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Banned Rockbottum Film Resurfaces!

"Too Many Hats", the video once ordered destroyed and later banished to gather dust in the Rockbottum CC vault, has returned for a short run.   For our Holiday Feature Film Fest, we salvaged what was left of "Too Many Hats"* and now offer it to you for entertainment while you feast on a turkey deep-fried in a trash can full of boiling oil.   "Too Many Hats" guest stars Peter, Jon Kiger, John Reitman, Dr. Nilknarf, Buddy, Esmarelda, Anthony Williams, Mike Mendias, Momma, Johnny Merrick, a fly

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

Turfheads In The Wild Are Easy To Spot

When we Turfheads are turned out into the pastures of the real world, all kinds of interesting things happen.   I hear the stories all the time. Chiefly, how, if X, Y or Z business would be run like we run our operations, there wouldn't be any hassles. Because, really, when you want to execute, we all know that a turfgrass professional is the one to call. Think about it. In some form or another you have had reason to say to the real world that they just need to think like "we" do.   My 10-ye

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

On the Road: Regional conferences offer reminder for maintenance blogs

Over the past two weeks we have been on the road at trade shows throughout the country, last week supporting NYSTA in Rochester, and this week the Carolinas GCSA in Myrtle Beach. These events are great for superintendents to further their education and network, plus see the latest technology for the industry. As an example, last week in Rochester we ran into a couple of former superintendents, Greg Moore and Paul Boyd, that have partnered to offer the Air2G2 service to a 15-state territory. Th

Matt Leverich

Matt Leverich

 

Random Bursts of Rockbottum Logic

While it is easy for the international Golf Course Superintendent Community to get the wrong impression of Rockbottum CC, we strive to present an accurate image of our golf course, our personnel and our philosophy of golf course operations.   Our reputation as Ivy League intellectuals dabbling in daily fee golf merely to produce entertainment is a fallacy.  We are not just producing entertainment.   We are a literal treasure trove of brilliant minds, a conflagration of golf philosophers, sav

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

The work ethic... never too late.

Another nugget from the archives...   A discussion took place in the TurfNet.com Forum this past month about interns and their university-imbibed book knowledge but lack of any semblance of practical work ethic.  Many have their sights set on the Superintendents Desk but with little or no understanding of the work. Yes, sometimes manual labor required to get there.   Isn't this the age-old gripe of one generation about the next?  Those young kids don't know what work is.  They have everythin

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Looking up...

The mentors in my life have been a strange lot, coming in all shapes and sizes. Some have been quiet, while others never shut up. Most of the lessons were of the hidden sort, revealing themselves over time rather than cracking me upside the head. They have all played a part in shaping my life thus far and, if I am lucky, will continue to do so.   As superintendents we all have had teachers and mentors along the way. They taught us the nuts and bolts of the turf industry and, if we were fortuna

Paul MacCormack

Paul MacCormack

 

Digital or Vinyl? Frigid or Warm?

Ludell Hogwaller is this week's guest commentator.   When a skirmish breaks out like the one on the TurfNet Forum concerning the audio validity of analogic vinyl music in relations with digitized recorded media, I have to jump in with both achilles heels.   I can easily comprehend folks falsely claiming that friction driven gang mowers are obsolete or debating as to whether the Night Waterman will ever be a viable career, but I cannot sit idly by and listen to vinyl music suffer slander at t

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

Turf Geek Day 2

The pathology papers are among the most popular at these meetings each year and this year was no exception. As I penned on Day One the the potassium effects on anthracnose was a highlight and it continued with an excellent presentation by Professor Ingugiato from UConn on Summer patch.   It makes sense that a root infecting fungi such as Summer patch would be worse when rooting is further restricted by compaction   Professor Ingugiato investigated the role of compaction, cultivation and M

Frank Rossi

Frank Rossi

 

Does Shade Tolerant Bermuda Exist?

As a GCS, I dealt with many of the same challenges that the modern superintendent handles on a daily basis:  Disease pressure, irrigation breaks on Friday afternoon, other courses stealing my equipment tech and members suffering from Augusta Syndrome well into October.   But the one thing that beat me was shade.   I could grow bent in the shade, and fescue and St. Augustine and Centipede, but I was never able to grow good bermuda in shade.  I removed a great deal of golf course shade, often

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

The impact of a handwritten note...

Watching my wife designing holiday cards for clients and friends reminded me of an important topic related to todays modern world: the hand-written note. Yep, when it comes to our industry, it still works, and possibly now more than ever. It can be used in seeking another position or improving your standing with members at your current club. Before we get into it, I'd like to include a snippet of an article from the Harvard Business Review (full article) about the topic that sums it up quite wel

Matt Leverich

Matt Leverich

 

Turf Geek Day One

The first day of scientific papers at the Turfgrass Science Division (C-5) is reserved for graduate student research presentations. Many of these bright folks are standing up in front of  their scientific peers for the first time. I sat for over 7 hours listening to the latest in turfgrass research in 15 minute snip-its (that is the allotted time each presenter is given). It was GREAT!   Presentations ranged from bio-informatics (using molecular techniques to decipher plant responses) and herb

Frank Rossi

Frank Rossi

 

Geek? Damn Right!

I'm inspired by Frank Rossi's latest TurfNet blog post today wherein he talks about being a Turf Geek.   I am. I'm pretty sure it doesn't matter to a lot of people. Certainly being very much into turfgrass has been misunderstood for as long as anyone has ever tried to grow or manage the turfgrass animal. And when I was bitten by the bug, sure has hell, no one (and I mean no one) understood me. There was a constant questioning of why I would even care from just about everyone in my life.   Tu

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

What's in Your Wallet?

I am away from Cornell for the next five days in Tampa, FL at the Tri-Societies Meetings, i.e., Agronomy, Crops and Soils. This meeting will be attended by more than 5,000 scientists and professionals interested in the SCIENCE of crop production. You may wonder, what the hell are you doing at a meeting of Agronomists, aren't you in Horticulture?   I figure if I have a Ph.D., I have got to be a MAJOR turf geek!   Yes in NY, and when I was in WI, and many other states Turfgrass Science is i

Frank Rossi

Frank Rossi

 

Rant: The travel in traveling...

I like to go places, see things and meet people.  I just hate the process of getting there and back.   How much do I hate it, notably airline travel?  Let me count the ways... I hate time inefficiency. I hate waiting around. I hate delays, mechanical or weather or otherwise. I REALLY hate missed connections and cancelled flights.   I hate a whole day to get somewhere, another whole day to get back, and then another day to recover from the process.   I hate being herded like cattle.  It's i

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Random images from Bandon...

Home, sweet home for the week. Chrome Lake cottages.   A chilly tee-off on Bandon Trails Monday morning for Butch Sheffield, Matt Crowther, David-Dore-Smith and Matthew Tacilauskas.  That was the last we saw of fog.   Dan Meersman says hey to Mia, Ken Nice's constant companion. Bandon Trails clubhouse.   Shawn Potter (from trip sponsor Syngenta) with Mike Meersman on Bandon Preserve par-3 course.   Matthew Tacilauskas, John Gall and David Dore-Smith on the Bandon Dunes cour

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Thin moments...

I was lucky enough this past week to sit in on a wonderful discussion with a good friend and former professor of mine. Based on the title of this post you might think that we were discussing weight loss, but you could not be further from the truth. The talk itself revolved around those unexplainable moments in our lives, often referred to as 'thin moments', when the barrier between our everyday reality and a larger, more universal reality is shattered. Something cracks through the haze of our ev

Paul MacCormack

Paul MacCormack

 

The Punch Bowl putting course

The Bandon Dunes Agronomy staff joined us Tuesday afternoon for a round on the new 18-hole Punch Bowl putting course, which is adjacent to the Pacific Dunes clubhouse.   Jon Kiger marshals the masses.   Dan Meersman chats with Jeff Sutherland, Pacific Dunes superintendent, while Dan's father Mike listens in.   Frank Tichenor with Ken Nice, Bandon Dunes Director of Agronomy.   A beautiful afternoon for putting competition.   Every amenity is provided.   A little ledge? N

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Fixin' Golf--Tactic #22: SPEEDY GOLF

Walter Hayduke, the newly elected Green Chair at Rockbottum CC, returned from the TurfNet Bandon Dunes Trip, convinced he had witnessed the future of golf.   Walter was so enthused by what he saw at Bandon, he became a Speedy Golf Evangelist and rewrote the Rules of Golf and the Rockbottum CC Employee handbook on the bus ride home.   Speedy Golf is now mandatory for all Rockbottum employees and Ludell was forced to produce the following training video explaining how golf can now be properly

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

Monday: Agronomy tour

The TurfNet group was hosted by the Bandon Dunes Agronomy staff at the main maintenance facility at 6:15 Monday morning, well before sunrise. Ken Nice, Director of Agronomy, spoke to the group about the various maintenance challenges at Bandon, the biggest one being... wind, and how it moves sand around the golf course.    The superintendents from the various Bandon courses were available for group and individual Q&A.   Breakfast was provided by trip sponsor Turf Drainage Company of Amer

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

All work and (little) play...

While most of the TurfNet group is out playing Old Macdonald today, the two industrious TurfNet staffers are hard at work in the Pacific Dunes grille. Since this is one of the two or three times each year that Peter McCormick (l) and Jon Kiger get together face-to-face, it's time for strategizing.     That's a real Mac on the right and a fake one on the left (the computer, not the guy).

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Weekend Speedgolf insanity at Bandon

No, it wasn't our groups racing around the Old Macdonald course on Saturday and Bandon Dunes on Sunday.  It was the 25 professional Speedgolfers competing in the 2013 Speedgolf World Championship.   It was insane.  These guys pack up to six clubs in a feather-weight bag and then run from stroke to stroke.  Most are golfers who also happen to be runners, but there were some marathoners who also took up the game to compete.  There were two Olympic athletes in the field.   The winner, Rob Hog

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Wet start and sunny finish on Sunday...

The groups teeing off early Sunday afternoon got off to a wet start... but then the weather turned beautiful for late afternoon post-round beers.   Bill and Doug Middleton (Ocean Organics, trip sponsor), Mike Cook of Davey Tree (lunch sponsor), and Scott Schukraft at the first tee on the Bandon Dunes course.   Superintendent of the Year Dan Meersman (l) and his dad Mike flank Dave McCormick, bro of the Maestro.   Our international contingent, Matthew Tacilauskas, David Dore-Smith a

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Official kickoff on The Preserve...

We secured two tee times early Sunday on Bandon Preserve, the 13-hole par-3 course that opened just prior to our visit last year.  This gave a couple of groups a head start on their afternoon tee times on the Bandon Dunes course, while two other groups played Pacific Dunes on Sunday.   From Bandon Preserve:   Dan Meersman contemplates his next bunker shot while his father Mike chips up.   Mike Cook, Doug and Bill Middleton, John Gall and Scott Schukraft on the Preserve.   Bill Midd

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

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