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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

 

My introduction to REAL Irish music

The first night out I was lucky enough to go to O’Donoghue’s, a historic pub in Dublin which is known for being the place where The Dubliners first started. I could hear the music being played from outside and as soon as I walked in I got my first glimpse of the culture of a traditional “session”. Three or four singers and musicians were sitting in the front enjoying a pint, and were taking turns entertaining the crowd. My next adventure in Irish music was a High Kings concert as part of the Cl

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

My introduction to REAL Irish music

The first night out I was lucky enough to go to O’Donoghue’s, a historic pub in Dublin which is known for being the place where The Dubliners first started. I could hear the music being played from outside and as soon as I walked in I got my first glimpse of the culture of a traditional “session”. Three or four singers and musicians were sitting in the front enjoying a pint, and were taking turns entertaining the crowd. My next adventure in Irish music was a High Kings concert as part of the Cl

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

There Is A Big White Sandwich-Making Sweater-Folding Elephant In My Truck

The largely unrealized goal this year was to write more blog posts. Inside of that goal has been my deep-seated desire to make Maestro Peter happy. He’d be hog slop happy with more agronomy writing from me. “Agronomy, Wilber” is often the two word email that I get from Peter. It’s fine. I think he, like a lot of people think that every day, all day, I think about growing grass and that every conversation I have with everyone I see has to do with large bore topics like how to really deal with you

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

First Day: Into the Deep End

On my first day “on the job”, Aidan O’Hara (course manager and my boss) said I had might as well be “thrown into the deep end”.  I was assigned to the fairway aeration crew and off we went. The Cushman fairway aeration rig ready for action. Blowing cores The post First Day: Into the Deep End appeared first on Cam Cooper from Ireland.

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

They Are So Hard My Feet Hurt

Tha classic Royal Melbourne bunker complex No tour of golf courses in Australia would be complete without a visit to The Royal Melbourne Golf Club. The RMGC is one of the nine courses in the Melbourne Sandbelt that includes some of the finest golf courses in Australia. After visiting several seaside courses that have the “wow” factor, the Royal Melbourne required a more patient approach. The golf club was formed in the late 1800’s and the current courses occupy the same site since 1901. Howeve

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They Are So Hard My Feet Hurt

No tour of golf courses in Australia would be complete without a visit to The Royal Melbourne Golf Club. The RMGC is one of the nine courses in the Melbourne Sandbelt that includes some of the finest golf courses in Australia.   After visiting several seaside courses that have the wow factor, the Royal Melbourne required a more patient approach. The golf club was formed in the late 1800s and the current courses occupy the same site since 1901. However it was in 1926 when the club engaged the s

Frank Rossi

Frank Rossi

 

How To Spot That Mr. Haney Salesman

Can you spot “Mr. Haney” before he sells you something of questionable value? It took 30 years for me to develop partial immunity to carnival barkers, Bass-O-Matic commercials and those predatory “Mr. Haney” salesmen. My first Mr. Haney contact was in ’72, when he drove up in an old truck and began fast-talking Dad about adherent viscosity motor oil effects upon engine longevity.  It sounded reasonable and Dad was an easy target due to his employment situation:  Norm was forced to serve as a S

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