Friday, April 20, 2018

TurfNetTV - Latest Video is Live.....

My latest ON COURSE video is live on TurfNet.com In this video I show how to make simple irrigation sprinkler head drive assembly pullers. I invented these pullers many years ago and they were always a big help for myself and staff. Take a look at the video HERE

I would also like to welcome my new video series sponsor, Tanto Irrigation. I've work with this irrigation installation company first hand and their work is second to none. If you're planning an irrigation system, they are a great choice for the install. Feel free to contact me personally if you need more information. Check them out at TANTO IRRIGATION

As always, thank you for the support of my video work and happy viewing!



Saturday, April 14, 2018

Video Archives on TurfNetTV.......

Regularly, I get asked about what happens to my ON COURSE videos at TurfNet.com once they leave the homepage? TurfNet does a great job by keeping them organized and available to view in an archive section. You can view my videos along with others such as Hector's Shop, Randy Wilson, etc. by going to the archive section. To check out the archives, go to the homepage at TurfNet.com and follow the instructional photos below. Thank you for viewing and supporting my video work!


Once on the TurfNet.com homepage, go to the menu at the top of
the page and select TurfNetTV.


From the drop down menu, select ON COURSE with Kevin Ross.


You will now be on the TurfNetTV ON COURSE with Kevin Ross archive page.
Enjoy and thanks for watching.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

WinField Educational Event...

Really excited to be part of the WinField educational team headed to Seattle, WA and Portland, OR. This looks like a fun trip with great education on tap. Last year I met many superintendents from the area and hope to do the same this year. Come and join us, it's free. Hope to see you there!






Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Great TurfNet Podcast....

In this TurfNet.com podcast, The Turfgrass Zealot Project, host, Dave Wilbur has a very lively discussion with Armen Suny. They cover some really interesting stuff about the golf industry, both past and present! From golf balls to sand base systems to the whiskey loop, this is great stuff. I owe Armen Suny a great deal of thanks, he helped me secure a great superintendent's position some 25 years ago that was the cornerstone of my career! Also, I am pleased to call the Turfgrass Zealot, Dave Wilbur, a great friend! I thank both of these greats for being friends! 

This podcast was a blast to listen to for me and I'm sure it will be for you as well. Fire this up, sit back and relax, and enjoy the ride! Listen HERE


Thursday, March 22, 2018

TurfNet TV - Latest Video is Live...

My latest video for TurfNetTV a "Tips and Tricks" version is live. In this video I show how to organize your control product storage facility with the simple use of a sharpie. Dating the containers upon delivery is a very simple thing to do that will make organizing your inventory very easy. To view the video CLICK HERE


Saturday, March 10, 2018

TurfNet TV - Latest Video is Live..

My latest video for TurfNetTV is live. In this video I have a conversation with Kasey Kauff, Director of Grounds at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas, Texas. Kasey and I discuss his career path to Trinity, the construction and design of the golf course and the upcoming PGA Tour event, the ATT Byron Nelson. This video will give you a little idea of what a unique property Trinity is and the challenge awaiting the PGA tour players. To view click HERE thanks for watching.


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Management of Free Water on Springtime Turf..

There is no question that early spring can be a nervous time of year for golf course management teams. Finding out what the ravages of winter has done to the golf course can make or break the upcoming season. One management technique I believe is sometimes overlooked in late-winter/early-spring is the management of free water on the turf surface. With soils still frozen, water doesn't infiltrate into the soil profile, so it just sits or pools on the surface. Positive drainage is much more limited this time of year due to frost formation, snow/ice dams, even turf species and height of cut can cause issues. Through my career I have seen turf damage on multiply occasions that happens during this time of year.


The soil around sand based greens can heave significantly more than the green surface, causing a slow surface drainage situation. This is where attention to remove water is needed.

Here you can see how height of cut and/or turf species can pool water, even with positive surface drainage.

Managing this free water is something everyone should be in tune with. How is it done? It's primarily about knowing the temperature and sun intensity of the day to predict the melt. If the forecast tells you it could be a melt/runoff day, then you should be prepared. You also should alert your staff that it might take working longer hours during this period. Most of this free water doesn't start accumulating until mid-afternoon. It also accumulates at once on all turf surfaces. So with these situations, it's all hands on deck, or should it be, all squeezes in the carts.


Another example of how height of cut can slow water movement.

The use of squeegees to remove the meltwater off the turf surface is the best option.



I always felt better heading home knowing we had removed all the free water possible off the turf that day. So, keep an eye towards the weather, and get those squeegees ready!

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Great Beer Exchange....

Not really sure how it all started, but it's game on for the great beer exchange. This is one of the things I look forward to when we meet for a conference. David Phipps, GCSAA NW Regional Rep who lives in Oregon, which is a great craft beer state, got this started with me last year. So when it comes to meeting at conferences, it's Colorado vs Oregon. Zach Bauer from the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs is the third guy in our exchange. Zach and I exchange local flavors, and he does the CO vs OR thing with David like I do. Recently at the Golf Industry Show we did some more exchanging and really had some fun with this idea. It's just started to catch on over the last year and I certainly look forward to continuing The Great Beet Exchange.

Zach Bauer, left of the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO and David Phipps, right of GCSAA from Oregon make their exchange.

I get a Marionberry Sour from Oregon City Brewing Company.

David gets a 2016 La Folie Sour Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing.

TurfNet Superintendent of the Year...

During the recently completed Golf Industry Show in San Antonio, Texas the TurfNet Superintendent of the Year was announced. For the first time ever, this year there was a tie. Instead of a tiebreaker, it was decided to award co-superintenedents of the year. Rick Tegtmeier, director of grounds at Des Moines Golf and Country Club in Iowa and Jorge Croda, superintendent at Southern Oaks Golf Club in Burleson, Texas were the two winners.

The five finalists seated (L to R) Jorge Croda of Southern Oaks Golf Club in Burleson, Texas, Mark Hoban of Rivermont Golf Club in Johns Creek, Georgia, Chris Ortmeier of the Champions Club in Houston, Texas, Josh Pope of the Old White Course at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia and Rick Tegtmeier of Des Moines Golf and Country Club in Des Moines, Iowa.


Stephanie Schwenke of Syngenta, presents Jorge Croda (left) and Rick Tegtmeier (right) with the Superintendent of the Year award.
You can watch the award presentation video by clicking HERE





Monday, February 12, 2018

TurfNet TV - Latest Video is Live...

My latest video for TurfNet.com is live. In this video I show what happens to the Inside the Ropes area of the Golf Industry Show when things are all wrap up. Pretty interesting stuff. It's all about recycle and reuse to help a local low budget golf course. Thanks to Justin Apel of the Golf Course Builders Association and Ward Kirk, GCS of Rebecca Creek Golf Club for participating in this neat video. To view the video click HERE