Golf Course


The Golf Track offers seminars of interest to those in the golf industry.

Attention RMGCSA attendees: Earn GCSAA Education Points from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America for attending Tuesday workshops and Wednesday and Thursday sessions.

11:00AM - 12:00PM, Wednesday, December 11
Best Management Practices for Control of Anthracnose of Annual Bluegrass– Dr. James Hempfling (CR 206 - 1 Credit) 
Anthracnose is destructive on weakened turf. Plant nutrient deficiencies, ultra-low mowing, and excessively wet or dry irrigation programs are all critical stress factors that greatly increase the risk for serious damage from anthracnose. As a result, best management practices (BMPs) for control of anthracnose of annual bluegrass include practices that address these plant health factors. This course will provide an overview of results from multi-state research projects conducted over the last 15 years to develop anthracnose BMPs, with an emphasis on the most recent findings.

1:00PM - 2:00 PM, Wednesday, December 11
Roundtable – Kasey Kauff, James Hempfling Dennis Lyon(moderator)
Roundtable Discussion

2:00PM - 3:00PM, Wednesday, December 11
USGA Year in Review:  USGA Research Management Tool – Brian Whitlark

The USGA has long been directly invested in the future of the game. Looking simply at the golf course maintenance side of the business, we have invested more the $40 million dollars into research over the past 95 years. The science-based work has resulted in better grasses and maintenance techniques that improved golf’s playing surfaces. The Resource Management Tool is another chapter in that long history. We believe in continuing to use science and technology to move the game forward. The USGA Resource Management Tool is a web-based product that will help superintendents accurately measure a golf facility’s consumption of resources (such as labor, water, fuel) down to a very defined area. Using this data will help facilities manage their maintenance in a way that reduces costs while improving the golfer experience.

3:00PM - 4:00 PM, Wednesday, December 11
Mental Health– Kasey Kauff
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8:00AM - 9:00AM, Thursday, December 12
Superintendent / Equipment Manager Relationship– Tony Bevolo, Kasey Kauff
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11:00AM - 12:00PM, Thursday, December 12
First Green – David Phipps 
Over twenty years ago in Seattle Washington, the First Green was born. On August 1st, 2018, the GCSAA brought the First Green in under its wings and is now an official program housed under the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG). First Green is a community outreach program which helps connect golf course superintendents with local schools so children can come out to the golf course and experience STEM leaning labs. Since GCSAA took on the program, golf courses across the nation have held field trips and are helping to make a difference in children’s education.
David will show how you can become a First Green host and bring children to your course. He will discuss techniques to engage teachers and how to plan and organize your field trips. He will also show how some Colorado superintendents have successfully had field trips at their facilities.

12:00PM - 1:00PM, Thursday, December 12
Bentgrass Susceptibility, Disease Forecasting, and Fungicide Timing Effects on Dollar Spot– Dr. James Hempfling (CR 206-1Credit)
Fungicide programs for dollar spot control include calendar-based applications for preventative control, threshold-based applications for curative control or, less frequently, weather-based applications using disease predictive models. These three approaches will be discussed in terms of their economic and environmental costs as well as their risk for unacceptable disease control. Special attention will be paid to disease predictive models, due to recent advancements in 1) site-specific data acquisition and 2) reliable predictive models (e.g., Smith-Kerns model). Additionally, major advances in breeding for dollar spot resistance in creeping bentgrass have resulted in the release of several cultivars with improved tolerance to this disease. The speaker will discuss recent research demonstrating the potential for these cultivars to reduce the number or improve the efficacy of fungicide applications for dollar spot control, and how cultivar tolerance to dollar spot interacts with disease predictive modeling.

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