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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 play

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 p

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

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) a

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. Source

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 championshi

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

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

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

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

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 maintenan

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. Source

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 s

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 s

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 wit

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 wit

Peter McCormick

Peter McCormick

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