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A "Ted" Talk with the Legendary Ted Horton, CGCS

Posted in Frank Talk 21 February 2018 · 830 views

In this episode of Frankly Speaking, I chat with Ted Horton, CGCS, legendary superintendent at Winged Foot and Westchester Country Club as well as VP of Resource Management at Pebble Beach, and board member of Audubon International. Now living in California, Ted is is currently a Sr. Consulting Superintendent for Brightview, specializing in environmental stewardship; golf course safety, security and risk management; tournament preparations; turfgrass agronomics and the administrative functions of large property maintenance.


In our own "Ted" talk, we chat about the advent of lightweight mowing on fairways back in the mid-'80s, including the economic adjustments and agronomic benefits incurred.


Much of the discussion centers around current and future water use on golf courses.


Real Science Behind Climate Change, with Dr. Art DeGaetano

Posted in Frank Talk 03 February 2018 · 801 views

In this episode of Frankly Speaking, Frank Rossi chats with Dr. Art DeGaetano of Cornell University about the underlying science of climate change. Dr. DeGaetano is a professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University and Director of the Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC) at Cornell.


Art's PhD in climatology and horticulture from Rutgers uniquely positions him to understand and explain climate influences on man-made and biological systems.


A fascinating discussion without spin, pivoting or fake anything.


The real skinny on climate change, brought to you by DryJect and Intelligro/Civitas.



Mike Huck: The California drought is over... what's next?

Posted in Frank Talk 27 September 2017 · 1,421 views

In this episode of Frankly Speaking, I chat with Mike Huck of Irrigation and Turf Services in Orange County, CA, one of the foremost experts in water availability, usage, regulation and what it all means for the golf course industry. 


We talk about the end of the California drought, trends in overseeding, painting and turf reduction; costs of treating vs transporting water; use of hand-held vs in-ground soil moisture sensors, among other things. 


We wind up with what we have learned from the drought, what we should be doing, and what we can expect as it pertains to the future of the golf industry.


As always, smart talk from leading thinkers. Presented by DryJect.


Dr. Al Turgeon, professor emeritus at Penn State

Posted in Frank Talk 07 September 2017 · 1,185 views

In this episode of Frankly Speaking, I chat with Dr. Al Turgeon, professor emeritus at Penn State University, about his career evolvement from the golf course to Viet Nam and through academia, with a brief stint in industry in between his various academic stops around the country.


Take this whirlwind tour as Al and I reminisce about all the big names in the history of turfgrass science, many of whom rubbed elbows at some point with Dr. Turgeon. He even hired Dr. Milt Engelke at Texas A&M!


Our apologies for some technical glitches/interference during portions of Al's side of the conversation.


Jim Koppenhaver of Pellucid Corp on the current state of the golf industry

Posted in By the Numbers, Frank Talk 03 August 2017 · 1,425 views

In yet another fascinating discussion with Jim Koppenhaver of Pellucid Corp, we chat about the current state of the golf industry, including:

  • reduction and absorption in golf facilities and businesses that serve them
  • comparisons with retail and restaurant industries that are also cyclical industries
  • warning signs for superintendents that a facility might be in financial trouble
  • the change in golf's consumer base and requirements, including digital technology
  • non-green grass business opportunities do they lead to green-grass opportunities for golf facilities?
  • TopGolf and virtual golf: good for the green-grass sector of golf?
  • Should guidelines replace rules to increase the fun factor of golf
  • getting new golfers to the point of involvement that will make them stick as players and customers
  • growing the game by drilling deeper into the pool of "older white guys with money" who arent golfers.

Spend 45 minutes for a better understanding of where golf is and where it can go... both good and bad.


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