Doug Snyder is Superintendent at The Milbrook Club- Greenwich, CT; the club features a 9-hole golf course (18-hole-rated playing to a par 70 at 6,287 yards).
Doug became superintendent in January, 2012. Upon starting, he was briefed on the problem areas of the course and what disease and insect pressures he could expect to encounter during the season.
Doug met with his rep from Metro Turf Specialists, Bobby Steinman, to review what he had been told to expect on the course and to discuss options to manage the challenges that were “sure to come.”
Bobby brought his Performance Nutrition® Rep, Randy Rider into the discussion. Together, Randy and Bobby composed a program recommendation – the Performance Soil Treatment™ Program (PST™), which consists of applications of KaPre® ExAlt, KaPre® RemeD8 and Pennamin® High K, two times per month. Doug began implementing the PST™ in May of 2012. “As the season moved along, I wasn’t seeing the disease pressure and insect occurrence that I was promised would occur. I really believe that the PST™ built a strong foundation in the soil, making the turf more tolerant of disease and insect pressure.”
Excited about the results that he got from the PST™, Doug set up a fertilizer challenge, for Performance Nutrition® vs. the foliar fertilizer program that he had used in the past. He divided the greens, treating half with his typical foliar program and the others with a program consisting of Vibrant® Green, (Vibrant® Red in the hotter summer months), Krystal Klear® Turf Mix, Krystal Klear® Rescue and Prudent® 44. In order to confirm that the comparison was fair, he treated one green with his standard program and an adjacent green with Performance Nutrition® fertilizers, ensuring that the greens each shared the same micro climate. He ran this “challenge” from May – July making 6 – 8 applications of each program. “I noticed that the collars and approaches on the Performance Nutrition® greens were healthier. There was not as much wilt or stress than was on the greens treated with my typical foliar fertilizer program. In August, I went straight to the Performance Nutrition® products and ran that through October.”
This season, Doug is once again implementing the Performance Nutrition programs that he started last year but added his tees to the regimen above. He has also started using Z.One® T&O 250 this year during aerification on greens and approaches. “Now every time I make a soil spray (KaPre® Exalt, KaPre® RemeD8, and Pennamin® High K) I recharge the Z.One® granules. The product was easy to apply and drag into the aerification holes and I will be doing it again in this fall’s aerification. ” In addition, recently Doug implemented a fairway program treating them with LidoQuest® 18-3-6 as well as adding Prudent® 44 and Pennamin® High K to the fairway spray tanks. “I already can see that my fairways look better than they have in the past.”
Shawn Emerson is the Director of Agronomy for the six courses at Desert Mountain, located in the high Sonoran Desert of Arizona. Recently, after going on a Performance Nutrition fairway program, his course received the the highest PGA rating ever. Read More
Steve Garner is Golf Course Superintendent at Pinnacle Peak Country Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. Steve used Z.One T&O 250 at a rate of 250 pounds per acre and raked it into the sand under the sod when they rebuilt a tee complex.
“The turf rooted down in a couple of days which was 3 or 4 days quicker than an area we left as a control. There was no shrinkage around the edges of the sod and it held great color. Altogether very happy with the way the product performed. Since the renovation, despite high temps and irrigation system challenges the tee has held up extremely well.”
Steve Keller has been superintendent at Juliette Falls Golf Course in Dunnellon, Florida since it opened in 2007. He has been using a variety of Performance Nutrition products over the past several years. “When I had stressed turf, my sales representative recommended KaPre® RemeD8; I have also used their Vibrant® products and KaPre® ExAlt.”
While Steve has tried other similar products on the market, he decided to try the some of the Performance Nutrition products as they are easy to apply, have beneficial amino acids and are more affordable. He is on a regular program with Pennamin® High K and LidoChem Inc.’s Chelated Iron and Manganese product. He applies them, usually together, about every 7 – 10 days. “I plan on continuing to use LidoChem’s Performance Nutrition products as they have a lot of great formulations and they are easy to use. They use the best resources to give us the best products. I am excited to see what they have coming next.”
Vince DiStefano is Superintendent at Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Club, Front Royal, VA.
“I used the same products on my bentgrass Tees and Fairways as previous years except I replaced another phosphite product with Prudent 44. The results are very good. With out adding any fertility products there is always a little green up and the Bentgrass looks great in between sprays. On the A1/A4 greens I started with Prudent 44 early in the spring and have had great quality and root depth all season.”
Sam Mueller is the Superintendent at Vasari Country Club in Bonita Springs, Florida. In 2010 the entire course was renovated and rebuilt. This included some very unique greens construction with elevation changes of 2 to 3 feet. Just one year later, Sam began observing problems in the health and growth of the greens. Sam was introduced to the Performance Soil Treatment by the local Performance Nutrition sales rep and began regularly applying KaPre® RemeD8, KaPre® ExAlt and Pennamin® products. “I noticed my greens getting better and better and I had not made any other changes in my management regimen. There is now 100% turf coverage and the members are happy.”
Jack Birdwell has been Golf Course Superintendent at Comanche Trail Golf Course in Big Spring, Texas for more than 15 years. Due to the geographic location of the course and the high drought area it is in, managing salt is a constant obstacle. “During the winter months, average rainfall is about 3 inches if we are lucky so salt accumulates on the greens and you can even see crystals forming if you don’t manage it.” Over the years Jack tried a variety of techniques, including gypsum applications, to manage the winter buildup of salts on his greens.
About 18 months ago Jack tried Kapre® ExAlt on his greens and really noticed a difference. Jack applies Kapre® ExAlt at 32 ounces/acre for the first 3 or 4 applications in the spring and then cuts that to the 16 ounces/acre rate every 2 to 3 weeks through the rest of the season. He alternates weekly applications with Pennamin® High K at 2 pounds/acre making the nutrients more available.
Jack has noticed a big difference in the look and play of the turf. “My greens are better, remarkably better. I get comments now about how good the greens are.”
Country Club of Ocala is a private, 18 hole course built in 1994 with mostly modified USGA greens in Ocala, Florida. Reed Orr has been the Superintendent there for 3 ½ years.
With 2011-2012 being the warmest winter in years, disease issues in the area are prevalent. Reed began using KaPre® RemeD8 every two weeks at 2 gal/acre. Reed knows things are in check and hasn’t seen an “outbreak” on his course.
Reed began using the PST- Performance Soil TreatmentTM, combining KaPre® RemeD8, KaPre® ExAlt and Pennamin® High K. In addition Reed uses a combo of Prudent® 44 and Nutrol® and he is amazed that he has not seen any sign of Fairy Ring or fungal activity. “I have not had to make any of the emergency “high dollar” fungicidal applications that are normal this time of year as the plants are just healthier with the PST program.” Reed stated “I also saved on my fertility products as well- the soil is in better condition to grow healthier turf.”
Two years ago after Reed began using Vibrant® products, which includes patented Krystal Klear® micronutrients he had a soil test done. “The results came back and the analyst had no recommendations to give, he was surprised as everything was in check, my soil condition was all in balance.”
Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links is an 18 hole straight sand greens, mostly bay front, course in the Ocean City, Maryland area. Joel McTavish has been superintendent there since 2000.
Over the years Joel used foliar programs incorporating NutraMaxx® and more recently Florantine® products. About two seasons ago, Joel was looking for a change as he wasn’t totally happy with his program “It didn’t seem that the benefit of the program was lasting more than 4 -5 days.”
Joel started using Vibrant® Green in the spring and fall and Vibrant® Red in the summer. He also uses Krystal Klear® Turf Mix every two weeks from May to September. In addition he uses the Pennamin® High K product for his calcium application and applies Prudent® 44 every two weeks with his fungicide throughout the season.
“Last year I started to see better overall turf health and playability; the ball rolls nice and smooth on the green. Aesthetically the color and conditions of the greens are nice without a lot of extra growth. I don’t have the localized dry spots that I had in the years before using Performance Nutrition®’s products. In addition, Performance Nutrition®’s products last as long as they say they will, where other products seemed to wear off too soon.”
Stonecrest Golf Club is a semi-private, 18 hole course in north central Florida (Summerfield) with modified push up greens. Rick Watts has been the Superintendent there for 10 years. A few years ago, Rick did some Performance Nutrition® product trials on 9 of his greens. “There was an overall improvement on disease control and nematode pressure, without me having to spray fungicides.”
Over the past two seasons, Rick has implemented Performance Nutrition®’s PST- Performance Soil TreatmentTM on his course which includes a bi monthly application of KaPre® ExAlt, KaPre® RemeD8 and Pennamin® High K. He continues to see good results and an overall decrease in disease pressure on his greens.
In addition to the products in the PST, Rick uses Prudent® 44, Nutrol®, Vibrant® Green and Krystal Klear® ResQ. “I’m very pleased with the performance of the products and the look of the course.”
John Stach is Golf Course Superintendent at Olde Hickory Golf and Country Club
in Fort Myers, Florida. “We have enjoyed working with the Performance Nutrition® products for almost a year as they have shown to give very positive results with our Tiff Eagle Greens. Specifically, KaPre® ExAlt, Prudent® 44, Nutrol®, Krystal Klear® Res Q, and Vibrant® Green have proven to give a better more consistent color and as well as excellent turf health.
“We have received good technical support from the Performance Nutrition® technical team to address specific issues we face here at Olde Hickory on a daily basis. I would recommend all of these products to anyone who works with professional grade turf who is looking for dependable products, cost effective applications as well as excellent technical support.”