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Chris Butcher is no stranger to being the underdog in the lawn care business. As the founder and sole proprietor of the Lawn Cure company in Raleigh, N.C., he must compete with larger lawn care service operators in his area. With nearly 125 customers, Butcher has a lot to manage, especially because he is Lawn Cure's only employee.

Basagran T/O® Herbicide Success Snapshot: The Country Club At Mirasol

Raised greens and their many undulations are hallmarks of the Sunrise Course at the Country Club at Mirasol. The Fazio-designed course has challenged pros playing in the Honda Classic PGA Tour event for the past three years.

Candlewood Country Club

Like most golf course superintendents, Mike Caranci, superintendent for Candlewood Country Club, Whittier, Calif., defies the laws of nature every day. That presents Caranci a number of challenges to overcome to keep his course looking great and in the best playing condition possible.

Croasdaile Country Club

Some might consider superintendent Charles Sheffield lucky. Only one disease significantly disturbs the turf on his pristine 7,068-yard golf course at Croasdaile Country Club in Durham, N.C. However, any superintendent or pathologist living in the Southeast knows that the unknown root disease of creeping bentgrass on golf course putting greens – often referred to as Pythium volutum – and luck mix about as easily as oil and water.

Curalan® EG Fungicide Success Snapshot: Big Spring

Host of the 1952 PGA Championship, Big Spring was founded in 1926 and plays 17,000 rounds annually.

Curalan® Fungicide Success Snapshot: Valhalla

Superintendent Mark Wilson, CGCS, is familiar with the pressure of preparing his course to meet the PGA’s high standards. After all, the PGA owns it. At the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., Wilson and his crew maintain 530 rolling acres to strict, top-tier playing condition.

Drive® DF Herbicide Success Snapshot: Marvel Golf Club

Nestled along the western shores of Kentucky Lake, Marvel Golf Club is Western Kentucky’s premier 18-hole championship golf course. Designed by Palmer Course Design and opened in 2005, Marvel sits upon some of the most pristine landscape found anywhere in the bluegrass state. 

Drive® Herbicide Success Snapshot: Bidermann

Bidermann Golf Course opened in 1965 after founding member George Weymouth and owner of Winterthur estate Henry F. du Pont agreed to expand upon the estate’s 9-hole golf course. Named after du Pont’s accountant, Antoine Bidermann, the course joined the Vicmead Hunt Club in 1977 to offer a full service country club to members.

Drive® Herbicide Success Snapshot: Los Angeles

Named one of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses in 2005 by Golf Digest Magazine, the 18-hole North Course at the Los Angeles Country Club (LACC) boasts 6,980 yards of championship golf. Architect George C. Thomas Jr. designed the course, which opened for play in 1911.

Emerald® Fungicide Success Snapshot: The Club At Olde Stone

Nestled in the rolling hills of Kentucky, The Course at Olde Stone is an Arthur Hills and Drew Rogers-designed championship golf course destined to be a classic. Opened in June 2006, the par-72 course is artfully woven into the landscape, which is a combination of hills, flatlands, trees, grassland and water.

Insignia® Fungicide Success Snapshot: Ballantyne Resort

Touted by PGA Magazine as a “Great Golf Resort of the World” the year the course opened in 1998, Ballantyne Resort is a public, par-71, five-star championship golf course set in the Ballantyne community of South Charlotte.

Insignia® Fungicide Success Snapshot: Founders Course

Since 1990, the Founders 18-hole championship course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., has consistently ranked among the best modern golf courses in the nation. But actions speak louder than awards for Chenal Country Club’s private members and course crew who have taken joint responsibility for sustaining the healthy greens and fairways. 

Insignia® Fungicide Success Snapshot: Ghost Creek

Ghost Creek’s Robert Cupp-designed layout took little time establishing itself as one of the nation’s premier semi-private golf courses. Nestled next to its sister course, Witch Hollow, the two courses make up Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, which opened for play in 1992.

Insignia® Fungicide Success Snapshot: Southern Hills Country Club

As host of 14 major championships and the upcoming 2009 U.S. Amateur, Southern Hills Country Club is a historic gem and golfer’s fantasy.

Insignia® Fungicide Success Snapshot: The Ridge

Located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, The Ridge Golf Course sits atop land once used by the ancient Maidu tribe and later by miners traveling to the California Gold Rush. Today, golfers enjoy a classic 18-hole course designed by master architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr.

Insignia® Fungicide Success Snapshot: Torrey Pines

In June, more than 100 superintendents from around the country will travel to La Jolla, Calif., to help Torrey Pines golf operations manager Mark Woodward, CGCS, prepare for the U.S. Open. As a third-generation superintendent, past GCSAA national president and thirty-plus year veteran, he’s earned the help he’ll need for the course’s Open debut.

Kings River Golf And Country Club

In California’s central valley, golf course superintendents seeking fairways that complement the pristine appearance of their carefully groomed greens must address year-round crabgrass pressure. With crabgrass, prevention is crucial. Over the past few years, superintendent Mike Kroeze at Kings River Golf and Country Club in Kingsburg, Calif., has learned to control crabgrass, despite the weed’s resiliency.

Le Triomphe Golf And Country Club

Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club superintendent Scott Poynot once aspired to be a golf course professional. While studying for his master’s degree in civil engineering at Louisiana Technical College, he began working summers at the school’s golf course— eventually learning and loving the game of golf.

Nashawtuc Country Club

Near Henry David Thoreau's Walden Pond, close to Ralph Waldo Emerson's old haunts, and not far from Louisa May Alcott's Wayside home, Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord, Mass., now graces the land with 6,729 yards of lush fairways, roughs and greens.

North Oaks Golf Club

Never judge a superintendent by his office. North Oaks Golf Club superintendent Jack MacKenzie is serious about his craft, even though his dogs Nugget and Tyson roam freely throughout his office, his desk is covered with papers and odd memorabilia and fishing tackle clutter the walls. His course is much different; it’s pretty close to immaculate.

Pendulum® Herbicide Success Snapshot: Le Triomphe

Architect Robert Trent Jones designed Le Triomphe's private, 18-hole championship course in the 1980s and it is now home to the Chitimacha Open and a mainstay on the PGA Nationwide Tour.

Pendulum AquaCap® Herbicide Success Snapshot: Banyan

Tucked within West Palm Beach’s urban development is Banyan Golf Club’s 200 scenic acres, which act as a natural habitat for wildlife that includes birds, foxes, squirrels and alligators. Opened in 1972, the private, par-72 course was designed by architect Joe Lee and has become one of the most exclusive in Palm Beach County.

Trinity® Herbicide Success Snapshot: Carlton Woods

The Club at Carlton Woods near Houston, Texas, aspires to provide its private members a stellar golf experience. For director of grounds Eric Bauer, reaching that goal requires vigilance on every inch of turf.

Trinity® Herbicide Success Snapshot: Hendersonville

With gentle rolling hills and wide valleys, the Donald Ross designed Hendersonville Country Club is a picture of stress-free terrain. Unless you’re its superintendent.