Spare Tire Storage Rack

At least one spare tire from every piece of equipment the Olde Florida Golf Club in Naples owns is stored in the 25-foot distance between the vertical beams of the Butler Building. Two-inch square tubing is welded the full length 10 inches away from the building’s horizontal beam so that various tire sizes can be stored in harmony. Five pieces of 1½-inch by 10-inch pieces of angle iron connect the 2-inch square tubing to the horizontal beam by welds. Also, for further structural support, additional 2-inch square tubing bars are welded to 1 ½-inch angle iron that is bolted to the beam and to the floor, spaced 60 inches apart. There are also four additional 2-inch support bars used to store scrap metal. The spare tires are organized and stored very efficiently. It took about one half-day to build and about $200 in materials. Guillermo Gomez, equipment manager, and Darren J. Davis, CGCS, are really good at what they do. Davis was the 82nd president of the GCSAA.

Granular Fertilizer Screen

This 2010 Lely Model W Fertilizer Spreader 3/8-inch mesh metal screen, with movable metal rod handle, is very effective for removing clumps of fertilizers and other bulk and bagged granular materials that can clog the aperture at the bottom of the hopper. One-inch angle iron framework is bolted to the sides of the hopper, which holds it in place, and the screen is easily removed when not needed. The materials were salvaged and already on-site and a former mechanic took about two hours to cut and mount the metal and screen. Former USGA senior agronomist Matt Nelson, co-owner, and Pat Borchard, co-owner, of Magic Valley Bentgrass/Magic Valley Turfgrass in Filer, Idaho, near Twin Falls, are very quality-oriented in everything they do.

Terry Buchen, CGCS, MG, is president of Golf Agronomy International. He’s a 41-year, life member of the GCSAA. He can be reached at 757-561-7777 or