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A Gopher For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday at Rockbottum CC, mostly because almost every Thanksgiving morning since 1973, we have engaged in a hard-fought, knock ’em down and drag ’em out golf match. It’s a two-man team, match play event and the rules are simple:  To play, you have to be a Wilson, either in the golf business or a veteran of the golf world, and your partner has to be your brother.  For the first few years, it was known as The Wilson Brothers Championship of the Universe, but it got bi

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

A Gopher For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday at Rockbottum CC, mostly because almost every Thanksgiving morning since 1973, we have engaged in a hard-fought, knock em down and drag em out golf match.   It's a two-man team, match play event and the rules are simple:  To play, you have to be a Wilson, either in the golf business or a veteran of the golf world, and your partner has to be your brother.  For the first few years, it was known as The Wilson Brothers Championship of the Universe, but it go

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

Desperate Times Desperate Measures?

The growing concern over Bacterial Etiolation has raised the stakes on the already high stakes game of high intensity putting surface management. There is little doubt “something” is causing the decline and death of putting surface turf and the unknown is what has left many desperate for a solution. Early stages of Bacterial Etiolation Desperation often can lead to questionable decisions. One such decision in my judgement is the off-label use of antibiotics. If you are wondering how bad this

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Desperate Times Desperate Measures?

The growing concern over Bacterial Etiolation has raised the stakes on the already high stakes game of high intensity putting surface management. There is little doubt something is causing the decline and death of putting surface turf and the unknown is what has left many desperate for a solution.   Desperation often can lead to questionable decisions. One such decision in my judgement is the off-label use of antibiotics. If you are wondering how bad this might turn consider the current situ

Frank Rossi

Frank Rossi

 

Varmint Vandalism Deterrent

The Rockbottum CC Research Team has released the results of tests carried out on a Varmint Vandalism Deterrent first suggested on The TurfNet Forum. As pressure mounts for golf courses to use 100% humane, organic, minimal carbon footprint methods for pest management, Rockbottum CC leads the way by carefully examining every possible solution.

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

Varmint Vandalism Deterrent

The Rockbottum CC Research Team has released the results of tests carried out on a Varmint Vandalism Deterrent first suggested on The TurfNet Forum.   As pressure mounts for golf courses to use 100% humane, organic, minimal carbon footprint methods for pest management, Rockbottum CC leads the way by carefully examining every possible solution.  

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

The 330 Can

The current uproar over long putters and anchors is a diversion.  Just like the ruling on grooves a while back, the broom putter controversy is designed to take your eyeballs away from the real problems currently crippling golf. The real problems are that toaster oven on a stick that allows golfers to bust it long and straight without the practice that skill once required and  . . . the superball . . . and the cost of playing the game. But the worst enemy of golf right now is the time needed t

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

The 330 Can

The current uproar over long putters and anchors is a diversion.  Just like the ruling on grooves a while back, the broom putter controversy is designed to take your eyeballs away from the real problems currently crippling golf. The real problems are that toaster oven on a stick that allows golfers to bust it long and straight without the practice that skill once required and  . . . the superball . . . and the cost of playing the game. But the worst enemy of golf right now is the time needed t

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

Bending or Breaking?

In my current, often schizophrenic situation, I find myself involved in the whole concept of Early Order Season. As I write this, there are no less than thirteen “programs” that in some way or another provide an opportunity. Opportunity for what? That’s the big question for which every situation will have a different answer. I’m not sure I like the concept of TurfHead Cat Herding. And honestly, when I look at the slapdash construction of a lot of early order programs it makes me think that a bu

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

Bending or Breaking?

In my current, often schizophrenic situation, I find myself involved in the whole concept of Early Order Season. As I write this, there are no less than thirteen programs that in some way or another provide an opportunity. Opportunity for what? Thats the big question for which every situation will have a different answer.   I'm not sure I like the concept of TurfHead Cat Herding. And honestly, when I look at the slapdash construction of a lot of early order programs it makes me think that a bu

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

The TurfNet Zone (Classic)

There are golf courses where unruly golfers play so slow as to make others give up the game.  There are golf courses where golfers flick cigarettes into bunkers, pull carts off the path at tees and greens–creating hardpan cow paths–while wreaking havoc upon course fixtures and harshly oppressing course personnel. One day, these golfers may find they have unknowingly crossed over into . . . The TurfNet Zone. Or they could just tee it up at Rockbottum CC and find out the hard way, that Momma do

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

The TurfNet Zone (Classic)

There are golf courses where unruly golfers play so slow as to make others give up the game.  There are golf courses where golfers flick cigarettes into bunkers, pull carts off the path at tees and greens -- creating hardpan cow paths -- while wreaking havoc upon course fixtures and harshly oppressing course personnel. One day, these golfers may find they have unknowingly crossed over into . . . The TurfNet Zone. Or they could just tee it up at Rockbottum CC and find out the hard way, that Mom

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

Penal Rough Envy

I don’t like rough.  From my crusty old point of view, rough has damaged golf, especially the critical entry level point, the municipal course. I haven’t always disliked rough.  I didn’t know I hated it until the summer of ’76, when the US Open came to the Atlanta Athletic Club.  One of Our Local Numbskulls (OLN) somehow managed to qualify and that meant we all had to traipse up there from our muni and watch him perform. *Historical Side Note:  I never actually got to see OLN earn his spot i

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

Penal Rough Envy

I dont like rough.  From my crusty old point of view, rough has damaged golf, especially the critical entry level point, the municipal course.   I havent always disliked rough.  I didnt know I hated it until the summer of 76, when the US Open came to the Atlanta Athletic Club.  One of Our Local Numbskulls (OLN) somehow managed to qualify and that meant we all had to traipse up there from our muni and watch him perform.   *Historical Side Note:  I never actually got to see OLN earn his spot

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

Selling Gypsum

Stuck in the house for the hurricane, waiting for the power to go off, I can honestly say it is dangerous to watch too much of the Weather Channel.  But I know they must be selling ad time like there is no tomorrow. Who knew you could have a generator at your house that could power a small city, or why I need to be in Good Hands or with my Good Neighbor, or have someone On My Side. If I were selling ad time on The Golf Channel I’d be calling all the major gypsum manufacturers and telling them i

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Selling Gypsum

Stuck in the house for the hurricane, waiting for the power to go off, I can honestly say it is dangerous to watch too much of the Weather Channel.  But I know they must be selling ad time like there is no tomorrow. Who knew you could have a generator at your house that could power a small city, or why I need to be in Good Hands or with my Good Neighbor, or have someone On My Side.   If I were selling ad time on The Golf Channel Id be calling all the major gypsum manufacturers and telling them

Frank Rossi

Frank Rossi

 

Be Safe, Have Sandy Do It.

As the east coast braces for the Hurricane Sandy, I had a thought as I was getting the farm ready for the storm. There are a few trees I want down but cannot convince my wife to agree. The I thought I had was “why not have Sandy do it”? I can use a chainsaw very quickly. NASA Satellite image from Sunday October 28, 2012. A tree on my farm is more of an inconvenience than a problem. Yet I can hardly think of a golf course that does NOT need some strategic tree removal. Removal that is blocked

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Be Safe, Have Sandy Do It.

As the east coast braces for the Hurricane Sandy, I had a thought as I was getting the farm ready for the storm. There are a few trees I want down but cannot convince my wife to agree. The I thought I had was why not have Sandy do it? I can use a chainsaw very quickly.   A tree on my farm is more of an inconvenience than a problem. Yet I can hardly think of a golf course that does NOT need some strategic tree removal. Removal that is blocked by emotion and politics.   Year after year the t

Frank Rossi

Frank Rossi

 

A Rockbottum CC Halloween Classic

There is a horror lurking out there, waiting for the right moment to viciously attack golf and drain the very lifeblood out of the game. There are those in our golf family that have let this happen, either because they are only concerned with short-term profits or because they say it is not our place to take a stand.  Yet, it is our responsibility to do something positive, because golf pays the bills, it’s our career, the economic locomotive that keeps the wolf from the door. And while those

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

A Rockbottum CC Halloween Classic

There is a horror lurking out there, waiting for the right moment to viciously attack golf and drain the very lifeblood out of the game.   There are those in our golf family that have let this happen, either because they are only concerned with short-term profits or because they say it is not our place to take a stand.  Yet, it is our responsibility to do something positive, because golf pays the bills, its our career, the economic locomotive that keeps the wolf from the door.   And while th

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

Water is Gold

All I could think about was water. Everytime Ron Paul would speak about returning the US to the “Gold Standard” of backing our currency instead of using “the full faith and credit of the US”, all I could think about was water. Seems odd but if you think about how haphazardly we flood the US economy with printed money expecting some to be wasted, you might see how many golf courses use water. Not precisely and filled with waste. All the rage about moisture meters has certainly changed the way m

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