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 6
GCSAA Field Staff Update – David Phipps, GCSAA
David will present GCSAA Update information on the Grassroots Ambassador Program, Government Advocacy, Best Management Practices (BMP's), and Equipment Manager Membership.
2:00PM-3:00 PM, Wednesday, December 6
Understanding Potassium & Phosphorous Fertilization – Dr. Doug Soldat, University of Wisconsin - Madison(Category 206 – 1 Credit)
This presentation Dr. Soldat will cover the fundamentals of phosphorous and potassium nutrition golf turf, highlighting recent research results which are changing the way we think about these two nutrients.
3:00PM-4:00 PM, Wednesday, December 6
Low Input Management to produce Championship Conditions– Research Review – Chris Tritabaugh
This course will take a look at the simple, straight-forward and non-disruptive Chris uses to manage Hazeltine’s bentgrass playing surfaces. During the course Chris will talk not only about how they help he and his staff produce wonderful playing surfaces for the Ryder Cup, but also how they can help course of any budget improve their surfaces.
8:00AM-9:00AM, Thursday, December 7
Golf Maintenance Forum– Dr. Tony Koski, Colorado State University; Kevin Atkinson, Larry Gilhuly, USGA, Dr. Micah Woods
This super-charged discussion is lead by the audience on practices, philosophies and general questions frequently thought about but rarely asked. This forum is a follow up to last year’s heated debate between successful superintendents and leading PHD speakers. We welcome any and all questions related to our trials and tribulations of growing turf.
10:00AM-11:00AM, Thursday, December 7
USGA Resource Management –Larry Gilhuly, USGA
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.
11:00AM-1:00PM, Thursday, December 7
Irrigation Audit – Steve Southard, City of Loveland
Efficient use of water on a golf course or sports field keeps turf managers busy. The cost of labor for hand watering, not to mention the price of water itself, makes this an area where your facility may be spending more than in the past. Learn how 3 golf courses in Northern Colorado are getting more uniform distribution of water and reducing operating costs. Learn the steps to perform your own irrigation stress tests – from using fewer catch cans to slashing the time spent to perform tests – and what you need to know before you start. While wetting agents and hand watering are normal, join us to find ways you may be able to reduce these practices, keep quality playing and field conditions and enjoy a better bottom line.
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