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Having used tractors, some golf superintendents turning to social media

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

People taking care of golf courses are turning to media outlets like Twitter.
People taking care of golf courses are turning to media outlets like Twitter.

When most people think of people who take care of golf courses, images of used tractors and other implements may come to mind.

But social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter? Certainly, at least according to a recent report from the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

The paper noted that four golf course superintendents in the state have turned to these online outlets as a way to spread the word about potentially harmful frost or bugs that can affect the grass on a course.

It can also be used to highlight the kind of work crews are doing on a course, which may be of interest to club members.

"It's a young man's business. It seems like everyone under 40 has a Facebook account and some with Twitter," Todd Raisch, superintendent of Ridgewood Country Club, told the paper. "But everyone is on some sort of social media it seems like, and it's only going to continue to grow."

While superintendents may find it helpful to inform each other of what's going on, homeowners can also tap into technology to help their yards. For example, Scotts recently launched an app for smartphones that can help people when making lawn care decisions.ADNFCR-2034-ID-19911394-ADNFCR

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