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Oh, the adventure of getting there...

As we've explained Bandon Dunes isn't exactly easy to get to.  Most attendees flew to the North Bend/Coos Bay airport from San Francisco on Saturday.    Always trying to multi-task, I flew to San Francisco on Friday and filmed some TurfNetTV Tips and Tricks segments with 2010 TurfNet Superintendent of the Year Thomas Bastis, CGCS at the California Golf Club of San Francisco. Thomas demonstrated his drone-based camera (view from the drone shown below) for one of the segments.   Thomas Bastis and

Jon Kiger

Jon Kiger

 

Saturday afternoon: The Sheep Ranch

Those arriving on Saturday afternoon played the Sheep Ranch, a little-known and quirky "golf course" abutting the north edge of the Bandon Dunes property.  "Golf course" is in quotes because it is not your typical course.  No specified teeing grounds, no set routing, no sign, no clubhouse. No pars or scores. Access through the swinging gate is via prior arrangement with Greg, the superintendent/gatekeeper, on behalf of the private owner.   We had the place to ourselves, on a gorgeous late afte

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

En route to Bandon once again...

The sun was still low in the sky this morning as we crossed the lakeshore of Chicago on our way to O'Hare, the first leg of the seemingly interminable cross-country journey to Bandon Dunes.  Yes, folks, you have to want to go there.  It's a long way from anywhere. Everywhere.   The city of Chicago was just awakening, the amber glow of streetlamps yielding to the sunrise. Most of the near-endless Monopoly board of homes and businesses, schools and ballfields were in shadow, with the treetops ba

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Gone to the dogs...

I have 18 or 19 years worth of newsletter columns hanging around in my archives, so I thought I'd dust one off every once in a while, as some are timeless...   Our industry seems to have gone to the dogs in recent years.  Border collies, various retrievers and even an occasional stray have become course staples for goose control, often turning into key crew members and companions in the process.  Perhaps it was Greg Stent's poignant essay on his beloved canine companion Ted (Superintendent New

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Career Tip: It's Overrated — Obsessing on Lengthy Resume Content

Before we begin, a disclaimer on resume advice: Everyone has an opinion on what should be included on a resume, and there's not necessarily a right or wrong approach. If you give your resume to someone for review, they will always come back to you with their own take on what should be highlighted or changed. My recommendations are not the only way to go, they are merely observations and thoughts specific to our industry and how it relates to resume content. It is important is to study the differ

Matt Leverich

Matt Leverich

 

Rockbottum News Headlines: Stop Ash Boring!

In this week's news show, the Rockbottum CC expert news analysts have issued a warning for Ash Borers and golf management company CEOs with quirky ideas:   Stop.   Buddy returns, we put forth a Rockbottum Apology for twisting important name pronunciation and also included in this week's segment . . .   The Brilliantest TurfNet Forum Quote of the Week and another gem from SuperProblems on Twitter.

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

Aerification Overjoy Status

I have a sense of elation over aerification.   New technology and new thinking seems to be flowing into these efforts and the results are really good. Exceptional in fact.    Here's what I'm seeing that has me so excited.   1. Pre-invasion strategy. More than ever before conversations with turfheads have a lot to do with what they can do before an aerification event. Fertility, carbon inputs, stress reduction measures, growth regulator timing and anything you can think of to create recov

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

SET UP A CREW “SMART BOARD” WITH EASE

Many turf managers ask us for a suggested "smart board" setup for crew training, assignments and other uses at their facility. A smart board is a digital device used to display information to your crew. Essentially, you use your office computer or tablet tied to a projector or TV in the crew room area. There are many different ways to do this, but for the purpose of this post we are going to show you one of the easiest, cheapest, and most versatile setups. For around $500, you can get set up wit

Matt Leverich

Matt Leverich

 

The 'new direction'...

A long-time TurfNet member got 'the news' from his club last week. (I almost started off that sentence with "another" rather than "a", hopefully not a harbinger of a trend.)   He had served that club for 33 years, the last 30 as superintendent.   No recent mistakes, turf loss, malfeasance or other gruel for the axman. Quite the contrary, in fact, with a multitude of projects (including a multi-year renovation) successfully completed.  He had just been awarded a larger than usual performance

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

October News, Tips and Email

Even though Buddy disappeared while on Night Waterman duty* and hasn't been seen in weeks, Rockbottum CC remains on top of the looming water issue with news and irrigation tips.   *Note:  Our upcoming Halloween segment will reveal what happened to Buddy in lurid detail.    

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

An Open Letter to The Green Chairman

(I've had the pleasure to work with both great and awful green chairmen. This summer, I'm calling it the Summer of the Noobie. And so, in Wilber Fashion. Time to write an open letter.)   Dear Mr. Green Chairman,   Do you, sir, really understand your job as Green Committee Chairman?    How in the world did you get so little direction for this position when given it? Please tell me that you passionately accepted this position with the understanding that it may be the most important committee

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

THE DANGERS OF AN ONLINE PRESENCE (though it’s still worth it)

If you're reading this, you know that online technology has allowed us in the turf industry to share good things like tips, tricks and maintenance practices.  But it can also impact your ability to retain your existing position or get that new job. How you craft and manage your online presence can be a boon or a bust to your operation and career.  FACEBOOK A hotly debated issue of late is companies asking prospective hires for access to social media such as Facebook, or to like the company or

Matt Leverich

Matt Leverich

 

No expectations...

"My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations." Michael J. Fox   Over the weekend I had an interesting chat with my sister-in-law. She was reflecting on the malaise of her generation (she is 28) and how it relates to job prospects and general quality of life. The conversation eventually swung around to the topic of expectations and how they are directly linked to contentment.   Her basic premise was that people who trundle through th

Paul MacCormack

Paul MacCormack

 

The Interchange: an introduction

Welcome to The Interchange, a new resource to help you keep your fingers on the pulse of the latest trends in career development and industry technology as they affect the golf course industry.   Over the past several years, a growing number of people have contacted us at Playbooks for Golf for guidance on how to best utilize communication technology to advance their careers.  We thought about starting a blog on our own site but the opportunity to reach so many more on TurfNet was too good to

Matt Leverich

Matt Leverich

 

Core, Slice, Dump AND Poke, Brush, Dust?

The annual roar or core cultivation equipment is well underway, albeit often later these days than just 5-6 years ago. This will be an especially busy year cultivation-wise as there was widespread turf loss from the "days of hell" across the country this summer. The mantra of "what you do now benefits you next season" is what drives this activity.   I contend that when we adapt IN-SEASON with regular "venting" for gas exchange (poke), brushing to alter canopy structure (brush), and light topdr

Frank Rossi

Frank Rossi

 

Guest post: From the Very Cheap Seats in Atlanta

This week we have a special guest post from our own Jon Kiger...   I seem to be especially hard on deck shoes. Maybe it's the Georgia climate that lends itself to wearing them year round, but I seem to go through a pair in about a year. A few months ago I sprung for a pair from a company that has an airtight guarantee of satisfaction. Those shoes started to come apart at the seams and they had me return them 'no questions asked' for a repair that would take two to three weeks round-trip.  

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Hydromulch Is A Riot, Compost Is A Mosh Pit!

When I think Fall, I think Compost. Well, that and Pumpkins, but even the Pumpkins should eventually be composted. Or fed to your dog to make him more photogenic for the TurfNet Dog Calendar.    I've never really understood the ultimately non-Amish practice of turfheads allowing good carbons that just need a little transformation to leave the property. So here you come into fall and there exists this great carbon source, albeit a pain in the neck to collect, but hey, run the blowers. And think

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

Where you been?

I am fairly sure when I discussed my relationship with Peter for this year, I am confident he imagined I would contribute more than 1-2 entries per month in my "Frankly Speaking" section. Well here I am almost one-month from my last entry and if I were Peter, other than being frustrated with me, I'd be wondering where I've been.   Well here goes:   A few years ago I was asked by my department chair and senior faculty to assume the leadership of the Introduction to Horticulture class here at

Frank Rossi

Frank Rossi

 

Unspoken job requirement...

I'm not a huge fan of Twitter -- I prefer my conversations to be a touch deeper than 140 characters will allow -- but I follow turf-related tweets and do find certain things of value.  Amidst all the extrania, I love the photos. Golf course sunrises, maintenance practices du jour, summer crew shenanigans, golfer foibles... they're all good.   Somebody out there in the Twitterverse had the foresight to register the Twitter handle @superproblems and aggregate tweets from superintendents all arou

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Thanks a lot...

I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment. -- Henry David Thoreau   Last week I was fortunate enough to turn the big 4-0. Leading up to the day people asked how I felt about this milestone. My tongue and cheek response was usually the same, its better than the alternative. The line was said partly in jest, but in reality I secretly mea

Paul MacCormack

Paul MacCormack

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