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Going To See the Doctor...

Let me start right off saying I am not talking about that kind of doctor (a physician). The doctor I am talking about is Dr. Brad Fresenburg, Assistant Extension Professor with University of Missouri Turfgrass Science. While Dr. Fresenburg works in Columbia, MO., he travels extensively as a turf/sports turf expert, Master Gardener lecturer, and pesticide applicator certification instructor.   Brad is a true turf devotee and approaches his job with a real-world perspective. He knows the minutia

Joseph Fearn

Joseph Fearn

The Skeletal Golf Series

The Skeletal Golf Series

Skeletal Golf, in several forms, has long been the foundation for the success of Rockbottum Country Club* and the Wilson Golf Dynasty.   The concept of SG is more applicable in hard times than during the euphoric boom time, and given the economic signals emanating from on high...  this might be a good time for those involved in the mid- to lower-level of golf to consider a contingency plan or two. Since leaving the military, I have spent more time studying economics than turf — probabl

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

Frankly Speaking: Dan Dinelli, CGCS, of North Shore Country Club

Topdressing ENCOURAGES accumulation of organic matter? Say what?   In this EPIC episode of Frankly Speaking, I chat, argue, holler and challenge Dan Dinelli, CGCS, at North Shore CC in Chicagoland and recipient of the GCSAA"s Presidential Award for Environmental Stewardship.   Our conversation ranges from Dan's long-term research in putting green rootzone behavior over time, to cultivar assessment and selection for the impending rebuilding of the 1924 greens at North Shore, to the successes

Frank Rossi

Frank Rossi

 

Palmer Maples Jr.: Peppered with wisdom from experience

When Palmer Maples Jr. walks into a room, superintendents still stand up and take notice. And when those same superintendents think the 84-year-old greenkeeping legend has left the building without saying good bye, they get up again and go looking for him.   Only when they find him hidden away in a back room of the clubhouse of an Atlanta golf course spinning tales of yesteryear to a reporter do they breathe a sigh of relief.   Whew, I thought you were gone, says one superintendent. Its alwa

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

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

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 mainten

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Frankly Speaking: Dr. Paul Vincelli on the state of turf research and a lot more

In this episode of Frankly Speaking, I chat with Dr. Paul Vincelli of the University of Kentucky about the state of turf research in general and plant pathology in particular; looking outside the turf industry for inspiration and innovation that can be applied to turf; enhancing public knowledge about climate change; and the state of genetic research.   As always, frank talk from leading thinkers in the turf industry.   Presented by DryJect and Turf Screen.  

Frank Rossi

Frank Rossi

 

Gavin Dickson: Newly promoted supt at Tehàma Golf Club, Carmel, CA

In this episode of The Ladder, host John Reitman chats with Gavin Dickson, newly promoted superintendent at Tehàma Golf Club in Carmel, CA, while at the recent Northern California Golf Association Assistant Superintendent Boot Camp.   Topics include when it's time to move on from one position to the next, decision factors involved in making the next career moves, and interviewing tips for securing the job you want.  

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

Stop Making That Awful Coffee

Stop Making That Awful Coffee

As an unrepentant "Caffiend", I'm an expert on awful, terrible coffee.  From instant decaf that tasted like battery acid, to orderly room coffee* in the military, I have suffered it all.  *(ORC is brewed continuously for 24 hours, bubbling like a caldron in a Bill Shakespeare story.) On a dark, snowy night while crossing over the Brenner Pass, I sampled espresso for the first and last time, a black, bitter, teeth-chattering experience.  In the field--during my Army vacation from turf--I tot

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

Frankly Speaking: Chris Tritabaugh on managing for the Ryder Cup

In this episode of Frankly Speaking, I have a wonderful conversation with Chris Tritabaugh, golf course superintendent at Hazeltine National Golf Club, about his agronomic preparation and humanistic hopes for the Ryder Cup. Our wide-ranging and particularly open and honest -- in the Tritabaugh tradition -- conversation ranges from the community and atmosphere Chris crafted by invitation in the maintenance staff headquarters... to his active use of social media throughout the event... to the agro

Frank Rossi

Frank Rossi

 

Poisoned by Too Much Screen Time? Enter the UNSOCIAL MEDIA AWARDS

This week's guest author is Ludell Hogwaller.   My name is Ludell and I suffer from TMST.   Last week, I was the guest of honor at an exorcism, carried out by the Rockbottum elite, Chet Lester, Ydnar, Aint Feemy and Bubba.  They intended to excise my Luddite tendencies, citing my refusal to own a "smart" phone as the primary problem.   Apparently, I have angered the flock, because I won't take photos dripping with extreme narcissism, seek peer approval by "following" others, stagger around

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

George Thompson: No-nonsense approach...

If confirmation is needed that George Thompson is a man from a different era, one need only look back to his first job as a superintendent.   Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Maryland, was fiercely loyal to its employees when Thompson worked at the Washington, D.C.-area club from 1963 to 1982. The way Thompson, now 78, recalls it, "the starter had been there 53 years, and three locker room attendants had 150 years of service between them. There were assistant pros who had been there for 3

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Steve Ventola and The Course at Sewanee

Tucked away on a rugged mountain in Tennessee is a very special golf course.  Like many courses from the early days of golf in America, The Course at Sewanee looks and feels like it could have been a setting in a golf fairy tale.     Renovated by Gil Hanse in 2013, Sewanee is in the exceptionally capable hands of golf course superintendent Steve Ventola.     We found the course almost too good to be real; rugged and natural, while running firm, fast and dry in the right places, it's in Steve

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

"Frank Chats" with Clint Mattox on Microdochium patch and Doug Soldat on Potassium nutrition

This episode of Frankly Speaking has two "Frank Chats": the first with Clint Mattox, PhD candidate at Oregon State University, on Microdochium patch/pink snow mold ... and the second with Dr. Doug Soldat about his potassium fertilization research at the University of Wisconsin|Madison.   Smart talk from leading thinkers and always Frankly Speaking.  

Frank Rossi

Frank Rossi

 

Establishing Objectives

One of the most common concepts that contributes to a team's success is to have clear objectives. Clear objectives provide direction and framework for how to proceed in your work. These objectives can be precise, such as increasing the tree canopy or completing your mowing route in "x" number of days. Or they can be broad so as to create context for where your grounds operation will move toward. Here at Drury we have come up with five objectives to guide our work as we strive to fulfill our orga

Joseph Fearn

Joseph Fearn

Tech tip: Image headers in Word for a professional look

Tech tip: Image headers in Word for a professional look

I would estimate that close to 100% of superintendents have and use Microsoft Word for creating various documents for use around your clubs, and personally as well. While there are limitations to the software, one thing that works great is how it handles headers. There is a little bit of process to it, but in the end you can have a very nicely designed document that you can then edit on your own.    Let's say that you have had TurfNet design a header for your blog and you'd like to use i

Matt Leverich

Matt Leverich

 

Don't Follow Your Passion?

(Trigger Warning:  The following is a Ydnar rant, not a safe space.)   Yesterday, I was busy deleting emails, wiping the hard drive with a cloth, and I found a directive from an Alphabet Agency instructing me to read an article from Bloomberg entitled, "Following Your Passion Is Not A Career Goal".   I was puzzled.  Why would these folks suggest a philosophy that runs counter to what is needed to survive as a golf course superintendent?  Did they not read the article?  Perhaps the title soun

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

My Day... You Can't Make This Sh*t Up

My Day... You Can't Make This Sh*t Up

Couldn't resist sharing my Forum post... Gotta tell you about my day so far (it's only noon now)... Woke up at 3:00AM as is about the norm these days, squirmed for an hour then got up at 4:00 to peruse the "news" (as it were) and surf some online guitar lessons. Made my pot of coffee but must not have pushed the pot all the way back in to open up the no-drip thingy. So the coffee and grounds backed up all over the counter and down into the innards of the coffee pot (a problem wit

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Avoiding The End Of Civilization

Originally, this post was intended to be an intelligent, thoughtful column about modern day golf course operations in the face of a changing economic environment, but then Wilber goes and writes some epic piece on Karma and Kevin Ross shocks everyone with his retirement and Paul MacCormack pens a zenful story about Chris Tritabaugh and the Ryder Cup, so . . .   I decided to wait until everything settled down and the afterglow wore off before I publish my masterpiece.  In the meantime, I'll jus

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

Let's Talk About Karma

About this time of year, every year, I get some similar communications. They may be different in content, but the context is simple. Sometime, during the course of the season, someone did someone wrong. Be it a GM throwing a super under the bus, a super trashing an assistant, a sales rep repeating something that was said in confidence, etc. You get the picture.   I studied this a while back when I didn't understand why bad stuff kept happening to good people. And vice versa. It made things m

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

The Real Deal...

The Ryder Cup was many things to many people, but for me it was the opportunity to see something up close that I have thought about a great deal. This blog has touched on many things and has hopefully created a balanced framework for many of us to look toward. But it wasn't until I got to spend a week at Hazeltine with Chris Tritabaugh and his crew, that I finally found what I have been searching for: a truly Mindful Superintendent.   Chris embodies all of the traits that one would aim for if o

Paul MacCormack

Paul MacCormack

 

As the Ryder Cup dust settles: Ryan Moy of Hazeltine National Golf Club

Just days after the Ryder Cup was held at Hazeltine National Golf Club, Peter McCormick chatted with Hazeltine assistant superintendent Ryan Moy, arguably the most famous assistant superintendent in the world this week.   Topics ranged from his experience working for Chris Tritabaugh in the years, months and weeks leading up to staging the Ryder Cup event. making the volunteers feel welcome, a few agronomic strategies, fun with coyote decoys and a pink hat, and what's next for Ryan Moy.  

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Takeaways from Hazeltine, and reflecting with our Mindful Superintendent

As my 2016 Ryder Cup duty comes to a close, it's nice to reflect back on my experiences. There are a few strong takeaways from the event for me. None of them have to do with any sort of agronomic stuff.   First, the welcome that superintendent Chris Tritabaugh gave to everyone at Monday's orientation was special. He introduced and acknowledged each member of his staff, every volunteer, and all of the industry affiliates (me).  As a TurfNet correspondent, this was the category I fit into for th

Kevin Ross, CGCS

Kevin Ross, CGCS

 

The Mystery of Pollinator Decline Solved!

Although our research is still in the infantile stage, we are releasing our Pollinator Decline findings early, to increase our chances of winning one of those environmental awards.    The following film will reveal just how far we will go in the name of science . . . and winning trophies.   (And you thought we were just a bunch of imbeciles.)         

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

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