Top 10 Golf Course Maintenance Improvements

Thom Nikolai, Ph.D.

Make of list of what has changed in the industry in the past 25 years. Your list will likely have some overlap with your fellow members’ but will have some unique items, too. Thom Nikolai, Ph.D., has done some research, gathering opinions from GCSAA members, to form a Top 10 list of those items that have made the most impact for superintendents. Join us for this 90-minute webcast to hear some of the rationale behind the top items selected, as well as some of the science behind what didn’t make the list.

Original presentation date: Sept. 26, 2012

About the instructor

Thom Nikolai, Ph.D.Thomas A. Nikolai, Ph.D., spent 10 years working on golf courses prior to entering the world of turfgrass research in 1989. He earned a doctorate at Michigan State University in 2002. If you currently lightweight roll your greens, mulch tree leaves into your rough or don't have any golfers wearing metal spikes, it is due in part to results from Nikolai’s research. He is author of the book, The Superintendents Guide to Controlling Putting Green Speed, and is world renowned as the “Doctor of Green Speed” due to his numerous studies that investigate putting green cultural and mechanical practices. He has given hundreds of turfgrass management presentations on five continents, nine countries and 32 states. In 2003, Nikolai was voted The Outstanding Faculty Member by his Michigan State University students. He is also the creator, coordinator and host of the Turfgrass Talk Show and has taught a number of webcasts for GCSAA.


Member price: Free
Nonmember price: $60
Chapter price: $100
Education points: 0.2

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