Bernhard welcomes Jim Jackson, American Lake Veterans GC Superintendent to their stand at GIS
Bernhard welcomes Jim Jackson, American Lake Veterans GC Superintendent to their stand at GIS

American Lake

Posted on December 15, 2010 at 12:45 PM

alvgc-logo.jpgVolunteers who maintain the turf at American Lake Veterans Golf Course in Lakewood, Wash. will be greatly aided by a generous donation from two companies that are more than 4,700 miles apart. Veterans who use the course win too, as the gift will contribute to improved playing conditions.

Thanks to Bernhard and Company, and one of their distributors, Western Equipment & Irrigation in Kent, Wash., the course will have the use of a set of an Express Dual 3000 reel and Anglemaster 3000 bedknife sharpening system for the next two years.

"Western Equipment is thrilled to team up with Bernhard and Company in supporting American Lake Veterans Golf Course, said Dick Bergeron, Division Manager, Commercial Products at Western Equipment Distributors Inc. "We are committed to being a go-to resource for the maintenance crew as they incorporate this state-of-the-art equipment into their turf cutting regimens."

Along with time-saving and ease-of-use benefits, the sharpening system enables golf course superintendents to achieve "cleaner cuts" with their mowing equipment.

‘Cleanness of cut’ can have a dramatic effect on turf health. Turf cut with a blunt mower will have a reduced resistance to stresses such as drought, cold, wear from play and turf disease.

Playing quality also deteriorates as the health of the turf suffers. Ball roll and bounce are both affected on poor quality turf. In comparison to this, a mower with a sharp cutting unit will cut the leaf blades ‘cleanly’, the turf will look good, be more resistant to the stresses that are imposed on it and maintain good playing quality.

"This is important equipment for allowing us to keep our golf course mowers sharp," said Greens Superintendent Jim Jackson.

Bernhard and Company is a world leader in mower maintenance technology. Its grinders are the system of choice for more than 75 percent of the top 100 golf courses in the U.S. and they are used at major events of the PGA Tour, the European Tour, and the USGA (United States Golf Association). The company also works closely with turf and technical colleges, providing equipment plus practical and theoretical teaching sessions on turf cutting techniques.

Since its founding in 1972, Western Equipment has become one of the Northwest’s leading distributors of turf care equipment, golf irrigation systems and golf course supplies.


About American Lake Veterans Golf Course (ALVGC)

American Lake Veterans Golf Course, the only course in the country designed specifically for wounded and disabled veterans, is in the midst of a multi-million campaign to expand and enhance its facilities. Volunteers have maintained and operated ALVGC since 1995, when federal funding was cut for it and other courses built on Veterans Administration hospital grounds.

In 1994, the Friends of American Lake Veterans Golf Course, a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization, was established to assist volunteers with improvements, repairs, care and maintenance of the course. Currently, approximately 170 volunteers assist with maintaining and operating the facility.

Last year, Jack Nicklaus and Nicklaus Design donated design services to create nine new holes and to improve the accessibility of the existing nine-hole track. The "Friends" organization then embarked on a fundraising campaign to raise $3 million for construction-related costs.