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Golfplan Track to Open Spring ’18, At Foot of Chee Chan Buddha
The course architects at Golfplan will unveil this spring their new 18-hole design in the Silver Lake region south of Pattaya. Chee Chang Golf Resort will debut its flamboyant new layout in the significant shadow of the Chee Chan Buddha, the 110-meter spiritual anchor to an existing resort complex that already includes a water park, winery and shopping district. All of these amenities are arrayed beside white sand beaches on the Gulf of Siam.

National Golf Day 2018 Set for April 25 in Washington, D.C.
WE ARE GOLF, a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners,  announced the 11th annual National Golf Day will be held April 25 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. National Golf Day celebrates the game’s nearly $70 billion economy (updated data available in April 2018), nearly $4 billion annual charitable impact and many environmental and fitness benefits. Industry leaders will meet with Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and federal agencies to discuss golf’s 15,000-plus diverse businesses, two million jobs impacted, tax revenue creation and tourism value. Returning for 2018, golf industry leaders will arrive Monday, April 23 to participate in a community service initiative on the National Mall the morning of Tuesday, April 24. The project will focus on beautification, preservation and helping the National Park Service with turf deferred maintenance.

The Los Angeles Country Club Makes Historic Charitable Donation to the Southern California Golf Association’s Junior Foundation
The Southern California Golf Association’s Junior Foundation, which engages local youth in the lifelong benefits of golf, announced that it had received $250,000 from The Los Angeles Country Club (LACC), one of the largest one-time donations in the history of SCGA and the largest gift from a member club. Funds for this donation were generated by LACC’s hosting of The Walker Cup Match, a biennial amateur team competition contested by The R&A and USGA at which a U.S. team featuring three SCGA members defeated Great Britain and Ireland 19-7.

Yamaha Named Official Golf Car Partner Of The National Golf Course Owners Association
Yamaha Golf-Car Company announced that it has been named the Official Golf Car Partner of the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA). From its inception the partnership has been crafted to benefit NGCOA members by bringing to bear Yamaha’s distinctive pedigree for technical innovation, while also offering incentives on Yamaha golf car and utility vehicle purchases/leases through the NGCOA’s Smart Buy Purchasing Program. NGCOA members will appreciate Yamaha’s technical advancements, including the innovative YamaTrack GPS fleet management utility. The multi-year partnership will afford Yamaha comprehensive brand positioning, promotion and relationship-building opportunities through NGCOA.

Bobby Weed Golf Design Honors Michael A. Matthews and Chris Monti for Decades of Service
Bobby Weed Golf Design is recognizing two milestones by honoring Michael A. Matthews, business manager, and Chris Monti, senior design associate, for their decades of service: Matthews, 30 years, and Monti, 20 years. Each has been an integral part of Weed’s success in the golf industry.

Nufarm To Launch All-Terrain Golf Course Fungicide At GIS 2018
Nufarm will host its EXCEL program debut, launch a new fungicide and showcase its full line of leading golf course management products, including 3336®, Affirm™, Aneuw™, Millennium™ Ultra 2 and Pinpoint™.

Mirimichi Green Introduces Pest Control Products
Mirimichi Green is introducing a new line of pest control products that are all-natural and will control and kill pests. Mirimichi Green is offering four different formulations to their customers:

  • Mirimichi Green Pest Control – intended for treating landscapes
  • Mirimichi Green Growers Pest Control – intended for using in gardening and crop production
  • Mirimichi Green Irrigation Pest Control – intended for using in irrigation systems
  • Mirimichi Green Personal Repellent – intended for spraying on self

Mirimichi Green’s pest controls are known to be safe to spray around people, pets and plants, with an immediate re-entry time after the spray has settled, making it ideal for any outdoor area. The pest control line controls many of the peskiest bugs including, but not limited to: Mosquitoes, Fleas, Ants, Roaches, No-see-ums, Chiggers, Spiders, Mites, Whiteflies, and Aphids.

Rock River Laboratory Northeast Expands Into Agronomic Analysis
Rock River Laboratory, Inc. has opened the doors to the company’s new agronomic analysis laboratory in Binghamton, New York. This expansion onto the current Rock River Laboratory Northeast feed and forage analysis laboratory creates a new opportunity for northeastern agronomists and industry partners to access accurate analysis with exceptional customer service and quick turnaround. Utilizing approved Cornell University methods, Rock River Laboratory-Northeast will offer key agronomic analyses, including complete soil analysis, plant tissue analysis, plant tissue plus soil analysis, manure analysis, and water analysis.

Rain Bird Golf Names Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply As New Distributor For Coastal Georgia And The Carolinas
As of January 1, 2018, Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply began distributing Rain Bird’s golf course irrigation products and pump stations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Coastal Georgia. Ewing will stock a robust inventory of Rain Bird golf products as well as provide high-level training and service to current and future Rain Bird customers in those regions. Ewing will carry Rain Bird Golf’s full irrigation product line in this market, offering fully-integrated solutions to address the challenges of both new installations and renovations. Products include Rain Bird’s golf Central Control Systems, IC (Integrated Control) System, field control systems, rotors, valves, pumps and much more. Courses will also benefit from Rain Bird’s Timeless Compatibility, which makes it possible to update or modify an irrigation system while integrating existing Rain Bird components.

RightLine® LLC to Launch Six Turf Products at Golf Industry Show in San Antonio
RightLine LLC will roll out six new products at the 2018 Golf Course Industry (GIS) Show in San Antonio in February. The company plans to introduce additional products later this year. RightLine LLC will be exhibiting at the GIS in Booth Number 13059.

​Website Launch for Drought Tolerant TamStar™ St. Augustinegrass
TamStar™ St. Augustine is a new drought tolerant, low water use grass developed by turfgrass breeders at Texas A&M University. A new website dedicated to TamStar was launched by the Turfgrass Producers of Texas to serve as a resource for industry professionals and homeowners. Tamstargrass.com offers research and information about TamStar’s benefits, installation, maintenance and where to purchase this scientifically advanced sod.  

Bayer Technical Information on Spring Preemergence Herbicide Applications
Preemergence herbicides are the most effective way to control crabgrass and goosegrass in warm- and cool-season grasses. Here’s the first of a four-part series on maximizing control with preemergence herbicides.

  • Application timing
    • Preemergence (PRE) herbicides are primarily broken down by microbes and microbial activity is relatively low at cool soil temperatures. So applying PRE herbicides early is always better than applying late.
    • Crabgrass germinates when 4″ soil temperatures reach 53-55°F whereas goosegrass germinates later when 4″ soil temps reach 63-65°F. PRE herbicides should be applied prior to these soil temperatures.
    • In cooler climates, PRE herbicides can be applied in the fall at the high rate and will provide season-long control of crabgrass the following year.
    • Though most PRE herbicides can provide minimal POST control of very small annual grasses, they are much more effective as PRE herbicides applied prior to germination.
  • Multiple applications
    • Research shows sequential applications of PRE herbicides always improves long-term control compared to single applications at the same total rate.
    • Depending on rate, sequential applications in spring and summer should be spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart.
  • PRE/fertilizer combinations
    • Smaller granules tend to provide better control. This is because PRE herbicides do not move in the soil and smaller granules provide a denser pattern and more consistent distribution of active ingredient compared to large granules.
    • Higher spread rates also can improve control
    • On cool-season grasses, chose combination products with low nitrogen since nitrogen is needed in limited amounts in the spring on cool-season grasses.
  • Winter-damaged areas and new seedings
    • Most PRE herbicides cannot be used at seeding of cool-season grasses or at sprigging of warm-season grasses. So do not apply to bermudgrass or cool-season grasses until winter survival is confirmed.
    • Ronstar® is a PRE herbicide that can be used at the time of sprigging bermudagrass to control annual grasses and not inhibit establishment.
  • Herbicide resistance
    • Cases of herbicide resistance have been reported in goosegrass, crabgrass, and annual bluegrass as a result of using the same active ingredient or within the same group of active ingredients repeatedly over many years.
    • Tank-mix and/or rotate modes of action among PREs and POSTs as often as is practical (Table 1)