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Brett Hetland’s New Website

2013 April 17
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I have recently completed a new website that will be the home of my blog posts going forward.  Please take a look and better yet sign up for the RSS feed to get post updates sent to your inbox.



Snow Go Away

2013 March 27
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Took a picture from 1 white fairway after lunch today, Wednesday March 27. As you can see there is still quite a bit of snow. Warmer temps will melt some snow the next few days but we need the frost to come out of the ground for the water to soak in or get into tiles.

Optimistic about getting the range open next week and as soon as we can cut a cup in the greens we will open to walking.

1 White Fairway March 27, 2013

Brooks Snow March 11

2013 March 14
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Last year on March 11 we were setting up the driving range and opening up our first nine of the season.  March 11 of this year was spent plowing another 4″-5″ of snow.  As you can see by the picture the cart staging area has a nice 3 foot drift.  We are ready for spring.

March 11, 2013

Brooks Golf Spring Preperation

2013 March 14
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Fresh Paint!

Fresh Paint!

Brooks staff has been busy this week putting fresh paint on golf course accessories.  Now if we could just get some warm weather to melt this snow!

Brett Hetland, CGCS, elected President of Iowa Golf Course Superintendents Association (Iowa GCSA)

2013 March 7
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Brett Hetland, CGCS, elected President of Iowa Golf Course Superintendents Association (Iowa GCSA)

Ankeny, IA
February 2013

Brett Hetland, Certified Golf Course Superintendent at Brooks National Golf Club in Okoboji, was elected President during the Iowa GCSA Annual Meeting on January 30th, 2013. As President, Hetland will preside at Executive Board and association meetings, appoint committee assignments, develop agendas and keep membership current on happenings in the association.   The annual meeting took place at the Marriott Hotel in Des Moines as part of the 79th Iowa Turfgrass Conference & Trade Show.

Mr. Hetland has been an Iowa GCSA member since 1999 and has served the last four years on the Iowa GCSA Board of Directors most recently as Vice President.

The Iowa GCSA is dedicated to promoting continuing education, research, and networking among superintendents and within the turfgrass industry to enhance the game of golf and the environment.


Jeff R. Wendel, CGCS
515-635 0306
515-635-0307 fax
1605 N. Ankeny Blvd
Ankeny, IA 50023-4163

Petco Park 2013 Golf Industry Show

2013 March 7
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I had the privilege to attend a John Deere Golf reception held at Petco Park (home of the San Diego Padres) Tuesday February 5th during the Golf Industry Show.  It was an amazing experience to tour the grounds facilities and finish by networking with hundreds of colleagues on the field.  The turf was so immaculate at first glance it looked synthetic.

Standing at the pitchers mound and looking up into the stands gave me chills.  I can only imagine what it must feel like running on to the field with a packed house.  Big thanks to John Deere Golf for the opportunity.

Petco right field looking towards home plate

Petco pitchers mound towards home plate

Petco bleachers 3rd baseline

The Season of Compliance

2013 March 4
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Amazing the difference a year makes.  Last year at this time we were scrambling to get the golf course open for play and today we currently sit with at least 6” of snow on the ground and very few days above freezing in the next week.  Will this year be more normal?  I guess that depends what your definition of normal is.

This offseason has been one spent catching up on compliance.  The Narrowband Mandate, drafting a Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plan (SPCC) and the creation of an Irrigation Drought Contingency Plan have all been completed and filed.  The following is a brief synopsis of each.

FCC Narrow Band:

  • There are two parts to compliance, first you must modify your license with the FCC and secondly, switch from wideband to narrowband on your radios (if they can be).
  • On January 1, 2013, all public safety and business industrial land mobile radio systems operating in the 150-512 MHz radio bands must cease operating using 25 kHz efficiency technology, and begin operating using at least 12.5 kHz efficiency technology. This deadline is the result of an FCC effort that began almost two decades ago to ensure more efficient use of the spectrum and greater spectrum access for public safety and non-public safety users. Migration to 12.5 kHz efficiency technology will allow the creation of additional channel capacity within the same radio spectrum, and support more users. After January 1, 2013, licensees not operating at 12.5 KHz efficiency will be in violation of the Commission’s rules and could be subject to FCC enforcement action, which may include admonishment, monetary fines, or loss of license.
  • In our case all but one radio was rendered obsolete and not capable of narrowband.  Compliance just became more expensive and we are currently shopping for replacements.


  • Owners and operators of Aboveground Storage Tanks (AST’s) which store more than 1,320 gallons of oil must have and implement an SPCC Plan. Unlike oil spill contingency plans that address cleanup measures after a spill, SPCC Plans are preventive measures to assure that a spill from an Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) is contained and countermeasures are established to prevent oil spills that could reach navigable waters.
  • Tier I qualified facility SPCC Plan templates can be found online.
  • Preparing the self certified plan was time consuming but valuable in reviewing our oil and fuel handling operations.

Irrigation Drought Contingency Plan:

  • Given the fluctuating environmental conditions we proactively established an Irrigation Drought Contingency Plan.
  • Based on four stages of drought restrictions and previous water use history.
  • Includes section on irrigation Best Management Practices.

I would be happy to share these files if you are interested.  Cabin fever is starting to set in and we are looking forward to snow melt and getting things ready for opening.  Best of luck with spring start up and your season.