Saturday, March 31, 2018

Katrek and Maginnes on Tap

Brian Katrek and John Maginnes chat about everything in the world of golf on XM Channel 92 and Sirius 208. They debate topics, take calls from listeners and discuss the events of the day with players, professionals, and media members. 

Recently Brian and John interviewed me to ask about my role with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and my position at Olde Florida Golf Club. 

Darren’s Interview on Katrek & Maginnes on Tap

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Olde Florida Golf Club is "For the Birds" ... Literally, not Figuratively

Five years ago, at the start of the 2013 winter golf season, we installed a Purple Martin house at Olde Florida Golf Club. The house was located behind #2 championship tee next to the lake that separates holes two and ten. In our first winter with the house, we successfully fledged three Purple Martins. In 2014, the house was field to capacity and over a dozen Purple Martins were fledged. Therefore, prior to the 2015 season we added an additional house.  
One of the two Purple Martin houses behind #2 tee
Purple Martins migrate each winter to South America. However, they remain incredibly faithful to their colony (nesting) sites each year, often returning to the United States about the same date. This has been the case at Olde Florida with both houses being fully utilized each year. 
Purple Martins are quite friendly and prefer to nest in close proximity to people, which make golf courses a perfect location for the bird! Interestingly, Purple Martins are the only bird species that is totally dependent on human supplied nest boxes. Qualities that make the martins desirable are they nest in colonies and have fascinating social behavior. Their vocalizations are also quite beautiful, they are extremely graceful in flight and they consume vast quantities of insects.

The Purple Martin houses at Olde Florida are lowered for the summer to avoid damage from strong winds. 

Friday, March 9, 2018

"Passion Play" Golf Course Management, March 2018

It's truly humbling to have been elected the 82nd President of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).

It's a tradition that the cover story in the March issue of Golf Course Management be on the incoming President. This is a link to the story: "Passion Play."

Cover photo shot on the practice green 
Montana Pritchard, who is based in West Palm Beach, Florida shot the photos on November 16.

Below are a few that were not selected.
Mr. Kukk, Club President and I

Inside my office at the golf course operations facility 

On hole 12 with Matthew Klein, one of my assistants