The new owners of the Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono continue to make improvements to the course as the 2018 golf season gets underway. The course has been open for two weeks and the full 18 holes are in play with riding carts available.
Kevin McCarthy is the new majority owner after purchasing it from Harris Golf Inc. His management company, Resurrection Golf, is operating PVCC and handling the upgrades.
The Golf Industry Show — The biggest trade show for those who make the course playable is this week. Get regular updates via posts from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Facebook page by clicking link.
Join Us at Our Junior Golf Open Houses!—Junior Golf Maine will hold two open houses to promote junior golf opportunities in Maine. The first open house will be held 2-5 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at Val Halla Golf Course, 60 Val Halla Road; and the second 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at Waterville Country Club, 39 Country Club Road, Oakland.
Territory Manager, CCE Golf Cars —Country Club Enterprises, the region’s largest golf car distributor, is seeking an aggressive, confident, and competitive professional with a solid background in outside business development. You must be comfortable working independently and building strong business relationships. The job will entail golf and utility vehicle sales in the state of Maine and part of New Hampshire.
Sustaining the Soil —“You have to understand that the biological piece of the equation is a major player here.”
Little shop of horrors —A combination of flammable and hazardous materials, electrical outlets, poor lighting, noise, abundant equipment and high employee traffic can make the maintenance shop a danger zone for any employee.
Water… in Moderation —The basic cultural practice of irrigation is generally considered to be a no-brainer in golf course management. When an inadequate or excessive amount is provided, turf roots fail to grow and function normally.
Why Humic Acids are Becoming a Multipurpose Tool —Back in 2013, Superintendent magazine dug into the scientific side of humic acids, explaining their complex formulations and how companies are promoting their use. This time, we asked superintendents who are using them for a real-world report on how humics are working for them.
When the Creek Rises —The story of last year’s tragic flooding of southern West Virginia and The Greenbrier and its inspirational recovery told by those who endured it.
The Memorial Winners and History —The Memorial Tournament Presented by Nationwide is a restricted field event, with only the first 75 players on the previous year’s money list guaranteed invites. Nicklaus apparently has a hand in selecting the remaining players.
Golf tournament keeps alumni coming back —A group of Scarborough High School alumni will convene at Willowdale Golf Club in Scarborough next month for much more than a round of golf. Over the past three years, the event has raised $65,000.
Heroes on the Golf Course —Nick credits his family and golf for his recovery. While he brags that he “played great” this year, the highlight was having his daughter meet the former president, who he says “inspires me every day to get better in life.”
Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail celebrates 25 years —We launched this site with the goal of seeing Maine become a golfer’s destination vacation. “The Trail hosts more than 1,100 events each year. Almost 12 million rounds of golf have been played on the courses. More than half a million golfers play on the trail each year. It hosts visitors from all 50 states and an average of 20 foreign countries.”
The results in this week’s Golf of Maine poll, regarding the practice of leaving rakes in, or out of bunkers, stands at 66% IN to 33% OUT, which is fine with us! We’ve always felt that once in a hazard, encountering a rake is part of the hazard. But leaving the rake outside the hazard creates a sort of secondary hazard that lies in wait outside the bunker. Vote now before we change the poll question, and leave your remarks in the Comment Bar below!
Goings-On at Point Sebago — DEMO Day this Saturday with the new Callaway, Titleist, Cleveland and Srixon on the range from 10 AM to 3 PM; Memorial Day Scramble, Monday May 29, 8 AM; Member/Member, June 3 and 4; Point Sebago Match Play Championship Begins June 10. Sign up by June 4. Call the Pro Shop for more details, (207) 655-2747.
Did I Play to My Handicap? —The system is built around the concept of Course Rating™, which impacts us all even though its definition ties to a “scratch” golfer. When you are given handicap strokes, you receive the number of strokes necessary to play to the level of a scratch golfer. If the scratch golfer is supposed to shoot the Course Rating, then those handicap strokes relate to the Course rating as well.
10 Things Golfers Really Hate —Even the most ardent golf fan will have a long list of things that annoy them about the game, here are 10 examples you might just be able to relate to.
Golf: A team sport in which the player is all alone —More than a game, golf is a way of living life. “For instance, golf is self-officiated,” he said. “The kids are on the course in a foursome. A rule will come up, and they have to call it themselves. They have to call rules on themselves. It’s an honor code.”
USPS To Release Golf Ball Stamp —Recognizing the traditional, old-school values that permeate the golfing universe, the USPS gambles that golfers still write letters, too.
We Always Wish We Had Spent More Time on the Putting Green. How Much Time Do You Put into Practicing Putting?
5 Cultural Controls of Golf Course Maintenance —The author’s explanation of cultural controls is rather simple: manipulation of the growing environment. Or, more specifically, manipulating the growing environment using a variety of management techniques.
ASU’s Monica Vaughn rallies to win NCAA women’s golf title —We caught the tail-end of this very exciting match. “In a stunning turnaround at Rich Harvest Farms, Vaughn made up a four-shot deficit with four holes to play with two birdies and a lot of help from Wake Forest sophomore Jennifer Kupcho, who led the entire final round until a triple bogey on the 17th hole.”
Web.com Tour completes first test of range finders —The first of four test events allowing players to use distance-measuring devices during competition on the Web.com Tour was held last week with largely positive, albeit incomplete, feedback from players and fans.
DEAN & DELUCA INVITATIONAL —Jordan Spieth, the defending champion at Colonial, has missed three of his last four cuts. The exception was a tie for 11th in the Masters.
Our playing partner remarked yesterday that Jordan Spieth seems to never have recovered from his debacle on the 12th Hole at the 2016 Masters. This caused us to go back and watch it again. Golf is a mental game…