By Norley Calder
Superintendent, Sagebrush Golf and Sporting Club
For years, golf course Superintendents have relied on their gut to tell them if their turf was responding properly to inputs that were applied. We were simply equipped with a soil probe, a thermometer and what we thought would work from past experiences as well as trials that we performed. All this may seem weird from a guy in his late 30’s, but I started my career as a 13 year old kid at a small 9 hole golf course in Saskatchewan, pulled a drag mat by hand and of the equipment we did have, most was much older than I was! Now I look at my maintenance yard and see some of the most modern tools to perform my job. Many of them I never operate and I can feel that 13 year old boy kicking my butt.
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