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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

 

The Sound

After thirty years of walking on putting surfaces all around the world my feet can tell a firm green. I wear very soft soled Muck Boots that put my feet in close contact with the putting surface so as to assess the feel. A firm putting surface is truly a thing of beauty but what makes it so is that hollow sound. I often use a stimpmeter to get a sense of ball roll distance on surfaces. For ease of measurement I simply flip the stimpmeter, roughly three feet in length to determine distance. It a

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The Sound

After thirty years of walking on putting surfaces all around the world my feet can tell a firm green. I wear very soft soled Muck Boots that put my feet in close contact with the putting surface so as to assess the feel. A firm putting surface is truly a thing of beauty but what makes it so is that hollow sound.   I often use a stimpmeter to get a sense of ball roll distance on surfaces. For ease of measurement I simply flip the stimpmeter, roughly three feet in length to determine distance. I

Frank Rossi

Frank Rossi

 

Our Most Valuable Tip/Trick and Secret

Success in any endeavor usually happens when talent, timing, motivation and knowledge are combined, producing positive results that draw positive attention. While I may have been deficient in talent, timing and motivation, I did understand the part knowledge played in successful golf course management. I could research something to death. If I couldn’t find the answer, I contacted people in the golf industry who did know the answer; I tested, experimented and slowly gathered several notebooks

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Our Most Valuable Tip/Trick and Secret

Success in any endeavor usually happens when talent, timing, motivation and knowledge are combined, producing positive results that draw positive attention.   While I may have been deficient in talent, timing and motivation, I did understand the part knowledge played in successful golf course management. I could research something to death. If I couldnt find the answer, I contacted people in the golf industry who did know the answer; I tested, experimented and slowly gathered several note

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

Don Mahaffey Should Write a Book

He could call it “The Teachings of Don . . .” No, that Carlos Castaneda fellow already used that one.  Perhaps Don already has a title ready, one that will get across his message of common sense practical golf course maintenance strategies that result in lower overall costs yet still improve playability. Everything I write seems to drift toward Hunter S. Thompson visits Golf in the Kingdom with Moe, Larry, Curly and Ludell on Halloween–with chainsaws . . . and guns.  It’s not often we ventur

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Don Mahaffey Should Write a Book

He could call it The Teachings of Don . . . No, that Carlos Castaneda fellow already used that one.  Perhaps Don already has a title ready, one that will get across his message of common sense practical golf course maintenance strategies that result in lower overall costs yet still improve playability. I'd offer to help Don with the book, except his message might get twisted. Everything I write seems to drift toward Hunter S. Thompson visits Golf in the Kingdom with Moe, Larry, Curly and Lu

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

Clippings

Over thirty years ago I told Father McGuire, my NYC-metro area high school counselor, that I liked working outside. He replied, “Well, Frank, we have good farming schools here in New York state. You should learn to be a farmer.” So I enrolled in the Dairy Farm Management program at SUNY Cobleskill, where I quickly learned that dairy farming is half about cows and half about growing grass to feed them. After meeting Bob Emmons, professor of turfgrass science there, I quickly realized that I wante

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What Is Your Number?

I know no subject more disparate around the country than water management, especially of golf putting greens. In the desert southwest every drop is accounted for when water can consume up to $1 million annually. While in northern states water is applied gratuitously measured in minutes (not inches) with little regard for cost or precision. Recently the use of moisture meters such as Spectrum’s Field  Scout 300, provide an easy to use method for determining soil moisture and a defacto increase

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