Divot Bottle Exchange Station

Instead of having replacement divot bottles at the 10th tee, Scott Coleman, golf services manager at the Birmingham Country Club in Birmingham, Michigan, came up with the idea of mounting 20 divot bottles/holders on the exterior of the restroom building that are accessible from both the seventh tee and the 14th green. The club exchanged their old fleet of 72 golf carts for a new one and they kept the existing 144 holders and bottles, which cost approximately $50 combined per unit when purchased new (E-Z-GO holder, part #28660G01, and bottle, part #28659G01). The holders were mounted to two 1-inch by 12-inch boards that were stained. The bottles are filled every morning and throughout the day by the pace of play patrol. This unique location provides easy access for persons playing either 9 or 18 holes. Zero dollars were spent for parts and two employees spent less than an hour to install. Dan Dingman is the superintendent.

Tee Sign Options

Gary Zagar was the director of golf maintenance at the Quail Hollow Golf Club in Concord, Ohio, when the 36 holes were rerouted in 2008 because of a large clubhouse expansion. New tee signs were added after considering a few options: Course maintenance signs from suppliers would have cost about $1,000 each and $300 for each pole, granite rocks etched with the hole information were in the $800 to $1,000 range, and using a high-end local sign maker ran about $500 each. They ended up going with a local studio who used an AutoCAD design printed on hard plastic that cost less than $350 each, which included sleeves on the signs that fit over each 4-inch by 4-inch post. Concrete pavers were installed ($70 each) and less than $25 for perennial flowers and mulch, which replaced annual flowers. Installation time was less than an hour for each. Jeffrey Austin is the current director of golf maintenance.

Terry Buchen, CGCS, MG, is president of Golf Agronomy International. He’s a 51-year, life member of the GCSAA. He can be reached at 757-561-7777 or terrybuchen@earthlink.net.