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Los Gatos, California, United States
Kevin is currently the certified superintendent at La Rinconada Country Club. Kevin was the Director of Maintenance at Lahontan Golf Club for over 14 years. Some of the responsibilities over the expanse of his career include the daily upkeep of multiple golf courses, natural resources, environmental compliance, and roads and streets. The wide ranging expertise has come from a combination of education and experiences. Degrees in Meteorology (1987 University of Nebraska/Lincoln), and Horticulture (1992 Colorado State), complete the formal side of this important combination of qualifications. A lifetime of experience around golf courses, and the game of golf was provided by Kevin's father.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I came accross this linked article on tree root pruning in the USGA Green Section publication The Record and it is relevant to a lot of work that we are doing at this time on the course. Solving tree problems at this time of year will help us tremendouslely in the coming summer when we will be busy with the irrigation system.

Tree roots removed from the bunker at #6 green

In the past few weeks we have been removing roots by hand, mostly in bunkers, greens and tees.  Due to the number of trees and the manpower and time involved in removing roots by hand, a mechanical method will be needed to keep up with the growth in the future. Unfortunately root pruning is not a one and done deal.  As with most of what we do a maintenance schedule needs to be established for this, so that the entire course can be completed every couple of years, with proper equipment that creates the efficiency to complete the job.


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