Monday, July 17, 2017

Great Visit to Dalton Ranch Golf Club

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Dalton Ranch Golf Club in Durango, Colorado. Brett Shaffer, golf course superintendent, gave me a wonderful tour of the facility and we discussed some of the local agronomic issues along the way. At the time of my visit, the Durango area had been suffering from an extensive period of drought and high temperatures. Water management in this region is always at the top of the minds of all local superintendents. Even with difficult environmental conditions, I found Dalton Ranch to be in excellent condition.


Brett Shaffer, Golf Course Superintendent at Dalton Ranch GC with their new clubhouse in the background.

The Animas River runs through portions of the course and is the lifeblood for water in this area of Colorado.

Dalton Ranch was designed by Ken Dye and opened in 1993.

When this famous tree died at Dalton, it was turned into Mountain Lion art.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

One Year Ago.....

One year ago, on July 15th, I made my decision during our "Birds of Prey" Member-Guest that it would be my last year as a golf course superintendent. Done. I had been thinking about it for a few years and finally knew it was time. I sent a text to my wife and kids to let them know this was it. I don't think they were very surprised? They knew it could happen at anytime. My body, mind and family all wanted me to end my long career as a golf course superintendent. Done.

Many have asked if I regret my decision in anyway. The answer is ABSOLUTELY not! I probably should have done it a few years prior. It's a whole new wonderful life for me. I've been able to do things this summer that I've never done all my life and enjoying every minute of it. There's no more listening to a bunch of BS from the GM, no more bunkers complaints, no more 3:45am summer alarm, no more weather concerns, no employee issues, etc. I could go on and on with that list for a long time, but that's enough. I found very quickly that working as a consultant on my own and working out of my house is fabulous. After all, who doesn't enjoy working in your home office in the morning, coffee in hand, pajamas on, and the dog at your feet! Stay tuned for future observations of the non-superintendent life. Thanks for reading!


July 15, 2016 - Special Date for me and my Family!

The Dog at your feet while working is Priceless!


Saturday, July 8, 2017

TurfNetTV - Latest Video is Live

My latest video for TurfNet.com is live. This video is about....Dogs! That's right, Dogs. I give everyone a break from that agronomic and golf course management stuff to sit back and relax and enjoy some really cool dogs. This is filmed at the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado. Enjoy!

To view click: HERE



Saturday, July 1, 2017

TurfNet "Tips and Tricks" Video

My latest video work for TurfNet.com features Brian Boll, Superintendent at North Oaks Golf Club in North Oaks, Minnesota. Brian did a 9-month internship for me when I was at CCRockies. He was an exceptional intern. It was a pleasure to visit with him recently and film this TurfNet "Tips and Tricks" video about his "Murphy Pump". This is a brilliant idea for all golf course management facilities to have on hand (and hope to never use)! 

To view click HERE



Thursday, June 29, 2017

Solheim Cup 2017

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit with my good friend, Rick Tegtmeier from Des Moines Golf and Country Club, host of the 2017 Solheim Cup. I had a chance to see some of Rick's renovation work and observe the turf conditions at DGCC. Hats off to this great superintendent and his staff, this facility looks amazing. The Solheim competitors will love this golf course. I was especially impressed with the Penn A-4 green surfaces. I have observed many Penn A-4 greens throughout the country and these may be the finest I have ever seen. They have the look of my old A-4 greens at CCRockies. Turf that is extremely dense with very diminutive plants of extremely fine texture. Absolutely fantastic.

I will be headed back to Des Moines for the Solheim Cup in mid-August to do video work and to volunteer preparing the golf course for the championship. I must say, I'm really looking forward to this opportunity. I will be posting regularly during the tournament, so stay tuned!


Sunday, June 18, 2017

WinField "Lunch and Learn" Dalton Ranch Golf Club, Durango, Colorado

I'm very pleased to be part of the educational team for the Winfield "Lunch and Learn" event at Dalton Ranch Golf Club in Durango, Colorado on July 12, 2017. Its been while since I've been to that part of Colorado and I'm really looking forward to visiting and presenting to many old friends. I'm also looking forward to meeting some of the new superintendents in that area. Can't wait, mark your calendar! Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

TurfNetTV - Latest Video is Live

My latest video for TurfNetTV is live on TurfNet.com. In this latest video, I chat with Joel Kachmarek, superintendent at Tacoma Country and Golf Club. Joel and I talk shade, trees, and a unique mowing pattern he has developed. Enjoy!

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Great Podcast with Dr. Frank Rossi...

This podcast from TurfNet.com with Dr. Frank Rossi is a must listen. Frank chats with my good friend Dan Dinelli, Superintendent at North Shore Country Club and Dr. Roch Gaussoin, University of Nebraska. Dan has been performing his own research for greens construction and performance for almost 20 years at North Shore. His findings and opinions are truly fascinating. If you haven't listened  to this podcast and you are in the golf industry, an agronomist, or a golfer, what are you waiting for? Click HERE


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A Visit to Chambers Bay.....

Recently, while on a trip to Seattle for some speaking engagements, I had the pleasure to tour Chambers Bay. Chambers was the site of the 2015 US Open and is a stunning layout designed by Robert Trent Jones II. Eric Johnson is the Director of Agronomy at Chambers and gave Doug Soldat, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin and I the complete tour of this wonderful facility. I have visited many golf courses through the years and Chambers has to be one of the coolest properties I have ever stepped foot on. A special thanks to Eric for his time and the great "agronomy talk" along the way. Take a look at these photos and I think you will agree, this place is special!

"The Lone Fir" is definitely special.

Another "Lone Fir" shot.

An example of the dramatic bunkering at Chambers.


We beat the rain by a few minutes, but it did make for some great views.

How about that pot bunker?


There was some great "agronomic talk" between Eric Johnson, left, Dr. Doug Soldat, right and myself.

Big thanks to Eric Johnson, Director of Agronomy, Chambers Bay.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

TurfNet "Tips and Tricks" Video...

Recently, while in the Seattle/Tacoma area, I had the opportunity to visit with Joel Kachmarek, Golf Course Superintendent at Tacoma Country and Golf Club in Lakewood, Washington. Joel is a very smart and progressive superintendent full of great ideas. One of those ideas, is the use of ski racks to attach watering hoses for easy dragging behind a vehicle. So good in fact, and despite some Seattle weather, I produced a TurfNet.com video for their "Tips and Tricks". Take a look...

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