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Overview

Within these covers, the author and twenty-seven acclaimed contributors share their expertise in areas ranging from turfgrass to environmental science. The most current and comprehensive publication on the market, Best Golf Course Management Practices provides the following need-to-know information that leads to successful golf course construction and maintenance:

  • Turfgrass plants, their adaptation, physiology and growth and development characteristics are described in laymen's terms, including environmental and management practices which most influence growth and development, as well as survival. Current available varieties, their characteristics and possible alternatives are listed, providing an excellent "study guide" of explanations and limitations of various grasses.

  • The interaction of agronomic practices, pest occurrence, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies and techniques, and control options are listed and discussed. Included are the major insects, diseases, nematodes and weeds affecting golf courses. Additionally, the text provides pesticide management and handling practices. Many courses are required to develop environmental strategies, and this book will prove a valuable resource.
  • In-depth discussions on the various means of designing and constructing golf courses, including greens, according to available supplies, player demands and budgets. A general sequence of construction events outline those steps necessary to plan, permit and actually construct a golf course.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130883599
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 6/12/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 720
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.18 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

BERT MCCARTY is a Professor of horticulture specializing in turfgrass science and management at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. A native of Batesburg, South Carolina, he received a B.S. degree from Clemson University in Agronomy and Soils, an M.S. degree from North Carolina State University in Crop Science, and a Ph.D. in 1986 from Clemson University in Plant Physiology and Plant Pathology. Dr. McCarty spends almost 9 years as a turfgrass specialist at the University of Florida in Gainesville. While at the University of Florida, he oversaw the design and construction of the state-of-the-art research and education trufgrass facility, "The Envirotron." He also was author or co-author of the books, Best Management Practices for Florida Golf Courses, Weeds of Southern Turfgrasses, and Forida Lawn Handbook. In 1996, he moved to Clemson University and is involved in research extension, and teaching activities. He has published over 200 articles dealing with all phases of turfgrass management and has given over 500 presentations. He is currently co-author of the book, Color Atlas of Turfgrass Weeds and is active in a number of professional societies.

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PREFACE:

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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Table of Contents

I. BEST TURFGRASSES FOR GOLF COURSES.

1. Turfgrasses.
2. Plant Growth and Development.

II. BEST SOIL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES.

3. Soil Chemical Properties.
4. Soil Mineral Properties.
5. Soil Oxygen and Temperature Properties.
6. Soil Organisms.

III. BEST GOLF COURSE CONSTRUCTION AND ESTABLISHMENT PRACTICES.

7. Golf Course Construction and Renovation.
8. Putting Green Construction.
9. Turfgrass Establishment and “Grow-In.”

IV. BEST TURFGRASS FERTILIZATION PRACTICES.

10. Plant Nutrition and Turf Fertilizers.
11. Developing Turf Fertilizer Programs.
12. Fertilizer Calculations.

V. BEST GOLF COURSE IRRIGATION PRACTICES.

13. Water Management in Turf.
14. Irrigation Water Quality.
15. Effluent Wastewater Use on Turf.

VI. BEST TURFGRASS MANAGEMENT PRACTICES.

16. Cultural Practices.
17. Management Practices Affecting Putting Speed.
18. Overseeding.
19. Managing Bentgrass Golf Greens.
20. Managing Bermudagrass Golf Greens.

VII. BEST MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL PRACTICES.

21. Integrated Pest Management.
22. TurfgrassDiseases.
23. Turfgrass Insects.
24. Turfgrass Nematodes.
25. Turfgrass Weeds.
26. Turfgrass Plant Growth Retardants.
27. Activated Charcoal for Pesticide Deactivation.

VIII. BEST PESTICIDE NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT AND HANDLING.

28. Effective, Safe, and Legal Use of Pesticides.
29. Best Golf Course Environmental Protection Strategies.
30. Sprayer and Spreader Calibration.
Glossary.
Appendix A: Stoke's Velocity Equation for Falling Particles and Darcy's Equation for Calculating Hydraulic Conductivity.
Appendix B: Calculating Soil Porosity.
Appendix C: Calibration Formulas and Metric Conversion Tables.
References and Additional Reading.
Index.
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Preface

PREFACE:

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 suitablecomposition.

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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  • Posted October 29, 2012

    Warning! Book is not in color for disease ID purposes

    I bought this book thinking it would have color pictures since the front cover was in color. I ordered it the beginning of this month and sent it back right away but still have not gotten my money back.

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    Posted December 17, 2000

    For anyone who is involved in the Maintenance of Golf Courses

    This is truly one book that will replace four that I already have. I've recommeded it to be used by our Turfgrass Department. Well written and laid out.

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