Friday, February 26, 2010

Continuing Education

Continuing education is a vital part of maintaining a golf course. Turfgrass research and technology has greatly improved in recent years. New materials and methods are constantly being developed that directly influence the maintenance of all courses. Our staff is committed to keeping up with the latest advancements in the industry.

Members of our staff recently attended the Iowa Turfgrass Conference & Trade Show and the GCSAA Education Conference & Golf Industry Show.

The Iowa Turfgrass Conference is held in Des Moines. During this conference members of our maintenance staff attended over 50 total hours of classes and seminars. Topics which were discussed this year included: sustainability, the relationship between golf and the environment, and "doing more with less." John Temme gave a 45 minute speech to hundreds of colleagues outlining the recent changes at Wakonda Club.

The GCSAA Education Conference was held earlier this month in San Diego, California. Once again, our staff attended over 50 hours of classes. These classes are much more in- depth and are conducted by university research professors. Class subject matter included: turf fertility, fungicides, green speed, leadership, and technology. The Golf Industry Show included some motivational speakers and a huge trade show where we were able to observe every product related to golf course maintenance.

Products and knowledge obtained from these conferences and trade shows are used every day for the maintenance of Wakonda Club and directly impact course conditions.