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Off to Dublin For the All-Ireland Hurling Championship

On Sunday I went up to Dublin to experience the All-Ireland Hurling Championship. Kilkenny made it by beating Tipperary and were set to face off against Galway, the team that gave them there only loss of the season. The Game was at Croke Park and the place was electric. I had been to many professional games but I have never been to a game where everyone seemed to be yelling at every second of the game. Fans were not disappointed many feeling that it was the best hurling match that had been play

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Off to Dublin For the All-Ireland Hurling Championship

On Sunday I went up to Dublin to experience the All-Ireland Hurling Championship. Kilkenny made it by beating Tipperary and were set to face off against Galway, the team that gave them there only loss of the season.   The Game was at Croke Park and the place was electric. I had been to many professional games but I have never been to a game where everyone seemed to be yelling at every second of the game. Fans were not disappointed many feeling that it was the best hurling match that had been p

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Vulcan Guide to Soil Testing

Soil Testing. It’s that time of year when most Turfheads are gonna pull some soil tests. My experience is that for many (if not most) this is done as kind of a box check. You know you have to do it, because that’s what you do this time of year. A lot of Turfheads tell me that soil tests are one of those things that they understand as well as a fourth or fifth language. So let’s Rock our Spock and geek a bit with some ideas about soil testing. Because of this lack of grokking, soil testing ha

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

A Guide to Yummy Tank Mixing Cocktails

I'd like to take a quick break from the water quality thing to share a recent experience from the field. Everybody tank mixes fertility products. In some form or another, you put stuff in the spray tank and expect that it will come out whatever nozzles you have and do the intended job. That's not rocket science. It's part of Turfhead life. So when I was called this week to help a Turfhead straighten out a spray mix, I was pretty excited to see what said Turf Monkey was hitting the tank with and

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

Summertime feeding..

The common question that I seem to be getting in the last few weeks has to do with feeding greens. While there can't be a universal rule set for all the different climates we all work in, there are a few things that I like to see happen for best practice summer stress conditioning. For me, consistency is key. Set your feeding schedule and stick to it. Sure, sometime things happen, but when we are doing it right, there isn't much Nitrogen involved and so growth isnt a big deal. Speaking of grow

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

A Moment of Gratitude..

To this day, I really don't know what happened. I've heard some stories and have a few paper trail type details, but that's it. After a string of 2,000 mile weeks, a notable in the golf world fumbling the ball and blaming everyone else including me and a bunch of other little and big things, I started not sleeping. For me, that's nothing new. I've not really been into sleep that much and for what it seemed, my body didn't need much. But then came one big hassle after another and not only was I

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

The Roar

Many courses in Northern areas have begun their annual rite of late Summer, early Fall-the roar of the hollow tine cultivation unit followed by burying the putting surface, tee or fairway in sand topdressing. Is this a hold-over from a time when we aerified twice per year or is it something we need to keep doing? In simple terms if you have a sand-based root-zone, i.e., greater than 85% sand, you have a few options. First, if you want to minimize any coring-solid, hollow or needle, then you be

Guest

Guest

 

The Roar

Many courses in Northern areas have begun their annual rite of late Summer, early Fall-the roar of the hollow tine cultivation unit followed by burying the putting surface, tee or fairway in sand topdressing. Is this a hold-over from a time when we aerified twice per year or is it something we need to keep doing? Is this a hold-over from a time when we aerified twice per year or is it something we need to keep doing? In simple terms if you have a sand-based root-zone, i.e., greater than 85%

Frank Rossi

Frank Rossi

 

Finally, A Cool, Calm Morning

The morning we’ve been waiting on for 120 days.  Cool, dry, brisk and happy. If it wasn’t for one minor problem, this day would be perfect.  Glorious.  Perfectly glorious. And that one thing is:  The Anti-Climax that always hits when it appears the hellish heat of summer is beginning to loosen its grip. It happens every year at Rockbottum CC and this year, Momma filmed the Anti-Climatic Moment. We invite you to join us, Here At The Rock, for a few moments of what we think is almost . . . a P

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

LCD Upon The Desk, Who is Our Most Wicked Pest?

Once Upon A Time, while wandering through the land of golf course operations, I encountered a dark and wicked force.  Well, actually, I ran across a number of wicked forces, especially at country clubs, but there was one that was the wickedest. After several brushes with this wickedness, I escaped and lived for many years in Happy Ever After as a GCS.  But lately, I’ve had this nagging feeling that the wickedness has returned and is growing, unseen, like that Alien embryo that looks like an unc

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

Best And Worst GCS Hobby #3

My original plan for today involved writing an essay full of thought-provoking profound revelations about the future of golf and our place in it . . . but after 800 words of serious brow-wrinkling and eye strain, I realized there are lots of people in golf that can write serious intellectual golf business philosophy, so I hit delete and stared at my empty coffee mug. That’s when Momma stormed in and barked, “Who cares what other golf writers can do?  Do something they can’t!” I realized Momma

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

The Set-up

I had the pleasure of working as a volunteer at The Barclays held on the Black Course at the Bethpage State Park. Getting up at 3:30am to assist ‘set-up man” extraordinaire, Rich Roble now with two US Opens and a FedEx Playoff under his belt. Set-up at this level is a lesson in precision. Cut a level cup to the exact depth and replace the plug so that when passed over by a mower set at 0.085″ it is neither high nor low. Any misstep and Set-up Man Rich Roble or inconsistency and you have prov

Guest

Guest

 

The Set-up

I had the pleasure of working as a volunteer at The Barclays held on the Black Course at the Bethpage State Park. Getting up at 3:30am to assist set-up man" extraordinaire, Rich Roble, now with two US Opens and a FedEx Playoff under his belt.   Set-up at this level is a lesson in precision. Cut a level cup to the exact depth and replace the plug so that when passed over by a mower set at 0.085 it is neither high nor low. Any misstep and or inconsistency and you have provided the professional t

Frank Rossi

Frank Rossi

 

Wheelbarrows and Shovels

Its that time of the year, time to core and top dress greens. At Mt. Juliet this happens twice a year, and accomplishes the same goals as most courses. The biggest difference is that this is all done by hand. Its a very labor intensive process but keeps equipment off of the greens and eliminates to downfalls of using the heavy equipment, such as unnecessary compaction and tight turning marks. The process is fairly similar to any other course. First we cored the greens (with a Ryan aerator) and

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Wheelbarrows and Shovels

Its that time of the year, time to core and top dress greens. At Mt. Juliet this happens twice a year, and accomplishes the same goals as most courses. The biggest difference is that this is all done by hand. Its a very labor intensive process but keeps equipment off of the greens and eliminates to downfalls of using the heavy equipment, such as unnecessary compaction and tight turning marks.   The process is fairly similar to any other course. First we cored the greens (with a Ryan aerator) a

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

A Moment of Gratitude

To this day, I really don’t know what happened. I’ve heard some stories and have a few paper trail type details, but that’s it. After a string of 2,000 mile weeks, a notable in the golf world fumbling the ball and blaming everyone else including me and a bunch of other little and big things, I started not sleeping. For me, that’s nothing new. I’ve not really been into sleep that much and for what it seemed, my body didn’t need much. But then came one big hassle after another and not only was I

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

We Can See Autumn From Here

We interrupt our currently scheduled series on Best and Worst GCS Hobbies for a special announcement:  The 100 Days of Hell are almost over! We can tell because of all the back to school ads and the sudden surge in expert football analysis offered by golfers once focused merely on green speed. In addition, our local hunting store has awakened from fishing catatonia to prepare for deer season and I saw a bentgrass superintendent the other day–without the facial tics, the Thousand Yard Stare at

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

Mt. Juliet Weather Station

At Mount Juliet we have a weather recording station unlike any other I have seen. Every day at 10 a.m. various air, soil, and earth temperatures along with rain recordings are collected and sent into the meteorologist for tracking. Mount Juliet is one of the only golf courses in Ireland that is also a national weather station. Mount Juliet also has a rain recorder that tracks how much rain fell and at what time. The post Mt. Juliet Weather Station appeared first on Cam Cooper from Ireland.

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Mt. Juliet Weather Station

At Mount Juliet we have a weather recording station unlike any other I have seen. Every day at 10 a.m. various air, soil, and earth temperatures along with rain recordings are collected and sent into the meteorologist for tracking. Mount Juliet is one of the only golf courses in Ireland that is also a national weather station. Mount Juliet also has a rain recorder that tracks how much rain fell and at what time. Source

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Best/Worst GCS Hobby #5

My favorite hobby for the GCS is up next, holding down the #5 slot.  It should be #1, but the judges decided my particular choice was lacking in several critical areas.  (Most of which are related to beer, cars, motors, guns, fishing poles, attractive women and not wearing spandex in public.) It may not be the average superintendent’s first choice, but there’s nothing like a little fear in your day to override that other omnipresent fear, the one that involves losing greens or hearing, “We’ve d

Guest

Guest

 

Hook Lighthouse

Last weekend I got to go see Hook Lighthouse. Its the oldest operational lighthouse in the world. I couldn’t have had better weather and the ocean was very calm and clear. Its located in Hook Head, County Wexford. Another popular tourist attraction that I saw on the way back was the Loftus Hall. Its an old mansion that is said to be haunted. I’ve heard this story multiple times from many people; A visitor knocked on the door and the people took him in for tea and dinner. After dinner they were

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

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