Friday, December 12, 2014

Beavercreek Golf Club Recognized for Environmental Excellence

 
BEAVERCREEK, OH – Beavercreek Golf Club has achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. Zachary Wike, Assistant Superintendent, led the effort to obtain sanctuary designation on the property and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International. Beavercreek is the 17th golf course in Ohio and the 915th in the world to be designated as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

"Beavercreek Golf Club has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property," said Tara Pepperman, Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs at Audubon International.
"To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas," explained Pepperman. These categories include: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, endorsed by the United States Golf Association, provides information and guidance to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat and protect natural resources. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia have achieved certification in the program.
Beavercreek Golf Club, set on 180 acres, provides ample green space in an area rapidly being developed for residential and commercial use. The golf course maintenance staff uses Best Management Practices to ensure environmental stewardship, while providing excellent playing conditions. The golf course is home to many species of wildlife where they can find over 40 acres of naturalized areas, more than 7000 linear feet of streams, and 5.3 acres of ponds. For more information about the golf course maintenance practices at Beavercreek Golf Club, please visit: www.beavercreekturf.blogspot.com

Audubon International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Troy, NY. In addition to golf courses, Audubon International also provides programs for businesses, schools, communities, and new developments with the purpose of delivering high-quality environmental education and facilitating the sustainable management of natural resources. For more information, call Audubon International at (518) 767-9051or visit www.auduboninternational.org.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Look Back at 2014 in Pictures

As a golf course maintenance professional, I often take for granted how beautiful the golf course can be. It is easy to get caught up with the task at hand and lose sight of just how magnificent and tranquil the golf course is. I often remind myself how lucky I am to be on a golf course every day. Throughout the year I try to stop and admire our masterpiece. Below is a collection of photos that I have captured throughout the past season. I hope you too can enjoy these photos and I encourage you to get out on the golf course and take in the beauty first hand!

 


Hole 5 on a frigid winter morning


Hole 3 covered in a heavy frost

Hole 2 on a sunny spring day
Beautiful sunrise over hole 10
Hole 2 is the home to many turtles
Sunny blue skies on the Fourth of July
Irrigation heads watering 6 green on a summer morning

Hole 9 under a light fog and sunrise
Sunrise on holes 2 and 3 during late summer
Beautiful fall color on hole 6






Monday, October 13, 2014

Analyzing Our 2014 IPM Program

With the end of the growing season upon us, it is important that we evaluate our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program, and begin the planning phase of our program for next year. The end of the 2014 season marked the second year of the major change to our fertility program. For the past two seasons we have eliminated the use of granular fertilizer on tees and fairways, applying liquid fertilizer as needed. This practice gives us greater control of our fertilizer usage, while being able to provide better playing conditions, eliminate the flush of new growth, and greatly reduces nutrient runoff and leaching.

The weather throughout the year kept the disease pressure fairly low, allowing us to stretch treatment intervals much beyond our normal window. There were also many instances where we spotted the onset of disease on turf, but were able to delay treatment because of a change in the weather. In addition, changes in our mowing frequency and watering practices played a big role in reducing the disease pressure throughout the season. We will continue to build upon our success going forward to reach our ultimate goal of reducing the amount of pesticide and fertilizer inputs at our facility. Listed below are a few highlights of our IPM program:

Fairways
  • A total of .45lbs of Nitrogen per 1000 sq ft applied for the season. This is a 79.6% reduction from 2012.
  • A total of 7 spray applications were made with the average interval between treatments of 24.5 days. This is 2 less applications than scheduled.
Tees
  •  A total of .77lbs of Nitrogen per 1000 sq ft applied for the season. This is a 61.5% reduction from 2012.
  • A total of 8 spray application were made with the average interval between treatments of 22 days. This is 1 less application than scheduled.
Greens
  • A total of 1.25lbs of Nitrogen per 1000 sq ft applied for the season. This is a 37.5% reduction from 2012.
  • A total of 11 spray applications we made with the average interval between treatments of 16 days.  This is 2 less applications than scheduled. 
  • 4 Holganix applications were made throughout the summer months. Holganix is an organic compost tea that aids in root growth, disease suppression, and overall plant health.



    Profile of roots on greens mid-summer

    Picture of healthy fairway turf mid-summer