Tools of the Trade…at Ted Pegram’s Bermuda Run Country Club
BERMUDA RUN, N.C. -Ted Pegram started his career in the family landscaping business when he was five years old after his father sawed the handles down on a shovel and rake for Ted and his brother. Now he’s director of grounds here for the Bermuda Run Country Club.
Located just west of Winston-Salem, the Bermuda Run Country Club is situated on 1,000 acres offering two 18-hole golf courses – Bermuda Run and Bermuda Run West. With a staff of about 35 people, Pegram maintains over 500 acres of golf course, manicured landscape and wetlands as well as the grounds at the owner’s retirement resort, hotels and nursing homes.
Pegram’s current upgrading project involves extending the ninth and 18th greens on the original Bermuda Run course. “In the past, members complained of too much slope,” he said. “We used Basamid granules to gas the backs of these greens and started seeding them in 10 days later. We did tarp the areas for 24 hours following the Basamid application, since we’re closed on Mondays, and play resumed with very few problems.”
Ten feet was added to the back of the 18th green to add five more possible pin placements. “We installed annual mist heads around them to keep seeds and seedlings moist and to decrease erosion,” said Pegram. “We hope to get a couple of years out of it to put rebuilding on the back burner and to please members quickly with little disruption.”
The club owner, Don Angell, didn’t like the idea of metal hitting cages for the club, so Pegram devised the idea for a practice arbor. “It was actually less expensive and a lot more fitting than the metal cages on the market,” explained Pegram. Located at the BR West facility, Wisteria vines will grow to help cover the arbor by next year, according to Pegram.
The resort has hosted The Crosby Invitational Celebrity Golf Tournament since 1986. “The tournament is the largest charity sporting event in the nation,” said Pegram. “I’m currently making plans to host a Senior Tour event here in May 2003.
“I have a great staff here, and I get along extremely well with upper management,” he added. “I realize that could change overnight, but I’m enjoying it now. I hope that when I leave here, I’m known for my flowers and aesthetics as well as my greenkeeping capabilities.”
GREENS MOWERS: Toro, 4 riding/ 18 walking
TEE MOWERS: 3 Toro
FAIRWAY MOWERS: 3 Ransomes, 2 Toro
ROUGH MOWERS: 2 Jacobsen, 1 Toro
RIDING BUNKER RAKES: 3 Toro
TURF UTILITY VEHICLES: 6 Carry– all, 3 Toro Workman
VERTI-CUT REELS: 1 Toro Triplex
AERIFIERS: 2 Toro walking, 1 John Deere Aercore
TOPDRESSERS: 1 Toro Tagalong, 1 walking Metermatic
GROOMING REELS: 1 Toro Triplex
TOURNAMENT SPEED ROLLER: Toro Triplex
REEL GRINDER: Foley
BEDKNIFE GRINDER: Foley
IRRIGATION PUMP STATION: 1 GSI, 1800 gpm; 1 Berkley, 900 gpm; 1 Flowtronex, 500gpm
IRRIGATION SYSTEM: Toro
GOLF CAR FLEET: Club Car, electric
COMPUTER & ACCESSORIES: Toro SitePro Central, Trims 2000 software
PRIMARY HERBICIDE: MSMA/ Trimec combination
PRIMARY INSECTICIDE: Talstar
PRIMARY FUNGICIDE: Allictte/Fore combination
PRIMARY SLOW-RELEASE FERTILIZER: AgriTurf (Lange)
ONE THING YOU CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT: Water
OLDEST PIECE OF EQUIPMENT: Jacobson gang mower, 20 years old.
TOTAL SQUARE FOOTAGE OF MAINTENANCE BUILDING(Sj: 15,000 sq. ft.
ANNUAL ROUNDS OF GOLF: 25,000
NORMAL GREEN SPEED: 8.5′ to 9′
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