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Chris Monti: Practice Facility Renovation at Interlachen Country Club

Posted 28 June 2017 · 736 views

In this episode of the TurfNet Renovation Report -- presented by Jacobsen and Golf Preservations --  Jon Kiger chats with Chris Monti, senior design associate with Bobby Weed Golf Design about the recent practice facility renovation at Interlachen Country Club in Winter Park, FL.


The new facility features a 10,000 square-foot putting green with subtle contours, a chipping green with generous surrounds to allow for a variety of shots and a bunker green with four bunkers of varying sizes. The project also includes an enlarged main tee area on the range, with a two-bay academy building planned for the future.


New, updated turfgrass varieties were used, as was a synthetic revetted bunker product.


Rick Tegtmeier: 4-year, 36-hole renovation at Des Moines Golf & Country Club

Posted 01 March 2017 · 2,081 views

In this episode of the TurfNet Renovation Report, host Peter McCormick chats with Rick Tegtmeier, CGCS MG, about the recently completed four-year, 36-hole renovation project at Des Moines Golf & Country Club where he has been director of grounds since 2007. A humorous anecdote about architect Pete Dye... mistakes made and lessons learned... tips for dealing with architects, working with contractors and how to get the best from in-house staff... Rick lays it all out for us.


Whether you're embarking on a renovation project or might be some day in the future, there's something for everyone to file away and put to use.


The Renovation Report with Thomas Bastis, CGCS... 8 years after.

Posted 15 December 2016 · 2,804 views

Eight Years. It's a blink of an eye. Thomas Bastis checks in with Dave Wilber 8 years after his world class renovation of The California Golf Club of San Francisco.


Thomas shares his experience in looking back as his old/new golf course matures. It hasn't all been easy. But he's candid about what worked and what didn't work and what he might do again.


He also gets firm and fast with some good stories and insights. And being the early adopting tech leader that he is, Thomas speaks about what he's working on. Always keeping it new.


It's an hour of deep conversation and insight with one of the industry greats. 


The TurfNet Renovation Report is sponsored by Golf Preservations and by Jacobsen and is only on TurfNet Radio.



Graeme Beatt: Renovating Royal Portrush for the 2019 Open

Posted 07 December 2016 · 513 views

In this episode of the TurfNet Renovation Report, host Jon Kiger chats with Graeme Beatt, course manager at Royal Portrush Golf Club (Co.Antrim, Northern Ireland).


Topics include renovations in preparation for hosting the 2019 (British) Open... and Graeme's recent opportunity to meet Queen Elizabeth at Royal Portrush.


Presented by Golf Preservations and Jacobsen.


Braemar Golf Course, Edina, Minnesota: 18 better holes from 27

Posted 10 November 2016 · 1,547 views

In this episode of the TurfNet Renovation Report, presented by Golf Preservations and Jacobsen, host Jon Kiger chats with Ann Kattreh, Director of Parks & Recreation for the city of Edina, Minnesota, and Richard Mandell, ASGCA, about the upcoming renovation of the Braemar Golf Course.


Braemar will be reduced from 27 to 18 holes, with the extra elbow room for the new 18 allowing expanded wetland buffer areas, wider fairways, and larger greens and tee boxes. 


In order to keep maintenance costs in line, only 44 sand bunkers will be created, ground contours will include simple rolls and undulations to enable efficient mowing, and hand work will be minimized.


Mandell discusses his philosophy of tee shot distance equity that intends for golfers of various abilities to play the same club -- not necessarily the same distance -- into a green.


Construction started in October with opening slated for the summer of 2018.


Bradley Klein reflects on Arnold Palmer and his impact on golf

Posted 26 September 2016 · 1,206 views


In this episode of The Renovation Report, host Peter McCormick chats with Bradley Klein, architecture editor of Golfweek, about Arnold Palmer and his legacy within the golf industry.
Brad had numerous interactions with Palmer dating back to 1976.  He recalls some of those anecdotes, including flying in Arnie's plane, and the time they were in Palm Springs and Arnie threw him the keys to his Cadillac, telling Brad to have fun for a few days while he tended to a few things.
With this recording done just a day after Palmer's passing and at the beginning of Ryder Cup week at Hazeltine, it's an apt time to reflect on Palmer's immeasurable impact on golf.

An Assistant's Perspective... with Andy O'Haver

Posted 18 August 2016 · 2,130 views

Andy O'Haver is the assistant superintendent at Meadowbrook CC outside of Detroit. Meadowbrook is being transformed by architect Andy Staples. It's a gigantic job.


Andy took the time to talk to Dave Wilber (from his cell phone, in the field) about the role that he plays as an Assistant Super at Meadowbrook. Andy's eye opening experience comes to life in a really good way. And anyone who is going to come anywhere near a golf course renovation project should understand that the team is important. And often the team is led in the trenches by The Sergeants. The leaders of the Enlisted Corps. The Assistant. 


Dave and Andy have a great conversation. He's candid. And he's got passion. A combination that is hard to beat.



The Renovation Report with Architect Jay Blasi

Posted 21 July 2016 · 1,706 views

Even if you haven't heard of Jay Blasi, you've probably seen his work.  From Chambers Bay to Santa Anna Country Club to Sharp Park, Jay Blasi is one of those people who have been involved with bringing interesting design to Modern Golf.


Dave Wilber talks with Blasi about Jay's story, his development as a staff architect with RTJ2, and his transition to independent architect with Jay Blasi Design. Some great tips are given for planning and executing renovation and restoration work. 


Yet another great episode with a great member of the construction and renovation community.


The TurfNet Renovation Report is sponsored by Jacobsen and by Golf Preservations.


Renovation Report: Straight Talk with Architect Mike Young

Posted 16 May 2016 · 2,291 views

Golf course architect Mike Young and host Dave Wilber get into the reality of design, renovation, restoration and rehabilitation.


With over 40 designs under his belt, Mike Young has been a strong voice in the golf construction and renovation business for a very long time. A great communicator and an outspoken thinker, Mike doesn't suffer fools or pull punches when it comes to telling it like it is. Maybe it is his Georgia roots. Maybe it is just who he is. Perhaps both.


But quiet passion is still passion. And now Mike, along with his son, Ashley, finds himself in the position of owner/operator of golf courses. The hour flew by. Don't miss this very important guest, in a very important time in the history of golf design.


To learn more about Mike Young and Mike Young Design, go here.  To see Mike's videos with TurfNet's Randy Wilson, go here


The TurfNet Renovation Report is brought to you by Jacobsen and Golf Preservations... and is only found on TurfNet Radio.


Renovation Report: Larry Rodgers talks irrigation in a renovation

Posted 30 March 2016 · 1,348 views

Irrigation can be a lot of things. But in a renovation and restoration situation, it can often be the most expensive and most complicated part of a project. But with the right focus and some good decision making, irrigation work doesn't have to be a nightmare.


Irrigation designer Larry Rodgers has had a great career. Working with over 680 facilities, he's seen it all. From the very top end to places no one has ever heard of, Larry has combined his love for irrigation, golf, travel and superintendents. The result has been a recipe for making a real impact on the turfgrass professional stage.


In this interview, Larry chats with host Dave Wilber about how to look at a system redesign. Where are the big cost factors? What are the pitfalls of technology? How can you better sell irrigation updates?



For more info on Larry Rodgers and the Larry Rodgers Design Group, go here.


For more info on Samson Bailey's recent difficult story (mentioned in the intro), go here.


The Renovation Report is only on TurfNet Radio and is sponsored by Jacobsen and by Golf Preservations.

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