Friday, June 25, 2010

Proper Ball Mark Repair

Repairing a ball mark promptly can make all the difference in how long it takes to recover. Doing it properly is just as important. Take the time to repair your own mark and one other. Do your part to keep your course in the best condition possible.

Use a pronged ball mark repair tool, knife, key or tee

Insert it at the edges of the mark --not the middle of the depression.

Bring the edges together with a gentle twisting motion, but don't lift the center. Try not to tear the grass.

Smooth the surface with a club or your foot. You're done when it's a surface you would want to putt over.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Problems Solved on All Fronts

Golf Course Superintendents face lots of different challenges in the course of our profession. Not all of them have anything to do with turf. When challenged to adhere to strict city noise ordinances, Golf Course Superintendent Tom Dale, CGCS turned to the all electric Jacobsen Eclipse 322. After taking delivery of the unit at The Links at Brigantine Beach back in January, Tom and his staff have put the mower through its paces. They found that not only did the unit solve their noise issue but also improved turf quality with the unit’s impressive quality of cut and ability to alter clean-up patterns. It also provides peace of mind knowing that the potential for hydraulic spills had been removed.

“Besides all the features that everybody already knows about the machine, one of the things I like most about it is that the units have two positions for the height off of the ground. One is for mowing and the other is for transport. There is less likelihood of hitting the units as you are traveling”. Tom added “It also has an automatic brake. If you take your foot off of the pedal the brake gently engages. You can stop on a hill, get off and not worry about the mower going anywhere. It makes it easier to cut greens that have a slope around them. You can make a half turn, back up and move forward, without the fear of the unit going backwards any more then you want it to. With other mowers they would easily roll backwards after you made the turn, and you had to quickly move your foot over to get it to go forward.” Tom summarized by saying “I would call this mower the best one I have ever used in my 35 years in the business”.

Friday, June 11, 2010

June Anniversaries

We would like to recognize the following team members who have demonstrated their continued commitment to excellence and have reached important milestones with IGM.

10 Years
John Lecour - Irrigation Technician - IGM at Habitat

9 Years
Jay Ferguson - Spray Technician - IGM at Pine Lakes
Terry Watson - Assistant Superintendent - IGM at ChampionsGate

3 Years
William Myers - Equipment Technician - IGM at Cler Brook
Robert Cassese - Irrigation Technician - IGM at Silver Dollar

2 Years
Oscar Lopez - Irrigation Technician - IGM at ViewPoint
Bernabe Matias - Equipment Technician - IGM at ChampionsGate

1 Year
Robert Tramel - Assistant Superintendent - IGM at Savannahs
William Ryan - Assist. Equipment Technician - IGM at Mystic Dunes

Thanks to each of you for your efforts in making IGM the leader in the golf maintenance industry. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Friday, June 4, 2010

June Birthdays

Members of the IGM Team with June birthdays:

Aaron Parker - Equipment Technician - IGM at Spessard Holland
Kenneth Parker - Equipment Technician - IGM at Habitat
Daryl Morris - Equipment Technician - IGM at Savannahs
Dean Lindquist - Technician - IGM at Heritage Greens
John Samples - Assistant Superintendent - IGM at King's Point
Timothy Farr - Irrigation Technician - IGM at Country Wood
Mike Fontaine - Superintendent - IGM at The Ledges
Daniel Goulet - Irrigation Technician - IGM at Sebastian
Chris Eckart - Superintendent - IGM at Spessard Holland
Art Hampton - Director of Maintenance - IGM at ChampionsGate
Scott Brindley - Spray Technician - IGM at Widows Walk

We wish each of you a very Happy Birthday!