Golf course maintenance topic of S.C. meeting

Published online: Aug 03, 2017 Maintenance

AIKEN,S.C.—Ian Murphy spoke to the Aiken Sertoma Club about the challenges of golf course maintenance during a meeting of the organization recently at Newberry Hall.

Murphy is the superintendent of Woodside Plantation Country Club’s Wisteria, Plantation and Hunters Run golf courses.

Murphy came to Woodside in August 2016 from the Water Fall Club in Clayton, Georgia.

Murphy supervises a crew of 18 workers that keep the Woodside courses in shape so they meet the needs of the membership and can handle the many events Woodside hosts.

Tasks performed by the crew include aerification, watering, pest and weed control, daily mowing, raking sand bunkers and the removal of tree branches that are causing problems.

Course cleanliness and maintaining cart paths also are important, Murphy said.

In addition, Murphy discussed the different grasses used on the courses and what is involved in their care.