July rounds totals slightly higher in U.S.

Big gains in play in Texas helped push the July rounds total into positive territory, according to the monthly U.S. National Golf Rounds Played Report.

Houston (39.3 percent), San Antonio (37.1 percent) and Dallas-Ft. Worth (21.2 percent) all enjoyed huge increases in play compared to July 2007 totals. Nationally, rounds for the month rose 0.5 percent.

Two California markets – San Diego (12.3 percent) and Palm Springs (11.0 percent) also had significant increases in the number of rounds played.

Architect Matt Dye passes away at 48

Matt Dye, golf course architect and a member of the high-profile Dye family of course designers, died Aug. 19 at his home in San Diego. The 48-year-old had been diagnosed with colon cancer.

Starting in 1989, Dye worked with his cousin, Perry Dye of Dye Designs, designing, shaping and building courses all over the world. He worked on designs in Japan, Thailand and Mexico. In the U.S., he was involved with projects such as the Las Vegas Paiute Resort in Las Vegas, The Promontory in Park City, Utah, and Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles.

South African project aimed at growing game

A new project designed to promote golf among young people has been launched in South Africa.

“Project Golf 2014,” an initiative inspired by the Women's World Cup of Golf, seeks to produce 2,014 golfers – including many girls from disadvantaged backgrounds -- by the year 2014.

The drive is part of a larger effort by the Professional Golf Association of South Africa and the South African Golf Development Board to create one million new golfers in the country over a 21-year period.

Syngenta, John Deere finalize agreement

Two of the turf industry's major players, Syngenta and John Deere, have reached agreement on a new distribution deal.

Under the agreement that took effect on Oct. 1, the John Deere Landscapes division will serve as a major channel partner for Syngenta's golf and lawn care products.

Steve Vincent, John Deere Golf North American sales manager for agronomic products, said the deal will provide more options for golf course operators to manage their courses.

NGCOA-NCA survey provides cost benchmarks

The 2008 Golf and Club Industry Compensation and Benefits report compiled by the National Golf Course Owners Association and the National Club Association reveals that private clubs are where the money is and rising health care costs are pummeling the owners and employees of public and private facilities alike.

The survey of more than 1,000 NGCOA and NCA members and multi-course owners showed that private club salaries on the course and in the kitchen were dramatically higher than their public facility counterparts.

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Fairmont Southampton Golf Course, Southampton, Bermuda

The project The most obvious manifestations of Fairmont Southampton's environmental stewardship programs are the nearly 200 native Bermuda cedar trees raised and planted so far, but the program is much more multi-faceted than that. The course earned Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary certification in 2006. That campaign encompassed five areas: environmental planning, outreach and education, coastal clean-ups. chemical use reduction and safety and water conservation and management.

Operators and Associations

Troon Golf What they did Standardized practices, with variances for local conditions and situations, are instituted companywide. It addresses facilities management, irrigation practices, fertilizer and chemical practices, turf maintenance, equipment maintenance, construction and renovation practices, integrated pest management, clubhouse design and construction, spill prevention and underground storage tanks.

Makena Golf Course, Maui, Hawaii

The Project Located in Kihei on the Maui coastline, Makena may not be as well known to televised golf fans as its professional Tour stop neighbors Kapalua, Kaanapali and Wailea, but it is second to none of them in its proactive and comprehensive environmental preservation program. And the Maui Prince Resort's two Robert Trent Jones Jr.- designed courses, owned by the Dowling Company and Morgan Stanley, hold their own for scenery, challenge and overall quality as well.


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