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by Dave Allan and Steve Wilson, Fairview College (TurfNet)
TurfNet is a comprehensive member-supported information service for golf course superintendents and other interested parties. As a non-member, you have access to current news within the industry, all types of weather services, employment services, equipment listings, turfgrass website links, and a listing of upcoming turfgrass events (conferences and seminars). Within the employment services page, you can search for a job by type and province or state, post a job, search resumes, or post a resume. Under equipment listings, you can search for equipment both for sale and wanted. TurfLinks has lists of bookmarks for turfgrass sites dealing with Universities and Colleges, Commercial sites, Publications, Services, Organizations, and Product Labels. Members have access to the TurfNet Forum which features lively discussion areas for members to exchange ideas, share experiences, and solve problems. As a member, you also have access to Research Reports, the monthly newsletter entitled TurfNet Monthly (including all past issues), and Factory Direct Links. You can post ads under equipment for sale and equipment wanted. This is an excellent website that offers a lot of free information without becoming a member. If you haven't seen this site yet, you should pay it a visit. (The American Society of Golf Course Architects)
This is a useful website that offers a multitude of ideas on golf course design. The American Society of Golf Course Architects is a non-profit organization comprised of leading golf course designers in the United States and Canada. Each member is actively involved in the design of new courses and the renovation of older courses. This site includes a membership directory, a developer's handbook, information about the society, a section on the environment, other golf links, a featured golf design book, and two areas that really caught my eye, Architect's Corner and Trends. Architect's Corner discusses what makes a golf hole great and allows you the opportunity to hear what the very best in the business have to say. Trends discusses the future for golf and golf course design with various articles on the topic. (Golf Course Builders Association of America)
The Golf Course Builders Association of America is a nonprofit trade association of the world's foremost golf course builders and leading suppliers to the golf course construction industry. It is the only organization in the world organized by and for golf course builders, and the only organization that represents the interests of the golf course construction industry. The Association also endeavors to provide comprehensive programs and services to construction contractors and specialists in regard to the changing regulations and technology of golf course construction. The GCBAA is a founding member of the Allied Associations of Golf, and continues to work closely with the other Allied Associations, including the American Society of Golf Course Architects, the USGA, the National Golf Foundation, and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, on a variety of issues that affect the golf course construction industry. This site includes a directory list, a listing of related associations, a bi-monthly newsletter of which over 3000 copies are distributed, and a section for GCBAA Professional Certification Program criteria. (North Texas Golf Course Superintendents Association)
Whether you are a golf course superintendent, club manager, turfgrass student, or a golfer, you will find articles and information of interest here. There are articles specifically for golfers about proper etiquette when it comes to bunker raking, using golf cars, repairing ball marks, and fixing divots. There are also articles for golfers on why golf courses aerate, have frost delays, use effluent water, and debate the issue of green speed. There are numerous articles for Superintendents on everything from irrigation to tree planting, poa control to fairway conversion, renovations to employee relations. You will also find a calendar of events, a section on career opportunities and other golf links of interest. Both having backgrounds as superintendents, we rather enjoyed the articles on golfer etiquette and understanding why certain things happen on the golf course.

If you come across any interesting web sites (turf or non-turf related) please forward this information to: Dave at or Steve at We look forward to hearing from you.

Turf Line News April/May 1999

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