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The Special Brain Filter

Inside the human brain are all sorts of thoughts and ideas yearning to get out through our unique ability to speak.  Releasing all of these ideas can lead to ridicule, bruises, shame and death.  Thats why humans, especially the humans that have performed well in the process of natural selection, possess a special filter in the brain that suppresses the release of impractical, soft-headed screwball outbursts.   The unfortunate humans born without this special brain filter are subject to unendi

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

Of Salts and Trees and Magic BioStimulants

I received this today in my email from a source that shall go unnamed because she/he/it is dumb enough to use the word Doctor around my name. Kind of like using the word Beautiful around Susan Boyle. She can sing, however. I can’t. “Dear Dr. Wilber In a post in the TurfNet Turf Blog Aggregator this week, Sean McCue of Castle Pines said, “While driving around today I noticed an interesting phenomenon from applications of iron and other biostimulants to some of our trees. We have been treating a

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Minimalism

A few weeks ago I was speaking in England at the annual British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association Conference in Harrogate, about an hour and a half from Manchester in the Yorkshire Dales. Outside of the US and Canada it is the one of the premier golf turf educational events in the world.   I was presenting in a few sessions on Sustainable Golf Turf Management, Reduced Chemical Pesticide Use and my overall theme of resource efficient golf turf management.  An Irish Greenkeeper app

Frank Rossi

Frank Rossi

 

Organic Pest Management

Here at the Rock, we like to think we are progressive, looking to the future  and that future includes preparing to manage our golf course with less.   Less water, less intensive maintenance, less overall input and more emphasis on coexisting with nature, rather than forcibly subduing the natural world; Rockbottum is not only applying the philosophy of rugged minimalism to golf, we are the trailing edge, the back of the pack.   Ludella Hogwaller, although less well known than others in this

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

Unnecessary Roughness

The Splintered-Interest Good Parent Syndrome is squeezing golf.   In our modern world, there are so many things to do, so many activities like watching poker on TV, jumping concrete steps on a skateboard, World of Warcraft, Mixed Martial Arts, arguing on forums, and paralytic frozen immobility triggered by the increased gravitational field near any sofathat golf has lost some of the mystique and glitter that once held our game at the top of the mountain of obsessive pursuits.   To further sp

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

The Best Tee Markers

The best tee markers are...  I dont know what they are.  I thought I knew what they were, until I started reading a discussion on tee markers that unfolded at high speed on the TurfNet Forum.   For years, I favored AITMs, (Angle Iron Tee Markers) short strips of 3 angle iron, due to their low cost and durability.  They were easy to paint every year and it was possible to store plenty of replacement AITMs in the event an angry golfer wanted to test their float characteristics or simply see if w

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

The Valley of Mystery

But there was evil afoot, as we had unknowingly stumbled upon a small kingdom that was under the spell of a powerful golf pro, who reigned from his Pro Castle on the highest peak of the kingdom.  He was a pro of extraordinary power, dark and menacing  

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

Spring Symposium Day 2, Dr Bruce Clarke and Feast Recap

I love early morning meetings. 7:30 AM and we get hit with words like Systemic Acquired Resistance and Activator Triggers. It’s a warm yummy feeling, like maple syrup over bacon and waffles and I couldn’t be more happy to be in the front row. Yum Yum Yum. Pass the Pathology, please!! Especially when we are talking about natural plant defenses. To be smart and fair, I should digress a moment as to last night’s activities.  Every year our annual meeting includes a dinner. We turn the 130 or so fo

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Spring Symposium Day 2, Dr Bruce Clarke and Feast Recap

I love early morning meetings. 7:30 AM and we get hit with words like Systemic Acquired Resistance and Activator Triggers. Its a warm yummy feeling, like maple syrup over bacon and waffles and I couldnt be more happy to be in the front row. Yum Yum Yum. Pass the Pathology, please!! Especially when we are talking about natural plant defenses.   To be smart and fair, I should digress a moment as to last nights activities.  Every year our annual meeting includes a dinner. We turn the 130 or so fo

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

Spring Symposium, Joel Simmons

I can’t find a decent picture anywhere of Joel Simmons and it’s too dark to take a good picture, so this will have to do.  Joel is on a mission. He’s good at it and he’s taken way to much crap for understanding and going all in for a great thing. He’s saying things like “Give Me Humus or Give Me Death” and if you’ve followed anything that I’ve done or said over the years, you know that I believe in this and I live it as well. Joel and I have put our work into play at some pretty cool places and

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Spring Symposium, Joel Simmons

I can't find a decent picture anywhere of Joel Simmons and it's too dark to take a good picture, so this will have to do.    Joel is on a mission. He's good at it and he's taken way to much crap for understanding and going all in for a great thing. He's saying things like "Give Me Humus or Give Me Death" and if you've followed anything that I've done or said over the years, you know that I believe in this and I live it as well. Joel and I have put our work into play at some pretty cool places

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

Spring Symposium, Dr. Frank Wong

I can’t hold it against him. Dr. Wong wanted to be with his wife in the DC area and well let’s face it, The University of California system is pretty much on life support. So now, Dr. Wong takes up residence in the DC area and he finds himself working with Bayer Environmental Sciences. Guess what? Good fit. Good for us all. I love Dr. Wong. He’s an amazing guy and whatever he is doing he is going to be great at it. Really great.   So today Dr. Wong is doing his job and talking about Bayer pro

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Spring Symposium, Dr. Frank Wong

I can't hold it against him. Dr. Wong wanted to be with his wife in the DC area and well let's face it, The University of California system is pretty much on life support. So now, Dr. Wong takes up residence in the DC area and he finds himself working with Bayer Environmental Sciences.   Guess what? Good fit. Good for us all. I love Dr. Wong. He's an amazing guy and whatever he is doing he is going to be great at it. Really great.   So today Dr. Wong is doing his job and talking about Baye

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

Spring Symposium, Dr. Fred Yelverton, NC State

It’s clear that Dr. Fred isn’t from around here. The accent is like smooth Carolina sweet tea. But the only Tea he’s talking about today has to do with Plant Growth Regulators. (sorry Dr. Fred. No picture here….we’ve got the room to dark and I don’t wanna be beaten down by using my flash…plus the iphone flash is like…well…a phone flash) Dr. Fred is working with a lot of PGR timing. And it’s clear that one of the things I’ve been saying about timing is key. Check out this past Zealot Post. Dr.

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Spring Symposium, Dr. Fred Yelverton, NC State

It's clear that Dr. Fred isn't from around here. The accent is like smooth Carolina sweet tea. But the only Tea he's talking about today has to do with Plant Growth Regulators.    (sorry Dr. Fred. No picture here.we've got the room too dark and I don't wanna be beaten down by using my flashplus the iphone flash is likewella phone flash)   Dr. Fred is working with a lot of PGR timing. And it's clear that one of the things I've been saying about timing is key. Check out this past Zealot Post.

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

Spring Symposium, Dr. Clarke of Rutgers

Dr. Bruce Clarke of Rutgers talks about Fairy Ring and Pink Snow Mold. Big take away is that Bayleton very effective on Fairy Ring. Products applied before symptoms make for good control as long as soil temps are low (50-60 degrees F). Two apps 21 days apart as long as you are at those soil temps and then water in those apps with .25 inches.

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Spring Symposium, Dr. Clarke of Rutgers

Dr. Bruce Clarke of Rutgers talks about Fairy Ring and Pink Snow Mold. Big take away is that Bayleton very effective on Fairy Ring. Products applied before symptoms make for good control as long as soil temps are low (50-60 degrees F). Two apps 21 days apart as long as you are at those soil temps and then water in those apps with .25 inches.

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

Sierra Pacific Spring Symposium Live Blog Begins!

I’m excited. I haven’t slept in a couple days. My biggest event of the year is finally here. Months of organizing coming down to my printing name tags early this morning and driving the hour and a half to our venue, the amazing Cache Creek Casino and Resort and their fantastic golf course, Yocha-De-He. I’m sure this means Monkey Creek in some Native American language. Or not. There’s a pool and a pond. The pond is best for me, I think.   Dr. Bruce Clarke from Rutgers is first up for education.

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Sierra Pacific Spring Symposium Live Blog Begins!

I’m excited. I haven’t slept in a couple days. My biggest event of the year is finally here. Months of organizing coming down to my printing name tags early this morning and driving the hour and a half to our venue, the amazing Cache Creek Casino and Resort and their fantastic golf course, Yocha-De-He. I’m sure this means Monkey Creek in some Native American language. Or not. There’s a pool and a pond. The pond is best for me, I think.   Dr. Bruce Clarke from Rutgers is first up for education.

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

Crew Management

Once upon a time, I got fired on Christmas Day. . .  by a mean, grizzled old course owner who waited until I had performed three years worth of course upgrades and redesigns in one year, increased rounds played by 300% and tripled the stimpmeter reading from 2.5 to 7 feet... and then she fired me on Christmas Day, fully aware that my wife was nine months pregnant.   But, hey, it turned out good.  If that hadn't happened, the chain of events that led to my learning I was a crew management geniu

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

Golf course "Archie Texture"

Norm, my biological father, (although he often denied it, due to my tendency to go from 5-under to 5-over in three holes and withdraw from junior tournaments at the turn) dragged me all over Europe and the US serving as his personal golf mule. I didnt know I was a caddie for years, because Dad was thrifty. According to Dad, mules worked for food and caddies got paid.   I also served as a migrant golf worker, under the same financial arrangement, a sort of barter agreement, wherein I was allowe

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

Influences...

Most artists are quick to respond when asked to reveal the influences that shaped their work.  Musicians, writers, film directors, actors and painters can normally point to someone who had a powerful effect on their style or method; early influence isn't limited to artists, as surgeons, scientists, athletes and even businessmen almost all have someone who played a role at the beginning.   The GCS is a blend of artist and scientist, and I have yet to meet a successful superintendent who cannot

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

 

I Learn About Tour Golf...

Shortly after the Auntie Grizz incident, Dad packed us into the old Nash and headed for Dallas.  Dad's reason for heading cross-country (remember, this was in the days before interstate highways) involved furthering his golf career by learning the secret of golf from his hero Ben Hogan, who just happened to be playing a tournament down there in Texas.   To this day, I am still convinced that rather than visiting with Ben, Dad was actually endeavoring to escape from Great Grandma Mitty and her

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Randy Wilson

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