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GCS Stress Relief (Classic)

Due to a sudden spike in the level of Golf Course Superintendent Stress, Rockbottum CC has issued an emergency re-release of the original version of GCS Stress Relief. Newer TurfNet members may not be aware of GCS Stress Relief, so we reached back into the archives, just in time for The Fourth of July. Here at the Rock, before we abandoned bentgrass and went Ultra-Dwarf, The Fourth of July was peak stress; roasting greens, failing pumps, alienated offspring, high blood pressure and sarcastic w

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GCS Stress Relief (Classic)

Due to a sudden spike in the level of Golf Course Superintendent Stress, Rockbottum CC has issued an emergency re-release of the original version of GCS Stress Relief.   Newer TurfNet members may not be aware of GCS Stress Relief, so we reached back into the archives, just in time for The Fourth of July.   Here at the Rock, before we abandoned bentgrass and went Ultra-Dwarf, The Fourth of July was peak stress; roasting greens, failing pumps, alienated offspring, high blood pressure and sarca

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

Three Weeks Down

The 5th hole at Mt. Juliet My third week at Mt. Juliet gave me a glimpse of how nice the weather in Ireland could be. Unfortunately there was still quiet a bit of rain. The highlight of the week was, of course the trip with Aidan to Dublin on Wednesday. Greens Mower at Mt. Juliet I was lucky enough to get a day of flymowing bunker faces (we also flymow water hazards at Mt. J). I walk-mowed greens, tees and approaches, and spent some time on the rough mower, along with other daily maintenan

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Continuing to Classify Your Water

I’ve really enjoyed the feedback I’ve gotten in the field and in email about the idea of looking hard at irrigation water. Thanks for that! And the really important thing I’m hearing is the need for understanding.  I’m doing this post from my iPad in the field, so please excuse the lack of monkeys. Let’s continue for a quick look at three letters: TDS. Total Dissolved Solids is a really cool concept. I always have a hard time when someone says to me that water doesn’t have anything in it. It’s

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

Directing Golfers

Keeping golfers off of delicate areas to avoid traffic damage is a always a problem. Mt. Juliet uses wire hoops to direct golfers away from places they shouldn’t be. I haven’t seen these anywhere else and think it’s a great idea. It doesn’t interfere with play and they don’t fall over or sag like ropes do. There are also signs on many tee boxes, telling golfers to keep the trollies (pull carts) off of the tee. The post Directing Golfers appeared first on Cam Cooper from Ireland.

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Directing Golfers

Keeping golfers off of delicate areas to avoid traffic damage is a always a problem. Mt. Juliet uses wire hoops to direct golfers away from places they shouldn’t be. I haven’t seen these anywhere else and think it’s a great idea. It doesn’t interfere with play and they don’t fall over or sag like ropes do. There are also signs on many tee boxes, telling golfers to keep the trollies (pull carts) off of the tee. Source

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

After The Flood

Here at the GCS Rest Home and Asylum, I like to gaze out the bay window in my private room while I listen to the other inmates residents debate various topics down in the mess hall.   I don’t really have a bay window, just a soft padded wall, but I like to pretend because it irritates the nurses.  (Glass is verboten in the high-risk lockdown wing of the GCSRH&A.) Today’s debate concerned the golf course problem most likely to land a GCS in the Home.  I eavesdropped on the discussion for a w

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After The Flood

Here at the GCS Rest Home and Asylum, I like to gaze out the bay window in my private room while I listen to the other inmates residents debate various topics down in the mess hall.   I dont really have a bay window, just a soft padded wall, but I like to pretend because it irritates the nurses.  (Glass is verboten in the high-risk lockdown wing of the GCSRH&A.)   Todays debate concerned the golf course problem most likely to land a GCS in the Home.  I eavesdropped on the discussion for a

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

Road trip!

Wednesday, Aidan took me into Dublin to meet Michael Bavier (co-author of Practical Golf course Maintenance, The Magic of Greenkeeping, the third edition of which is being printed) and Joe Bedford, superintendent of Hollystown Golf Club in Dublin. Michael was in town because he and his wife happen to be on a cruise that made port in Dublin and he, Aidan and Joe have been long time friends. It was a blast talking turf and listening to them compare notes and talk about what they have been up too s

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Road trip!

Wednesday, Aidan took me into Dublin to meet Michael Bavier (co-author of Practical Golf course Maintenance, The Magic of Greenkeeping, the third edition of which is being printed) and Joe Bedford, superintendent of Hollystown Golf Club in Dublin. Michael was in town because he and his wife happen to be on a cruise that made port in Dublin and he, Aidan and Joe have been long time friends. It was a blast talking turf and listening to them compare notes and talk about what they have been up too s

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Week 2, In The Books

My second week at Mount Juliet was filled with rain. Minor Bunker Washout It felt like I would never see the sun again. We were interrupted top dressing a fairway because the rain came so quickly. We had many bunker washouts, and had to spend a lot of man-hours repairing them. We also had to spend a good amount of time catching up on mowing. The rough and light rough (intermediate rough) were extremely long, and in some cases needed to be double or triple cut. I personally had difficulty wit

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Week 2, In The Books

My second week at Mount Juliet was filled with rain. Minor Bunker Washout It felt like I would never see the sun again. We were interrupted top dressing a fairway because the rain came so quickly. We had many bunker washouts, and had to spend a lot of man-hours repairing them. We also had to spend a good amount of time catching up on mowing. The rough and light rough (intermediate rough) were extremely long, and in some cases needed to be double or triple cut. I personally had difficulty wit

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Watching Ireland Play in Euro 2012 Soccer

The Steppes Bar, Callan, County Kilkenny To experience my first European championship soccer match I wanted to go to The Steppes Bar in Callan, known for an amazing atmosphere and two drop down big screens. It’s about a 15 mile trip which took me a little over an hour on my bike. It was well worth the trip despite being chased by three dogs (and nearly caught by one.) At that moment I had been stuck in first gear, but I peddled like a mad man and made it away safely. I had read Tom Coyne’s “A

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Watching Ireland Play in Euro 2012 Soccer

The Steppes Bar, Callan, County Kilkenny To experience my first European championship soccer match I wanted to go to The Steppes Bar in Callan, known for an amazing atmosphere and two drop down big screens. It’s about a 15 mile trip which took me a little over an hour on my bike. It was well worth the trip despite being chased by three dogs (and nearly caught by one.) At that moment I had been stuck in first gear, but I peddled like a mad man and made it away safely. I had read Tom Coyne’s “A

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Are You Among The GIS Elite?

Once a year, the forces that actually make golf work, the powers behind the throne, the engines of the golf industry, all gather in one place, to attend GIS, The Golf Industry Show.   The latest results from intensive research and development are on display, important business deals are negotiated, and meetings that determine the future of golf are held in every corner, aisle and restaurant. The business of golf carries over, beyond the show floor, into the various parties that populate the nig

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Are You Among The GIS Elite?

Once a year, the forces that actually make golf work, the powers behind the throne, the engines of the golf industry, all gather in one place, to attend GIS, The Golf Industry Show.   The latest results from intensive research and development are on display, important business deals are negotiated, and meetings that determine the future of golf are held in every corner, aisle and restaurant.   The business of golf carries over, beyond the show floor, into the various parties that populate the

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

Turf Laying is an Art

Every industry has its iconic characters. In the UK few would argue Old Tom Morris, Jim Arthur and Walter Woods are not icons among greenkeepers. In the US for me we have Sherwood Moore, Oscar Miles, Ted Woehrle, and my personal favorite, Wayne Otto. In Australia there is Claude Crockford. Claude Crockford Crockford was the greenkeeper at the Royal Melbourne for 40 years from the 1930’s to the 1970’s. In 1993 he published “The Complete Golf Course: Turf and Design” as both an homage to Royal

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Turf Laying is an Art

Every industry has its iconic characters. In the UK few would argue Old Tom Morris, Jim Arthur and Walter Woods are not icons among greenkeepers. In the US for me we have Sherwood Moore, Oscar Miles, Ted Woehrle, and my personal favorite, Wayne Otto. In Australia there is Claude Crockford.   Crockford was the greenkeeper at the Royal Melbourne for 40 years from the 1930s to the 1970s. In 1993 he published The Complete Golf Course: Turf and Design as both an homage to Royal Melbourne and prac

Frank Rossi

Frank Rossi

 

Water Is No Good If It Cannot Get In The Ground

Coming into summer, I’d like to talk about water for a few posts. It’s the thing that I seem to get the most questions about this time of year and it’s the thing that I see the most mistakes being made with. I’ll try not to get too carried away with numbers and calculations. There are some, but this is more of an example of how I approach the agronomy of water quality. Water Test. That’s right. Test the water. Get a great water test from a great lab. I’m going to keep saying this. Even if you

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

My First Week at Mt. Juliet

The adrenaline was flowing during my first week. I’ve learned the course layout fairly well, which can be quite difficult for someone new. I’ve also knocked some of the rust off and have gotten into the groove of how daily operations here work. I have had the opportunity to perform multiple jobs on the course, including: walk mowing greens, tees and collars, collecting cores from fairways, blowing off fairways after verti-cutting, working in the shop with the mechanics sharpening and grinding re

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

My First Week at Mt. Juliet

The adrenaline was flowing during my first week. I’ve learned the course layout fairly well, which can be quite difficult for someone new. I’ve also knocked some of the rust off and have gotten into the groove of how daily operations here work. I have had the opportunity to perform multiple jobs on the course, including: walk mowing greens, tees and collars, collecting cores from fairways, blowing off fairways after verti-cutting, working in the shop with the mechanics sharpening and grinding re

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

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