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A 15-part podcast series on TurfNet RADIO, presented by Golf Preservations and Jacobsen.

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Scott Ramsay, CGCS, and the ongoing green reclamation at Yale Golf Course

In this episode of the TurfNet Renovation Report, host Anthony Pioppi chats with Scott Ramsay, CGCS, about the ongoing restoration of the Seth Raynor-designed classic at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.   Ramsay has been at Yale since 2003 and was the TurfNet Superintendent of the Year in 2006. Working for an academic institution, he occasionally claims the tongue-in-cheek title of "Director of the Department of Applied Botany" at Yale.   The "renovation of the renovation" at Yale -- a complete renovation was finished up in 2003 -- focuses on reclaiming lost green area and tree removal. The Yale course in the middle of a 450 urban forest owned by the university.   Ramsay quips that "we don't measure greens here in square feet... we measure them in acres".  He relies on a 1934 aerial map along with poking a lot of holes to find the cinder choker layer that Raynor liked to use. Once the original green outline is determined, he uses the "scalp and pray" method to bring the turf to green height.   He also discusses his new 15,000 sq ft plug nursery in which he has cultivated the mix of German bents, velvets, Penncross and Poa that match the original turf on the golf course.   Spend a half hour or so with Tony and Scott!  Good conversation!   Presented by Golf Preservations, the greens drainage specialists and full service restoration/renovation contractors.  

Anthony Pioppi with Michael Vessely of Culver Academies Golf Course: A Picasso in the Attic

In this episode of the TurfNet Renovation Report, host Anthony Pioppi chats with Michael Vessely about the 2016 renovation of the long-fallow William Langford/Theodore Moreau 9-hole golf course at Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana.   Vessely, now golf course superintendent at Culver Academies, explains how the "Picasso was discovered in their attic" and Bobby Weed and Chris Monti brought in to spearhead a complete recovery/restoration project. And there's a Dye connection as well!   Listen in as Tony and Mike dig into how the Langford/Moreau classic was brought back to life as a rustic, classic early 20th Century golf course with 2018 conditioning.   Presented by Golf Preservations, offering golf course drainage and full renovation services.  

Anthony Pioppi with restoration pro Ron Forse...

In this episode of the TurfNet Renovation Report, host Anthony Pioppi talks with golf course architect Ron Forse of Forse Design, Inc., about his restoration of classic (and renovation of some modern) golf courses, and the role of the superintendent in a renovation project.   What defines a good superintendent during a restoration or renovation project? Hint: He or she is the "hub of the wheel".   Tony and Ron wind up chatting about golf course archaeology, including the Seth Raynor Ocean Links course.   Presented by Golf Preservations.    
 

Matt Powell: Renovation of the Seth Raynor layout at Dedham C&PC

In this episode of the TurfNet Renovation Report, sponsored by Golf Preservations, (new) host Anthony Pioppi chats with Matt Powell about the soon to be opened Brian Silva renovation of the Seth Raynor layout at Dedham Country and Polo Club in the metro Boston area.   Thanks, Matt, and welcome, Tony, to the TurfNet team!    
 

Forrest Richardson: Reinventing Mountain Shadows for today's golfer and economy

In this episode of the TurfNet Renovation Report, host Jon Kiger chats with golf course architect Forrest Richardson about the 2017 renovation and re-invention of the Short Course at Mountain Shadows (and resort) located near Scottsdale in Paradise Valley, Arizona.   The original golf course at Mountain Shadows was designed and built in 1961 by Arthur Jack Snyder. Course architect Forrest Richardson, one of Snyders students, completely redesigned the course to be a true par-3 with an eye toward retaining the fun for golfers, maintaining the diversity of golf holes, controlling pace of play, and containing maintenance costs while increasing the revenue potential of the facility.   With 18 holes ranging from 200 yards to 75 yards, the footprint of the Short Course at Mountain Shadows was reduced from the original 40 acres to 33 acres, with only 13.5 acres of managed turf. The reclaimed seven acres were converted to residential purposes which made the entire project attractive and successful financially.   The 17.5 hole, the Forrest Wager -- named after Richardson -- is a par 2 golf hole where the object is to play against your opponents in similar fashion to the golf game Bingo Bango Bongo. One point is awarded for the closest to the hole on the first shot played, another for the first player to hole out and a third point for the lowest score.   The TurfNet Renovation Report is sponsored by Golf Preservations and Jacobsen.          

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Chris Monti: Practice Facility Renovation at Interlachen Country Club

In this episode of the TurfNet Renovation Report -- presented by Jacobsen and Golf Preservations --  Jon Kiger chats with Chris Monti, senior design associate with Bobby Weed Golf Design about the recent practice facility renovation at Interlachen Country Club in Winter Park, FL.   The new facility features a 10,000 square-foot putting green with subtle contours, a chipping green with generous surrounds to allow for a variety of shots and a bunker green with four bunkers of varying sizes. The project also includes an enlarged main tee area on the range, with a two-bay academy building planned for the future.   New, updated turfgrass varieties were used, as was a synthetic revetted bunker product.  

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Rick Tegtmeier: 4-year, 36-hole renovation at Des Moines Golf & Country Club

In this episode of the TurfNet Renovation Report, host Peter McCormick chats with Rick Tegtmeier, CGCS MG, about the recently completed four-year, 36-hole renovation project at Des Moines Golf & Country Club where he has been director of grounds since 2007. A humorous anecdote about architect Pete Dye... mistakes made and lessons learned... tips for dealing with architects, working with contractors and how to get the best from in-house staff... Rick lays it all out for us.   Whether you're embarking on a renovation project or might be some day in the future, there's something for everyone to file away and put to use.  

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

The Renovation Report with Thomas Bastis, CGCS... 8 years after.

Eight Years. It's a blink of an eye. Thomas Bastis checks in with Dave Wilber 8 years after his world class renovation of The California Golf Club of San Francisco.   Thomas shares his experience in looking back as his old/new golf course matures. It hasn't all been easy. But he's candid about what worked and what didn't work and what he might do again.   He also gets firm and fast with some good stories and insights. And being the early adopting tech leader that he is, Thomas speaks about what he's working on. Always keeping it new.   It's an hour of deep conversation and insight with one of the industry greats.    The TurfNet Renovation Report is sponsored by Golf Preservations and by Jacobsen and is only on TurfNet Radio.    

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

Graeme Beatt: Renovating Royal Portrush for the 2019 Open

In this episode of the TurfNet Renovation Report, host Jon Kiger chats with Graeme Beatt, course manager at Royal Portrush Golf Club (Co.Antrim, Northern Ireland).   Topics include renovations in preparation for hosting the 2019 (British) Open... and Graeme's recent opportunity to meet Queen Elizabeth at Royal Portrush.   Presented by Golf Preservations and Jacobsen.  

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Braemar Golf Course, Edina, Minnesota: 18 better holes from 27

In this episode of the TurfNet Renovation Report, presented by Golf Preservations and Jacobsen, host Jon Kiger chats with Ann Kattreh, Director of Parks & Recreation for the city of Edina, Minnesota, and Richard Mandell, ASGCA, about the upcoming renovation of the Braemar Golf Course.   Braemar will be reduced from 27 to 18 holes, with the extra elbow room for the new 18 allowing expanded wetland buffer areas, wider fairways, and larger greens and tee boxes.    In order to keep maintenance costs in line, only 44 sand bunkers will be created, ground contours will include simple rolls and undulations to enable efficient mowing, and hand work will be minimized.   Mandell discusses his philosophy of tee shot distance equity that intends for golfers of various abilities to play the same club -- not necessarily the same distance -- into a green.   Construction started in October with opening slated for the summer of 2018.  

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Bradley Klein reflects on Arnold Palmer and his impact on golf

In this episode of The Renovation Report, host Peter McCormick chats with Bradley Klein, architecture editor of Golfweek, about Arnold Palmer and his legacy within the golf industry.   Brad had numerous interactions with Palmer dating back to 1976.  He recalls some of those anecdotes, including flying in Arnie's plane, and the time they were in Palm Springs and Arnie threw him the keys to his Cadillac, telling Brad to have fun for a few days while he tended to a few things.   With this recording done just a day after Palmer's passing and at the beginning of Ryder Cup week at Hazeltine, it's an apt time to reflect on Palmer's immeasurable impact on golf.  

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

An Assistant's Perspective... with Andy O'Haver

Andy O'Haver is the assistant superintendent at Meadowbrook CC outside of Detroit. Meadowbrook is being transformed by architect Andy Staples. It's a gigantic job.   Andy took the time to talk to Dave Wilber (from his cell phone, in the field) about the role that he plays as an Assistant Super at Meadowbrook. Andy's eye opening experience comes to life in a really good way. And anyone who is going to come anywhere near a golf course renovation project should understand that the team is important. And often the team is led in the trenches by The Sergeants. The leaders of the Enlisted Corps. The Assistant.    Dave and Andy have a great conversation. He's candid. And he's got passion. A combination that is hard to beat.    

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

The Renovation Report with Architect Jay Blasi

Even if you haven't heard of Jay Blasi, you've probably seen his work.  From Chambers Bay to Santa Anna Country Club to Sharp Park, Jay Blasi is one of those people who have been involved with bringing interesting design to Modern Golf.   Dave Wilber talks with Blasi about Jay's story, his development as a staff architect with RTJ2, and his transition to independent architect with Jay Blasi Design. Some great tips are given for planning and executing renovation and restoration work.    Yet another great episode with a great member of the construction and renovation community.   The TurfNet Renovation Report is sponsored by Jacobsen and by Golf Preservations.  

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

Renovation Report: Straight Talk with Architect Mike Young

Golf course architect Mike Young and host Dave Wilber get into the reality of design, renovation, restoration and rehabilitation.   With over 40 designs under his belt, Mike Young has been a strong voice in the golf construction and renovation business for a very long time. A great communicator and an outspoken thinker, Mike doesn't suffer fools or pull punches when it comes to telling it like it is. Maybe it is his Georgia roots. Maybe it is just who he is. Perhaps both.   But quiet passion is still passion. And now Mike, along with his son, Ashley, finds himself in the position of owner/operator of golf courses. The hour flew by. Don't miss this very important guest, in a very important time in the history of golf design.   To learn more about Mike Young and Mike Young Design, go here.  To see Mike's videos with TurfNet's Randy Wilson, go here.    The TurfNet Renovation Report is brought to you by Jacobsen and Golf Preservations... and is only found on TurfNet Radio.  

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

Renovation Report: Larry Rodgers talks irrigation in a renovation

Irrigation can be a lot of things. But in a renovation and restoration situation, it can often be the most expensive and most complicated part of a project. But with the right focus and some good decision making, irrigation work doesn't have to be a nightmare.   Irrigation designer Larry Rodgers has had a great career. Working with over 680 facilities, he's seen it all. From the very top end to places no one has ever heard of, Larry has combined his love for irrigation, golf, travel and superintendents. The result has been a recipe for making a real impact on the turfgrass professional stage.   In this interview, Larry chats with host Dave Wilber about how to look at a system redesign. Where are the big cost factors? What are the pitfalls of technology? How can you better sell irrigation updates?     For more info on Larry Rodgers and the Larry Rodgers Design Group, go here.   For more info on Samson Bailey's recent difficult story (mentioned in the intro), go here.   The Renovation Report is only on TurfNet Radio and is sponsored by Jacobsen and by Golf Preservations.

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

Renovation Report: Samson Bailey of Golf Preservations

Join Dave Wilber as he talks with Samson Bailey of Golf Preservations and learns about the amazing things that this company is doing for golf!   Samson Bailey is Owner, CEO and Visionary of Golf Preservations. For a decade, his company has been installing drainage and working with renovation and restoration at some of America's finest golf facilities. Samson talks about how he got started, how he looks at often challenging work and how he believes in doing it right.   In addition to all he is doing, Samson last year leased the 9-hole Middlesboro Country Club in Middlesboro, KY. One of America's oldest golf facilities, Middlesboro was approaching being yet another failed golf facility. Samson has stepped up to the tee to restore this facility to playable condition. Creating recreation and jobs for his community, this story shows that great people can make a real difference for struggling golf courses.     The TurfNet Renovation Report is brought to you by Jacobsen and by Golf Preservations.

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

Renovation Report: Jim Urbina of Urbina Golf Design

Golf course architect Jim Urbina is one of those people that has been making it happen for 25 years in the industry. Jim's no nonsense style and dedicated study of the classics of golf course architecture make him one of the most interesting people in the world of golf design.   Jim talks about his growing understanding of the relationship between golf course designer and golf course superintendent. His care for restoration of classic design is spiced with his care for the maintenance of the playing surface. Jim's perspective is unique.   To find out more about Jim Urbina, check out his website, here.   The TurfNet Renovation Report is brought to you by Jacobsen and by Golf Preservations -- and is only found on TurfNet Radio.  

Dave Wilber

Dave Wilber

 

Dave Wilber with Pat Sisk, CGCS, of Milwaukee Country Club

Join Dave Wilber as he talks with Pat Sisk, CGCS, about the history and caretaking of Milwaukee Country Club.   Milwaukee Country Club is one of those places. It has history and character. Patrick Sisk commands the helm and does it well.   Learn about the selection process, bringing in Tom Doak's Renaissance Golf Design. And Pat talks about the support that the club gives in the way of a long term green chairman.   If you ever wondered how "they" do it, here is a chance to hear how.      

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Jim Alwine: Turf Reduction at Bernardo Heights Country Club

In this episode of The Renovation Report, Dave Wilber talks to Jim Alwine about his turf reduction program at Bernardo Heights Country Club.   The California water picture has been a difficult minefield to navigate. Hear from San Diego area superintendent Jim Alwine as he talks about his water situation and how his club has removed 33% of their turf to save water without throwing away playability. There's no question that we all will have to face the issue of water restrictions in some fashion. And at the same time, reducing turf acreage just makes sense for many situations.     Jim has excellent insight into the communications needed with regulators, community and members. Check out his blog here.         Download the .mp3 here, or subscribe to TurfNetRADIO via iTunes and Stitcher to get every new episode as they are produced.  

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Tommy Naccarato: "Superintendents are our stars, the real heroes of the business..."

In this episode of the TurfNet Renovation Report, Dave Wilber chats with Tommy Naccarato, golf architecture expert, golf historian and digital artist/Photoshop wunderkind.      One of the leading voices on Internet golf discussion forums for years, Tommy talks about how he turned his passion for art, architecture, golf and the digital world into his dream job. You'll hear Tommy's story as it led up to his work with Gil Hanse on the Rio 2016 Golf Project.   Tommy also has a passion for golf course superintendents, which comes out in every part of this interview. One tidbit: "Superintendents are our stars, the real heroes of the business...  they lay themselves out on the line every day."   And another: "I truly believe in 'death to clueless green committee members'..."   To download the .mp3 for offline listening, right-click/tap here and select "Save Target (or link) As".

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Dave Wilber with Jeff Mingay: Influence of the golf ball on the industry today

Canadian golf course architect Jeff Mingay isn't short of opinions. Neither is Dave Wilber. Listen in as Dave chats with Jeff about the state of golf today, particularly as influenced by the modern golf ball.   Just a peek: Imagine what today's ballparks would be like if the baseball had evolved in a fashion similar to the golf ball...   Check it out below, or right-click/tap here to download the .mp3 for offline listening. It's an hour of really good stuff.  

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Don Mahaffey: "There's more than one way of doing it..."

Don Mahaffey came up in the golf business from the ground up, or the back door, or via a "non-traditional" path... whatever one wants to call it.   He is now a golf course builder... working greenkeeper... consultant and project manager.   Don's ideas and methods are unique and at times controversial. He doesn't buy into the "more is better" approach to golf course management. He has an appreciation of the bottom line, separating the necessary from the fluff, holding the line on the cost of building and maintaining golf courses while still presenting a fun and enjoyable product.   There's no shortage of passion or opinion on Don's part. Join Don Mahaffey and Dave Wilber as they dig deep into renovation and restoration in today's challenging golf climate.     To listen offline, click/tap here and select "Save Link/Target As" to download the .mp3.   The TurfNet Renovation Report is presented by Golf Preservations and Jacobsen.

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Dave Wilber chats with Andy Staples - architect, master planner, innovator

If you think you understand golf facility Master Planning, think again. In this episode of the TurfNet Renovation Report, we have one of the greatest minds in the planning process to talk about what really matters.   Andy Staples is an Architect, Master Planner and Innovator. Dave Wilber spends time with one of the brightest lights in the future of Golf. We'll get to understand what's working and what's not working in the world of design and implementation.     The TurfNet Renovation Report is sponsored by Golf Preservations and Jacobsen.  To download this episode for offline listening, click here.

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Dave Wilber with rebel/anarchist Armen Suny

This episode of The Renovation Report, hosted by Dave Wilber, features Armen Suny of Suny Zokol Golf Design.   If you don't know Armen, you are in for a real treat. His candid, real-world and experienced opinion is one of the most unique and sought-after opinions in the industry. His blog, The Anarchist's Guide to Golf Design is a place for true unfettered ideas.       Some quotes from Armen during the show:   "Superintendents have much more sway in renovation projects than they ever think they do..."   "Come up with your (target) green speeds before you design the golf course. What a novel concept!"    "The fine fescue (at Chambers Bay) was going to be on the edge... add in a tough year, and those true annual types of Poa... you know, Dave, NOBODY talked about the different kinds of Poa and why we were looking at that ugly annual Poa..."   Much more!  There's a full hour of great stuff like that between Dave and Armen.  Listen above or download the .mp3 for offline listening.   Suny Zokol Golf Design, LTD. is the partnership of 25 year PGA Tour veteran Richard Zokol and Armen Suny, a former Superintendent and General Manager at Top 100 golf courses including Shadow Creek, Castle Pines GC, Cherry Hills CC. SZGD believe in nature-based minimalist design focusing on the ground game and cost effective superior golf that is aesthetically engaging. They hand craft bunkers and design/build great golf courses on-site with a talented group of operator/shapers.

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

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