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On Location: A rare opportunity...

While On Location at the Ryder Cup I was very fortunate to have two executives of The Toro Company -- Mike Hoffman, chairman of the board and outgoing CEO, and Rick Olson, president and incoming CEO -- join me for a few minutes on camera to chat about the Ryder Cup and much more. Take a listen...        

Kevin Ross, CGCS

Kevin Ross, CGCS

 

Seven Reasons Why I Think The Ryder Cup is the Greatest Event in Golf

I don't love large tournament golf.     I don't. It is a degree of unreality that I've been outspoken about for years. Except for The Ryder Cup. If all the other events vanished, I'd be ok. But take away the greatness of The Ryder Cup and you'd hear me cry "Foul". Loudly. To me, there simply is no better competition in our world. Keep reading. I'll make you a convert.   1.  Stroke Play Sucks. When I think back to the roots of golf, I just don't see two guys going out and having a wee nip at

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

Walking the wonderful fairways of Hazeltine…

On my first trip around the fairways at Hazeltine National, I was amazed at how pure and uniform the fairways were. The main reason why, I realized, was there were no divots! Anywhere. The consistency and uniformity almost made it look like it was a brand new golf course getting ready to open.   Most of the no-divot look can be attributed to a hitting mat used by the members over the last weeks the course was open. Let's take a look    

Kevin Ross, CGCS

Kevin Ross, CGCS

 

The Verticutters Reunion Tour 2017

We are aware of how you watch Rockbottum Country Club films.  You like to binge watch on cold, wet, winter days.   That's why we rely on really short films during growing season and offer the lengthier films after the hard frost creeps south.   In keeping with that strategy, we thought this would be a good time to announce The Verticutters going out on tour next year by playing a few of our greatest hits.          

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

Chris Tritabaugh: Stay humble and have fun...

When it comes to a cool, calm, collected individual... that is how I would describe Hazeltine National Golf Club superintendent, Chris Tritabaugh. I have watched Chris operate for nearly a week now and even though the biggest stage in golf is being played on the golf course he manages, he appears unfazed by the pressure. Maybe there is no pressure on him? Maybe his complete confidence in his staff is the reason? Whatever it is, it's refreshing.   Chris was so kind to give me a few minutes out

Kevin Ross, CGCS

Kevin Ross, CGCS

 

On Location: Check out Red...

On Thursday I had the opportunity to check out Red. There was a lot of talk about Red for a few days and I wanted to see what the fuss was all about. Now many of you may be thinking that I'm referring to "red iron" or Toro equipment, no this is a different kind of red. This Red happens to be Mike Graves, 2nd assistant at Hazeltine. Red did something special this Ryder Cup week and I was fortunate to have a front row seat to watch it transpire and to chat with Red, one on one...    

Kevin Ross, CGCS

Kevin Ross, CGCS

 

LIVE from the Ryder Cup: Turf Gel

Beyond the spectacle, the perfect turf conditions and the insane merchandise tent, there is one thing that stands out more than anything else at this 41st edition of the Ryder Cup. It is community. It is the connection that only seems to come when greenkeepers, researchers, and industry representatives gather to work toward a common goal.   I got to spend some time with my fellow TurfNet contributor, Dr. Frank Rossi.   We have discussed the power of connection here on this blog before, (th

Paul MacCormack

Paul MacCormack

 

Catching up with... Frank Rossi at Hazeltine

I tracked down my old buddy Dr. Frank Rossi to get his thoughts on Hazeltine National and this massive event called the Ryder Cup.   Frank and I go back some 25 years in this industry. We have battled many times over all kind of turfgrass management subjects and have always had fun doing it. Take a look as Frank and I have some fun on camera.    

Kevin Ross, CGCS

Kevin Ross, CGCS

 

The coolest vehicle graphics...

I had an opportunity today to visit with Noah Wahl of the Toro Company. While now a greensmower product manager, Noah previously worked on the Workman line of vehicles and is the force behind the coolest graphics for a utility vehicle on the property. FYI, that's a custom heat-treated hood wrap on a Workman GTX vehicle   Take a look and listen as I put him on camera to give us some insight on How Its Made.    

Kevin Ross, CGCS

Kevin Ross, CGCS

 

The Turfgrass Zealot Project, Special Episode with Chris Tritabaugh

I got a chance to chat with Hazeltine National's Golf Course Superintendent Chris Tritabaugh about Ryder Cup preparations.   Chris was kind enough to give some time for a conversation about his last preparations for the 2016 Ryder Cup. A special guy and a special episode and a special event.   The Turfgrass Zealot Project is brought to you by Klingstone, proven bunker performance for over 15 years.      

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

Let there be light...

The last couple days at Hazeltine have been moisture free, other than a few rain drops during evening duty on Tuesday night.   Speaking of night, a large part of golf course conditioning for morning set-up here relies on portable lights. These are on display every morning at Hazeltine National. The quality of small portable LED lighting is fantastic; tripods, headlamps, mower lights, you name it, the lights are here. At times, many green and tee areas look like mini stadiums spread across the

Kevin Ross, CGCS

Kevin Ross, CGCS

 

Monday walk-around... before the real mania starts

On Location isn't as easy as it sounds! The wind was blowing so bad at times on Monday that my tripod could barely stay upright, and even my best microphone equipped with a windscreen sounded like a jet engine. I'm not even going to mention the internet in the hotel... But we must carry on, so enjoy my first day walk-around with a music background instead.   A whole bunch of TurfNetters are here.  Frank Rossi, Paul MacCormack and Mark Perry from Prince Edward Island, Pat O'Brien from Hyde Park i

Kevin Ross, CGCS

Kevin Ross, CGCS

 

LIVE from the Ryder Cup: It won't be long now!

Looking forward to things is half the pleasure of them... Lucy Maud Montgomery   This post will be the first in a "once on a lifetime event" series. The Mindful Superintendent is on the road this week in Chaska, Minnesota, volunteering with the world class turfgrass crew from Hazeltine National Golf Club. The 2016 Ryder Cup Matches take place here this week and to say I am looking forward to it would be a gross understatement.   While reflecting on our preparation for this exciting week, antici

Paul MacCormack

Paul MacCormack

 

Bradley Klein reflects on Arnold Palmer and his impact on golf

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

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

A family thing for me...

The Ryder Cup is a special event for me. You might say it's kind of a family thing.   In 1967, my Dad, Wendell Ross, was a rules official at the Ryder Cup when it was held at the Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas. That was back when it wasn't even the Europeans... it was the British.    Growing up, my Dad had some of the memorabilia from that event hanging in the den at our home. As a little guy, he told me stories of how great it was to attend and officiate the tournament. I thought,

Kevin Ross, CGCS

Kevin Ross, CGCS

 

Frankly Speaking with David Kuypers, CGCS, of Syngenta Canada

In this episode, I speak frankly with David Kuypers, CGCS, former golf course superintendent and now head of Lawn and Garden for Syngenta Canada. A Penn State alum (won't hold that against him) and instructor in the Guelph Turf Institute,   David and I discuss his career transition, Canadian pesticide regulation compared to that in the US, and the stormwater capture project he worked on while at the Cutten Club in Guelph.   Smart talk from leading thinkers and always Frankly Speaking.   Pr

Frank Rossi

Frank Rossi

 

I Was Almost Killed For Not... Listening

When I was young, I suffered from the delusion of indestructibility, triggered by hormones and too many Roy Rogers movies.  While Roy offered good advice, all I seemed to absorb involved fist fights and six-guns. Years later, I was offered the most valuable bit of wisdom I would ever receive and those same hormones almost caused me to ignore it at a critical moment.  I would have surely died had this knowledge been delivered by an ordinary man, but fortunately for me, it was spoken by a grizz

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

The Ladder, with Scott Bender, CGCS, of Marriott's Griffin Gate Resort

In this episode of The Ladder, Scott Bender, CGCS, director of engineering and grounds at Marriott's Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington, KY, discusses his keys to career success... ranging from finding a mentor to personal habits and hygiene, learning how to speak well, and always putting on a professional appearance.   Hosted by John Reitman, presented by Penn State World Campus.  

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Rockbottum Ideas Stolen . . . Again!

With the recent announcement of a major university conducting experiments in pest control using sonic waves, Rockbottum CC is forced to cry "FOUL"!   Once again, we are expected to sit quietly as others take credit for our forays into futurism and what has been called "golf sci-fi".   Well, not this time.  We are releasing proof of our earliest sonic pest control--and not just with something harmless like nematodes, but truly fearsome beasts.      

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

Don't Call It Sustainability (the "S" word)

I don't know if it is me, or if there really is a hesitancy by people to adopt sustainable landscaping practices. It could be me, because I preach sustainability, and honestly my message can be fire and brimstone at times. But I also wonder if there isn't a weird kind of sustainability reluctance (sustainability overload perhaps) that turns people away from any landscape called sustainable'. In my 25 years of landscaping, sustainable has meant saving time, money and staff, resources I never had

Joseph Fearn

Joseph Fearn

 

Life Hacks from a Mindful Super

When seeds are planted, the seedlings must be watered, nourished, and given room to grow. Just like humans, they require proper growing conditions and ongoing, loving maintenance.   When irrigation systems are new, they require a lot of training. Because they leak it takes a while to get used to the new pipes. As they age they become more unpredictable, leak more, and become much less "depend"-able.   After years of constant rolling, greens seal off and become hydrophobic. Aeration is necessary

Paul MacCormack

Paul MacCormack

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