Best Golf Course Management Practices (2nd Edition)

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9780131397934: Best Golf Course Management Practices (2nd Edition)

This current, comprehensive book provides up-to-date basic and applied information on new products, grasses, and techniques used to develop best management practices for golf courses. It covers available grasses, their selection and use, soils and soil amendments, pest management and IPM practices, and environmental concerns and strategies. The author and 27 acclaimed contributors share their expertise in areas ranging from turfgrass to environmental science. AN eight-part organization covers best turfgrasses for golf courses, best soil management practices, best golf course construction and establishment practices, best turfgrass fertilization practices, best golf course irrigation practices, best turfgrass management practices, best pest management and control practices, best pesticide and nutrient management and handling practices. For golf course superintendents, their staff, owners, and club officials.

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PREFACE

Golf courses are continually increasing in number and sophistication in terms of design and management. They are also under increased scrutiny from the general public and regulatory agencies. Golf course management quality and intensity range from very low maintained facilities to exquisite, highly maintained touring courses. Many resort courses rely on the tourist industry. On other courses, membership and daily fees are major sources of play; therefore, the year-round conditions become very important.

This book is intended for students taking a course in golf course management and as a reference guide for golf course superintendents, assistants, club managers, greens committee members, and regulatory agencies in their efforts to grow and maintain some of the most prestigious courses in the world. Authors who have expertise in specific areas of turfgrass and environmental science have contributed to this book. The information is as complete and up-to-date as possible. However, management and pesticide recommendations are. constantly being updated. New products, grasses, and management techniques continue evolving, while older ones often disappear. Contact your state university turf specialist or your county cooperative extension service office, and attend the various turfgrass field days and Turfgrass Association's Annual Conference and Trade Show for the latest recommendations.

The use of trade names in this publication is solely for the purpose of providing specific information. It is not a guarantee or warranty of the products named, and does not signify they are approved to the exclusion of others of suitable composition.

The pesticide recommendations presented in this publication were current with state and federal regulations at the time of publication. The user is responsible for determining that the intended pesticide use is consistent with the directions on the label of the product being used. Use pesticides safely. Read and follow label directions. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Any project of such magnitude is definitely the result of the efforts of many competent, dedicated professionals. The authors wish to express their gratitude to the following reviewers: Ed Freeman, Professor emeritus, University of Florida; and golf course superintendents Fred Biggers, Don Garrett, Chuck Green, Will Holroyd, and David Lowe. Lori Dalberg and the rest of the production team at Carlisle Publishers Services and Charles Stewart and Eileen O'Sullivan at Prentice Hall, Inc., were invaluable as editors, compositors, and illustrators. We hope no one has been omitted, but if they have, we apologize for our oversight.

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Best Golf Course Management Practices, Second Edition is the most complete and up-to-date guidebook and reference for those studying turfgrass management, including golf courses and sports fields. Written by top turfgrass scientists, this book provides in-depth information and tips on growing grass with minimum inputs. Included are chapters on the best turfgrasses for golf courses; preventing and managing environmental stresses such as cold, drought, and heat stress; golf course design and maintenance considerations for environmentally friendly turf; pest management; and irrigation water quality and quantity. The latest research and applied trends on pest control, soils and soil amendments, fertilizers and fertilization strategies, drainage, green's construction options, bentgrass/poa and bermudagrass green management, and the latest labor and budget requirements for maintaining modern golf facilities are included.

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  • A new chapter on budgets and personnel management
  • Recent changes in pesticides, fertilizers, grasses, and management techniques and strategies have been added
  • Latest updates on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies and procedures
  • Revised color photographs on the most destructive diseases and other problematic pests and management situations for golf courses

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