Two ways to save

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Elite RejuvenationChris Ellsmore is in his second year as Mohegan Sun Golf Club’s, Baltic, Conn., superintendent after spending six years as senior assistant superintendent at Shelter Harbor GC, Charlestown, R.I. This summer he hosted around 50 outings on the course, most of them shotgun starts, but things are finally starting to cool down for the first-time superintendent.

The course was so busy that they finally had enough time to aerify during the first two weeks of September. Despite all the action on the course this summer Ellsmore says the turf held up to the test thanks to the aid of BASF’s Elite Rejuvenation program. His first application on the fairways was Emerald fungicide in April and then followed that with Xzemplar in late May.

“Some other courses in my area did have problems with summer patch this year. We didn’t have any issues with disease and saw great control on the fairways,” says Ellsmore. “There were a couple of spots out there but that was more from drought.”

Following the schedule created for the program they sprayed Honor just after Independence Day. Ellsmore thinks that made a big difference and really made the turf “perk up.”

“We really saw the value of each spray, especially down the end stretch of the summer,” says Ellsmore. “Being able to stretch a spray to 21 days was a real advantage.”

This benefit was because typically Ellsmore makes chemical applications every 14 days. Even though BASF’s products cost more up front he can save money over the course of the year by stretching each spray to 21 days, he says. Another way Ellsmore was able to save is on labor.

“With all of the events we host our time spent doing maintenance on the course is at a premium,” says Ellsmore. “That extra week frees up my guy to work somewhere else on the course.”

With the end of this summer comes the end of the Elite Rejuvenation program as well and Mohegan Sun GC only has one application of Xzemplar and Lexicon left for their fairways and tees, respectively. When Ellsmore sits down to figure out his Early Order Program it will consist of products he used in the program.

“Right now I figure I will stick pretty close to what we did this summer,” says Ellsmore. “My mentality is ‘you get what you pay for.’”



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About the Author: Seth Jones

Seth Jones, a 25-year veteran of the golf industry media, is Editor-in-Chief of Golfdom magazine and Athletic Turf. A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Jones began working for Golf Course Management in 1999 as an intern. In his professional career he has won numerous awards, including a Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) first place general feature writing award for his profile of World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman and a TOCA first place photography award for his work covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In his career, Jones has accumulated an impressive list of interviews, including such names as George H.W. Bush, Samuel L. Jackson, Lance Armstrong and Charles Barkley. Jones has also done in-depth interviews with such golfing luminaries as Norman, Gary Player, Nick Price and Lorena Ochoa, to name only a few. Jones is a member of both the Golf Writers Association of America and the Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association. Jones can be reached at

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