With 2017 coming to an end and 2018 being right around the corner, we gathered the top five most-read stories on SuperintendentMagazine.com this year. We’ve got you covered from green speed to mowing patterns.

1. Using Greens Rollers To Manage Turf

Green speed is no longer the name of the game when it comes to rolling, which has transformed into a cultural practice throughout the golf course. It used to be that greens rollers were viewed as tools to manage golfer expectations. “Oh, look, they’re rolling the greens. Everything should be smooth and fast today!” But now, thanks to scientific research, more superintendents are using greens rollers to manage not just speed, but the turf itself.

2. Mowing Patterns: Aesthetic vs. Function

Without some type of artistic mowing design, something would be missing. The mowing patterns are almost part of the allure. In the same respect, mowing patterns could be considered all fluff, like decorative icing on a cake. They’re eye candy, a visual treat. Or, is there more to mowing patterns than meets the eye? Do they actually serve a cultural maintenance purpose? We take a look at mowing patterns and what purpose they serve.

3. Your No. 2 Should Be a 10

Your assistant superintendent should be one of the most valued people on your team. If not, you’re not utilizing the position to its fullest. Perhaps part of our job description should be to make sure the person directly below us is indeed someone who could step in and keep the operation flowing smoothly. A certain level of responsibility must be placed on the superintendent to make sure the assistant is capable and also ready to take over at any moment. No doubt you were hired to provide the very best product possible. Having the very best people in place underneath you is imperative to achieving this goal.

4. Now Hiring…But Nobody’s Looking

Superintendents are having a hard time finding good help. In recent years, hiring seasonal or full-time manual labor has become increasingly difficult for golf course superintendents. Once applicants were knocking at the maintenance facility door, but many superintendents now must do the knocking. Posting ads in newspapers and on the Internet are the most common routes.

5. Aeration Essentials

Need an aeration 101 refresher? We’ve got one handy.

For golf course superintendents, aeration is the backbone of any cultural control program. The best practices of aeration are changing, and superintendents across the country each have an idea of what works best for their courses. Here, we share a rundown of some ideas and resources that can help when you decide it’s time to aerate.