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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. 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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From Australia: You Get Less for Murder

Close-up of pure MacKenzie Bentgrass with no surface organic layer due to light frequent dusting. I’m in Australia speaking at the 2012 Australian Turfgrass Conference.I was collected at the Sydney Airport after 22 hours of flight time from Syracuse, NY by Mark Couchman, past president of the Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association. Immediately we began our jaunt around Sydney and our first visit to New South Wales Golf Club (ranked #35 best golf course in the world by Golf Magazine

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From Australia: You Get Less for Murder

Im in Australia speaking at the 2012 Australian Turfgrass Conference.I was collected at the Sydney Airport after 22 hours of flight time from Syracuse, NY by Mark Couchman, past president of the Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association. Immediately we began our jaunt around Sydney and our first visit to New South Wales Golf Club (ranked #35 best golf course in the world by Golf Magazine)  and Superintendent Gary Dempsey.   Like a kid in a candy store I bounced out of the car, grabb

Frank Rossi

Frank Rossi

 

A jump start in Ireland

After a six hour drive from Syracuse to JFK airport in NY, my parents and I met up with Jon Kiger from TurfNet (my guide in Ireland for the next week) and his son Jonathan for a quick bite at a local hotel. Then Jon, Jonathan and I were off to Ireland on the 8:30 PM flight to Dublin. Despite my excitement I was able to sleep for a few hours before land came into view the next morning. My stop through Immigration was a little more involved as I had to present my student work visa that I received

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

A jump start in Ireland

After a six hour drive from Syracuse to JFK airport in NY, my parents and I met up with Jon Kiger from TurfNet (my guide in Ireland for the next week) and his son Jonathan for a quick bite at a local hotel. Then Jon, Jonathan and I were off to Ireland on the 8:30 PM flight to Dublin. Despite my excitement I was able to sleep for a few hours before land came into view the next morning. My stop through Immigration was a little more involved as I had to present my student work visa that I received

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

The 100 Days of Hell

Actually, it’s more like 120 days for those of us trapped on a bentgrass plantation in Georgia, but that sounded like too long a period to survive, so we stuck with 100 days. In the olden times, in order to keep the wilt-watchers, the irrigation tech and our ownselves from going completely raging berserk at the thought of four months of endless heat, my brother Mike devised a brilliant survival tactic. Reasoning that part of the problem was mental–a psycho-traumatic condition aggravated by ba

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The 100 Days of Hell

Actually, its more like 120 days for those of us trapped on a bentgrass plantation in Georgia, but that sounded like too long a period to survive, so we stuck with 100 days.   In the olden times, in order to keep the wilt-watchers, the irrigation tech and our ownselves from going completely raging berserk at the thought of four months of endless heat, my brother Mike devised a brilliant survival tactic. berserk at the thought of four months of endless heat . . . Reasoning that part of the

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

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