Let Matthew Lean put his operation's plight into perfect context.
"They call it Jurassic Park at Toro. I call it Green Acres," says Lean, superintendent at Monterrey Yacht Club, port St. Lucie, Fla.
A GCSAA Education session entitled "DIY for Your Facility: Ideas That Make an Impact," featured four superintendents who served up plenty of ideas, plans, options and possibilities for those who packed Room W304 of the Orange County Convention Center this afternoon.
Lean oversees the 9-hole facility with the help of a man with the first name of Joe, a 65-year-old former steelworker. Together they make do the best they can on their small budget. For instance, Lean sets his very old rain gauge at one-quarter inch, and if it starts to rain at 11 p.m. and it surpasses that one-quarter, it automatically turns off the pump. His Rainbird, with its spring-activated controller, is circa 1970.
"Remember, it's the end result that matters," Lean says.
For Thomas J. Bastin, CGCS, California Golf Club in San Francisco, drones are big for him and his facility. He has six of them, and each has its own use. Bastin says they help in many areas, such as tree evaulation, property lines, lake construction, NTEP trials, etc.
"The future is coming quick," says Bastin of drone use, adding that if you add a drone to your arsenal, register it, get it licensed, and be safe.
Saving water has become a crusade of sorts for Matthew Gourlay, CGCS (pictured), director of golf course operations at Colbert Hills in Manhattan, Kan. He says the facility has saved more than $240,000 by reducing the need for water by millions of gallons annually.
Gourlay says a key to water conservation is a plan that includes the general manager, members, etc.
For Dan Dinelli, CGCS, North Shore Country Club in Northbrook, Ill., learning and knowing the science of the plant is becoming more critical. Why? It aids in early indicators of problems before noticing visual symptoms; insect activity; weed control; and drought tolerance.