In this series, company representatives comment on water issues and what their products can do to help superintendents be more efficient in achieving healthy turf.
Scott May, Owner-Inventor/Turf Screen
Q: You’ve heard it said that brown should be the “new green” when it comes to golf course turfgrass. What do you think of this approach?
A: I think “down and brown” or “fast and firm” approaches are great approaches for turf managers – and are here to stay. While I was a superintendent I certainly subscribed to the fast and firm approach. But for me it was still a choice. In the future I don’t think it will be much of a choice. With environmental and/or budgetary issues more of a concern today than ever – and public perception more and more of an issue – superintendents will have to adjust to this approach in order to do even more with less in terms of conditioning. I also think superintendents – and, more importantly, their employers – are realizing that these maintenance approaches take commitment, dedication, education and proven maintenance techniques.
Q: More than ever, superintendents are looking to you for answers to help them with water management. Is there pressure that comes with this responsibility? Why or why not?
A: I don’t think there is necessarily any pressure on manufacturers to help, but there’s some pressure to overcome some of the obstacles in terms of educating superintendents on the technologies currently available to them. There are plenty of solutions on the market, but there are so many different variables that affect product selection, including weather and environmental factors, turf species, soil conditions, maintenance programs, membership expectations and budgets. Like most things, knowledge is the key.
Q: Many superintendents strive to present golf course turf that’s firm and fast, yet green. Any advice for them on how to achieve this?
A: Superintendents have found that Turf Screen can help them achieve faster and firmer playing conditions without sacrificing aesthetics.
Q: Why should superintendents use your company’s products to help them irrigate more efficiently and effectively?
A: Superintendents who use Turf Screen find their turf uses water more efficiently and performs better during times of drought and environmental stress. Quite simply, Turf Screen allows turf to perform better with fewer inputs. More importantly, it makes a superintendent’s job a bit less stressful.