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Off to Dublin For the All-Ireland Hurling Championship

On Sunday I went up to Dublin to experience the All-Ireland Hurling Championship. Kilkenny made it by beating Tipperary and were set to face off against Galway, the team that gave them there only loss of the season. The Game was at Croke Park and the place was electric. I had been to many professional games but I have never been to a game where everyone seemed to be yelling at every second of the game. Fans were not disappointed many feeling that it was the best hurling match that had been played in years. The game ended in a draw which means there will be a replay on the 30th. I don’t know if I’ll be lucky enough to attend the second game but I’ll be sure to get to a sports pub to enjoy the atmosphere. Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to have a hurley made for me by Eric Roche. He showed me how to make one and explained to me all the aspects which make a good hurley a good hurley. You can see the process below. The post Off to Dublin For the All-Ireland Hurling Championship appeared first on Cam Cooper from Ireland.

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Off to Dublin For the All-Ireland Hurling Championship

On Sunday I went up to Dublin to experience the All-Ireland Hurling Championship. Kilkenny made it by beating Tipperary and were set to face off against Galway, the team that gave them there only loss of the season.   The Game was at Croke Park and the place was electric. I had been to many professional games but I have never been to a game where everyone seemed to be yelling at every second of the game. Fans were not disappointed many feeling that it was the best hurling match that had been played in years. The game ended in a draw which means there will be a replay on the 30th. I don’t know if I’ll be lucky enough to attend the second game but I’ll be sure to get to a sports pub to enjoy the atmosphere.   Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to have a hurley made for me by Eric Roche. He showed me how to make one and explained to me all the aspects which make a good hurley a good hurley. You can see the process below.  

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Wheelbarrows and Shovels

Its that time of the year, time to core and top dress greens. At Mt. Juliet this happens twice a year, and accomplishes the same goals as most courses. The biggest difference is that this is all done by hand. Its a very labor intensive process but keeps equipment off of the greens and eliminates to downfalls of using the heavy equipment, such as unnecessary compaction and tight turning marks. The process is fairly similar to any other course. First we cored the greens (with a Ryan aerator) and collected the cores (by hand). Next we set up a Ty-Crop full of topdress sand on the side of the green and used it to fill the wheelbarrows. then those would be wheeled out onto the green and dumped to have someone spread the sand. To topdress all 18 greens it took us one day. After that the greens were raked to help dry the sand and to do a bit of leveling. Then they were dragged in with the sand-pro and a drag mat. I’m glad I can say I got to be a part of topdressing greens by hand. I had only heard of it from guys who had to do it before they could either afford, or had the equipment to do it. It’s definitely a rarity. The post Wheelbarrows and Shovels appeared first on Cam Cooper from Ireland.

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Wheelbarrows and Shovels

Its that time of the year, time to core and top dress greens. At Mt. Juliet this happens twice a year, and accomplishes the same goals as most courses. The biggest difference is that this is all done by hand. Its a very labor intensive process but keeps equipment off of the greens and eliminates to downfalls of using the heavy equipment, such as unnecessary compaction and tight turning marks.   The process is fairly similar to any other course. First we cored the greens (with a Ryan aerator) and collected the cores (by hand). Next we set up a Ty-Crop full of topdress sand on the side of the green and used it to fill the wheelbarrows. then those would be wheeled out onto the green and dumped to have someone spread the sand. To topdress all 18 greens it took us one day. After that the greens were raked to help dry the sand and to do a bit of leveling. Then they were dragged in with the sand-pro and a drag mat.   I’m glad I can say I got to be a part of topdressing greens by hand. I had only heard of it from guys who had to do it before they could either afford, or had the equipment to do it. It’s definitely a rarity.  













 

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Mt. Juliet Weather Station

At Mount Juliet we have a weather recording station unlike any other I have seen. Every day at 10 a.m. various air, soil, and earth temperatures along with rain recordings are collected and sent into the meteorologist for tracking. Mount Juliet is one of the only golf courses in Ireland that is also a national weather station. Mount Juliet also has a rain recorder that tracks how much rain fell and at what time.

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Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Mt. Juliet Weather Station

At Mount Juliet we have a weather recording station unlike any other I have seen. Every day at 10 a.m. various air, soil, and earth temperatures along with rain recordings are collected and sent into the meteorologist for tracking. Mount Juliet is one of the only golf courses in Ireland that is also a national weather station. Mount Juliet also has a rain recorder that tracks how much rain fell and at what time. The post Mt. Juliet Weather Station appeared first on Cam Cooper from Ireland.

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Hook Lighthouse

Last weekend I got to go see Hook Lighthouse. Its the oldest operational lighthouse in the world. I couldn’t have had better weather and the ocean was very calm and clear. Its located in Hook Head, County Wexford. Another popular tourist attraction that I saw on the way back was the Loftus Hall. Its an old mansion that is said to be haunted. I’ve heard this story multiple times from many people; A visitor knocked on the door and the people took him in for tea and dinner. After dinner they were all playing a game of cards and one fell on the floor. As one of the servants went to pick up the card they noticed the visitor had hooves instead of feet, and instantly the “guest” jumped straight up through the roof. They say it was the devil, and the roof has been tried to be repaired many times but can’t. I really enjoyed my visits to both of these places and highly recommend anyone in the area to go and check them out.

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Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Hook Lighthouse

Last weekend I got to go see Hook Lighthouse. Its the oldest operational lighthouse in the world. I couldn’t have had better weather and the ocean was very calm and clear. Its located in Hook Head, County Wexford. Another popular tourist attraction that I saw on the way back was the Loftus Hall. Its an old mansion that is said to be haunted. I’ve heard this story multiple times from many people; A visitor knocked on the door and the people took him in for tea and dinner. After dinner they were all playing a game of cards and one fell on the floor. As one of the servants went to pick up the card they noticed the visitor had hooves instead of feet, and instantly the “guest” jumped straight up through the roof. They say it was the devil, and the roof has been tried to be repaired many times but can’t. I really enjoyed my visits to both of these places and highly recommend anyone in the area to go and check them out. The post Hook Lighthouse appeared first on Cam Cooper from Ireland.

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Hand Topdressing Tees

We’ve been busy at Mt. Juliet with hand topdressing tees. I’ve never hand top dressed anything before so this was another new experience for me. At Mt. J. we hand top dress greens, every other week (lightly) and tees after hollow coring. On Tuesday I was actually throwing the sand down with a shovel, following the aerator. We went fairly thick on the tees, and because of pop-up showers, it was difficult at times for the sand to dry out. After the sand was thrown down we raked them with a bunker rake, to help them dry and to help level them off a bit. after that we dragged them in with a sand pro pulling a drag mat. We did about half of the tee boxes on every hole and will do the remaining when the cored and top dressed ones heal up.

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Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Hand Topdressing Tees

We’ve been busy at Mt. Juliet with hand topdressing tees. I’ve never hand top dressed anything before so this was another new experience for me. At Mt. J. we hand top dress greens, every other week (lightly) and tees after hollow coring. On Tuesday I was actually throwing the sand down with a shovel, following the aerator. We went fairly thick on the tees, and because of pop-up showers, it was difficult at times for the sand to dry out. After the sand was thrown down we raked them with a bunker rake, to help them dry and to help level them off a bit. after that we dragged them in with a sand pro pulling a drag mat. We did about half of the tee boxes on every hole and will do the remaining when the cored and top dressed ones heal up. The post Hand Topdressing Tees appeared first on Cam Cooper from Ireland.

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Road Trip to Lahinch!

This weekend I’m off to Lahinch to watch a friend, Robbie Farrell, play in the South Ireland Amateur Open. It took us over three hours to make the drive out west to the course and made it late afternoon on Friday for a practice round. Alan Furness, who also works at Mt. J, will be caddying for him for the tournament. I got to walk around and see the course, and even hit a few drives. The course is unbelievable and I can see why its on so many peoples lists of courses they need to play when there in Ireland. Good luck to Robbie in the tournament!  

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Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Road Trip to Lahinch!

This weekend I’m off to Lahinch to watch a friend, Robbie Farrell, play in the South Ireland Amateur Open. It took us over three hours to make the drive out west to the course and made it late afternoon on Friday for a practice round. Alan Furness, who also works at Mt. J, will be caddying for him for the tournament. I got to walk around and see the course, and even hit a few drives. The course is unbelievable and I can see why its on so many peoples lists of courses they need to play when there in Ireland. Good luck to Robbie in the tournament!   The post Road Trip to Lahinch! appeared first on Cam Cooper from Ireland.

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

The Fastest Game on Grass

“King Henry” Shefflin, widely regarded as one of the greatest hurling players of all-time. Before I came to Ireland I knew little about Gaelic sports.The most popular one in Co. Kilkenny is hurling. Its a lightning fast game that, as best as I can describe it, is a mix between, lacrosse, hockey, soccer, and Gaelic football. Fans go absolutely wild for this amateur sport. Kilkenny is the best hurling team in Ireland, being perennial favorites every year and winning the All-Ireland championship five of the last six years. Kilkenny in action against Galway. Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Final[/caption]I witnessed a rarity recently when Kilkenny lost to Galway in the Leinster Finals, a championship they had won every year for the last eight years. Kilkenny still has a chance to make a run at the All-Ireland, it will just be a longer and more trying road ahead. It is possible for them to meet rival Tipperary in the semis, a match that many Kilkenny Cat fans are looking forward to. I can’t wait to watch as Kilkenny goes for the All-Ireland and hopefully brings home the championship.

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Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

The Fastest Game on Grass

“King Henry” Shefflin, widely regarded as one of the greatest hurling players of all-time. Before I came to Ireland I knew little about Gaelic sports. The most popular one in Co. Kilkenny is hurling. Its a lightning fast game that, as best as I can describe it, is a mix between, lacrosse, hockey, soccer, and Gaelic football. Fans go absolutely wild for this amateur sport. Kilkenny is the best hurling team in Ireland, being perennial favorites every year and winning the All-Ireland championship five of the last six years. Kilkenny in action against Galway. Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Final[/caption]I witnessed a rarity recently when Kilkenny lost to Galway in the Leinster Finals, a championship they had won every year for the last eight years. Kilkenny still has a chance to make a run at the All-Ireland, it will just be a longer and more trying road ahead. It is possible for them to meet rival Tipperary in the semis, a match that many Kilkenny Cat fans are looking forward to. I can’t wait to watch as Kilkenny goes for the All-Ireland and hopefully brings home the championship. The post The Fastest Game on Grass appeared first on Cam Cooper from Ireland.

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Bunker Drainage with Trevor Dargan

The month of June was one of the wettest on record here. Almost every course has problems with bunker washouts in heavy rain, but proper sub-surface drainage can help prevent severe washouts, saving man-hours and sand. When I visited Woodenbridge Golf Club, in Wicklow, course superintendent Trevor Dargan was kind enough to share how he has installs bunker drainage. Woodenbridge Golf Club is situated just south of the town of Arklow in County Wicklow, where the Avoca and Aughrim rivers meet. It is on a flood plain that usually floods once every ten years or so. Knowing this fact, Trevor directs several aspects of his product purchases and construction/maintenance practices accordingly. More to come from my visit…

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Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Bunker Drainage with Trevor Dargan

The month of June was one of the wettest on record here. Almost every course has problems with bunker washouts in heavy rain, but proper sub-surface drainage can help prevent severe washouts, saving man-hours and sand. When I visited Woodenbridge Golf Club, in Wicklow, course superintendent Trevor Dargan was kind enough to share how he has installs bunker drainage. Woodenbridge Golf Club is situated just south of the town of Arklow in County Wicklow, where the Avoca and Aughrim rivers meet. It is on a flood plain that usually floods once every ten years or so. Knowing this fact, Trevor directs several aspects of his product purchases and construction/maintenance practices accordingly. More to come from my visit… The post Bunker Drainage with Trevor Dargan appeared first on Cam Cooper from Ireland.

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Independence Day

In honor of Independence Day back in the states, it would be a good time to look at part of how Ireland gained its independence. Kilmainham Gaol (jail) is one of the oldest prisons in Ireland. Built by the British in 1789, it was made to hold Irish criminals and would later hold many famous patriots such as Robert Emmet, Joseph Plunkett (who married his wife Grace hours before his execution), and Eamon de Valera, who was the last prisoner and would become the first president. The Gaol was shut down in 1924. The Irish Government restored the Gaol in the 1960s and it is now a museum and tours are given daily. If you are in Dublin I highly recommend seeing this historic part of Ireland.

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Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Independence Day

In honor of Independence Day back in the states, it would be a good time to look at part of how Ireland gained its independence. Kilmainham Gaol (jail) is one of the oldest prisons in Ireland. Built by the British in 1789, it was made to hold Irish criminals and would later hold many famous patriots such as Robert Emmet, Joseph Plunkett (who married his wife Grace hours before his execution), and Eamon de Valera, who was the last prisoner and would become the first president. The Gaol was shut down in 1924. The Irish Government restored the Gaol in the 1960s and it is now a museum and tours are given daily. If you are in Dublin I highly recommend seeing this historic part of Ireland. The post Independence Day appeared first on Cam Cooper from Ireland.

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Three Weeks Down

The 5th hole at Mt. Juliet My third week at Mt. Juliet gave me a glimpse of how nice the weather in Ireland could be. Unfortunately there was still quiet a bit of rain. The highlight of the week was, of course the trip with Aidan to Dublin on Wednesday. Greens Mower at Mt. Juliet I was lucky enough to get a day of flymowing bunker faces (we also flymow water hazards at Mt. J). I walk-mowed greens, tees and approaches, and spent some time on the rough mower, along with other daily maintenance tasks. I can’t believe Im starting my fourth week already… time is flying by! Hopefully the weather breaks for longer than a day or two.   A Great Workout! The post Three Weeks Down appeared first on Cam Cooper from Ireland.

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Directing Golfers

Keeping golfers off of delicate areas to avoid traffic damage is a always a problem. Mt. Juliet uses wire hoops to direct golfers away from places they shouldn’t be. I haven’t seen these anywhere else and think it’s a great idea. It doesn’t interfere with play and they don’t fall over or sag like ropes do. There are also signs on many tee boxes, telling golfers to keep the trollies (pull carts) off of the tee.

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Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Directing Golfers

Keeping golfers off of delicate areas to avoid traffic damage is a always a problem. Mt. Juliet uses wire hoops to direct golfers away from places they shouldn’t be. I haven’t seen these anywhere else and think it’s a great idea. It doesn’t interfere with play and they don’t fall over or sag like ropes do. There are also signs on many tee boxes, telling golfers to keep the trollies (pull carts) off of the tee. The post Directing Golfers appeared first on Cam Cooper from Ireland.

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Road trip!

Wednesday, Aidan took me into Dublin to meet Michael Bavier (co-author of Practical Golf course Maintenance, The Magic of Greenkeeping, the third edition of which is being printed) and Joe Bedford, superintendent of Hollystown Golf Club in Dublin. Michael was in town because he and his wife happen to be on a cruise that made port in Dublin and he, Aidan and Joe have been long time friends. It was a blast talking turf and listening to them compare notes and talk about what they have been up too since their last meeting. Me with Aidan The real treat for me was the drive to and from Dublin with Aidan, where I was able to pick his brain about Mt. Juliet, and many other aspects of managing a golf course. He explained the tough parts of the job and what he found most enjoyable, along with his ideas about turf management. It was the first time I’d really had a chance to talk with him since we had both been so busy with work at the course, and I look forward to learning more.

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Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Road trip!

Wednesday, Aidan took me into Dublin to meet Michael Bavier (co-author of Practical Golf course Maintenance, The Magic of Greenkeeping, the third edition of which is being printed) and Joe Bedford, superintendent of Hollystown Golf Club in Dublin. Michael was in town because he and his wife happen to be on a cruise that made port in Dublin and he, Aidan and Joe have been long time friends. It was a blast talking turf and listening to them compare notes and talk about what they have been up too since their last meeting. Me with Aidan The real treat for me was the drive to and from Dublin with Aidan, where I was able to pick his brain about Mt. Juliet, and many other aspects of managing a golf course. He explained the tough parts of the job and what he found most enjoyable, along with his ideas about turf management. It was the first time I’d really had a chance to talk with him since we had both been so busy with work at the course, and I look forward to learning more. The post Road trip! appeared first on Cam Cooper from Ireland.

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Week 2, In The Books

My second week at Mount Juliet was filled with rain. Minor Bunker Washout It felt like I would never see the sun again. We were interrupted top dressing a fairway because the rain came so quickly. We had many bunker washouts, and had to spend a lot of man-hours repairing them. We also had to spend a good amount of time catching up on mowing. The rough and light rough (intermediate rough) were extremely long, and in some cases needed to be double or triple cut. I personally had difficulty with the length of the grass on the driving range, where I was assigned to learn how to operate a Toro fairway unit. Because of the amount of grass to be cut, the blades were getting clogged with clippings. The mechanics replaced the cutting units with freshly sharpened and ground ones, which worked better but a rotary mower (Jacobsen Turfcat) had to cut it the following day followed by the fairway unit. Tom, one of two mechanics, replacing a fairway cutting unit I’m looking forward to the next week, I’m really hoping to have some nice weather and maybe get in a round or two on the course.

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Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

 

Week 2, In The Books

My second week at Mount Juliet was filled with rain. Minor Bunker Washout It felt like I would never see the sun again. We were interrupted top dressing a fairway because the rain came so quickly. We had many bunker washouts, and had to spend a lot of man-hours repairing them. We also had to spend a good amount of time catching up on mowing. The rough and light rough (intermediate rough) were extremely long, and in some cases needed to be double or triple cut. I personally had difficulty with the length of the grass on the driving range, where I was assigned to learn how to operate a Toro fairway unit. Because of the amount of grass to be cut, the blades were getting clogged with clippings. The mechanics replaced the cutting units with freshly sharpened and ground ones, which worked better but a rotary mower (Jacobsen Turfcat) had to cut it the following day followed by the fairway unit. Tom, one of two mechanics, replacing a fairway cutting unit I’m looking forward to the next week, I’m really hoping to have some nice weather and maybe get in a round or two on the course. The post Week 2, In The Books appeared first on Cam Cooper from Ireland.

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

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