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A major goal of a golf course superintendent is to provide an appropriate, year-round turfgrass surface to allow the golfing public to “play the ball as it lies.” An excellent shot is rewarded and an errant shot penalized. The level of management intensity a turfgrass species receives depends on location and purpose. Bentgrass and bermudagrass greens are often mowed daily at a cutting height of 3/16-inch or less and the quality of the putting surface must be consistent from one green to the next. Tall fescue and bermudagrass in the deep rough may be mowed twice weekly, at a height of 2 or more inches. In Tennessee, every superintendent is, to some extent, practicing integrated pest management, a strategy involving agronomy, biology and chemistry.