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Maintenance shop hacks
Try these tips to make shop life a little easier.
Vintage chill killer
Is cold-weather starting a struggle for your diesel engines? Try this old-school solution to get your equipment up and running.
Hydromulch for winter green protection
January 13, 2022
On a links-style course in Nebraska, where winter winds are inhospitable to turf and traditional covers, a superintendent uses hydromulch to see greens through to spring.
Turf hack: The perfect collar
September 30, 2021
In his quest for uniform collars, a superintendent found some simple mowing adjustments could create consistent, eye-catching definition around greens.
Turf hack: Mark storm drains with nest boxes
No more (soaking-wet) searching for clogged storm drains. Try this simple, timesaving solution that resident birds will appreciate too.
Perfecting winter putting green protection
April 22, 2021
With just a brief window to bring greens out of long, harsh winters, a club has fine-tuned a custom cover system that shields turf from the elements without creating anoxic conditions.
Turf hack: Drip irrigation for bunker surrounds
March 18, 2021
A Michigan club pursued a more targeted approach to irrigating around bunkers and found healthy turf could be achieved with far, far less.
Turf hack: Solar-powered irrigation satellite
October 1, 2020
Solar installations needn’t be mammoth, megawatt structures, as a Florida superintendent demonstrates with his electrical fix for an outlying irrigation controller.
Turf hack: DIY fertilizer mixing setup
September 17, 2020
With a common home appliance and a dash of innovation, a superintendent has devised a more efficient way to mix soluble fertilizers for fairways.
Bunker edges: Inverted-sod technique
July 30, 2020
Bunker edges can be an agronomic Achilles’ heel. A Canadian superintendent has hit upon an inside-out approach for improved aesthetics.
Turf hack: Barley straw for algae suppression
A simple setup in the ponds at Fairview Country Club in Greenwich, Conn., controls algae growth without chemicals.
Cups of noodles: Superintendent ahead of unexpected trend
May 28, 2020
Before coronavirus made no-touch accessories a must-have, a creative California superintendent had already hit upon a practical on-course use for the humble pool noodle.
A new use for old bunker sand
April 30, 2020
Swapped-out bunker sand can be repurposed as a growing medium for native wildflowers and grasses, creating valuable habitat for insects and small animals.
A low-cost wash pad solution
A New York club’s self-contained system has slashed water use, curbed environmental impact, and provided a model for other businesses looking to better manage grey water.
Turf hack: Tennis (balls), anyone? A maintenance strategy at Shinnecock Hills
June 15, 2018
Golf course maintenance equipment at the U.S. Open features some brightly colored, highly practical accessories.
Custom utility vehicles: Building the perfect beast
More equipment managers are turning to custom-built utility vehicles to ensure they have the right tool for the right job at any time on the golf course.
Winter turf damage: The green in the bubble
A grounds crew got creative to revive a winter-decimated green in just days. Here’s how they devised the structure that produced the remarkable results.