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Road Trip to Lahinch!

This weekend I’m off to Lahinch to watch a friend, Robbie Farrell, play in the South Ireland Amateur Open. It took us over three hours to make the drive out west to the course and made it late afternoon on Friday for a practice round. Alan Furness, who also works at Mt. J, will be caddying for him for the tournament. I got to walk around and see the course, and even hit a few drives. The course is unbelievable and I can see why its on so many peoples lists of courses they need to play when there

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Road Trip to Lahinch!

This weekend I’m off to Lahinch to watch a friend, Robbie Farrell, play in the South Ireland Amateur Open. It took us over three hours to make the drive out west to the course and made it late afternoon on Friday for a practice round. Alan Furness, who also works at Mt. J, will be caddying for him for the tournament. I got to walk around and see the course, and even hit a few drives. The course is unbelievable and I can see why its on so many peoples lists of courses they need to play when there

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

The Fastest Game on Grass

“King Henry” Shefflin, widely regarded as one of the greatest hurling players of all-time. Before I came to Ireland I knew little about Gaelic sports. The most popular one in Co. Kilkenny is hurling. Its a lightning fast game that, as best as I can describe it, is a mix between, lacrosse, hockey, soccer, and Gaelic football. Fans go absolutely wild for this amateur sport. Kilkenny is the best hurling team in Ireland, being perennial favorites every year and winning the All-Ireland championshi

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

The Fastest Game on Grass

“King Henry” Shefflin, widely regarded as one of the greatest hurling players of all-time. Before I came to Ireland I knew little about Gaelic sports.The most popular one in Co. Kilkenny is hurling. Its a lightning fast game that, as best as I can describe it, is a mix between, lacrosse, hockey, soccer, and Gaelic football. Fans go absolutely wild for this amateur sport. Kilkenny is the best hurling team in Ireland, being perennial favorites every year and winning the All-Ireland championship

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

The RDIV and Other Irrigation Secrets

No matter what Momma says, I still consider myself an irrigation repair genius, an idiot savant in the field of quick, effective fixes.  (Momma says only one of those words applies.) Because I worked on the world’s supply of sorry, miserable, numbskull-designed irrigation systems, I learned a lot about fixing broken lines, serial pin-holes and mysterious pressure drops in hydraulic tubes; I also compiled a list of crooked contractors who installed worthless, previously failed parts, drew up fan

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The RDIV and Other Irrigation Secrets

No matter what Momma says, I still consider myself an irrigation repair genius, an idiot savant in the field of quick, effective fixes.  (Momma says only one of those words applies.)   Because I worked on the world’s supply of sorry, miserable, numbskull-designed irrigation systems, I learned a lot about fixing broken lines, serial pin-holes and mysterious pressure drops in hydraulic tubes; I also compiled a list of crooked contractors who installed worthless, previously failed parts, drew up

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

I Was Wrong

If ever there was a year to appreciate golf on a brown surface this is it. In fact, the three USGA Championships I watched this year set the tone. From Olympic to Blackwolf Run and finally to Indianwood reminded me of something I was wrong about and also reminded that those of us in the golf turf industry might be part of the problem. A few years ago I was interviewed after giving a presentation at the GIS in Orlando. During the interview I made a glib and dismissive comment about David Faye’

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I Was Wrong

If there were ever a year to appreciate golf on a brown surface, this is it. In fact, the three USGA Championships I watched this year set the tone. From Olympic to Blackwolf Run and finally to Indianwood reminded me of something I was wrong about and also reminded that those of us in the golf turf industry might be part of the problem.   A few years ago I was interviewed after giving a presentation at the GIS in Orlando. During the interview I made a glib and dismissive comment about David

Frank Rossi

Frank Rossi

 

A Guide to Yummy Tank Mixing Cocktails

I’d like to take a quick break from the water quality thing to share a recent experience from the field. Everybody tank mixes fertility products. In some form or another, you put stuff in the spray tank and expect that it will come out whatever nozzles you have and do the intended job. That’s not rocket science. It’s part of Turfhead life. So when I was called this week to help a turfhead straighten out a spray mix, I was pretty excited to see what said Turf Monkey was hitting the tank with and

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

The Top Ten Best/Worst GCS Hobbies Part One

When job stress cranks up, the smart thing to do is to crank up the counter-stress tactics and the most successful counter-stress strategy is a good hobby. This is Part One of a Four Part Series by Award Winning Director Ludell Hogwaller on the Top Ten Best/Worst Hobbies for Golf Course Insiders. This Series will conclude before August, unless Ludell accepts an offer from Downton Abbey producers.

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The Top Ten Best/Worst GCS Hobbies Part One

When job stress cranks up, the smart thing to do is to crank up the counter-stress tactics and the most successful counter-stress strategy is a good hobby.   This is Part One of a Four Part Series by Award Winning Director Ludell Hogwaller on the Top Ten Best/Worst Hobbies for Golf Course Insiders.   This Series will conclude before August, unless Ludell accepts an offer from Downton Abbey producers.

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

The Upcoming Symposium on Affordable Golf

There is one area in golf where I find myself soapboxing, evangelizing and pounding the drums without restraint and that area is affordable golf. My fixation on affordable golf is stronger than my obsession with classical strategic design, punishing slow golfers, or my favorite, exposing the “Clubhouse” as the fastest way to rack up debt, lose money and kill a golf course. Why am I fixated on affordable golf? Because affordable golf is the locomotive that drives golf, the engine that recruits

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The Upcoming Symposium on Affordable Golf

There is one area in golf where I find myself soapboxing, evangelizing and pounding the drums without restraint and that area is affordable golf.   My fixation on affordable golf is stronger than my obsession with classical strategic design, punishing slow golfers, or my favorite, exposing the Clubhouse as the fastest way to rack up debt, lose money and kill a golf course.   Why am I fixated on affordable golf?   Because affordable golf is the locomotive that drives golf, the engine that r

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

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

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