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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, November 5, 2013

Change of Season

Growing conditions have come together in the last few weeks for the course to be in good shape, in contrast to a few months ago when they contributed to poor conditions. It is remarkable to see the transformation that takes place when temperatures cool, and there is less dependence on the irrigation system.

17 green complex November 5th 2013
Take a look at some of the key indicators for plant growth from August and October records.

-----------------------August 15th-----------------October 20th
Soil Temperature        85                                     62
Soil salinity                 3-5ds                               <2ds
Gallons pumped         600,000                    150,000

Looking at these parameters you see drastic differences. Those differences are indicative of  the stresses on the plant and the associated difficulties of being a grower at different times of the year. Here at La Rinconada most of the year the things we cannot control are in our favor and for a few months they are not. Right now the stress level is relatively low and the course conditions reflect that.



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