Golf Course Maintenance – Tournament Preparations – Providing Firm Playing Conditions – 2017 10 23

 

  

 

 

 

A Look At    Tournament Preparation

 

Firm Enough For

The World’s Finest

Golf Players

 

 

 

The PGA Tour’s Mr Paul Vermeulen

Shares High-Level Tournament

Maintenance Standards

 

 

 

 

October 23rd, 2017

 

Golf Course Industry

 

Selected And Adapted Excerpts

 

 

 

 

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A Look At    Tournament Preparations

 

Providing Firm Conditions

 

 

Agronomic Success Is Defined As

Meeting The Player Demands

 

Professional Golfers Put A Very

High Priority On Playing The

Golf Course Firm

 

 

Even somebody who holds one of the Golf Industry’s most desirable jobs must report to members. 

 

But the ones Mr Paul Vermeulen works to satisfy can unleash nearly quarter-mile drives, go weeks without missing a 3-footer and understand the difference between a 95- and 97-yard wedge shot. 

 

Mr Vermeulen’s members are PGA Tour players. 

 

[ The PGA Tour is the organizer of the main professional golf championship tournaments played primarily by men in the United States and North America. ]

 

Mr Vermeulen’s job as the PGA Tour’s Vice-President of Competitions Agronomy requires regular dialogue with players who arrive at tournament sites seeking course conditioning characteristic above others. 

 

According to Mr Vermeulen   

 

They put a very high priority on playing the golf course FIRM. 

 

They DON’T place a high priority on playing the golf course FAST like so many people think. 

 

They are athletes and they are competitive, and they enjoy a challenge. 

 

When they play a FIRM golf course, that’s when they feel they are challenged. 

 

PROVIDING FIRM CONDITIONS can be a challenge for any golf course superintendent, especially one lacking PGA Tour resources, a point Mr Vermeulen emphasizes. 

 

A 10-year PGA Tour employee and former USGA Green Section agronomist, Mr Vermeulen works with golf course superintendents and crews hosting PGA Tour, Champions Tour and Web.com Tour competitions. 

 

The PGA Tour, Mr Vermeulen says, defines agronomic success as meeting the playing demands of its membership. 

 

Mr Vermeulen immediately shifts the attention to PROVIDING FIRMNESS    without losing sight of GREEN SPEED and AESTHETICS    when visiting a tournament site. 

 

Mr Vermeulen has revealed several factors that allow PGA Tour sites to achieve its goal of providing OPTIMAL FIRMNESS when the tournaments conclude on Sundays. 

 

 

 

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A Look At    Tournament Preparations

 

Favorable Maintenance Schedule

 

 

The Tournament Schedule Allows For

Morning & Afternoon Maintenance Each

Day, Allowing Superintendents & Crews

To Effectively Control The Volume Of

Water Dispersed On The Golf Course

 

 

A PGA Tour week consists of   

 

   Monday limited activity

 

   Tuesday practice rounds

 

   Wednesday pro-am

 

   Thursday & Friday full-field starts

 

   Saturday & Sunday trimmed field with stacked tee times. 

 

The schedule provides opportunities for morning and afternoon maintenance each day, allowing superintendents and crews to effectively control the volume of water dispersed on the course. 

 

According to Mr Vermeulen   

 

While your Saturdays and Sundays are probably your two busiest days, our Saturdays and Sundays are our two lightest days. 

 

Therein lies the fundamental difference. 

 

 

 

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A Look At    Tournament Preparations

 

Resources To Collect & Measure

 

 

Putting Green Maintenance Relies Upon

Three Devices    Firmness Meter, Soil

Moisture Meter, & Stimpmeter

 

 

Dozens of volunteers at most tournaments turn putting greens into crowded morning and evening spots because of the personnel needed to collect usable data. 

 

The PGA Tour leans on three devices for data collection    [ see later card images ]

 

   Firmness Meter    Ex : Turf-Tec Firmness Meter

 

   Soil Moisture Meter    Ex : Turf-Tec Moisture Sensor

 

   Stimpmeter    Ex : USGA Stimpmeter

 

Soil moisture meters and stimpmeters are devices that can be found in most maintenance buildings. 

 

Firmness meters are less common. 

 

Recording FIRMNESS involves dropping a golf ball-sized bearing from 6 feet and measuring the depth of the depression. 

 

The simple process isn’t bulletproof, and Mr Vermeulen says numbers on new Bermudagrass surfaces can « get a little bit fuzzy ». 

 

But firmness meters are especially reliable on cool-season grasses, and can provide confirmation when players provide feedback. 

 

According to Mr Vermeulen   

 

When we watch the data coming in from that meter [ firmness meter ] and have conversations with the players, we can correlate what we are getting on that meter with the response we are getting from our members. 

 

When they start telling us, the golf course is really starting to get bouncy, we measure it, we quantify it, and we can use that information to help the next tournament site establish a target in getting their course ready for competition. 

 

 

 

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A Look At    Tournament Preparations

 

Hand Watering

 

 

The Goal Is To Drop Moisture Readings

½ Per Cent Per For Every Tournament Day

 

 

The pair of workers responsible for HAND WATERING front and back nine greens spend more time with Mr Vermeulen than anybody else during advance and tournament week. 

 

According to Mr Vermeulen   

 

They have to be really, really, really precise. 

 

Mr Vermeulen trains the pair to work backward to achieve the desired moisture readings. 

 

This means the Sunday target drives irrigation decisions throughout the week. 

 

Mr Vermeulen’s goal is to drop moisture readings ½ per cent for every tournament day. 

 

Calibration is a key part of HAND WATERING training. 

 

According to Mr Vermeulen   

 

The people we are training can tell you exactly how much water is coming out of the hose. 

 

 

 

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A Look At    Tournament Preparations

 

A Long-Term Strategy

 

 

Firmness Takes Patience & Time

& Cannot Be Altered On A Whim

 

 

Mowing and rolling can lead to manufactured putting green speeds. 

 

Firmness, though, can’t be altered on a whim. 

 

According to Mr Vermeulen   

 

FIRMNESS takes patience and time. 

 

I have on many occasions tried to measure the impact of mowing and rolling on FIRMNESS. 

 

The idea would be, if you can roll the greens to get them FIRM and you need FIRMNESS, then you roll the green. 

 

Rollers don’t really have that immediate impact. 

 

They have an impact, but it’s cumulative over time. 

 

As the soil dries, it becomes agreeable to FIRMING up and it FIRMS up every time you put the roller out there. 

 

 

 

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The Library Of

 

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Maintenance

 

 

Links To Previous Posts

 

 

 

 

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A Look At    TURF, ORNAMENTALS, MAINTENANCE, & ENVIRONMENT LIBRARY OF REPORTS ( Web-Page )

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/toc/a-look-at-reports/

 

 

A Look At    WINTER INJURY & FALL PREPARATION ( Blog )

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/2016/11/17/winter-injury-preparing-golf-course-turfgrasses-for-winter-series-of-reports-sponsored-by-pbi-gordon-2016-10-11-00-a-look-at-everything-that-you-need-to-know-about-this-destructive/

 

 

A Look At    AGGRESSIVE AERATION PROGRAMS AT OAKMONT COUNTRY CLUB ( Blog )

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/2016/07/27/golf-course-maintenance-aggressive-aeration-programs-at-oakmont-country-club-2016-05-24/

 

 

A Look At    CULTURAL PRACTICES THAT WILL SUPPRESS ANTHRACNOSE DISEASES — DR BRUCE B CLARKE ( Blog )

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/2016/05/02/anthracnose-diseases-cultural-practices-dr-bruce-b-clarke-2014-00-00/

 

 

A Look At    HOW MUCH NITROGEN DO GOLF GRASSES NEED ?!?! ( Reports )

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Force-Of-Nature-A-Look-At-Golf-Course-Maintenance-How-Much-Nitrogen-Do-Golf-Grasses-Need-2012-10-00-Jacklin-Seed-pdf.pdf

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Force-Of-Nature-A-Look-At-Soil-Science-How-Much-Nitrogen-Do-Golf-Grasses-Need-2012-10-00-Jacklin-Seed-pdf-300-dpi.pdf

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/2012/10/19/golf-course-maintenance-how-much-nitrogen-do-golf-grasses-need-2012-10-00/

 

 

A Look At    REDUCING COSTS ( Report )

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Force-Of-Nature-A-Look-At-Golf-Course-Maintenance-2011-05-21-Reducing-Costs-Kansas-State-University-pdf-300-dpi.pdf

 

 

A Look At    WISPY FINE-LEAVED FESCUE ROUGH ( Report )

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Force-Of-Nature-A-Look-At-Golf-Course-Maintenance-2011-07-01-Wispy-Fine-Leaved-Fescue-Rough-USGA-pdf-300-dpi.pdf

 

 

A Look At    TURF CULTIVATION ( I.E. AERATION ) ( Report )

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Force-Of-Nature-A-Look-At-Golf-Course-Maintenance-2011-09-15-Turf-Cultivation-i.e.-Aeration-pdf-300-dpi.pdf

 

 

A Look At    FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO FASTER GERMINATION IN CREEPING BENTGRASS ( Reports )

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Force-Of-Nature-A-Look-At-Seed-2009-12-00-Factors-Contributing-To-Faster-Germination-In-Creeping-Bentgrass-pdf-300-dpi1.pd

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/2012/04/10/turfgrass-seed-management-factors-contributing-to-faster-germination-in-creeping-bentgrass-2009-12-00/

 

 

 

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http://pesticidetruths.com/toc/labels/

 

 

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http://pesticidetruths.com/2016/05/05/a-look-at-the-complete-library-of-references-2016-turf-ornamentals-maintenance-environment-2016-05-05/

 

 

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http://pesticidetruths.com/toc/a-look-at-references-turf-diseases/

 

 

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A Look At    POSTERS COMMUNITY BENEFITS OF GOLF ( Blog & Posters )

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/2017/06/14/posters-community-benefits-of-golf-striking-back-against-pesticide-bans-croplife-canada-2017-00-00/

 

 

A Look At    POSTERS THE ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF TURFGRASS ( Blog & Poster ) 

 

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http://pesticidetruths.com/2016/08/30/a-look-at-safety-environment-facts-pest-control-products-are-safe-for-kids-slide-show-2016-08-31/

 

 

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http://pesticidetruths.com/2016/03/01/a-look-at-slide-shows-the-complete-library-of-slide-shows-2016-2016-03-01/

 

 

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http://pesticidetruths.com/2016/04/04/a-look-at-the-complete-library-of-slide-shows-2016-part-2-of-3/

 

 

 

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http://pesticidetruths.com/toc/the-wisdom-of-art-c-drysdale-4/

 

 

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WE SPEAK THE WHOLE TRUTH WHEN WE TAKE A LOOK AT    GOLF COURSE MAINTENANCE FROM AN INDEPENDENT PERSPECTIVE ! 

 

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FIELDS OF STUDY      Horticulture/Agriculture      Mathematics      Physics. 

 

ALMA MATER      McGill University      University of Guelph      the first person ever to obtain university degrees & contribute to both the professional lawn care & golf maintenance industries. 

 

EXPERTISE IN      turf & ornamental maintenance & troubleshooting      history of the green space industry      sales & distribution of seeds, chemicals, fertilizers, & equipment      fertilizer manufacturing & distribution      environmental issues & anti-pesticide terrжrism. 

 

NOTABLE ACTIVITIES      worked in virtually all aspects of the green space industry, including golf maintenance, professional lawn care, tree & shrub care, distribution, environmental compliance, government negotiations, public affairs, & workplace safety         the supervisor, consultant, &, programmer for the successful execution of hundreds-of-thousands of management operations in the golf course & urban landscape, as well as millions of pest control applications      the advisor, instructor, & trainer for thousands of turf & ornamental managers & technicians      the pesticide certification instructor for thousands of industry workers      a founder of the modern professional lawn care industry      the prolific writer for industry publications, reports, & blogs      the first to confirm the invasion of European Chafer insects in both the Montreal region & the Vancouver / Fraser Valley region      with Dr Peter Dernoeden, the first to confirm the presence of Take All Patch as a disease of turf in Eastern Canada      with Dr David Shetlar, the first to confirm the presence of Kentucky Bluegrass Scale as an insect pest in South-Western Ontario, & later, in the Montreal & Vancouver regions. 

 

SPECIAL CONTRIBUTIONS      the creator of the Exception Status that allowed the golf industry to avoid being subjected to anti-pesticide prohibition for a generation      the creator of the signs that are now used for posting after application      the co-founder of annual winter convention for Quebec golf course superintendents      the co-founder of the first ever Turf Summit      the major influence in the decision by Canadian Cancer Society to stop selling-for-profit fresh pesticide-treated daffodils      the only true reliable witness of the events of anti-pesticide prohibition in the town of Hudson, Quebec      the founder ( now retired ) of A Look At & Force Of Nature reports & blogs. 

 

NOTABLE AWARD      the first man-of-the-year for contributions leading to the successful founding of the Quebec professional lawn care industry, which served as a beach-head against anti-pesticide activists in the 1980s & 1990s. 

 

LEGACY      Mr Gathercole & his colleagues      designed & implemented strategies that reined anti-pesticide activists & provided peace & prosperity for the entire modern green space industry across Canada for a generation      orchestrated legal action against anti-pesticide activists in the town of Hudson, Quebec      launched the largest founding professional lawn care business in the nation      quadrupled the business revenues of one of the largest suppliers in the nation. 

 

Mr Gathercole is now retired, although his name continues to appear as the founder of A Look At & Force Of Nature reports & blogs. 

 

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