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Recovery: Hurricanes shake up golf tourney

Six weeks after Irma and months after Harvey, many golf courses are back in the swing of things with major tournaments continuing without disruption. Others are still doing the work required to get to greener pastures. One tournament moved from one hurricane-devastated area to another– one which was just a few weeks further in their recovery process.

An interesting swap occurred where one Hurricane Harvey recovery came just in time to save a USGA tournament struggling for a home post-Irma.

Quail Creek Country Club was set to host the first major tournament in Collier County– until Irma caused damage that left the tournament seeking a new site.

The 2017 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, Collier County’s first USGA event was postponed from it’s initial dates this October. Despite hoping to keep the course on site, it was moved to Houston, Texas, not far from another area devastated by Hurricane Harvey just a few weeks prior.

Champions Golf Club in Houston is now set to host the event, Nov. 11 through Nov. 16., at the club’s Cypress Creek Course.

“Champions, the site of the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open, has been an incredible friend of the USGA over the years,” said USGA President Diana M. Murphy in a statement on the USGA event website. “And it speaks volumes to the character of the members and leadership for them to offer their course – a three-time USGA championship venue, no less – on such short notice. We are confident this championship will be a success. We will keep all of those who have been impacted by the recent hurricanes in our utmost thoughts.”

Although it could be hard to see a Naples, Fla. course lose the chance to be a host due to hurricane damage, there was a silver lining that the recovery in Houston was bound to come to Naples– in time.

“Lucky for us, our course has rebounded exceptionally well from the more than 30 inches we sustained last month due to the storm [Harvey], and we feel it is our duty to give back to the golf community and an honor to welcome those who have been adversely affected by another hurricane to our home. We wish our friends in Florida a speedy and successful recovery,”said Robin Burke, vice president of the Champions Golf Club in Houston.

Sources:

Naples Daily News

USGA

Geoponics has several products to assist with turf recovery.

  • Soil surfactants can help move standing water.
  • Turfgrass colorants get grass natural, gorgeous green that is TV-ready and tournament ready with Endurant.
  • Mulch dyes, including from Endurant turf colorants, and pond colorants, such as Aquaveil, assist with efficient course color in addition to turfgrass colorant needs.
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Summer turf & water management: Soil surfactants

Geoponics offers several unique wetting agents that help to manage and conserve water. Geoponics’ soil surfactants each offer benefits that go beyond short term water management, improving the health of the soil and plants longterm.

HydraHawk is a popular soil surfactant among golf course superintendents for its improvement in soil and water management that includes a mindful, sustainable approach to the environment made with all natural plant extracts.

 

Soil surfactants are most effective when combined with Agriox, which breathes Read More

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How to reduce lawn stress in the summer

Heat stress can lead to brown grass and a dry lawn. And, much like people, a stressed lawn and garden is in need of a deep “breath” of oxygen. Proper hydration, or water management, is also key to a lawn and landscape that handles summer heat well.

How to Reduce Summer Lawn Stress
Keep lawns happy this summer. Learn how to reduce lawn stress. (Image from Lawn Wranglers)

Summer would seem the perfect time for a green lawn. Yet often too much heat, not enough oxygen and either too much or too little water at the roots cause stress and brown grass. Here are expert tips on how to reduce lawn stress in the summer so you can get that healthy green lawn you desire. Read More

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Summer soil dream team: Agriox & Penterra

Soil CPR: Agriox & Penterra

If you have wet soil, compacted soil or soil that for any reason is not allowing for even coverage of water throughout the soil profile, this is what you do. You apply the wetting agent Penterra, which is the fastest-acting soil penetrant on the market, while breathing life back into the soil with Agriox, slow release oxygen for anaerobic soils.

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Penterra & Agriox are powerhouses for speedy and lasting recovery in heavy rains and even floods. The two work especially well together to get water moving through the soil profile evenly while adding oxygen to anaerobic soil.

 

Keep soil and plants breathing easy: Agriox & Penterra

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Superintendents win battle of the bunkers with SoilGlue

Don’t let bunkers driver you bonkers.

Save money and maintenance time using SoilGlue instead.

Bunkers and sand traps require an often under-appreciated amount of maintenance effort. SoilGlue provides soil and sand stabilization, minimizing erosion. SoilGlue reduces bunker maintenance costs while increasing aesthetics.

SoilGlue.com Soil Glue stabilizes soil and with colorant, makes for easy bunker sand trap maintenance.
Soil Glue stabilizes soil, and, with or without colorant, makes for easy bunker and sand trap maintenance.

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Dry as a desert: Geoponics can help

Droughts and deserts: Turfgrass, golf courses, home lawns and gardens need not burn up, dry out and turn brown due to dry weather.

In fact, Geoponics offers two powerhouse solutions for dry soil that can keep plants, including turfgrass and gardens, vibrant and healthy in low water conditions. These environmentally sustainable solutions are ProfaSorb and Humawet. They are both soil surfactants. They are both much more than soil surfactants.

Humawet helps hold moisture, reduce water usage and is includes organic matter, humates considered to be the single most effective agent for sustainable agriculture.
Drought solutions #1: Humawet helps hold moisture, reduce water usage and includes organic matter considered to be the single most effective agent for sustainable agriculture.

 

 

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Endurant replaces overseed for PGA Tour Web.com

Looking at side-by-side photographs of Nashville Golf and Athletic Club, taken in 2016 and 2017, it’s a challenge to tell Endurant turf colorant from overseed.

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Overseed 2016, left. Endurant turf colorant 2017, right. Photo credit: Golf Course Superintendent Alex Price

 

Fairways have been overseeded for more than 20 years at NGAC, said Golf Course Superintendent Alex Price. That has changed with Endurant.

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First day of spring: Is your grass springtime green?

If your grass doesn’t look like spring, Endurant TE can help.

Just as it was time to spring forward the clocks, many turf lovers felt more like they were flung back into winter. Endurant TE, a turf color enhancer for growing grass, helps turfgrass professionals transition smoothly from winter to spring. Late season frosts and snowstorms have many lawns, golf courses and sod farms not quite looking like spring. Endurant TE will bring spring to your customers, golfers, and visitors by giving the green color they desire.

Endurant TE is applied to paspalum at the rate of 20 ounces per acre to provide a rich springtime green grass color.
Endurant TE is applied on paspalum turfgrass at the rate of 20 ounces per acre to provide a rich springtime green grass color to the golf course. Photo source: Ken Lee, CGCS

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NASCAR goes the extra mile with Endurant turf paint

NASCAR got TV ready faster than ever using Endurant grass paint

When it comes to NASCAR, it’s not just the cars that could use some extra paint. NASCAR recently used Endurant turf colorant to rev up for the races.

NASCAR knows how to cover their tracks. Tire tracks went from zero to green in record time using Endurant turf colorant. And watching paint dry is nothing in comparison to waiting for grass to grow in time for the next NASCAR race. When it comes to getting green grass fast, Endurant turf colorant puts the pedal to the metal for a huge acceleration toward beautiful green grass.

Endurant isn’t just fast. It also lasts, up to 3 months, depending upon the rate of growth, mowing, and off track maneuvers from race car drivers.

Shop turf colorants for home lawns, race tracks, athletic fields, golf courses, sod farms, and anywhere grass grows.

Before and after photos using Endurant Premium turf colorant on the NASCAR race track:

Nascar: Before and after Endurant turf colorant
Endurant revs up the NASCAR turf as seen in this before and after photo. Endurant Premium provides a deep, even green color to get the turf and track ready for a stadium full of NASCAR fans. Getting TV-ready just got faster with Endurant turf paint.

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Golf course gets green during drought using Endurant

No water, no problem.

Golf course gets its green back during drought using Endurant turf colorant

Endurant turf colorants turn brown golf course to green
Bentley Village golf course goes from brown to green using Endurant turf colorant after winter drought drains irrigation lakes.

Southwest Florida visitors don’t expect to see brown golf courses. Nonetheless, that’s what many people are seeing at several courses in the area this February as the area suffers a winter drought.

Some golf courses, however, are beating the drought using Endurant turf colorants.

The superintendent of an 18-hole golf course within Bentley Village, a community located within North Naples, found a solution to their lack of water. The golf course irrigation is sourced from the community’s own lakes, but due to an intensively dry winter, the lakes ran out of water. The community had just enough water to maintain the greens, but the rest of the golf course was brown and dry.

“We operate out of our own self-contained lakes, and once they’re out, we’re out,” said Bentley Village Golf Course Superintendent Anthony Labno.

Despite the weather conditions, members weren’t letting Labno off the hook. They wanted green grass.

“They kept wondering what I could do. I explained I need three things to grow green grass: sunlight, water, and food. Without any one of those, there isn’t much I can do,” he said.

Soon, he discovered Endurant turf colorants.

“I don’t like having to mask things. But we needed to do something to get the course in much better looking condition,” said Labno.

Geoponics helped Labno pick a shade of green to best match the paspalum turf. Endurant Premium added the best shade to match the areas of healthy grass that still existed on the course.

“People outside the industry often don’t understand. They want it to be green. But ideally, we want playable, tournament quality turf,” said Labno.

Now, Bentley Village has the best of both worlds.

“I’ve got a dry course that plays well, it’s quick, it’s fast, and, I got green. I think it looks great. I like the color of it,” said Labno.

Member guests arrived on a rainy Wednesday, two days after applying Endurant turf colorant. Members agreed, the golf course looked impressive.

The one day of morning rain wasn’t of much help yet, but it didn’t hurt the turf either.

“We got over an inch of rain today, but I doubt it’s enough to get the lakes up and running yet. We got to see how Endurant holds up to rain,” said Labno.

Since Endurant is not merely a temporary dye, but rather a lasting colorant that adheres to turfgrass, the rain had no effect on the color and durability.

“I would definitely recommend Endurant. If you’re in a situation where you need to get some color quickly— whether it’s dormant or to cover up from frost or in my situation where there’s no water— Endurant provides a great solution to get some color,” said Labno.

 

Learn more about Endurant at www.TurfPaint.net or order here.

 

 

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