I’ve often been asked what is all that stuff I am carrying around with me in my cart. Well I thought this would be a perfect time before we get too hectic with the season to explain what and why I carry what I do. This isn’t an original idea as the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America through GCSAA TV has shot short vignettes called “What’s in your cart?”.
These tools are used in repairing sprinkler heads. Basically a few screw drivers and a snap ring removal tool. These tools also come in handy removing lids on valve boxes for the irrigation system.
These are temperature monitoring devices or thermometers. The one on the left is a new tool to me and I am still figuring out how and what it does. These are key in determining when certain disease thresholds are met and a fungicide application must be made.
A paint gun and paint comes in handy for a number or functions. I may use the paint to mark outlines on greens, tees and fairways. I will also use to mark areas during renovation or construction projects. And when we do mark hazard lines and ground under repair for certain events throughout the season.
This nice and shiny silver probe is used to measure soil moisture and root depth. This way we can closely monitor when and if we should be watering. A plug removed looks like this:
When I remove this plug I generally only go 3-4 inches deep. Because our greens are composed mainly of Annual bluegrass our roots for the most part even at this time of year max out at 5 inches deep. I am also looking at how wet the sand is below the grass surface and how much thatch is developing below the grass surface.
I also carry a wedge and a putter with me. The wedge is really for seeing how receptive the greens are to a full shot from 100 yards. The putter I use for a number of things. First I like to see how the ball is rolling on a number of greens, I also like check pin positions and their fairness and most important it is used to check speed consistency from green to green.
This lovely green weapon has a reputation that proceeds itself. The Stimpmeter is the most overblown phrase in golf. I use mine not really for public knowledge of green speeds but more for measurement of green consistency. Though don’t get me wrong, if you ask me what their rolling today I’ll tell you but I don’t think the average golfer can decipher between 9.5 and 11 on the Stimpmeter.
These two documents are for the irrigation system. The one on the left is a map that labels where the section valves are located throughout the course. And the one on the right gives actual coordinates where to find those valves. These a very important to carry should a sprinkler become stuck on or should an irrigation leak occur. Sectioning the leak or malfunctioning sprinkler will limit the loss of water.
You’ll likely think I’m crazy for carrying a tennis ball. But I don’t carry it for a dog or any other function but awareness. On many occasions when my crew are focused on their job I will roll the ball past them as to not scare or surprise them as I drive up. I came up with this idea last fall when I just about gave a young lady a heart attack.
And very important to carry water with me at all times. Not only for hydration for me but if I see drying spots on the course I will use it to see how far gone they are and whether hand watering with a hose will be necessary.
So that’s just a short snapshot of what’s in my cart.