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    The Rose Bowl is more than just a job for this extended family

    By John Reitman

    FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM AT INSTAGRAM.COM/TURFNET FOR MORE PHOTOS   There is a sign posted on the fence leading onto the Rose Bowl field that reads "Please pardon our mess. We're trying to grow grass." There is perhaps no place in the country better at doing just that. But what happens inside that fence is about a lot more than just growing grass. The team charged with producing the world's most famous field is a tightly knit group that redefines the term extended family. After near
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Bunker Drainage with Trevor Dargan

The month of June was one of the wettest on record here. Almost every course has problems with bunker washouts in heavy rain, but proper sub-surface drainage can help prevent severe washouts, saving man-hours and sand. When I visited Woodenbridge Golf Club, in Wicklow, course superintendent Trevor Dargan was kind enough to share how he has installs bunker drainage. Woodenbridge Golf Club is situated just south of the town of Arklow in County Wicklow, where the Avoca and Aughrim rivers meet. It

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Bunker Drainage with Trevor Dargan

The month of June was one of the wettest on record here. Almost every course has problems with bunker washouts in heavy rain, but proper sub-surface drainage can help prevent severe washouts, saving man-hours and sand. When I visited Woodenbridge Golf Club, in Wicklow, course superintendent Trevor Dargan was kind enough to share how he has installs bunker drainage. Woodenbridge Golf Club is situated just south of the town of Arklow in County Wicklow, where the Avoca and Aughrim rivers meet. It

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

No time for panic

It’s that time of year again when panic sets it. Day after day of high heat stress brings many closer to the tipping point for areas that have marginal growing environments. Low light and poor air movement for warm and cool season grasses, even the utlra-dwarfs don’t like shade, and the ubiquitous surface organic matter that holds even the slightest amount of water all add up to increased stress and panic. Panic is defined as a sudden sensation of fear which is so strong as to dominate or preve

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No time for panic

Its that time of year again when panic sets it. Day after day of high heat stress brings many closer to the tipping point for areas that have marginal growing environments. Low light and poor air movement for warm and cool season grasses, even the utlra-dwarfs dont like shade, and the ubiquitous surface organic matter that holds even the slightest amount of water all add up to increased stress and panic.   Panic is defined as a sudden sensation of fear which is so strong as to dominate or prev

Frank Rossi

Frank Rossi

 

Independence Day

In honor of Independence Day back in the states, it would be a good time to look at part of how Ireland gained its independence. Kilmainham Gaol (jail) is one of the oldest prisons in Ireland. Built by the British in 1789, it was made to hold Irish criminals and would later hold many famous patriots such as Robert Emmet, Joseph Plunkett (who married his wife Grace hours before his execution), and Eamon de Valera, who was the last prisoner and would become the first president. The Gaol was shut

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Independence Day

In honor of Independence Day back in the states, it would be a good time to look at part of how Ireland gained its independence. Kilmainham Gaol (jail) is one of the oldest prisons in Ireland. Built by the British in 1789, it was made to hold Irish criminals and would later hold many famous patriots such as Robert Emmet, Joseph Plunkett (who married his wife Grace hours before his execution), and Eamon de Valera, who was the last prisoner and would become the first president. The Gaol was shut

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

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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