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Golfplan to Unveil ‘Synthetic’ 9 Outside Delhi
Golfplan partner Kevin Ramsey bends down to examine a seam in the 9th green at the M3M Club, his new project set to open here this fall, just north of the Delhi airport. Yes, a seam. When it opens this September, M3M will not only be India’s newest golf property; it will also be the first anywhere to deploy synthetic turf through the green. The 9-hole, par-3 layout at M3M — in addition to its 9-hole putting course and driving range — are entirely “grassed” with a lush-green product produced by FieldTurf, the Calhoun, Ga.-based subsidiary of the French company, Tarkett Inc., that has supplied its product to some 7,000 sports facilities worldwide.

Golf Course Builders Association of America Unveils New Website
The Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) is pleased to announce the launch of its new website. In partnership with Etchasoft, the new site offers faster navigation, easier accessibility, smarter interface and sharp new features. The website has been designed so the site is compatible with today’s browsers and mobile devices.

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Andy Burns Joins Rain Bird Golf as District Sales Manager
Andy Burns is Rain Bird Golf’s new district sales manager for the Carolinas and Georgia sales territories. Burns will be responsible for working with Rain Bird Golf’s distribution network in that region to further develop and enhance the company’s current market presence. Rain Bird Golf added this new district sales manager position to increase distributor support and facilitate stronger partnerships with golf facilities.

Nufarm Renews its Platinum Partnership with Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Troops (GCFT)
The need for volunteers for Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Troops (GCFT) initiative continues to grow as military families with a deployed service member and post-9/11 veterans with a service-connected disability look for help to care for and create healthier lawns and yards. The program, which celebrates its 11th year in 2017, provides basic lawn and landscape services and so much more including back yards for service dogs to run in, green gardens for disabled veterans to reflect in and countless hours of joy for families to bond. Volunteers agree to provide free services for the length of the military deployment, or for up to two years for disabled veterans. Volunteers choose how many families they’d like to help, how far they’re willing to travel and what services they are able to provide. A list of services is part of the registration form. Volunteers are matched with families within those parameters, and service begins once the military family contacts the volunteer.

Underhill 2WIRE Decoder Module
Underhill International has introduced a next generation 2WIRE Decoder Module that is compatible with Hunter Industries’ new ICC2 commercial controller. The 2WIRE Decoder snaps directly into the controller module slot and converts an ICC2 to two-wire operation for new irrigation installations or hybrid multi-wire/two-wire system expansions. Underhill 2WIRE Decoders work with all ICC2 models, including plastic, metal and pedestal cabinets. They can convert the 32-station ICC2 to a 48-station two-wire system.