FMC market specialist Tracy Tudor went to beautiful Hershey, Pennsylvania to hand deliver the “Own a Drone Give Away” prize to Joshua Hampton. Yes, it was a little colder in Hershey than at the 2016 Golf Industry Show in San Diego, California, but the job of a golf superintendent never slows down, even on a chilly day in February.
Joshua Hampton took over as Superintendent this past year. He currently manages about 25 full time and 25 part-time employees at Hershey Country Club. The facility is comprised of two18-hole courses and a 9-hole executive course. All courses consist of cool season grasses and annual blue grass putting greens. The staff
has one drone on site and originally planned on controlling the geese population throughout the large facility. However, the existing drone, as well as the new one, will become more of an agronomic management tool.
Joshua plans to use the drones for the scouting of bunker recession due to erosion, mowing management practices to ensure surrounds and approaches maintain their shape and to evaluate irrigation patterns for adequate coverage during watering cycles. Additionally, he feels that these fly-over images will be a beneficial tool in supporting new renovations and capital improvement projects.