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Taking the guesswork out of hiring

Taking the guesswork out of hiring Plotkin, Harris M Editorial Focus: Hiring and Training Putting forth the time and effort to hire the right person for a job costs time and money. However, not spending that initial time and effort can often cost a club much more money in employee theft and turnover costs, and […]

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VGM Club signs Yamaha

VGM Club signs Yamaha Rice, Derek WATERLOO, Iowa Golf buying alliance VGM Club has signed an agreement with Yamaha Golf Car to give its members access to discounts on Yamaha cars. D. Jay Ellis, president of VGM Club, said the agreement came about mostly because of the efficiencies Yamaha has built into its new manufacturing […]

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IGM faces lawsuit in N.J.

IGM faces lawsuit in N.J. Overbeck, Andrew EMERSON, NJ. – Meadowbrook Golfs growing contract maintenance division, International Golf Management (IGM) has hit a roadblock in NewJersey, losing five contracts in the state over the last year. While portfolio fluctuations are a normal part of the contract maintenance business, these losses have been punctuated by two […]

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Gene flow, confinement discussed at symposium

Gene flow, confinement discussed at symposium Blais, Peter New Haven, Conn. – Genetically modified grass, which many believe could become a major source of golf course turf, was the topic of a symposium, “Gene Confinement for Genetically Modified Grasses,” at Yale University. Government, university and private sector researchers from throughout the country discussed the controversial […]

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More superintendents taking organic approach

More superintendents taking organic approach Saunders, Doug MAINTENANCE 2002 NEWSMAKERS TRUCKEE, Calif. – The interest in organics has increased this year on many fronts other than in the golf industry. The Food and Drug Administration recently announced new guidelines for the labeling of organic products for the marketplace after years of discussion. More organic products […]

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Raynor’s Mountain Lake reborn

Raynor’s Mountain Lake reborn Rice, Derek RENOVATION LAKE WALES, Fla. Grow-in is completed and play has resumed on Mountain Lake Golf Course, where architect Brian Silva restored the course to its original 1916 Seth Raynor design. Over the years, many of the greens and bunkers, which had been squared, had softened into more rounded or […]

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John Deere extends PGA Tour deals

John Deere extends PGA Tour deals MAINTENANCE MOLINE, Ill. – Deere & Co. announced Feb. 10 that it reached an agreement with the PGA Tour to extend its title sponsorship of the John Deere Classic by an additional four years. It will now be involved with the tournament, which is held each year at Tournament […]

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Texas course plays around shuttle debris

Texas course plays around shuttle debris Overbeck, Andrew NEWS NACOGDOCHES, Texas When space shuttle Columbia broke up during re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere during the early morning hours of Feb. 1, debris from the wreckage was spread over large parts of eastern Texas and western Louisiana. More than 1,200 debris sites have been documented in […]

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Point: Articial turf is a viable option for golf courses

Point: Articial turf is a viable option for golf courses / Counterpoint: Artificial turf must overcome problems Starks, Mike To narrowly define the golf course industry as only what happens on the golf course proper and dismiss practice areas as peripheral misses the big picture. Today’s golfer practices much more than in the past and […]

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Debate over Roundup Ready bent rages on

Debate over Roundup Ready bent rages on Overbeck, Andrew ATLANTA – Scotts and Monsanto are moving ahead with the development of Roundup Ready creeping bentgrass despite several recent challenges. Bill Rose, president of HybriGene, Turf-Seed and Tee-2-Green, announced at the GCSAA Conference and Show in Atlanta that his researchers had officially produced a male– sterile […]