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April/May 2003
by Dave Allan and Steve Wilson, Fairview College  

(Briggs and Stratton)

Briggs and Stratton’s newly redesigned website for its power systems.  There are two initial links that may be of interest, “Commercial Turf” and “Golf and Sports.”.  Each secondary site lists the “Engines” and “DC Motors” that are available.  Within the link to “Engines”, there is a link to technical specifications.  Within this link there is information on horsepower, engine speed, electrical, testing, oil, and gasoline.  Information on new products and accessories is also available here.  All of the information presented is informative and very thorough.   (Rain Bird Irrigation)

Rain Bird has recently revamped its website.  Follow the link to “Golf Courses.”  From this page you have access to Rain Bird’s complete line of irrigation heads, controllers and accessories.  Information about each component includes technical specifications and a complete component parts breakdown (if applicable).  There is a link to “News Releases.”  Here you can view past press releases and product information releases.  The link to “Product Literature” provides access to technical specifications, replacement parts lists, brochures and a technical drawing for each product.  If you need info about landscape, agricultural or drip irrigation simply follow the links from the main page.  Also on the main page are links to Rain Bird’s “Rain Forest Curriculum” and “Intelligent Use of Water.”  From the Rain Forest site you can access activities and demonstrations to educate your children about the Earth's endangered rain forests.  Modules have been formatted in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) for easy downloading and printing.  

(BC Golf Superintendents Association)

This is a new website started by the British Columbia Golf Superintendents Association.  The purpose of the BCGSA is to heighten the professional recognition of the Golf Course Superintendent both in golf course maintenance as well as in the culture and science of turf management.  The BCGSA promotes fraternity, benevolence, justice and mutual understanding to and for its members, encourages, promotes and participates in Turfgrass Research and the interchange of scientific and practical knowledge relating to the care of golf courses. This results in more and efficient golf operations, better turf, and the best possible playing conditions for golfers of all abilities.  The BCGSA also recognizes and promotes the value of education and sponsors, whenever possible, conferences, meetings and exhibitions for the benefit of its members and the turfgrass industry.  This site contains a listing of all meeting dates for the various regions and a section for scholarships available for students attending college for turfgrass training.  There is also an opportunity to post messages, topics for discussion, as well as any other general enquiry by going through the Message Board.  

(Golf Equipment Trader)

New equipment is getting “painfully” expensive for both the small and large budget courses.  It has become almost impossible to develop a yearly “Equipment Replacement Program” that’s affordable for many Clubs.  This site is for those who are looking at the “used market” for both their buying and selling needs.  Newer technology  is available on the used market.  For Sellers, why settle for the wholesale price a dealer is going to give you on trade when you can sell privately for much more.  Hence, the birth of Golf Equipment Trader.  Golf Equipment Trader will display your equipment across the net at an affordable price.  The sole purpose of this web site is to link buyers with sellers.  You will find ads for aerators, carts, irrigation, reel mowers, rotary mowers, sprayers, topdressers, and much more.   (

In today’s market, the Green Industry has become a very fast paced business.  Business owners are constantly faced with the challenges of running an efficient operation, marketing challenges, employee issues, and equipment maintenance. was started to give its members a pleasant environment to look for advice or new ideas, to share advice and ideas, or to just meet others who are concerned about their future in the Green Industry. is an educational community, where all aspects of the Green Industry are discussed and is built of professional business people from all aspects and levels of the Green Industry.  There are discussions on turf and plant physiology, mower and equipment maintenance, business software, getting the best cut from your mower, the intricacies of weed control, and landscape design styles. provides a forum where all members can be enriched, educated, and run a more profitable business.


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

Dave at or

Jeff at


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