In this audiocast episode of the BASF Pin Sheet, Jon Kiger chats with long-time BASF Southeast Sales Representative -- and industry icon -- Willie Pennington. Jon and Willie cover a broad range of subjects, from Mother Nature to bent-to-Bermuda conversions, changes in levels of turf inputs over the years... and Willie's penchant for deep sea tuna fishing vacations!
Woodway Country Club in Darien, Connecticut was the first of nearly 40 golf courses with a confirmed diagnosis of problems stemming from the use of ALT 70. Communicating regularly with members and keeping them up to date on the problem as well as the cure was critical to the success of the recovery process.
ALT 70 is a fungicide with the active ingredient aluminum tris (O-ethyl phosphonate) that is marketed and distributed by United Turf Alliance. It, along with Viceroy 70DF, an identical pr
Sometimes, it's the little things that make the largest impact.
Few if any products on the trade show floor at GIS '15 in San Antonio clicked with Curtis Nickerson of University Park Country Club in Sarasota, Florida quite like the mower brushes from A.P.E. Brushes.
With brushes constructed from high-density nylon and aluminum mounting components on a system that attaches to the front of just about any walk mower and eliminates the deterioration of the brush mount.
Four strips of indepen
According to legend, John Zimmers was a pretty good baseball player back in the day at Tyrone High School in west-central Pennsylvania. But it has been his work in the golf business that grabbed the attention of folks back in his hometown of Tyrone.
On Jan. 28, Zimmers was one of eight people inducted into Tyrone High School's Golden Eagle Monogram Club.
The 2007 TurfNet Superintendent of the Year Award winner, Zimmers, 45, has been superintendent at Oakmont since 1999 after spending three y
The next time a group of golfers ask why the playing conditions at their home course don't resemble those they see on TV every week, remind them what it is involved in readying a course for just one week in the spotlight. TPC Sawgrass, home of the upcoming Players Championship, is as good an example as any.
Director of golf course maintenance Jeff Plotts, superintendent Clay Breazeale and their agronomy team spend more than half the year prepping the Stadium Course for the annual fifth major
After taking a hiatus from GIS Orlando a year ago, Doug Ayres is returning this year as the show gets a little closer to home, which for him is near California's Monterey Peninsula.
Among the items on Ayres' schedule this year are, of course, classes the first two days of show week, followed by networking with colleagues from other parts of the state and around the country. Networking for Ayres involves much more than just catching up with other superintendents. He uses the time to learn what
Networking, education, kicking tires, looking at new products. All are common and valid reasons for attending the Golf Industry Show. Scott Witte noted another reason to attend.
"I'll be squeezing in some golf with great friends," he said. "This has more value than most think. ?Many great ideas come from seeing how the other guys do it. Also a great opportunity to experience a great variety of golf course architecture, and glean ideas from the best of them."
Witte, who initiated The Bee Bar
There are a lot of things that bring superintendents to the golf industry show: education, new equipment, networking opportunities and a chance to catch up with industry vendors.
Joe Wachter is going to San Antonio for all of those reasons.
Tops on his list for this year are finding out more about drones, which can be used to provide valuable overhead views of areas on the golf course that superintendents might not otherwise be afforded. Drones also are valuable for recording top-down views
Mark Hoban, who has built a career on a minimalist philosophy that includes organic and low-risk products as well as incorporating native grasses, has a specific list of things he is looking for this year at the Golf Industry Show.
Hoban brews his own compost tea and in November was named winner of the Georgia Golf Environmental Foundation Environmental Leader of the Year Award, and he wants to learn more about efficacy of biological products and how long they persist in the soil.
"I am ho
There are many reasons the Jimmie Austin Golf Club at Oklahoma University is annually named one of the country's best college golf courses (it's ranked No. 17 on the Golfweek list of Best Campus Golf Courses).
Not the least of these reasons is superintendent Eddie Roach Jr. and his desire to maintain his education.
Like other superintendents, Roach cited three main reasons he is attending this year's Golf Industry Show in San Antonio: continuing education, networking opportunities and the
Jeff Backstrom of Cannon Golf Club in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, like much of what he saw on the trade show floor this year at GIS '15 in San Antonio, but was especially taken by the new lineup of walk-behind aerators from PlanetAir.
With aeration widths of 21, 29 and 37 inches, the self-propelled units have rollers on front and back that allow the operator to roll and aerifiy all in one step.
The PlanetAir 21, PlanetAir 29 (pictured here) and PlanetAir 37 also can accommodate PlanetAir's sl
There are a lot of challenges facing professional turf managers nowadays, not the least of which is trying to figure out a way to spread the word to the 300 million Americans who do not play golf that they are not destroying the environment.
In an industry often accused of preaching too often to the choir, Ian Everett has taken his message out of the pulpit and to the masses.
Marketing director for the Downers Grove (Illinois) Park District that includes municipal Downers Grove Golf Course
Anthony Williams, CGCS, is one of the most inspiring people we know - in any profession.
A two-time published author, Williams is a regular presenter at national and regional conferences who talks more about personal and professional development than he does managing Stone Mountain Golf Club?s bentgrass greens in Georgia?s summer heat.
We weren?t surprised when Williams developed a bucket list of 50 experiences he wanted to accomplish to commemorate his 50th birthday in 2014. Nor were we s
For some NFL fans, the New England Patriots can be a polarizing entity, even without Defategate.
Whether it's envy for the franchise's success under the tandem of coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, or confounding decisions that seemed to grant the Pats favored status, like the Snowpolow Game in 1982, or the Tuck Rule Game in 2002, or other misgivings, such as Spygate or reports of repeated attempts to deceive opponents by including false information in the team's official injury
The course at Indian Hills Golf Club in Lambton Shores, Ontario, has been conspicuously absent of golfers for the past month.
The problem has not been disease, or inclement weather at the course located about 30 miles due east of Michigan?s thumb. Instead, natural gas eruptions that have popped up in mid-June in a pond closed the course while officials could test the danger the phenomenon posed.
Utility officials said they did not have a line in the area, and local government officials i
Radrick Farms Golf Course at the University of Michigan is going to the goats.
In late June, 10 goats from Twin Willow Ranch in nearby Milan were brought in to clear out a host of invasive plants that include honeysuckle and poison ivy.
According to superintendent Dan Mausolf, Radrick Farms is the first course in Michigan to use goats for landscape management.
Course officials said they chose a natural approach over a process that would have included mowing down the plants, pulling them
No one could blame Mike McCormick if he is seeing trees in his dreams - or nightmares.
The assistant superintendent under John Zimmers at Oakmont Country Club, McCormick manned a chainsaw during a recent tree-removal project that included not only the few remaining trees around the golf course, but thousands more that covered the steep hillside east of Pennsylvania's Turnpike and a railroad line that cut through the property.
Part of an overall tree-management plan that has included removi
Classic era Stanford University Golf Course was built in 1930 by William Bell and George Thomas atop what superintendent Ken Williams describes as gummy, slow-draining clay soils.
Although Palo Alto, which is located between San Francisco and San Jose, doesn't receive a lot of rain, when it does rain those clay soils can make for a mess thanks to those clay soils. The area receives an average of about 15 inches of rain per year, most of which typically falls throughout the winter months. La
Rafael Barajas, CGCS, has gone the extra mile to educate members at Hacienda Golf Club about what he and his staff are doing to save water at the course in Hacienda Golf Club in La Habra Heights, California.
He's dedicated a page on the club blog to the subject.
With six figure spending not uncommon for golf courses in areas that receive little rainfall, irrigation efficiency is more important than ever.
The need to efficiently use our water resources has led to some
It has been a busy second half of the year at Moraine Country Club where a Keith Foster-led restoration has been the story of late.
Superintendent Jason Mahl recently shared information with the club's members on just how much work was completed in-house on the project that began June 16, giving them an indication of just how much money was saved while at the same time improving the golf course.
The project has touched all parts of the golf course (No. 17 shown here), including not just gr
The golf course maintenance business is one of relationships, where superintendents often rely on help from one another. So, when it came time to apply for this year's Syngenta Business Institute, Jim Pavonetti of Fairview Country Club in Greenwich, Connecticut, sought the advice of one of his colleagues who had attended the event in the past, Mike Brunelle of Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton, New Jersey.
The three-day educational event exposes superintendents to graduate school-level
When Chris Tritabaugh left Northland Country Club in Duluth, Minnesota, for Hazeltine National Golf Club three years ago, the Ryder Cup Matches seemed so far away. Now, Tritabaugh and his crew are in the final run-up to the Ryder Cup.
"When I started, it was almost four years to the Ryder Cup. I thought that was going to be a long time," Tritabaugh said. "These three years have flown by."
Whether it is at Hazeltine, the uber-tough Robert Trent Jones design in Chaska, just outside the Twin
Give Mike Harrison an A for effort.
Harrison, superintendent at Osoyoos Golf Club in Osoyoos, British Columbia since 1991, recently spoke to his town's Rotary Club, providing insight into his job to golfers and non-golfers alike. It might not sound like a big deal, but it is a platform most superintendents are not afforded.
Harrison talked about the challenges of the job, including personnel management at a 36-hole property, water management and more. Osoyoos is in south-central British Col
There are hazards, and then there is the greenside bunker on the fourth hole at Wildwood Golf Club near Pittsburgh.
Wildwood pro Bernie Hough watched recently as a female snapping turtle spent four hours depositing a clutch of eggs in a hazard on No. 4 on the course in suburban Allison Park.
The club is going the extra mile to help ensure the nestling turtles get a chance to survive. Superintendent Tom Fisher made sure the area was roped off so golfers dont disturb the nesting site, and gol
While many golf courses are marketed as a place to spend a weekend, the Carolina Golf Club near downtown Charlotte is a little different.
"We're not the club where you live. We're the club where you work. You can see the tops of the buildings downtown from here," said superintendent Matthew Wharton. "On weekdays, we're very busy for lunch with the business crowd."
So when it was time to rejuvinate an event lawn area near the clubhouse, it was a task Wharton and his crew took seriously.