GCBAA - Earth Shaping Newsletter - 2022 Summer Edition

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EARTH SHAPING NEWS Published Quarterly by the Golf Course Builders Association of America


GCBAA Staff and Meetings Committee members, Jon Truttmann and Matt Lohmann, along with GCBAA Foundation Board member, Rick Lohman at the Coeur d’Alene Resort and Golf Course.

Inside Issue the


President’s Perspective


Executive Director Notes


Foundation Update

13 Developers Guide 14 Human Resources 16 Allied Updates 22 Movers & Shapers 34 GCBAA Meetings Calendar




oeur d’Alene, Idaho is a hidden gem just about 40 miles from the Spokane, Washington airport and is truly the “Playground of the Northwest”. We are extremely excited to welcome you to this amazing host location for the upcoming Summer Meeting. When on the site visit, GCBAA Staff were able to utilize the shuttle service from the hotel and highly recommend this option if you choose not to rent a car. It was very convenient, timely, and hassle-free. However, you must schedule in advance to be included in the transportation, which is ($79 per person round trip or $50 per person one-way). The registration packet includes these details, or you may contact GCBAA Staff for further information. Coeur d’Alene not only offers a beautiful resort and golf course, but just beyond in walking distance is the Sherman Main Street with many shops, food venues, and sports bars. If you have time, we suggest a hike around “Tubbs Hill”, you can enter the path just near the hotel, walk the boardwalk, sit on the Lakeview Terrace and take in the breathtaking views of the lake, mountains, and scenery. We will kick off the event with a Board Meeting and Board Dinner on Monday, August 29th,

with the Opening Reception and Sticks For Kids Dinner/Auction on Tuesday, August 30th. Next up, there will be optional shuttle buses and boats transporting guests from the resort to the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course on Wednesday for the kick-off of the education at the Hagadone Event Center, which sits right next to the clubhouse where the afternoon will be filled with the return of the Sticks For Kids Golf Outing, and closing down the event with an awards reception and an optional ticketed dinner back at the Hagadone Event Center. Please know your family is welcome! While members are golfing on Wednesday afternoon, non-golfers and families will be able to take part in yard games and other family fun activities at the course. There is also a Lakeside Infinity Outdoor Pool located along the pristine grounds of the golf course. While the format of the Summer Meeting has adjusted, it will still offer education, networking, collaboration, and fun, while supporting “Buy From Within” and Sticks For Kids! This is truly a breathtaking experience and one you will not want to miss! See you in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho in August!


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BOARD MEMBERS Chris Caccavale Caterpillar Inc. (Secretary) Wayne Deker The Toro Company Judd Duininck Duininck Golf (Past President) Mike Garbs Advanced Drainage Systems Inc. Chris Hill Course Crafters LLC Greg Hufner Total Turf Services Matt Lohmann Wadsworth Golf Construction Company Jon O’Donnell Heritage Links (Treasurer) Manny Pina Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply Rick Shriver HARCO Fittings Jason Sloan Frontier Golf

wareness vs. Perception, is a common “catchphrase”. According to MerriamWebster, “Awareness (noun): the quality or state of being aware: knowledge and understanding that something is happening or exists.” The keyword here is exists! Awareness is different than perception. Perception is how you view the world around you and what your take is on what you have become aware of. This is something you will hear more about from our association. How things are perceived is very important, but you have to be aware of something before you can even perceive it and that goes for the GCBAA. Why is this important and why does it matter to our association?!?! In 2021, the GCBAA Board of Directors challenged the GCBAA Staff to take a deep dive and see where GCBAA is perceived amongst our industry peers. Working to make sure the GCBAA is perceived as we feel it should be is an investment in the membership. To help accomplish this we invested in Lundmark Advertising, who examined and analyzed the information. Many of you may recall that you were asked to participate earlier this year in a survey submitted to the membership asking various questions pertaining to these topics and your perception of GCBAA. As part of Lundmark’s tasks, other allied and industry partners were also interviewed, conclusions have been made and that information was presented to the Board of Directors and Board of Governors. To quickly sum up the findings, for those aware of GCBAA, the perception is good, but as I mentioned earlier, dig deeper…for respondents to the survey that were unaware, we are just that…a missing piece of their puzzle. You see, perception is not the issue we face, but awareness. So, where do we go from here? The GCBAA Executive Board just concluded their Spring Meeting in Tulsa, OK aligned with the PGA Championship. As a side note, what a wonderful experience to be able to see the PGA

Championship, as well as the “championship” renovation work at Southern Hills by GCBAA Certified Builder and Golf Irrigation Contractor Heritage Links. Prior to the tournament getting underway, the Executive team met to discuss the above initiatives, direction, and focus based on the findings. This includes the collaboration amongst our membership, allied and industry partners, and “walking before we run”. Awareness folks, think about your businesses, the companies you work with, and day-to-day operations. How are people aware of what you and your team do? How do you share your solutions in your operations? Simply put, how do people know you exist? Now, I’m not asking you to specifically answer that to me as it is proprietary, but these are the types of discussions your association and leadership are engaging in. We just celebrated 50 years as an association, have had phenomenal growth, development and continue to be the artists and problem-solvers in the golf industry, and are working towards the next 50 years and beyond. The focus of these initiatives is helping to share your stories, to make people aware of who the GCBAA is and what we do, help provide benefits to you to be part of something bigger and better and continue networking in this industry. We are collaborative leaders, wanting to grow the golf industry as a whole…together! I invite and look forward to seeing you in Coeur d’Alene at the Summer Meeting and welcome any feedback and suggestions on this initiative. Not only as your GCBAA President, but as a member of the GCBAA Executive Team, this membership is in our best interest and continues to be our focus! Sincerely,

John McDonald II

Jon Truttmann Hunter Industries (Vice President) Tom Works Landscapes Unlimited, LLC (President-Elect)

GCBAA Spring Executive Board Meeting – PGA Championship – Tulsa, OK. Chris Caccavale, Secretary, Jon O’Donnell, Treasurer, John McDonald II, President, Jon Truttmann, Vice President, and Justin Apel, Executive Director. Not pictured: Tom Works, President-Elect and Judd Duininck, Immediate Past President.

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n behalf of the GCBAA Board of Directors and staff, we want to thank all of you for your commitment to your Association and the support you give to us. You have proven that you are not simply watching this "parade" of the growth of the game, have joined in, and are helping keep the momentum ensuring a bright future for all of us. For over 20 years, the largest collaborative effort in golf has been the establishment of allied associations and industry partners working together as Golf 2020, then named We Are Golf, and currently labeled as Make Golf Your Thing! This American Golf Industry Coalition incubates ideas and programs and allows collective resources to move the needle in the game. While the group maintains a focus on Advocacy and Government Relations, the work of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion has led to a number of conversations. The American Golf Industry Coalition is making sure this parade continues, the pandemic created an environment for golf that allowed players to return to the game, and for those that never left, play more. Favorable weather has kept tee sheets full and as facilities continue to recover, the golf industry grows. Through our collaboration, National Golf Day was held virtually on May 11. This event allows industry partners to share with our legislative and regulatory leadership the game's $84 billion economic impacts on our economy. The unprecedented charitable impact of $4 billion and over 15,000 small business operations employing 2 million workers. The American Golf Industry Coalition recently reported the exciting news that 37.5 million golfers enjoy the game in either an on or off-course environment. While

these numbers are a celebration, an important aspect of the diversity of those players identifies a lot of areas for improvement and opportunities for continued growth. Through the NGF Graffis Report, 2022, only 27% of those golfers are noncaucasian. Furthermore, only 31% are female golfers. Programs and awareness can increase these percentages and exponentially increase the number of players in the game. The Coalition also conducted a Workplace Inclusion Survey that identified within our industry allied associations, the workplace diversity we represent 85% White, 59% Men, 41% Women, 15% Non-Caucasian, and 2% LGBTQ+. With challenges in the labor market across all sectors, this study identified ways we all can attract a more diverse and talented work pool. Make Golf Your Thing is utilizing six cross-industry work groups to help improve the numbers above. With a focus on Human Resources, Talent Acquisition, Education & Skill Development, Procurement, Youth & Adult Player Development, and Marketing & Communications; we know we can grow the game. Rather than sitting back and enjoying the growth of the game, we are working together to be proactive and responsive because outside influences will create problems down the road. We understand the issues you all face with hiring challenges, inflation, and federal and state regulatory issues. Your association is no different. We don't want any of you to sit by and watch. If you are interested in helping, let us know. In many ways, you are helping without even knowing it. Everyone that has ever supported the GCBAA Foundation and Sticks for Kids is seeing those


Justin Apel

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR benefits. With a fresh inventory of clubs and the next generation learning the game, Sticks for Kids will be supporting over 300 active programs in 2022. Some are repeated, and some are new; regardless there is an audience of underprivileged children that get to experience this game with the support Sticks for Kids provides! Our partnership with the LPGA/USGA Girls Golf Program has proven beneficial. Since 1995 there has been a 200% increase in female junior golfers. The past US Women's Open had 14 in the field that began their careers in the LPGA/USGA Girls Golf Program. As we look ahead with GCBAA we are excited to expand our involvement with the above initiatives, and new ideas that have a direct benefit. First, and most importantly, we need you to share any stories or experiences that you have had where you were part of solving a problem. These lessons are important stories we want to capture and share with the industry. It will likely help someone down the road, and equally important it shores up our Association Mission Statement; "...dedicated to advancing and continuously improving the profession of golf course construction while serving the interests of its member companies". For the GCBAA to remain "...world's foremost golf course builders and leading suppliers to the golf course construction industry" we need your help and stories that showcase your experience. For more details on how you can help, please see Page 15 of this publication. You will see the rest of this year your association's involvement with allied events, press releases and stories featuring our members, and education offerings. Pay close attention in this issue to upcoming Summer Meeting details, Regional events, and a small glimpse of what your staff and board of directors want to accomplish. Thank you for supporting your fellow members, especially those with rebates and incentive programs that help keep costs down for the association. Let us help you get involved!

Justin Apel Golf industry leaders unite at US Open in Brookline.

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Ellen Davis


BOARD MEMBERS John Holmes Atlas Turf International Limited Jimmy Kirchdorfer ISCO Industries Bill Kubly Landscapes Unlimited, LLC Rick Lohman The Toro Company Allan MacCurrach III MacCurrach Golf

he GCBAA Foundation is continuing to deploy Sticks For Kids youth golf programs. Many camps are underway at facilities, and it is thrilling to see the clubs getting used. We’ve included a few photos below as we’ve been receiving wonderful feedback on not only the quality of the clubs, but the joy this program continues to provide. The Lincoln, Nebraska Jim Ager Course has been an active Sticks For Kids location for some time. Once learning that we had received another shipment of youth golf clubs, they requested an additional program (5 sets of clubs) for their facility as their needs and numbers are continuing to rise. GCBAA Staff were honored to personally deliver these sets to them. Check out the excitement below! The return of the Keepers of the Green Charity Golf Outing (KOTG) was held June 8th at The Golf Club of Dublin, Dublin, OH. GCBAA Staff were able to attend and accept a donation check of $3,000 for the GCBAA Foundation/Sticks For Kids. Thank you to all that participated in the event by sponsoring and/or playing in the tournament. Your continued support is appreciated! Another way to consider helping support the GCBAA Foundation/Sticks For Kids is by hosting a club donation drive. If you are interested in

working with a golf course to host a donation drive, please contact GCBAA Staff and they will assist with creating a flyer and working with you and our partners at 2nd Swing. 2nd Swing accepts gently used golf clubs, bags, as well as new apparel and range finders to be repurposed and provides a financial donation to Sticks For Kids. Once the collection of the donations is done, it’s as easy as sending photos of the items to GCBAA Staff and letting 2nd Swing determine what they can accept. They will provide FedEx labels to assist with shipping the items directly to them and issue a check to the office. I am thrilled that we will be hosting the upcoming Sticks for Kids Auction/Dinner in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on August 30th, as well as the return of the Sticks For Kids Golf Outing on August 31st. This will be a unique experience to play the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course with the famous “Floating Green”. Both events are a great opportunity for networking and fun, as well as supporting GCBAA Foundation and our mission. There are many exciting initiatives underway for the GCBAA Foundation. Stay tuned as things progress!

Ellen Davis

Jon Truttmann (Board Liaison) Hunter Industries Tom Shapland Shapland Golf Consultants Doug York Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply

Justin Apel, GCBAA Executive Director accepts the Sticks For Kids donation on behalf of the GCBAA Foundation at the Keepers of the Green Golf Outing, Dublin, Ohio.

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Charity Golf Outing



OTG 22nd annual charity golf outing hosted by The Golf Club of Dublin did not disappoint attracting both national, as well as local folks primarily from the golf course development industry including golf course architects, golf course builders, suppliers, and superintendents. This tournament was slated to end last year as Dr. Michael Hurdzan and David Welchel had been responsible for the past 20+ years. This year, they got to participate as players! We were heavily supported by the GCBAA (Justin and Mychelle made the trip this year), as well as generous donations from various industry companies including the largest made by Wadsworth Golf Charities Foundation. We had a lofty goal for charities this year and as

usual, everyone involved stepped up and did not disappoint. We were able to donate $12,000, split amongst four fantastic and deserving charities: Sticks For Kids, Wee One Foundation, Ohio Green

Beret Support Group, and Clearview Legacy Foundation. The new KOTG Board of Directors that kept this great event alive for 2022 and beyond are: Joe Enciso—Hocking International Douglas Zak—Demtech Brian Laurent— Propel Solutions LLC Jason Bucci—AKL Insurance Becky Brown—Dancor Solutions

Thank you to the many sponsors for their support!

This team could not have pulled this off without teamwork and help from folks not listed. Stay tuned for next year as we plan for an even bigger, better event to most likely be held the same week as The Memorial Golf Tournament!

Keepers of the Green Committee: Rebecca Brown, Doug Zak, Joe Enciso, Jason Bucci, Mychelle Thompson, Justin Apel and Brian Laurent

Dr. Michael Hurdzan, one of the founders of the Keepers of the Green Charity Golf Outing.

GCBAA Members: (L-R) Justin Apel (GCBAA), Lindsay Gahm (ISCO Industries), Trip Weck (ISCO Industries), Mick Jones (The Toro Company), Steve Sakurai (Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply), Scott Grego (Capillary Bunkers), Doug Zak (Demtech), Mychelle Thompson (GCBAA), Dave McLaury (Demtech), and Matt Lohmann (Wadsworth Golf Construction).

1st Place Team: Lindsay Gahm and Trip Weck, ISCO Industries, Mindy Derr, Fore Hope, Inc., and Mick Jones, The Toro Company.

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very year, over 15,000 golf courses from pitch-and-putt courses to famous sites such as Augusta National come alive with a fleet of workers completing necessary maintenance, repairs, or new construction in order to make sure that these courses are ready to handle nearly 25.1 million golfers who will play 529 million rounds. This workforce is highly specialized, often working in teams of no more than 10-20 over the course of a 3-6 month period. For the average golfer playing a round at their local course, or sitting in the viewing stands of newsworthy holes such as the 16th at TPC Scottsdale, they may not consider the amount of work that has gone into building that course. There is an entire industry of companies small and large, who specialize in everything from landscaping and maintenance of the greens to the bridges that carts drive over. Without this nomadic workforce, there would be no golf season, and they are currently facing a problem when it comes to getting to job sites all over. From your local course to Pebble Beach, every course requires the same meticulous attention to detail to ensure the course is ready when the season opens. What kind of work does this entail? Well, whenever a course needs to be refurbished, the owner is responsible for hiring however many work crews it’s going to take to fix each element of a course. For some, you may need land movers and landscapers, along with bridge builders and sand specialists for the bunkers. If the clubhouse needs repairs, you may need contractors or specialized architects. There are guaranteed to be lots of moving parts, and one of the hardest problems to solve is how to house all the specialized nomadic workers who need to travel across the country to make your course perfect. 10 GCBAA Earth Shaping News | Summer Edition

Another problem is that traditional vacation rentals and hotels are not sufficient in meeting housing needs for these crews. Refurbishing a course doesn’t happen overnight and more often than not these workers need to relocate for a minimum of 3 months, with some projects requiring a whole year. These are specialist workers that are often upskilled by the crews that they are deployed with. While there are some basic skills in the landscaping industry that can be taken into building golf courses, the majority of the training is on the job. These crews are lean and companies don’t want to lose their employees, so housing needs to be a top priority to make sure crews are comfortable. "Employee retention in our industry is now more critical than ever. We know a happy employee is a productive employee. Employees are happy when it can feel like a home when working on the road" says John McDonald, Vice President of McDonald & Sons, and President of the GCBAA. "Travelers Haven does it all, from start to finish and everything in between including dealing with any problems that arise. Whether we are looking from 2-month to 1-year leases, and after seeing the amount of time and pressure that it saves we'd never consider another method." So how are you supposed to find quality housing for crews, especially when the vast majority of golf courses in this country are in remote areas? The amount of 18 hole courses you can fit in a metro area is limited, so instead, many courses are in suburbia, and other places where housing can be sparse. To make matters worse, many golf course specialist companies need to house multiple crews at a time across the country, meaning hundreds of leases need to be arranged. It isn’t feasible for one office manager or even

a small team to manage this workload, and be responsible for lease agreements, furnishing, utilities, and a host of other expenses. Things will inevitably fall through the cracks meaning your crews won’t get that peaceful and comfortable place to stay after a long day of work. Enter Travelers Haven, which draws from a nationwide supply of housing solutions to provide the optimal workforce housing ondemand solution so that companies can focus on their one and only job: golf courses. Workforce housing on-demand allows crews to not only have the housing where and when they need it but also to provide companies overall with a simple and straightforward solution that cuts endless manhours from needing to be spent figuring out these logistics. With inventory in every city, town, and village in the country, Travelers Haven can find the perfect mix of location and comfort so that even on a year-long assignment, workers will always feel at home. While workforce housing on-demand is the perfect fit for a nomadic profession like golf course building, Travelers Haven is further committed to growing the game with its pledge to the Sticks for Kids program. Travelers Haven cares about the communities that they operate in beyond just finding their customers the housing that makes their operations possible. The golf community is very close and Travelers Haven is happy to be a part of that family by partnering with Sticks for Kids to ensure that the next generation of kids is able to get invested in the game. Travelers Havens looks to help multiple facets of the golf industry to make sure that the courses of today are built and maintained for the golfers of tomorrow. It’s no question that the golf community is a tight-knit group, from the clusters of players who have their regular weekly tee times, to the industry professionals who make a point of being in attendance at every GCBAA event they can make. This sport is built around personal relationships between every group of members that make it possible and while they may never be interested in pursuing a chance to receive a green jacket at Augusta, the golf course builders are a critical part of the foundation that makes every season of golf possible. Travelers Haven is committed to continuing support for golf course builders, wherever they may land as new courses continue to spring up.

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To enroll, you must be a current GCBAA member and will need to log into your GCBAA account and click on the Michelin Partner Program icon on the dashboard, scroll to the bottom to "Click Here to Register". If you do not have your login details, please contact Justin Apel or Mychelle Thompson. For current pricing, please contact information@gcbaa.org. 12 GCBAA Earth Shaping News | Summer Edition



Responding to the Times BY HENRY DELOZIER



olf continues to reflect increased rounds and growing participation in the wake of the coronavirus-19 pandemic. How will the witches brew of increased demand and decreased supply of labor impact golf courses and golf course design? Tripp Davis draws on insights he has developed through years of focused efforts to become an excellent player of the game and a respected designer of golf courses. An NCAA All-American golfer at Oklahoma University, Tripp is acting on his boyhood dream of designing golf courses for people’s enjoyment. Given his combination of golfing and golf course design skills, Tripp sees changes possible for post-pandemic golf course design, care, and upkeep. “If rounds stay elevated, we will have to be more aware of several main things – pace of play, wear and tear on the course, the ease of maintenance, and the ability level of the players,” Tripp observes. Noting that some of these points are not new issues and most designers are wellversed concerning solutions to these concerns, Tripp foresees changes coming in golf course design and construction priorities. Pace of Play - “We already are very aware of these things, but if more players play, we have to make sure the course can be set up to be played

in a reasonable amount of time, which ties to the challenge in the course.” Wear and Tear - As it relates to wear and tear and ease of maintenance, tee size is important especially on par three tees, cart path layout relative to how carts may impact turf quality is a concern with elevated rounds, having greens large enough to move the hole locations around will help with wear, and we will tend to be aware of the most time consuming parts of a golf course such as bunkers – reducing square footage and using design that does not require a lot of hand work around bunkers. Ease of Maintenance – Observing that the game-changer today is access to and the costs for labor to maintain, Davis says, “We have to be aware of the time required to take care of the areas that can be in poor shape if not well taken care of and are important to the golfers perspective of a well-maintained course, which is tees, fairways, greens and bunkers. Design that allows for good playing conditions with less input to these areas will be valued. And I don’t think you need time consuming design to maintain to have good design golfers will enjoy playing.” Tripp states that little slopes, interesting angles and mowing lines that are easier to mow,

well positioned bunkers that have impact without a lot of overall square footage, greens with subtle but constant movement, using grasses that thrive in the climate with less input. “Ease of maintenance does not mean dumbed down design and if it is easier to maintain the quality of the playing surfaces are typically better, which is what most golfers notice the most anyway.” Ability Levels of Players – “We may see parents want to get their kids outdoors in activities that don’t require close contact, which could aid golf,” as Tripp sees golf’s future. More golfers playing the game will introduce less skilled and experienced players. Golf course designers consider these priorities as they collaborate with golf course builders to renew and renovate existing golf courses which serve the rising number of engaged golfers. This is a collaboration that defines the future of golf. Henry DeLozier is a Principal and Partner at GGA Partners, a trusted advisor to private clubs, resorts, and residential communities since 1992. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Audubon International. Contact Henry at hdelozier@globalgolfadvisors.com.

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he U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that between 2015 and 2019, work-related heat injuries resulted in an average of 35 fatalities per year and an average of 2,700 cases with days away from work. OSHA believes that those numbers are likely underreported. As a result, OSHA recently created a National Emphasis Program for heat-related work incidents and recording and reporting such incidents. Given the initiation of this National Emphasis Program, it is expected that OSHA will heavily focus on issuing heat-related citations this summer. The National Emphasis Program is a nationwide enforcement mechanism that allows OSHA to proactively inspect workplaces for heatrelated hazards on construction jobsites. This means that OSHA can now launch heat-related inspections on high-risk worksites before workers suffer injuries, illnesses, or fatalities. Per OSHA’s emphasis program, any days on which the heat index is 80 degrees or higher is considered “heat priority days” when heatrelated inspections will be prioritized. The “heat index”, also known as the apparent temperature, is what the temperature feels like to the human body when relative humidity is combined with the air temperature. While every region of the United States can reach a heat index over 80 degrees, certain regions like the Southwest, Southeast and Midwest are prone to reaching this benchmark for the overwhelming majority of summer days. OSHA’s heat guidance indicates that OSHA will pay particular attention to workplaces where workers are performing strenuous work (e.g., intense arm and back/lifting work, carrying, shoveling, manual sawing, pushing and pulling heavy loads, and walking at a fast pace), on heat priority days without easy access to cool water, or cool/shaded areas. OSHA, however, will not simply determine if workers have access to water and shade. Even if such essential items are on site, OSHA, may still

issue citations and fines if an employer does not have a full heat illness and injury prevention program in place. Such a prevention program, must address heat exposure issues, and should include the following: 1. A written program. 2. The employer has means to monitor ambient temperature(s) and levels of work exertion at the worksite. 3. Unlimited cool water that is easily accessible to the employees 4. Required breaks for hydration. 5. Scheduled rest breaks. 6. Access to a shaded area. 7. Time for acclimatization of new and returning workers. 8. A “buddy” system in place on hot days. 9. Administrative controls used (earlier start times, and employee/job rotation) to limit heat exposures. 10. Training on heat illness signs, how to report signs and symptoms, first aid, how to contact emergency personnel, prevention, and the importance of hydration. While each of the above items is important, OSHA has signaled it will scrutinize heat acclimatization. Heat acclimatization requires that new or returning employees ease into work until they become more used to working in the heat. NIOSH recommended the below heat acclimatization schedule, and OSHA’s clarified that the percentages refer to work at full intensity:




20% of usual work duration


40% of usual work duration


60% of usual work duration


80% of usual work duration


100% of usual work duration

So, new workers should only work at full intensity for 20% during the first day with a heat index over 80 degrees. The remaining 80% of the day the worker can still work outside (with sufficient shade and water breaks) but should perform lower intensity work. To enforce the National Emphasis Program, OSHA has stated that its inspectors will be on the lookout for outdoor work environments in plain view. Accordingly, contractors and subcontractors in the golf-course construction industry should expect unannounced and unscheduled OSHA inspections to occur—potentially multiple times for the same jobsite. The National Emphasis Program is new, but this program is here to stay. To get ahead and avoid costly citations and fines, construction companies working in the golf-course construction industry need to take proactive measures now, including implementing policies, training, and enforcement protocol. Depending on the size of the project and the number of workers, OSHA inspections are likely to increase, and the potential for significant penalties increases.

Editor’s Note: This article is not intended to provide legal advice to readers. Rather, this article is intended to alert readers to new and developing legal topics and promote critical thinking about hypothetical legal issues. Readers are urged to consult their own legal counsel or the authors of this article if the reader wishes to obtain a specific legal opinion regarding how the matters discussed in this article may apply to the reader’s particular circumstances. The authors, Anthony “Tony” Stergio and Adam L. Robertson, can be contacted at (713) 850-4200, or at Andrews Myers, P.C., 1885 Saint James Place, 15th Floor, Houston, Texas 77056, and tstergio@andrewsmyers.com and arobertson@andrewsmyers.com.

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Golf Course Renovations BY BRADLEY S. KLEIN

A successful golf course renovation can put a facility on a good path for decades to come, but there are some important pitfalls to avoid along the way.


s someone who has been watching and participating in course renovations for three decades now, I’ve seen lots of successful ones, a few that fell short and a couple that failed. These projects have run the gamut – from a club that spent 16 years implementing a $10,000 master plan to courses that have shut down for a year and spent upward of $15 million on a complete restoration. Some entail tweaks in place; others have seen half the course entirely rerouted. Whatever the project scope, once you open the lid on a course renovation you find there are keys to getting it right and pitfalls to avoid. Unfortunately, most courses and decision-makers only get to learn these lessons in hindsight and they may never get a chance to put what they learned to good use. This article provides insight into a few key steps of a course renovation that can help a facility avoid the mistakes others have made and deliver the most successful renovation project possible. Set Appropriate Goals Things go awry when courses overreach. The most important thing is to understand your current and potential client base and how to serve them well. You also want to make sure that this project will leave your course in a good position for decades to come. Will your plans help meet 16 GCBAA Earth Shaping News | Summer Edition

the needs of your current customers or members as they age, and will it attract the customers you hope to have in the future? Investment, Not Indulgence Don’t spend money, invest it. Not every item on your plan will lead to an identifiable ROI, but if you don’t think that way as much as possible and try to see what the likely return will be in terms of increased revenue or cost reduction, then you run the risk of wasting money. Treat your golf course like a business, not like a toy. Leave Time Don’t sacrifice construction time for golf. One of the biggest mistakes is allowing the golf calendar to dictate too much of the construction schedule. Wherever your course is located, there are going to be optimal times for building or getting your grasses established and those windows may conflict with elements of the golf calendar. Pushing the limits invites trouble because the project can be completely derailed by just a few bad breaks with weather, material availability, staffing, or any other potential problem. Be Flexible Be flexible when projects expand. The most carefully detailed plan almost invariably gets

bigger during construction. Green expansions start getting larger, the area of disturbance for bunker construction creeps out, cart paths get damaged or end up needing more repair than expected – these and many other adjustments are not “mission creep”, they’re part of getting the job done right. Most courses only get one chance in decades to do a large-scale renovation, so it’s no time to scrimp. The rule here is to spend money right, once, rather than regret later that you did not. Final Thoughts Golf course renovations are a huge opportunity for any facility to set their future on the right track. A well-planned and well-executed project can increase golfer enjoyment and improve the bottom line for decades to come. Unfortunately, there aren’t many second chances when it comes to large-scale course renovations, so it’s important to invest the time and money needed to do the job right. This article is a selection from the full version that first appeared in the March 4, 2022, issue of the USGA Green Section Record. Brad Klein is a veteran freelance journalist whose biography, “Discovering Donald Ross,” won the Herbert Warren Wind Book Award for 2001.

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Director of Outreach



ROOKFIELD, Wis.— The American Society of Golf Course Architects has added ASGCA Past President Jeff Brauer to its staff as Director of Outreach. The newly-created position is designed to advance the goals, benefits and positive impact of ASGCA and its members; develop deeper partnerships with Allied Associations and others; organize educational events; and expand the influence of ASGCA in the golf world. A University of Illinois graduate with a degree in

landscape architecture, Brauer has designed more than 50 new courses and remodeled more than 80 during his golf course architecture career, starting in his native Chicago, before moving to Arlington, Texas. Brauer is also a prolific author, including writing a monthly column for “Golf Course Industry” magazine. Most recently, he served as lead author on “Designs on a Better Golf Course: Practical answers to common questions for Green Committees” from the ASGCA Foundation. “Jeff is a great addition to the ASGCA team,” ASGCA President Jason Straka said. “His commitment and passion for ASGCA is apparent to anyone he has met. He is a wonderful person to speak on behalf of ASGCA and our members, especially as we all navigate the changes taking place in golf and golf course development.” As part of this new role, which begins in February, Brauer will also serve the ASGCA Foundation, connecting with men and women across the golf industry to support Foundation initiatives, including supporting the game’s growth, serving the profession of golf course architecture and helping golf courses be more successful.

“This position is about connecting people and uniting everyone from golf course architects and builders to owners and regulators, and there is no doubt Jeff is the right person for the job,” said ASGCA Executive Director Chad Ritterbusch. “Jeff will also be an educator, from webinars to simple conversations, to ensure people have an accurate understanding how today’s golf courses are created and bring value to their communities.” ASGCA BACKGROUND Founded in 1946 by Donald Ross, Robert Trent Jones and 12 other leading architects, the American Society of Golf Course Architects is a non-profit organization comprised of experienced golf course designers located throughout North America. ASGCA members are able to counsel in all aspects of golf course design and remodeling and comprise many of the great talents throughout the golf industry. For more information about ASGCA, including a current list of members, visit http://www.asgca.org or call (262) 786-5960.



uring National Golf Day week last week, more than 210 individuals from the golf industry participated in more than 264 virtual Congressional meetings. More than 500 individuals in golf participated in National Golf Day activities including Culture of Belonging Industry Roundtable on May 10. The industry forum included a discussion on the diversity, equity and inclusion movement, Make Golf Your Thing and a deep dive on how creating a culture of belonging is a critical path forward. Individuals who participated in virtual Congressional meetings on May 11 received issues training on May 10. They had a chance to meet the members of their state team and figure out a game plan for their virtual meetings in virtual practice rooms. 18 GCBAA Earth Shaping News | Summer Edition

Everyone at National Golf Day talked about three important issues: • S. 3282 -- The Protect America’s Children from Toxic Pesticides Act. The bill would gut the strict, science-based standards already in place for the registration and use of pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Opposing this bill offered an opportunity for attendees to talk about the GCSAA’s BMPs 50 States By 2020 initiative. The industry got to showcase the groundbreaking accomplishment of having comprehensive environment and agronomic Best Management Practice guidelines in place in all 50 states. • The PHIT Act, including asking for cosponsorship of H.R. 3109 and S. 844 -- The Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act to help Americans

return to physical activity and achieve healthier lives. • HR 3897, the bi-partisan “H-2B Returning Worker Exemption Act”, which would permanently exempt workers who have been admitted to and worked in the United States on an H-2B visa during the past three fiscal years from the annual 66,000 visa cap (the “returning worker exemption”). In addition, HR 3897 would address other program integrity measures. The week was successful, and now planning begins for a physical event in Washington, D.C., in spring 2023, including the return of the Community Service Project. It will be great to be in Washington again with golf industry leaders to share the positive and important story of the role golf plays in this country. Thank you to everyone who helped make the second virtual event a success.



Conference and Trade Show


etting a jump on things. The early bird gets the worm. There is no shortage of wise words to express the benefits of being early. And for the upcoming 2023 GCSAA Conference and Trade Show, there will be many benefits for registering early. Traditionally registration has opened in the fall, but this year you have the chance to reserve your spot for Orlando early. Registration will open this summer to give you an opportunity to book airfares in advance to get the best rates and offer you early access to hotels and other benefits. By registering early, you will not only save money by paying last year’s prices, but you’ll also get many other benefits, including the earliest access to hotels and seminar selection, the opportunity to put down a small deposit but pay in full later and more. To take advantage of these and other

benefits, you will need to register by Aug. 31, 2022. The 2023 GCSAA Conference and Trade Show will be an interactive show with opportunities you won’t find anywhere else. This excellent opportunity to expand your knowledge base and professional connections will come Feb. 6-9. The first two days will feature education opportunities to cultivate your career and business in the best format for you. There will be more than 70 sessions and seminars, including the construction track, set in the classroom and led by industry experts using new interactive displays. Or, take part in the interactive learning tours on Orlando-area golf courses with topics ranging from bunker constructions to tournament prep. Plus, everyone is invited to kick off the conference on Monday night at the Welcome

Party at Aquatica Beach, presented by Syngenta. Wednesday will feature the start of the tradeshow, and it is your day to source new innovations, meet with exhibitors and explore savings though show specials. You can also visit the new BMP resource center to meet with vendors who offer sustainable solutions. On Thursday the trade show focuses on interactive experiences where you’ll be to test, drive, demo and possibly win the latest products (and other prizes). You can even test your skills, or watch your friends test theirs, in competitions on the trade show floor. It will be a fun and actionpacked final afternoon to wrap up the week. To see the full lineup of GCSAA Conference events and to register, visit gcsaaconference.com.

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Worker Shortages



n my role with the National Club Association (NCA), I have the good fortune of speaking with club managers from around the country every day. I have also served on the board of my country club for the past eight years, so no matter the issue, I get to see both the macro trends and the micro effects firsthand. When it comes to labor, there is a common question I hear from managers around the country and the management team at my club: Why can’t we find the workers we need and what can we do about it? We started to see the contours of a labor shortage prior to the pandemic in the spring of 2020, but now in the spring of 2022, it seems to be particularly acute. For some positions at clubs, most commonly kitchen and grounds staff, it seems nearly impossible to find enough workers to meet the demand even at wage levels never seen for entry level jobs. There are things developing in the overall labor market that are being felt by businesses of all types and it’s important to have a clear understanding of those trends to effectively counter them. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the current unemployment rate is 3.6% or roughly 6 million individuals. At the same time, there are 11.3 million job openings—nearly two openings for each unemployed person in the U.S. And the picture doesn’t look to be changing much in the future. The labor force participation rate, a measure that includes all working age individuals, currently

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stands at 62.4% and hasn’t recovered to level of 63.4% we saw just before the pandemic hit. As I mentioned, prior to the pandemic we were already starting to feel the squeeze of available workers, so what’s going on? Twenty years ago the U.S. labor force participation rate was 66.6% with 76.4% of men 20 years and older participating. Today, just 70.5% of men aged 20 and older are in the workforce—a drop of 5.9%. The number of women in the labor force aged 20 and older dropped just 2.3% over the same period. Adding to that drop in the participation rate is the fact that 15,000 workers will hit retirement age each day for the next 10 years. Compounding the issue is America’s declining birthrate. It takes a national birthrate of 2.1 just to keep a population stable, yet our current birthrate is just 1.64. All of these trends point to an everincreasing labor crunch, but there is something Congress can do to help, and legislation has already been introduced to address it. A New Solution Congressman Lloyd Smucker (R-Pa.) has introduced legislation that would create an additional non-immigrant visa program aimed at occupations with basic skills. It’s called the Essential Workers for Economic Advancement Act (H.R. 7239), and NCA sent a letter to the Congressman recently to thank him for his efforts and pledging to work with him for its passage.

The Essential Workers for Economic Advancement Act (EWEA) creates a new H-2C visa that would establish a year-round temporary worker program for basic-skill jobs. Other sectors of the U.S. economy already have access to a legal visa system to meet their needs. There are agricultural visas (H2A), high-skilled visas (H-1B) and seasonal visas under the H-2B program. Under the legislation, there would be as many as 85,000 H-2C visas issued per year and the visas allow the worker to remain in the U.S. for up to three years. The visa could be renewed twice provided the worker is employed by a business with an H-2C permit. The bill is a realistic and reasonable approach to a long-term labor force issue that contains protections for both U.S. workers and the visa holder. NCA will be working with its allies in Washington to pass this much-needed legislation, but it will take some time. We’re starting to hear some bipartisan talk about immigration later this year and you can be sure NCA will be pushing for action. I encourage you to reach out to your Representatives and Senators to urge them to take a look at the Essential Workers for Economic Advancement Act, because the sooner we recognize the macro trend, the sooner we can fix the micro problem. Joe Trauger is NCA’s vice president of government relations. He can be reached at trauger@nationalclub.org.

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Advanced Lightning Warning System using a novel quasi-electrostatic detection principle. This highly sensitive method detects small changes in the charge state of the atmosphere in the local area and is even able to measure the charge on falling precipitation. Designed to be installed and set up by nontechnical staff, it comes with a power supply and the essential PC application ‘Lightning Works’, for monitoring and warning personnel of approaching thunderstorms. The optional ‘Lightning Works Messenger’ application works seamlessly with Lightning Works and automatically sends out email and/or SMS text messages to any number of site managers and remote staff.

strike. These overhead storms are of course the most dangerous and the ones course managers need to be alerted to immediately. Other storm tracking systems can only usually give alerts after the lightning has started, so giving no advanced warning and offering little to no site safety if the storm develops over the course.

ccording to the National Geographic, around 240,000 incidents regarding lightning strikes happen globally each year. Annually, 2,000 people are killed worldwide by lightning. During the monsoon season in 2019, six spectators were injured following two lightning strikes at the Tour Championship in Atlanta, Georgia. With climate change likely to have a transformative impact on the world’s weather, meteorological experts Biral are advising those in the leisure industry - especially with large outdoors exposed areas like golf courses - to install lightning warning systems that allow them to foresee storms before they become a threat to players and staff alike. This need is demonstrated by its work with several golf courses across the world which now use its BTD200 lightning detector to protect everyone at the club.

The Lightning Works software alerts the staff and managers to threats in real time, allowing them to review and manage the situation and to alert staff to the potential danger. It can also activate warning sounders automatically if required.

Why the BTD-200 Lightning Warning System? The BTD-200 is a complete detection and warning system which has been developed from the Biral range of professional, aviation grade lightning detection systems. It reliably detects the presence of all forms of lightning out to a range of 22 miles

The BTD-200’s Biggest Benefit Not only can the BTD-200 detect distant lightning storms and track its direction of travel on the supplied software, but it can (more importantly) detect the presence of a developing storm cell overhead. These warnings are usually issued before the first lightning

outdoor events whether they are golf courses, sports stadiums, concerts, or theme parks. Reliable thunderstorm detection allows these operations to take the appropriate safety precautions in a timely manner and only when necessary. Once the storm threat has passed, normal operations can be resumed quickly and safely, so protecting both life and revenues. The BTD-200 is currently installed at the Royal Pahang Golf Club at Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia, Stellenbosch Golf Club, South Africa and at Bishops Stortford Golf Club, Hertfordshire, to name a few.


Where is it operating? There are many applications where the ability to reliably warn of the presence of thunderstorms can increase both safety and productivity. The leisure industry must consider and manage the risks posed by thunderstorms to both customers and staff at

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Talamore Resort


very competitive price, an ambitious programme delivered on time and a high quality finish. In the construction industry traditional thinking suggests that you can often get two of these, but you should never expect all three. However, at Talamore Resort, Southern Pines in North Carolina, EcoBunkerUSA provided the best price available, delivered a top quality outcome that was completed within a challenging timescale. How? EcoBunkerUSA LLC , based in Fort Myers, Florida, has been set up to provide a high quality, responsive service to clients in the USA, Canada and Mexico who want better, more easily maintained golf bunkers. Talamore gained the best price available mainly because EcoBunkerUSA LLC buys direct from the factory; There are no agents or middlemen taking a commission. Further efficiencies are possible due to a proactive involvement at the project planning stage, ensuring that measurements are accurate, all designs are deliverable and logistics planned meticulously. To deliver top quality on time relies heavily on project management and site supervision. Talamore, like all EcoBunkerUSA clients, benefitted from the skills of Jay Morgan, who leads the company from the front. Jay combines years of professional experience in erosion control and retaining wall construction with a deep passion for golf. Having first learned the EcoBunker construction system whilst working on Dumbarnie Links (a stunning Landscapes

Unlimited project) near the Home of Golf, St Andrews, Jay has changed career, committing himself to the golf construction sector and raised his bunker building and management skills to an extremely high level. Bob Levy, the owner of the Talamore group of courses, describes his experience: "‘EcoBunker’s team, product and installation support are absolutely top notch. Talamore Golf Resort located in the heart of the “Home of Golf” in America is proud to be sporting a game changing new look to its sod wall bunkers. Talamore’s original sod wall bunkers were installed ‘au natural’ with a course and green’s overhaul in 2016 and going into the ’22 season were in need of being re-done as they had experienced slumping and deterioration based on their age. We were faced with the reality to

redo the dozen sod wall bunkers every 5 -7 years if we continued with a natural sod install, or do a fundamentally permanent install with EcoBunker. Richard Allen, who was first to recognise the potential for synthetic sod walls and owner of EcoBunker was extremely helpful as we sorted out the quantities and costs based on the number and size of our bunkers. Jay Morgan was “part of the deal” as the foreman and field coordinator for the install and was a HUGE help to lead the project to a successful, timely and cost effective outcome. Our courses have had the opportunity to work with many golf course contractors over the years with new construction and renovation projects. We keep a small Rolodex of those contractors and suppliers who “met the match” and with whom we will work with on future projects. EcoBunker is firmly planted under “E” in this Rolodex and is on speed dial as we move to install EcoBunkers at our other Talamore course in PA this summer and also add more sod wall bunkers to our Talamore Resort in NC at the end of the year. EcoBunkers are truly a work of art when completed and a must see to believe, creating a real buzz with our golfers and maintenance team’." Whether you are a lead contractor tasked with delivering a synthetic sod wall bunker project, or a superintendent with an appetite for in house construction, you can now, for the first time buy direct from the factory, and benefit from the efficiency and quality guaranteed by the best specialist supervision available.

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addition, molecular-oriented PVC (PVCO). Additionally, the recent acquisition of LASCO Fittings, Inc., has allowed the company to provide a wider array of injection-molded fittings to current market segments and expand into new market segments including pool and spa, aquarium and waterpark, and golf irrigation. With the company’s growing presence, Westlake Pipe & Fittings’ commitment to delivering highquality products and elite engineering support is paramount. The company’s rebrand is merely the first step in a focused approach to enhancing the customer experience from start to finish. For more information visit www.westlakepipe. com/about. About Westlake Pipe & Fittings Westlake Pipe & Fittings, a Westlake company (NYSE:WLK), is the second-largest polyvinyl chloride pipe and fittings manufacturer in North America. With 35 manufacturing and distribution locations,

the company supplies gasketed, solvent weld and restrained joint pipes and a wide range of fittings for a diverse list of markets including municipal water and sewer, plumbing, water well, pool and spa, and agricultural and turf irrigation. Westlake Pipe & Fittings is an industry leader in product development with Certa-Lok® spline-lock technology and product systems that are focused on building a better foundation. To learn more, visit the website at WestlakePipe.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. About Westlake Westlake is a global manufacturer and supplier of materials and innovative products that enhance life every day. Headquartered in Houston, with operations in Asia, Europe and North America, we provide the building blocks for vital solutions — from housing and construction, to packaging and healthcare, to automotive and consumer. For more information, visit the company's web site at www.westlake.com.


Jack Morgan


Jack Morgan


andscapes Unlimited has promoted Jack Morgan to vice president of project development.

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A 23-year Landscapes Unlimited veteran, Morgan is regarded as one of the golf industry’s most knowledgeable and creative turnkey project management executives. His elevated role formalizes LU’s capability of leading capital strategies, master planning, pre-construction, total project design-build and fully integrated program management solutions. Morgan and his planning and execution team are in demand for total development and major redevelopment management of clubhouses, turf care complexes, state-of-the-art practice facilities, entertainment venues, lodging, and other amenities including and in addition to golf courses. “Jack is the consummate listener yielding thoughtful yet realistic solutions,” Landscapes Unlimited chief development officer Jake Riekstins said. “As a coach and quarterback, he comes to

understand what’s important to owners of golf courses, country clubs, resorts and communities. With Jack in the mix, there’s reliability from the outset and tangible impact from start to finish.” A career innovator, Morgan is heavily involved in Landscapes Unlimited’s integration of nextgeneration tools in the golf development and management spaces. This includes the company’s proprietary M4 drone technology that maps, measures, models and manages development and construction activities with utmost accuracy. “I couldn’t be prouder of the talent Landscapes Unlimited attracts and cultivates,” Morgan said. “Our unwavering dedication, situational understanding and meticulous attention to detail ultimately results in memorable experiences for golfers and goals exceeded for clients.”

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RISCO, Texas (June 1, 2022) –The PGA of America announced today that following an open process, it has agreed to a sale of Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky to a group of Valhalla Golf Club Members. The new group, called Valhalla Golf Partners, LLC, is led by Jimmy Kirchdorfer. They have demonstrated a long-term commitment to the club, the game of golf, the PGA Member, the Kentucky PGA Section and the broader Louisville community. Kirchdorfer currently serves as the chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of ISCO Industries, Inc., is a member of the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame and holds positions on the First Tee of Louisville, Golf Course Builders Association of America Foundation and the Kentucky Golf Foundation. Kirchdorfer is joined by David Novak, the co-founder and former chairman and CEO of YUM! Brands and current CEO of David Novak Leadership; president and CEO of Bridgeman Foods and former independent director of the PGA of America, Junior Bridgeman; and president and CEO of Musselman Hotels, Chester Musselman. “Following an open and extensive process, we have found an incredible partner led by Jimmy Kirchdorfer to continue the legacy of Valhalla Golf Club and the commitment to the PGA Member, the game of golf and the Louisville community,” said Jim Richerson, PGA of America President. “While the sale of the property is complete, the PGA of

America’s partnership will remain with Valhalla Golf Club, inclusive of a continued commitment to brand standards and staff led by PGA Member and General Manager Keith Reese, providing access and programs for the PGA Member and the Kentucky

PGA Section and partnering on championship operations.” “Valhalla is the crown jewel of Kentucky golf. David, Junior, Ches and I are proud to return the club to local ownership as its ongoing success is important to our community,” said Kirchdorfer. “As long-time members of Valhalla, we are honored to be chosen as stewards of this iconic property and are grateful for everything the PGA has done for our club. We look forward to hosting the 2024 PGA Championship and partnering with the PGA for many years to come.”

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Pike Creek Turf



estled in the woods of Cook County is a family-owned turf farm focused on a quality product with customer service as an equal priority. Pike Creek Turf’s inception was made possible in 1989 with the vision and support of the patriarch of the family, Jimmy Allen. Jimmy credits the strong family bond as the main reason Pike Creek Turf has experienced success over the past 33 years. As part owner of Pike Creek Turf, he and his family run a very successful business providing quality turfgrass to clients all over the world. Jimmy and his wife, Quay, have been happily married for 59 years. “It is Quay’s support through the years that has enabled me to do what I have done. I certainly could not have accomplished any of this without her by my side,” he said. In addition to Quay’s help, their children and children’s spouses own and work for Pike Creek Turf. Their son, Jaimie Allen, runs the farm operations, and their daughter, Kim Allen Boling manages the office, personnel, collections, and marketing. Kim’s husband, Dake Boling, laser grades, fumigates, oversees field preparation, and plants the turfgrass fields on the farm. Jaimie’s wife, Lynne Allen, oversees administrative tasks. Surrounding the 72-acre pond, all three families live and work on the farm. Across the pond, they built the cottage and barn to host turf conferences, events and seminars at Pike Creek Turf. Jimmy’s Life Jimmy was born and raised in Tifton, Georgia and has been working from the early age of 9-years-old when his mother got him a job delivering the newspaper for The Tifton Gazette. He said his mother taught him a lot of his bookkeeping skills in managing the collections from his newspaper customers. After six years running the paper route, he took a job washing cars at a service station in high school. While in high school, Jimmy was president of a state-wide-recognized Key Club, and he played golf and baseball. He was offered golf scholarships to the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech, but he decided to play baseball at 28 GCBAA Earth Shaping News | Summer Edition

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton during his freshman year. “While attending ABAC, I met my wife who I married within a year. One year after we were married, Jaimie was born. Then, 14 months later, Kim was born. Life was moving fast as we were 20 years old with two children,” Jimmy said. He transferred to Valdosta State College and graduated second in his class with a degree in accounting. While there, Jimmy played in a professional golf mini-tour where he placed in the top five in several tournaments. Due to his respect for his parent’s convictions of not playing golf on Sundays, he decided not to pursue professional golf after college. Instead of pursuing a career in golf, Jimmy went to work for Georgia Power. The Allen family moved to Atlanta for two years where he worked through an IBM training program as a potential management trainee. Next, he prepared for the CPA Exam by attending a CPA Review Course at the University of South Carolina. After passing the CPA exam, they moved back to Tifton where he opened his accounting practice. His firm quickly grew to 20 Certified Public Accountants and a staff of 40 employees. Transition to Turfgrass While in college, Jimmy had earned a minor in forestry. During his accounting career, he used his knowledge to acquire land. He began searching for land, purchasing properties plentiful with timber, and selling the timber to replant new trees. “I had substantial land

assets, and I could start a business with what I had accumulated from my accounting firm investments,” Jimmy said. Jaimie also earned an accounting degree, like his father. He graduated from the University of Georgia and worked for six months at the firm before telling Jimmy he wanted to farm. Since they had accumulated farmland over the past several years as investments, they had what they needed to start a turfgrass business. In 1989, they started Pike Creek Turf, planting 80 acres of turfgrass. The first few years Jimmy assisted Jaimie in running the pivot irrigation systems on the weekends. Eventually, they hired enough staff to operate the farm efficiently. In 1993, following her five-year employment at Tift Regional Hospital, Kim joined the family business. She brought a different perspective to the company with a four-year degree in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Valdosta State College. “My education as well as my work experience sufficiently prepared me to assist my family in the daily operations as well as the overall company decisions. I truly entered a different dynamic where I saw the world from an entirely new perspective when I began my journey with my family at Pike Creek Turf,” Kim expressed. Jimmy retired from accounting and sold his firm in 1996. He decided to utilize the marketing skills he had acquired during his time as an accountant. He began assisting in the area of marketing for Pike Creek Turf. Pike Creek

negotiates roughly 100 contracts per year. Pike Creek Turf’s full-time traveling salesman is Bruce Allison, who has over 40 years of experience in the turf industry. Jimmy explained that Bruce does an excellent job of visiting people. He invites customers to come to the farm for a farm tour and stay at the cottage to see the turfgrass for their project. “While at the farm, we show the customers the genetic purity that we grow in our grass, which is the key to our marketing plan. We fumigate all of our fields with methyl bromide gas. All of our fields consist of certified grasses only, with a small exception,” he said. “Bruce is an excellent representative of Pike Creek Turf with vast knowledge of turfgrass.” Al Kent, another 40-year veteran in the turf industry, serves as the Operation Manager who supervises the quotes and contracts for Pike Creek Turf. In addition, he oversees the road superintendents for the golf course projects. “Pike Creek Turf’s success is dependent upon all of the employees of the company which help to create our Pike Creek Turf family. Our success would not be possible without the support, hard work, and dedication of all our employees. We have a great group of people, and we are grateful for all they do to help make Pike Creek Turf successful,” Jimmy said. Quality In the early 90s, Jimmy, Jaimie, and Kim implemented a system in their growing and production process to ensure genetically pure turfgrass. They spent several million dollars over the next 8-10 years on methyl bromide fumigation of all of their fields and replaced them with certified fields Two years later, they realized marketing genetic purity through fumigation of their turfgrasses to their customers was vitally important. “Many jobs that we provide the turfgrass for are golf courses. Every golf course wants their turfgrass to be perfect. Therefore, genetic purity is at the top of each golf course customer’s list. In essence, by implementing fumigation practices, we captured the golf course market,” Jimmy said. In order to ensure that the quality and purity of a specific turfgrass variety is maintained, Pike Creek Turf has dedicated tractors and harvesting machines specifically for each variety grown. This practice of dedicated equipment assists in avoiding cross-contamination among fields. “Our quality is maintained not because of Jimmy Allen, but because of Jaimie Allen. He is the one driving the ship here maintaining the quality. And our quality goes well beyond fumigated certified turfgrass. We grow 17 turfgrass varieties and 12 of those are patented turfgrasses,” Jimmy said. Golf Jimmy’s background in golf, afforded him the insight and knowledge of the best variety of turfgrasses that would be the preferred varieties

for golf courses, builders, and architects. “The golf course superintendent wants a good clean lie where the ball sits up on the turfgrass. We researched the different turfgrasses, and we selected the varieties that would have a good lie on the turfgrass, thus allowing a good selling

“Once new grasses are released, we look at which turfgrass varieties are best suited for our customer’s needs. Then, we decide if we are willing to purchase new farm equipment to grow and harvest a specific new variety,” Jimmy explained.

point which enabled us the successful marketing of our turfgrass. The varieties we selected were positively impacted by my golf experience and Jamie’s turf growing knowledge,” Jimmy expressed. Pike Creek Turf has grown into a prominent turfgrass supplier for high-end golf courses such as Augusta National Golf Club, Harbour Town Golf Links, Marriott courses, Trump National Golf Course, Ritz Carlton courses, Tournament Players Club (TPC) Sawgrass, and more. “Due to the fact that previous golf course customers lead to even more referrals, Pike Creek Turf offers farm visits to allow each potential customer to have a firsthand view of the 1,800 acres of turfgrass before they decide whether or not to purchase our product for their course,” Jimmy said. “In the early 2000s, there was a huge number of new golf course developments in the Southeast each year, and we were grassing large percentage of them. Our job sources were primarily due to architects, contractors, and golf course superintendents specifying Pike Creek Turf, and the remainder of the job sources were primarily from bids,” Jimmy explained. “Between 2008-2017, the number of rounds of golf played had dropped significantly resulting in a decrease in the demand for turfgrass in the golf course market. However, the COVID pandemic has reversed that playing trend. Currently, there are more people playing golf than have played in many years. In order to keep these courses financially healthy, we need to continue to grow the golf course market by growing the number of golfers which will result in an increase in the number of rounds of golf played,” Jimmy said. In the market, Pike Creek Turf supplies 80% golf, 10% landscape and 10% athletic fields.

“In 2021, we furnished turfgrass for the Atlanta Braves Truist Park, the Houston Astros Minute Maid Stadium, and I believe this may be the first time the same turf farm supplied the turfgrass for both teams’ athletic fields in the World Series. Pike Creek Turf also supplies the turfgrass for many other collegiate as well as professional athletic fields,” Jimmy said. International Endeavors In 2005, the economy began to slow down, and they realized they were entering a period of decline in turfgrass sales in the United States. As a result, in 2006 we expanded our services and market by building an international wash facility which provided us additional resources to continue our operations,” Jimmy said. Pike Creek Turf ships grass to China, Vietnam, Dubai, Kuwait, India, South America, the Bahamas and other areas around the world. Once import permits arrive from the country requesting turfgrass, they work with the United States Department of Agriculture (UDSA) to get the order approved. Using their international wash facility at the farm, they wash the turfgrass. Following the washing of the turfgrass, they undergo a USDA inspection to acquire a phytosanitary certificate in order to ship the grass. Jimmy shared they have a cooler that can hold about five semi-loads of washed turfgrass. Once the turfgrass is washed and approved for shipping, the product is shipped in a refrigerated reefer from the farm to the approved country. Local Involvement Jimmy has served in many various roles within his community as a part of his mission to give back. In the 80s, he was the Chairman of Economic Development for Tift County for over 10 years, focusing on recruiting new industry to the GCBAA Earth Shaping News | Summer Edition 29

area. During that time, he was nominated and selected as the Economic Development Volunteer of the Year for the Southern half of the United States. Jimmy served 20 years on the Tifton Regional Hospital Board, now known as Southwell, Inc., with roughly eight years as the board chairman. He also serves on both the Georgia Hospital Association Board and the Georgia Forestry Board. “I have a background of serving in organizations and programs that are for public benefit. I am attempting to pay back for what everyone has done for me. I think it is good to pay it back,” Jimmy expressed. In appreciation for all of the hard work the Georgia Urban Agriculture Council (UAC) does for farms, Pike Creek Turf is a proud supporter. Pike Creek makes financial contributions to the council to assist them to be more viable to operate. “Never forget what brought you where you are. Give back for what others have done or are going to do for you,” he said. Future “In 2021, we performed a significant amount of work due to the high demand in the market. At the present, we are still having successful years at Pike Creek Turf. We are beginning to make a substantial number of commitments for the

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2022 and 2023 seasons which is in part has been driven by the state of the economy,” Jimmy said. “You cannot settle with the turfgrass varieties you currently grow. The turfgrass industry is always evolving. In order to stay current with the release of new turfgrass varieties, it is extremely important to remain on the cutting edge of turfgrass developments”, Jimmy said. Currently, Pike Creek Turf is trialing several new turfgrass varieties, and they are excited about the future of turfgrass. Jimmy believes the foreseeable future will be most promising. Jimmy said it is in their DNA that makes them continue to maintain the quality of turfgrass as they do. He believes the attention to detail established as accountants transitioned into their turfgrass careers. He said everyone in the family has the mentality of “do it right, or don’t do it at all.” Jimmy recalls Dr. Wayne Hanna, turfgrass breeder of TifEagle, and Terry Hollifield, executive director at Georgia Crop Improvement Association both expressing to him that they think he and Jaimie working together to run Pike Creek Turf is like a perfect marriage with him over marketing and Jaimie over the growing. “Dr. Hanna and Terry also both said if our roles were reversed, we would be a failure, meaning Jaimie is no marketing person and I am no turfgrass

grower. Which is pretty funny hearing from two guys who are well known in the industry.” Jaimie said he is thankful for the close family relationships and how everyone balances each other so well to operate the business. Now, Jaimie’s oldest daughter, Katie Allen Connell, who graduated with an agriculture business degree from the University of Georgia has started working at Pike Creek Turf. Jimmy said it is very exciting to see the business move into another generation. Katie’s husband, Austin Connell, is working on the farm too. “This is the start of our future. We have three more granddaughters in college and one in high school, and we are hopeful they will come back and work on the farm.” Jimmy said.

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CHRISTOPHER "CHIZ" CASIMIR CHIZAUSKIE September 15, 1995 - May 23, 2022

It is with great sadness that the family of Christopher Casimir Chizauskie (Chiz) announce his sudden passing on May 23, 2022 at the age of 26. Christopher, beloved son, brother, grandson, cousin, and friend will be sadly missed by all that knew and loved him. Christopher is survived by his parents Thomas and Debora Chizauskie and his sister Meghan (Nathan), his grandparents James and Patricia Kelly and Anne Chizauskie and many more family members and friends. Christopher grew up in Delaware County, PA where he spent his high school summers as a member and a caddy at The Springhaven Club, where he honed his golf game. After graduating from Rustin High School, he went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware (U D) and was a proud brother of the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. Upon graduating from UD, Christopher joined Mottin Golf Course Renovations LLC, where he applied his knowledge and experience in engineering and construction, along with his passion for golf. Here he learned the art of re-constructing golf courses, working toward his goal of golf course design and architecture. Christopher was fiercely loved by his family and lived the most incredible life surrounded by beautiful, caring people. Known as man of few words he will be remembered for his easy-going caring and gentle nature, devilish smirk, beautiful eyes and “happiness in his own emotionless way”. He enjoyed every minute of his many brotherhoods and loved his “brothers” deeply. These brothers brought him joy in their bond and made him laugh, create, live, and love. He enjoyed traveling with his family and friends and was fortunate to have had numerous adventures golfing, hiking, boating, fishing, and snowboarding. He loved his bike rides in Sea Isle City and cuddling and tormenting (in a good way) his dog, Porter. Embrace the time you had with Chris, share your memories, laugh, and cry. As he was fiercely loved, he will be fiercely missed. One of his friends said it best, “not a bad moment with Chiz”. Following a private service, the family welcomes you to celebrate the life of Christopher Casimir Cornelius Chizauskie on Thursday, June 2, 2022, at 1:00 PM at The Springhaven Club – 600 S Providence Rd. Wallingford, PA 19086. At The Springhaven Club, the Chizauskie family will have a receiving line from 1:00-2:00 PM, followed by a luncheon to allow anyone to speak and share memories and stories of Chris. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Christopher’s memory be made to the J. Wood Platt Scholarship, 1974 Sproul Rd., Suite 400, Broomall, PA 19008 https://plattscholar.org/donate/

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