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Scott Weersing

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Killed the greens
« on: September 14, 2022, 09:41:30 AM »
I was looking for a thread of when the greenskeeping staff ruined the greens at your local course.


Here is the most recent mistake


https://www.wsfa.com/2022/09/12/groundskeeping-issue-poisons-ross-bridge-golf-course/

Share your story of when someone applied the wrong thing on the greens.

David_Tepper

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« Last Edit: September 14, 2022, 11:06:21 AM by David_Tepper »

Tom_Doak

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Re: Killed the greens
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2022, 01:27:12 PM »
I think there is a thread from a few months back relating to someone at Royal Melbourne mixing a spray tank wrong and killing the grass on several greens [or holes, I don't remember which].  And that's with one of the best superintendents in the world overseeing things.


Occasionally, bad mistakes happen.  You just have to put your head down and fix them.

Ian Mackenzie

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Re: Killed the greens
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2022, 03:52:08 PM »
My brother in law is a member at CC of Detroit and I believe that happened there about 10 years ago.
If TD is lurking here, he will know for sure.


The rumor was that the super got into a fight with a supplier who then shipped a bunch of top-dressing over that had some shit in it that killed the greens.


Heard s similar story from Knollwood here in Chicago after Keith Foster did a reno on the Colt/Allison design.

Ken Moum

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Re: Killed the greens
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2022, 08:26:10 PM »
When I worked for GCSAA a member once told me there were two kinds of superintendents...those who have killed the grass and those who will kill it.


Not entirely true, but it's a good example of superintendent humor.
Over time, the guy in the ideal position derives an advantage, and delivering him further  advantage is not worth making the rest of the players suffer at the expense of fun, variety, and ultimately cost -- Jeff Warne, 12-08-2010

Anthony_Nysse

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Re: Killed the greens
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2022, 06:00:43 AM »
I think there is a thread from a few months back relating to someone at Royal Melbourne mixing a spray tank wrong and killing the grass on several greens [or holes, I don't remember which].  And that's with one of the best superintendents in the world overseeing things.


Occasionally, bad mistakes happen.  You just have to put your head down and fix them.


Royal Melbourne greens may be ‘ripped out’ due to - DailyGolfJournal.com
Anthony J. Nysse
Director of Golf Course & Grounds
Mountain Lake
Lake Wales, FL

Anthony_Nysse

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Re: Killed the greens
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2022, 06:09:26 AM »
About 7 years ago, 18 golf courses in the states had severe-to-dead turfgrass on their greens from an application of Armor Tech Alt 70, which is the generic brand for Aluminum tris, more commonly know as Signature Fungicide.


If memory serves me right, this specific fungicide was made in the same mixing/loading as a herbicide that this company distributes. There was enough residual product in the mixing tanks to kill turf.


This is part of the reason I am not a big believer of generics. There is a lot more risk for the small savings in cost.


The grass is not greener at Rye Golf Club (lohud.com)
Anthony J. Nysse
Director of Golf Course & Grounds
Mountain Lake
Lake Wales, FL

A.G._Crockett

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Re: Killed the greens
« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2022, 08:10:19 AM »
There was a problem with this at Caledonia last year.  The greens are Bermuda, but they overseed with rye for the winter months. When a buddy and I got there for a two-day CGA tournament in early December, the last three or four greens on each side were patchy rye and painted dirt.  It was startling, to say the least, because Caledonia is usually so well conditioned.


I was told that they had used a growth retardant on the Bermuda to help the rye overseed come in faster, and that the second batch was improperly mixed.  It wasn’t clear at that point whether the Bermuda was dead or not, and I haven’t been back down there, so I don’t know what happened in the spring.
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Keith Williams

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Re: Killed the greens
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2022, 10:11:58 AM »
Well, never want to hear about this happening really anywhere; but if there is a place where such an event would have negligible impact on the world of golf course architecture, Ross Bridge is it.

Mark Lester

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Re: Killed the greens
« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2022, 07:43:02 PM »
Peter Smith, Supt. of Shinnecock told me early in my career that " you're not a real superintendent until you kill some grass that you were trying to grow"  I did it early with Acclaim and had to "spend my way out of it".
Tank mixing can be enlightening at times..........


Jim Franklin

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Re: Killed the greens
« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2022, 09:00:02 AM »
I have a question for the supers. If your fairway grass has very short root structure, is it better to continually water the fairway or only water periodically so the roots will grow and search for water? 007 bent is the grass. Thanks for any help.
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Ronald Montesano

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Re: Killed the greens
« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2022, 08:36:40 PM »
I think that Ross Bridge is a treasure. It deserves to recover fully. I loved that course from 8200 yards and would love it from any distance.
Maybe for 2022
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