Monday, January 22, 2018

2018 Golf Industry Show

Happy to announce I'll be covering the upcoming for I will be on the trade show floor filming video's of all the latest and greatest products offered. Follow along via Twitter @oncourseturf or @turfnet. You can also go to to check all the coverage of the show. The hashtag #GIS18 can also be used. It's going to be a lot of fun, hope you come along for the ride!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Winter? Where?

The calendar says winter, but if you look outside in many parts of Colorado it's not! In my 25 years of living in the Vail Valley, this is the driest winter yet. As of January 15th the SWE (Snow Water Equivalent) is at 47% of normal for Vail Mountain. Many golf courses in Colorado, especially the front range and western slope continue to winter water to prevent desiccation. Although there is a lot of winter left, it's certainly starting to sound the alarms concerning water availability and drought for this summer.
Most recent SWE graph.

Walking Eagle Ranch Golf Club on January 15th, it didn't seem like winter.

This is what I usually see on Eagle Ranch GC this time of year.
The groomer hasn't left the shop this season!

Haven't even dusted off the Nordic skate ski's this season. Normally I have
about 30 days of skating in at this time.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

2017 Year in Review - Tips and Tricks Video

This is another Tips and Tricks video I produced for with Brian Boll, superintendent of North Oaks Golf Club in Minnesota, which received many views. In this video, Brian explains the Murphy Pump, which is a fabulous liquid transfer pump. This pump is designed and built by Ken Rost of This is something no facility should be without. View HERE

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2017 Year in Review - Tips and Tricks Video

This Tips and Tricks video I produced for with Joel Kachmarek, superintendent of Tacoma Country and Golf Club received the most views for the year. Fabulous idea by Joel showing the use of a ski rack to help transport hoses on the golf course quickly and efficiently. View HERE 

Sunday, December 24, 2017

TurfNet Video - Area or Zone Management

This ON COURSE video for TurfNetTV received the most attention of 2017. Incredible amount of great feedback I received throughout the year concerning this Zone or Area Management philosophy. Thanks to all for their wonderful compliments. View HERE

My favorite compliment concerning this video. Thanks Paul!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Snow Water Equivilency

I know it's early in the winter season, but let's just say things are off to a very bad start. Snow water equivalency for Vail Mountain is at 21% of normal. I don't think I have seen it this low ever, for this time of year? Fortunately, it's still early and things can change quickly. Take a look at the latest graph.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

TurfNet TV - Latest Video is Live

My latest video for is live. In this video I talk about one of the most important pruning techniques to know, the Undercut. Use this video as a training tool for your staff to help educate them on proper pruning. To view, click HERE

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Vole Test Plots Established

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit with both the Sonnenalp Club and Red Sky Ranch. The purpose of my visit was to establish some test plots for vole repellency/control using Milorganite organic fertilizer. Thanks to Neil Tretter, Sonnenalp Club and Michael Miner, Red Sky Ranch for being such great hosts and allowing me to perform this testing.

All test plots were 25 square feet and received a rate of one pound of nitrogen per 1000 square feet. Plots were established in areas of consistent vole damage each spring. Most areas were north facing, which will allow prolonged snow cover.

For many years I have noticed vole repellency using Milorganite. These test plots will give me a chance to replicate my past results at other facilities. Can't wait till spring to evaluate. 

Special thanks to Milorganite and WinField United for their support in establishing these test plots.

Here I am, being a mad scientist, weighing material for the test plots. 

This particular test plot at Sonnenalp had already seen some vole activity. 

Many test plots were established next to the native grass to obtain 
the most vole activity.

Explaining to Sonnenalp Club superintendent, Neil Tretter about Milorganite.

Preparing a test plot while Neil looks on.

Always fun driving to the Red Sky facility to see how they blended the outside 
of their building to the development.

Besides establishing Milorganite plots, Red Sky Ranch Director of GC Maintenance, 
Mike Miner and myself enjoyed a lot of Turf Talk, while on top of the world! 

Many test plots were established on north facing slopes to hold the snow 
cover the longest. This plot at Red Sky was shaded at 1:15pm.

With the course closed, Red Sky was as peaceful as could be. 
Always felt I'm on the top of the world when visiting here.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Passing of Jerry Coldiron..

Always hard to write something when the news is so sad. A friend of mine and many, Jerry Coldiron passed away during the Thanksgiving Holidays. Jerry was only 60 years old. I'd know Jerry for many years, but really got to know him well over the past five years or so. Jerry was a legend in the golf business and always had that bright smile. He was one of the most caring, thoughtful individuals anyone could know. He was loved by many. Please take time to listen to this powerful podcast by my good friends Dave Wilber and Peter McCormick, entitled Celebrating Jerry Coldiron. You will be missed Jerry! Listen HERE

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Sunrises and Sunsets...Colorado Style!

There certainly have been some great sunrises and sunsets over the past couple months. The Colorado high country offers some spectacular photos opportunities of these. Here are a few of my favorite photos of late....enjoy!