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    The Rose Bowl is more than just a job for this extended family

    By John Reitman

    FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM AT INSTAGRAM.COM/TURFNET FOR MORE PHOTOS   There is a sign posted on the fence leading onto the Rose Bowl field that reads "Please pardon our mess. We're trying to grow grass." There is perhaps no place in the country better at doing just that. But what happens inside that fence is about a lot more than just growing grass. The team charged with producing the world's most famous field is a tightly knit group that redefines the term extended family. After near
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Do The GIS, Don't Let The GIS Do You. (2020 Redux)

Do The GIS, Don't Let The GIS Do You. (2020 Redux)

I wrote most of this last year before the GIS in San Diego. And yet, it's good. Needs a little update. Here it is. Wisdom! You are going to see all kinds of "Tips and Tricks" for doing the Golf Industry Show. Most of them all the same. Because, hey... its a trade show. And in one form or another, all trade shows follow a certain pattern. You wanna read about having a plan, getting there early, drinking lots of water, fine. It's out there. I have a different take on things. And herein, you a

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

The underbelly of Toro's Ventrac acquisition...

The underbelly of Toro's Ventrac acquisition...

I heard yesterday about Toro's impending purchase of Venture Products just like most everyone did, via social media. Venture Products manufactures the increasingly popular and versatile Ventrac line of all-terrain prime movers and attachments. My initial knee-jerk reaction was, "Perfect! Score one for Toro..." and of course for the Steiner family, owners of Venture Products. Toro will be a good steward of the brand, "Toro-ize" it to their standards, develop new attachments and take the line

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

Rockbottum Radio: How to Improve Your BS Filter

Rockbottum Radio: How to Improve Your BS Filter

In this episode of Rockbottum Radio, presented by DryJect, Randy reveals his proven method for upgrading your BS filter. Then, Fester N. Boyle, the former green chair at Stinkin' Pond CC drops by to offer Momma some suggestions on golf maintenance. Ludell sells golf insurance and extended golf swing warranties before getting in real trouble when he joins Buddy in a special yoga class at the gym, while Randy goes on about how to use Crowd Wisdom to see the future of golf. In Storytime,

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

An amazing adventure...

An amazing adventure...

I have to apologize for the tardiness of this summary post, but between the holidays and jet lag and the flu incurred during the very long flight home, it has taken me a long time to get back on my feet. But I did want to make one last post as an homage to my experience over perhaps the most professionally enlightening experience one could even imagine. Pictures cannot capture the dedication of the 45 full-time staff members who care for this 36-hole golf mecca. From the moment you step foo

Paul Van Buren

Paul Van Buren

Success at the Rose Bowl all about relationships

Success at the Rose Bowl all about relationships

The field crew and representatives from Brandt at the Rose Bowl. Photos by Lauren Reitman Relationships don't bloom overnight. Like a sprig of Bermudagrass, they take time to cultivate. Shown the proper attention and care, eventually they can blossom and mature. That's how Rose Bowl field superintendent Will Schnell and Brandt territory manager Michael Steve look upon their relationship. "Typically if I'm within 100 miles, I'll just pop over to make sure everything's good. Not that th

John Reitman

John Reitman

Coliseum is a dream job for grounds manager

Coliseum is a dream job for grounds manager

Working at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is a dream job for Scott Lupold. On the last day of our (almost) week at the Rose Bowl helping superintendent Will Schnell's team prep for the big game, we visited with Scott Lupold, who is in his dream job as the grounds manager at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. We wanted to learn more about the challenges he faces at the other venue that makes Los Angeles a great college football city. A lifelong USC fan, he remembers sitting in

John Reitman

John Reitman

The Rose Bowl is more than just a job for this extended family

The Rose Bowl is more than just a job for this extended family

FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM AT INSTAGRAM.COM/TURFNET FOR MORE PHOTOS   There is a sign posted on the fence leading onto the Rose Bowl field that reads "Please pardon our mess. We're trying to grow grass." There is perhaps no place in the country better at doing just that. But what happens inside that fence is about a lot more than just growing grass. The team charged with producing the world's most famous field is a tightly knit group that redefines the term extended family. After near

John Reitman

John Reitman

The Anti-End of Year Post: Reclaiming Golf

The Anti-End of Year Post: Reclaiming Golf

I can't stand reading end of the year, wrap-up writing. Nor can I stomach the end-of-the-decade spench that I am reading everywhere. It's just as if the writers and broadcasters and anyone else with shredded newspaper for brains has to do this. I feel like I need a shower after reading most of this mindless box ticking drivel. And yet there has been this little voice in my head telling me that I am supposed to write something recapping something or another. Non-conformity is my bag, so I ha

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

Postgame checklist: Mow, fertilize, order sod

Postgame checklist: Mow, fertilize, order sod

Will Schnell's team sweeps the field free of divots and tufts of turf after the halftime performance by the Oregon and Wisconsin bands. We knew the field at the Rose Bowl was special, but carving out a piece to take home?  The 106th Rose Bowl Game is in the books, but the work is not over for the men who made it possible. Only a month old, the newly sodded field held up under the pressure of two marching bands, a hard-fought game that went down to the final play and a post-game c

John Reitman

John Reitman

Superintendent flips golf course to parking, party area and back again

Superintendent flips golf course to parking, party area and back again

Immediately after the 106th Rose Bowl Game, we went over to Brookside Golf Club just outside the north end zone of the stadium in Pasadena, California to visit with superintendent George Winters. Each year for the Rose Bowl, UCLA home football games, concerts and several other events throughout the year, Winters and his team convert parts of the 36-hole Brookside property into parking and tailgate areas. When the events are over, his team works throughout the night to turn all 36 holes

John Reitman

John Reitman

It's here! (finally)

It's here! (finally)

The Goodyear blimp makes an appearance on New Year's Day. Photos by Lauren Reitman Finally, it's here. Today is game day at the Rose Bowl. The staging area for the Rose Parade is just about a mile from the stadium, and while tens of thousands of people camped out overnight to hold their spot to view the parade, New Year's Day is hardly a day of leisure for superintendent Will Schnell, assistant Miguel Yepez and their crew.  The day is scheduled to start around 8 a.m. with an

John Reitman

John Reitman

Teacher has a passion for tending Rose Bowl field at work and at home

Teacher has a passion for tending Rose Bowl field at work and at home

High school teacher Geoff Thran, also a groundskeeper at the Rose Bowl, creates a replica of the Rose Bowl field every year on his lawn. Talk about taking your work home with you. When Rose Bowl groundskeeper Geoff Thran leaves the stadium after a long day of work, he goes home to a smaller version of the field he just left. A high school health teacher at Mountain View High School in El Monte, California, Thran also is a part-time groundskeeper at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. And

John Reitman

John Reitman

The man behind the goalposts

The man behind the goalposts

One of the folks who helps make things run in preparation for the Rose Bowl is George Wiley. A retired Pasadena Police officer, Wiley has been around many a Rose Bowl - as a police officer, working security for the game and also as part of superintendent Will Schnell's team. He also is an entrepreneur who started his own company, First Down Football Products and developed a few things used around the Rose Bowl that are used almost daily, including stencils for painting numbers and metal gua

John Reitman

John Reitman

A little luck helps the Rose Bowl team stay ahead of schedule

A little luck helps the Rose Bowl team stay ahead of schedule

After being dealt a lucky hand with no frost or rain, the team removes the tarps long before sunrise. Photos by Lauren Reitman After four days at the Rose Bowl, I'm continually amazed at how people are so awestruck by a 2,5-acre plot of turf. There are tours running through this place all the time, and the field is the big draw for them. They can get to the fence ringing the field, but not on the turf itself. So close, yet so far away.. When both teams visited the stadium Monday, firs

John Reitman

John Reitman

Sunday Funday includes parade prep and tarps

Sunday Funday includes parade prep and tarps

Work continues on an Oregon football float. Photos by Lauren Reitman Sunday was tabbed "Sunday Funday" at the Rose Bowl for the two teams competing in the 106th edition of college football's oldest postseason game. We took a queue from the Oregon Ducks and Wisconsin Badgers and wandered across the street from the stadium to the Rose Bowl float-staging area. I've watched the Rose Bowl for generations and know all about the ground rules of using primarily organic matter to decorate the

John Reitman

John Reitman

Painting day in the books

Painting day in the books

Chris Chang double checks measurements for the crosshatch at the 35 yard line. Things finally got going Saturday on painting day as the time on the clock got closer to 9 than 8. After a quick team meeting led by assistant superintendent Miguel Yepez, who, make no mistake about it, was running this show, a team of about 20 that included some folks borrowed from other departments set off on their assignments, painting yard lines, hash marks, sidelines, end lines, logos and 10-yard markers. 

John Reitman

John Reitman

Frost slows things down on painting day

Frost slows things down on painting day

Cloudy skies and cold temperatures postponed the start of painting day by nearly an hour. Photos by Lauren Reitman "Good work, good work," Will Schnell mutters at a tone that is barely audible as he inspects the recently applied paint job at the Rose Bowl Stadium.  Yard lines, hash marks, end zones and logos appeared flawless in an inspection tour Schnell was taking earlier than he had wanted. Even the 100-plus-year-old history and tradition of the Rose Bowl Game is no match for Mothe

John Reitman

John Reitman

Day 1: Getting our marching orders and an update on the weather

Day 1: Getting our marching orders and an update on the weather

A quick mow before painting the field again. Albert Hammond made a name for himself in the early 1970s singing a hit tune that perpetuated the myth that it never rains in Southern California. In fact, his song rose to No. 5 on the Billboard Top 100 as he spread this disinformation. In reality, as Hammond says later in the chorus, "it pours." The first day volunteering for Rose Bowl field superintendent Will Schnell and his team as they get ready for the 106th Rose Bowl on New Yea

John Reitman

John Reitman

History, tradition and pageantry are Rose Bowl's attraction

History, tradition and pageantry are Rose Bowl's attraction

Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne, here discussing strategy with one of his players, led the Fighting Irish to a 27-10 win over Stanford in the school's only Rose Bowl appearance on New Year's Day, 1925. TurfNet will soon be headed to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena as part of field superintendent Will Schnell's crew in the run-up to the New Year's Day game between Oregon and Wisconsin thanks to our partners at Brandt. Coverage will focus on efforts to prep the world's most famous field for college

John Reitman

John Reitman

A Tournament to Remember 

A Tournament to Remember 

I’ve made my way back to Minneapolis after a wonderful two weeks in Australia. My time spent at Royal Melbourne Golf Club volunteering was incredible and educational. Richard Forsyth, Craig Anthony and the rest of the staff were so accommodating to the volunteers and really appreciated our time there. A special thank you to Sonia Robertson, Links Administration, who coordinated all the volunteer information, schedules and uniforms! We always felt welcomed. Thank you for the hospitality!  Du

Peter Braun

Peter Braun

What’s up with this Sandbelt stuff?

What’s up with this Sandbelt stuff?

I’d had heard reference to this Sandbelt numerous times before ever actually standing in it and on it. One quickly realizes that the sand that makes up the Sandbelt is unique... and plentiful. We’ve probably all seen the video of Richard Forsyth explaining how the sand interlocks and how it packs so firm that you can create a vertical face with it, and I was fortunate enough to get my hands in it to do some pre-Presidents Cup bunker repair. Once mixed with water the sand beg

Paul Van Buren

Paul Van Buren

Playing conditions at Royal Melbourne...

Playing conditions at Royal Melbourne...

The Presidents Cup was a huge hit globally as Royal Melbourne showed the unique sandbelt style of golf that included extremely firm greens and approaches. The Internationals played inspired golf before succumbing to a comeback by the Americans, making for an intense final round and much talk about tour events coming back to the Melbourne Sandbelt.  Agronomically, RMGC was in top condition and ready to test the best professional golfers around the world. Social media was lighting up with thr

Peter Braun

Peter Braun

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