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The Turfgrass Zealot Project, Ep. 22 with guest Jim Ferrin of Timbercreek GC

Posted in The Turfgrass Zealot Project, Podcast, Ranting 03 May 2016 · 3,341 views

I'm calling this episode "The Epic Episode". Epic Monologue. Epic Guest. Epic Length. Epic!! (and no, I don't mind over-using the word Epic)


Jim Ferrin, CGCS is one of those people that I think everyone should know. I'm biased. I've known him since 1990. When we were just young guys coming up in the business. Jim has excelled. He's a great turf manager. A great people manager. A student of Golf, Agronomy and Life. He's won a ton of awards including the coveted Leo Feser award from GCSAA. He's served in just about every possible way to make our business better.We have an epic conversation. We always do. Because no one can melt my brain like Jim.


I also happened to turn on my microphone and record an Epic Rant. One of those things that I've been trying to write for years and finally the words came to me. So I pulled the starter rope and pressed record. Result, a word strimming session, a buzz cut of one of the things I think is most wrong with our business and why that thinking promotes lack of innovation.


It's a feature length episode. Epic length. But I didn't want to cut it up into little pieces. Like an epic drink, it needs to be taken in one big awesome gulp. Or a series of small drinks at your own speed. But I couldn't and wouldn't cut it up. That's just not fair.


You can reach Jim Ferrin at ferrinj@scrca.org


The Turfgrass Zealot Project is sponsored by Klingstone. Proven Bunker performance for over 15 years. www.klingstone.com




The Turfgrass Zealot Project, Ep. #21 with Aubrey McCormick of The Big Break and Impact360

Posted in The Turfgrass Zealot Project, Futurism 22 April 2016 · 1,115 views

Aubrey McCormick is a great player, great person and champion of sustainability. Don't miss her refreshing take on the world of golf.


Join Aubrey and me as we talk about The Big Break, sustainable and green golf, golf's future and a ton of other things. You may not know Aubrey. You may know her as a player. But you are going to get to know someone who could very likely help shape our world by being a thought leader. And leading in thought these days means thinking. Not just "outside the box", but actually getting ideas and passion to mesh. Without a doubt this will turn out to be one of the most important interviews I have ever had the opportunity to participate in.


To learn more about Aubrey, check out her Twitter feed @amacgolf, see her season of The Big Break (Atlantis) here or check out her company Impact360 here.


The Turfgrass Zealot Project is brought to you by Klingstone. Proven Bunker Performance for over 15 years.  www.klingstone.com


The Turfgrass Zealot Project, Ep. #20 with Guest Kevin Ross of CC of the Rockies

Posted in The Turfgrass Zealot Project, Friends, Agronomy 16 April 2016 · 1,300 views

Episode 20 of the TZP has me and Kevin Ross of Country Club of the Rockies doing an amazing jam session!


From Turf to Beer to Grilling to phases like "Boom Bah Baaaa", this episode has it all. Long time friends and co-conspirators, Kevin and I have history and passion. Makes for fun conversation and even wisdom! And while there is always fun, there is also some serious interesting conversation. Not to mention the agronomy of high altitude turfgrass management.


Take some time to get to know an amazing turfgrass professional, Mr. Kevin Ross.  


The Turfgrass Zealot Project is presented by Klingstone, Proven Bunker Performance for over 15 Years. www.klingstone.com


The Turfgrass Zealot Project Ep. #19 with Guest Andy Staples

Posted in Architecture, The Turfgrass Zealot Project, Agronomy 22 March 2016 · 1,181 views

Join me as I do some deep diving with Andy Staples, progressive golf course architect. From bluegrass to Holiday Inn Express. Nothing is off limits.


'Thoughtful' and 'thankful' are the theme words for this episode of the TZP!


Thoughtful ideas about golf design, resource management, work/life balance and many other things. Thankful for listeners, thinkers and new ideas in the golf business today. Andy Staples has a wonderful perspective on things. He's got that focus and drive that make him interesting and unique. The hour zooms by with some great conversation.



You can learn more about Andy Staples and his design firm here.


The Turfgrass Zealot Project is sponsored by Klingstone. Proven Bunker Performance for more than 15 Years. For more information, click here.


The Turfgrass Zealot Project, Ep. #18 with Guest Jason Haines

Posted in The Turfgrass Zealot Project, Agronomy 07 March 2016 · 2,144 views

Jason Haines is one of an emerging class of Superintendent who is making environmental and financial difference with his Agronomy. 


His strongly scientific, minimalist approach isn't just because of his rather remote situation. It's because he's done the study about what is best for his facility and in turn his community. 


Of the episodes I have done so far, this is certainly one of my very favorite discussions. Jason's style is not to hold back, which has endeared him to some people and has made others raise a watchful eye. I'm pretty sure that he isn't worried about what others have to think of him. He's doing his best. Case in point, his March 6th Blog post about grubs, ravens and thatch.


I invite you to listen to this with an open mind. Forget some of the things that you think you know and see how a fresh approach has really made a difference... potentially keeping a small community's golf facility from being a loss.


The Turfgrass Zealot Project is sponsored by Klingstone. Proven Bunker performance for over 15 years. No one else can say that. http://www.klingstone.com.


To read more about Jason Haines, follow his blog at: http://www.turfhacker.com


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