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by Dave Allan and Steve Wilson, Fairview College (The Shivas Irons Society)
This society is for anyone who truly loves the game of golf. The society is named after the character (Shivas Irons) in Michael Murphy's novel Golf in the Kingdom. "The society comprises a network of individuals who share a common love for the game and an admiration for those inseparable qualities of the mind, body, and spirit exemplified by the powerful and enigmatic character for which it is named." The purpose of the society is to honor golf's history and Scottish roots. "We celebrate golf as a game of great beauty and virtue". Some of the links that this site contains are Frequently Asked Questions, Experiences from Readers, Membership Application, the Wee Catalogue, Board Members, Member Area, and Send E-mail. (Turftec-Web)
This site was established in 1996 and was developed so turf technicians could share information on all aspects of turf equipment management. Membership is free and the site contains many links. In Phone Directory, you can search out other people that are members of the Turf-Tec Web. They are listed alphabetically and all you have to do is click the appropriate first letter of their last name and then scroll down until you find the person you are looking for. In Discussion, you can post a topic and have others respond to it or you can reply to a topic already posted. There is a Job Board with a number of jobs all over the country. T.E.T.C.G. is a poll that highlights a different piece of equipment each month. You can answer the poll or look up results on previously featured equipment. Tech Info has subjects like Events, Equipment for Sale and Tips and Tricks which has a good tip about replacement oil filters on new equipment. (Seedland, Inc.)
At this site you can buy seed for grass, flowers, plants, or to attract wildlife. The seed is shipped by UPS. You can also find information on any of the seeds that they sell like, how to care for them, when to plant, what species to use, etc. The most interesting section of this site is the Wildlife Seed area. You can get information on Birds, Deer, Doves, Ducks, Quail, Turkeys, and Wildlife. Each of these areas contain Hints on Conservation, Food Plot Management, Hunting Tips to promote responsible hunting, and yes you can even buy the proper seed mix to attract the wildlife you want. (Plant Dictionary)
The Plant Dictionary is a database of Horticulture and Crop Science information, such as Plants, Pests and Disease, History, Biology, Technology, and About Plant Dictionary. As you go into each section you need to fill out a form to limit your search. The form usually has a few check boxes and asks for the common name, scientific name, and family. (Sink or Swim: Internet Search Tools and Techniques)
This is an excellent website, created by Ross Tyner of Okanagan University College, that I show students in the classroom. It talks briefly about the Internet and then goes into Search Engines and Search Strategies. If you have trouble searching for things on the Internet, check this site out. Ross does a super job of outlining the differences between search engines and lists some of the popular ones. (
We thought we'd throw this one in just for fun. If you like a laugh, check this site out. We'll warn you now, however, not all the material on this site is perfectly clean and wholesome.

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

Turf Line News December 1999/January 2000

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