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Best Golf Course Management Practices, CourseSmart eTextbook, 3rd Edition

By L. B. McCarty

Published by Prentice Hall

Published Date: Jan 15, 2010

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For courses in Turfgrass Management and Golf Course Management.


Best Golf Course Management Practices, 3e provides up-to-date basic and applied information on grasses available, their selection and use; soils and soil amendments; critical management decisions; pest management and IPM practices; environmental concerns and strategies to develop best management practices for golf courses; and personnel and financial considerations when developing and implementing annual budgets, leasing vs. buying equipment, and managing inventory.


The author and 27 acclaimed contributors share their expertise in areas ranging from turfgrass to environmental science. The most current and comprehensive publication on the market, Best Golf Course Management Practices provides the need-to-know information that leads to successful golf course construction and maintenance. Its in-depth, easy-to-read style is ideal for golf course superintendents, their staff, owners, club officials as well as students of 2- and 4-year schools.


The text covers all major grasses used on golf courses, their weaknesses and strengths; way to build golf courses and greens; latest information on fertilizers including rates and sources; soil amendments and pesticides used on golf courses; how to manage grass with poor quality water; complete pest descriptions, biology and identification pictures; environmental concerns and solutions commonly associated with golf courses; budgeting, financial management and personnel issues and needs for golf course management.

Table of Contents

1. Turfgrasses

2. Turfgrass Physiology and Environmental Stresses

3. Soil Chemical Properties

4. Soil Physical Properties and Drainage Characteristics

5. Soil Oxygen and Temperature Properties

6. Soil Organisms

7. Golf Course Construction and Renovation

8. Putting Green Construction

9. Turfgrass Establishment and “Grow-In

10. Plant Nutrition and Turf Fertilizers

11. Developing Turf Fertilizer Programs and Fertilizer Calculations

12. Water Management and Conservation in Turf

13. Irrigation Water Quality

14. Cultural Practices for Golf Courses

15. Managing Bentgrass/Poa annua Golf Greens in Stressful Environments

16. Managing Bermudagrass Golf Greens

17. Managing Seashore Paspalum

18. Integrated Pest Management

19. Turfgrass Diseases

20. Turfgrass Insects

21. Turfgrass Nematodes

22. Turfgrass Weeds

23. Turfgrass Plant Growth Regulators

24. Effective, Safe, and Legal Use of Pesticides

25. Best Golf Course Environmental Protection Strategies

26. Sprayer and Spreader Calibration

27. Budgets and Personnel Management

Appendix A: Stoke's equation for Calculating the Velocity of Falling Particles and Darcy's Equation for Calculating Hydraulic Conductivity.

Appendix B: Calculating Soil Porosity.

Appendix C  Chemical and Physical Properties of Organic Materials Used in Turf

Appendix D  Surface Area Calculations

Appendix E  Calibration Formulas and Metric Conversion Tables

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Best Golf Course Management Practices, CourseSmart eTextbook, 3rd Edition
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$71.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-13-505680-6