow at Glen Echo Country Club
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Despite challenges posed by a changing urban landscape and vastly different lifestyles from when it first occupied the property in 1901, Glen Echo Country Club in St. Louis is making the most of its special connections to golf and the community. Joe Wachter, CGCS, is the GCSAA Class A managing director of grounds and landscapes at Glen Echo. More

GCSAA member runs for mayoral race in Texas
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Bruce Burger, CGCS, the GCSAA Class A superintendent at The Quarry Golf Club, San Antonio, is taking on a serious side project — he's running for an at-large city council seat for the San Antonio suburb of Shavano Park in Texas. The city will vote on May 11. More

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4 ways to reclaim your leadership from the distraction monster
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Looking back on the last week, what percentage of your time did you spend leading in ways that directly added value to achieving your most important goals? Subtract that from 100 and the remainder of your time likely went to the "distraction monster" — meetings, projects, committees, initiatives and busy work keeping you sequestered in conference rooms, phone calls, plowing through emails or on the road leading away from what you're hoping to achieve. More


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Efficient vs. effective meetings
By C. Fredrick Crum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There is a major difference between an efficient meeting and an effective meeting. An efficient meeting addresses the process of the meeting. Having an effective meeting speaks to the results of the meeting. You can hold a very efficient meeting, but the goal of having an efficient meeting may result in a poor decision or plan for your organization. Efficient meetings are often neat and clean, and often have ineffective results. Effective meetings are often messy with passionate discussion and debate that fosters the best result. More

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Study: Global warming accelerating
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Skeptical Science has published a review and summary of a recent climate study by Balmaseda, Trenberth and Källén that suggests that global warming has accelerated. "Recently there have been some studies and comments by a few climate scientists that based on the slowed global surface warming over the past decade, estimates of the Earth's overall equilibrium climate sensitivity may be a bit too high," writes Skeptical Science. "However, as we previously discussed, these studies and comments tend to neglect the warming of the deep oceans below 700 meters." More

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Cultivation and Cultural Practices Survey released
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The third in a series of GCSAA-exclusive surveys looking at operational data of golf course facilities and superintendents is now available online for A, SM, ISM and C members. The Cultivation and Cultural Practices Survey polled superintendents on trends and allocations of resources related to golf courses and today's management practices. More

GCSAA returns to the Golf Channel
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GCSAA and its members will be back on the Golf Channel on a variety of platforms in 2013. A commercial package that began in March and will carry through August includes two spots promoting GCSAA members that will run 400 times during that time. One encourages viewers to enjoy the great outdoors and all the game has to offer, and the second highlights the expertise of GCSAA members. Watch the commercials plus a compilation of GCSAA member recognition on Golf Channel coverage. More

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