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Randy and the gang at Rockbottum Country Club pontificate on Rockbottum wisdom and skeletal golf, among other madness.

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Straight Talk and Common Sense, Mike Young--Part One

Mike Young is a golf course architect gifted with a realistic view of the golf business and a straightforward manner guaranteed to make the various alphabet organizations uncomfortable.   Mike's common sense approach will be familiar to a number of TurfNet members who lean toward a pragmatic, grass-roots sensibility in dealing with the current hysteria surrounding the health of golf.   "Straight Talk and Common Sense" is a Rockbottum CC series aimed at countering the storm of ad agency propa

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

Magic Vanishing Topdressing, Concrete Biscuits

In this short film, Mark Hoban discusses test plots and Elly May biscuits.   Robert Womac of Golf Agronomics drops by to educate me about invisible topdressing and also knocks Ken Mangum off his "Best Hair In The Golf Industry" throne.

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

Rockbottum: Ten Years From Now

The loudest voice in my head is MGP, or The Mad Golf Prophet.   Occasionally he forces his way to my frontal lobe, demanding that I deliver his current prediction or he will do something crazy.  As usual, I foolishly ignored him and then watched in horror as he made good on his threat.    MGP ruthlessly terrorized a foursome of Foot-Golfers by collapsing on the turf, writhing in agony and clutching clearly undamaged body parts.    After a few seconds of near-death, MGP suddenly hopped up a

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

Censored '09 TN News Video Resurfaces!

We intentionally buried this news program deep in the dungeon vault after numerous threats from committee members and our accountant, but we have experienced a sudden inexplicable desire to "tell it all, brethren, tell it all".   Or it could be the effects of a week of fly-fishing in the NC mountains, drinking an exquisite beer called "Dirt Wolf" and our new film isn't ready yet.      

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

Fred Gehrisch, CGCS, IM (Idea Man)

Highlands Falls CC, deep in the rugged mountains of western North Carolina, is like a fairy tale golf course.  It's almost too beautiful to be real, the layout is gentle and inviting and the inhabitants of this enchanted rain forest are far too pleasant for country club members.   The air is special here, at just over 4,000 feet, and standing amidst the firs, spruces and rhododendrons, it's hard to tell what is natural and what is intensively manicured.  Noisy mountain streams, towering hemloc

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

Grass Cart Paths?

We recently visited with Super-Sod's Ben Copeland, Jr., in Fort Valley, Georgia.  Ben is another of those forward thinkers, one of the sharp minds driving the leading edge in the turf business.     Like Mark Hoban, Chris Cupit, Mark Esoda and Anthony Williams, Ben Copeland is helping the turf industry to develop an aggressive defense mechanism by taking a proactive environmental stance.  Testing new techniques and implementing successful variations customized to individual operations could res

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

The Testing Begins

In Part 3 of 'Chasing Rivermont", Megan Hartman from the University of Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin, arrives at Rivermont early one morning to implement test procedures.     Aided by Robert Nelson, Megan begins work on over 200 plots, using commercial products and Mark's special brew at varying rates.   The Rockbottum crew was there to record the initial phase and will report back on UGA's findings.     Ludell, Rockbottum Films' producer/director, tested Mark's compost brew and qu

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

Chasing Rivermont

'Chasing Rivermont' is a Rockbottum film series about a country club near Atlanta with a practical, comprehensive plan for facing the future of golf. Chris Cupit, Owner/GM of Rivermont, grew up in the golf industry, thoroughly grounded in realistic golf management.  Cupit is not one of the wild-eyed money people that burst into golf during the artificial growth spurt triggered by a foundation.  He is very aware of the difference between the game of golf and the corporatocracy of golf.

Is Modern TV Golf Healthy?

Last weekend, in the lounge of the GCS Rest Home and Asylum, we were watching a TV show about sunsets and separate outdoor bathtubs on the ED Channel, when they interrupted regularly scheduled programming to show a golf tournament.   We watched in horror as a skinny fellow in bedroom slippers marked his ball repeatedly, obsessively changing the alignment of a magic line on his ball.  His behavior was apparently contagious, as we all began to flinch, twitch and squirm.   Nurse Diesel, our com

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

How To Woo Your Members

There are times when wisdom dictates one must capitulate to the pressures created by the irrational Cult of Customer Service--so we shot this instructional film:     "How To Woo Your Members".  

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

Overseed Overdose

Here at The Rock, we haven't had a confirmed case of Augusta Syndrome for years, mostly due to the economic climate.  Our patrons just can't afford annual trips over there.  The other reason has been the facial recognition software employed by Augusta Security Specialists.   This year we suffered an outbreak of AS when a dozen of our patrons chartered a Toyota Tercel and went on a pilgrimage.   Tilda Mae Wooten and her husband Tooten returned with a demand that we install a cupola on top of

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson

Prediction: Top Golf Scientist Makes A Mistake!

Here at The Rock, we fear the top scientist in golf is about to make a mistake.  Our evidence for this prediction:  He made this mistake last year.   But we forgave him and we ask that you do the same this year.  Please overlook whatever foa paws pop out of his mouth, in the event he tries to debunk :  The Augusta Syndrome." Quote I can pinpoint when AS first surfaced. If he says, "There's no such thing" or "Quit whining and deal with it" or "UFOs Aren't Real", just cut him some slack.  

Randy Wilson

Randy Wilson


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