Tennessee Turfgrass - June / July 2019

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National Golf Day 2019

By Brad Marcy, TN GCSA Grassroots Ambassador, Indian Hills Golf Club, Murfreesboro


had the privilege of participating in National Golf Day which includes golf awareness events. This event is hosted by We Are Golf, a coalition of the game’s leading associations, including GCSAA. This was a great event and experience. I know many people visited Washington D.C. on an 8th grade field trip. Well, I must have been suspended that day, because I had never been to the Capitol before and had no idea what to expect. That place is amazing! There is so much history in such a small area. I only had about 1.5 hours of free time, so I really didn’t get to experience a whole lot, but I feel like I experienced a lot. There were 16 or 17 service projects going on at the same time. There was sod going down, flowers being planted, flood areas being cleaned up, mowing taking place, aerification, hedge

trimming, dead tree material being removed and tree inventory being taken. The group I was with was leveling an area in the lawns next to the carousel outside the Smithsonian. We had to move two Pronovost trailers of soil about 20 feet with flat shovels, pack it, seed it and add pelletized mulch or “Seed Aid.” What the group leader thought would be a 45-minute job actually took about 2.5 hours for the 4 of us to accomplish. Well 3.5 of us, one of the guys was conveniently in the restroom on the bus when they dropped us off at our location and it took about an hour for the bus to get back around to drop him off. It is crazy trying to get around that town. I understand why people walk and bike to their jobs there. It’s not I-24 to Nashville at 7:00AM, but its tough. Honking horns are a familiar means of communication to the people there.



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