Inside the Industry – April 2018

The Latest Green Industry News

There is an endless cycle of rich, well-thought-out green industry content that might interest you. But you’re busy, really busy, and we understand that.

We’ve gathered the most relevant articles and topics from the green industry. One page with loads of topical information — take a look “Inside The Industry”.

Superintendent State of the Profession — 2017 Results


It’s not always the best idea to compare your club or course maintenance to others as there are stark differences in budgets, staff, climate and several other factors. However, it can be beneficial to step back and take a look at the industry as a whole. Draw inspiration and validation from the budget and equipment trends, and the most pressing projects at the surveyed courses.

Find comfort in the reality that the majority of superintendents share the same headaches and frustrations you do. You’re not alone in the battle of budgets, labor and expectations. Keep fighting the good fight. 

Hazeltine to Host 2028 Ryder Cup


Only 18 months after hosting the 2016 Ryder Cup, which yielded a much-needed U.S. win for the first time in eight years, Hazeltine National Golf Club was awarded the 2028 Ryder Cup. The announcement was made with a little help from the gold medal-winning U.S. men’s Curling Team at the St. Paul Curling Club, just a short drive from the course.

Team Europe has proven dominant, winning 6 of the last 8 bouts dating back to 2002. Can the United States go back-to-back at Hazeltine National in 2028? We’ll have to wait some time to find out, but one thing is for sure, there will be no shortage of entertaining and highly competitive golf to enjoy in the meantime.

Thanks, Tiger!

Toro aquires L.T. Rich


The Toro Company recently acquired L.T. Rich Products, a manufacturer of zero-turn spreaders/sprayers, aerators and snow and ice management equipment.

Based in Lebanon, Indiana, L.T. Rich Products is known for its Z-Spray line of zero-turn, stand-on spreaders/sprayers for landscape contractors and grounds professionals. 

“With a shared commitment to innovation and serving customers, we look forward to having our products become a part of The Toro Company,” said Tom Rich, president of L.T. Rich Products.  “We believe that Toro’s strong history, market leadership and resources will further enable our continued growth in the market.”

Detailed diagrams show every change made to every hole on Augusta National Golf Club


Hole #1 at Augusta National (above) has most recently undergone a green renovation to install a heating and cooling system.

As the first week of April rolls around, so does the familiar giddy excitement that the Masters is back. The pink and white azaleas, Amen Corner and Rae’s Creek — all reminders that it’s the best time of the year for golf fans. 

Founded by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts, Augusta National is the be-all and end-all of golf courses. Opened in 1933, Augusta has hosted the Masters since 1934, without a doubt golf’s most recognizable event. Over the years, Augusta National has undergone a plethora of changes: routing of holes, structure of greens, tree removal and length of rough.

Wouldn’t it be cool to see a hole-by-hole comparison that illustrates the changes? Thanks to Golf Digest, and computer artist Chris O’Riley, you can click through hole by hole and explore the course changes dating back to 1934. 

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