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!

Click HERE:


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...

TO VIEW CLICK here 


Monday, May 22, 2017

Snowpack.....You Just Never Know?

The latest snow-water equivalency graphs show that you just never know in Colorado. Vail Mountain SWE is down to just 15% of normal, while just on the other side of the hill, Copper Mountain is sitting at 116% of normal. This is vey unusual considering the proximity of these two areas. Hopefully the recent snowfall will help everyone add to these figures, before more runoff resumes.



Friday, May 12, 2017

TOCA Awards

Recently I received an award from the Turf and Ornamental Communications Association (TOCA) at their annual conference in Tampa Bay, Florida. The award recognized my video work at the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club as part of the TurfNet.com team. I must say, I'm certainly honored to win this award and to be part of the TurfNet team. I would like to thank our Toro distributor, L.L. Johnson in Denver, Colorado, Club Car Corporation, and TurfNet.com for their sponsorship. Also, a special thanks to Hazeltine NGC superintendent, Chris Tritabaugh and his entire staff for be such gracious hosts! You can read the entire article here






Sunday, May 7, 2017

Milorganite and Spring Green-up...

Each spring I'm always amazed at the spring green up results from using Milorganite as a late-fall fertilization application. I used Milorganite for over 30+ years during my superintendent career and its always was one of the top fertilizers in my arsenal. Although a natural organic, research has shown that approximately 15-20% of the nitrogen applied in the fall is mineralized and available to the plant at the onset of growth in the spring. That nitrogen availability along with the iron content just makes for great results in the spring. Below are some photos highlighting the spring "green up" and some research clips on the nitrogen mineralization.






Research dating back to the early 1970's by Dr. Richard Skogley,
at the University of Rhode Island.


Research by Dr. Wayne Kussow, University of Wisconsin.

Monday, May 1, 2017

TurfNetTV - Latest Video is Live

My latest video for TurfNetTV is live on TurfNet.com. In this latest video, "Ross and Rossi" I chat with Frank Rossi. He and I do a little ranting together on spring conditions and what to expect going forward in 2017. I alway enjoy a little ranting with Frank and this video is no different. Enjoy!

To view click here


Friday, April 28, 2017

WinField Academy "Lunch and Learns" headed to Seattle Area

The WinField Academy Tour bus will make two stops in mid-May in the Seattle area. One in Lakewood, WA at Tacoma Golf and Country Club on May 16th and the another at Cablea's in Tulalip, WA on May 17th. I'm really excited to be involved with these educational events. A few years back, I spoke at the Washington Turf Conference and the turnout of 200+ superintendents to listen to my talk was fantastic. I had a great time at that conference and look forward to meeting some of those same superintendents again. The best thing of all it's free, thanks to WinField United for giving back to the industry.



Monday, April 24, 2017

A New Tree Species in Colorado?

A new tree species has emerged in Colorado over the past five years. That tree, named by me, has a Latin name: Cellus Toweris Fakeus, common name: Cell Tower Fake Tree. That's right, this is no real tree. This is a cell tower, acting as a conifer tree. I must admit, in the past five years or so since I first noticed these trees, they have become really good at decorating them. It might be fake, but for many developments it's much better than an ugly tower. The one in the photo is in Glenwood Springs, CO next to Ironbridge Country Club and certainly serves the purpose.


Cellus Toweris Fakeus

Friday, April 21, 2017

Snow-Water Equivalency Below Normal...

One thing is certain about Colorado, weather conditions can change rapidly. Sitting in my new home office a few months ago looking out the window and watching it snow almost daily made me think of big snowpack and plenty of water. Suddenly, a few months later, how times have changed! A few months ago snow-water equivalentcy hovered around 150%, yesterday's reading came in at 59%. Ouch, that is some dip. Let's hope some spring moisture comes along.

The rapid rise in yellow, followed by the sharp decline in green.

Monday, April 17, 2017

TurfNet TV - New Video is Live

In my latest TurfNetTV video I explain an outside filler pipe which I came up with to eliminate any spills inside the pump station facility. Keeping the delivery driver outside. To view click here


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Elk Damage this Season...

This spring I have been asked many times why there is so much Elk damage to trees in many housing areas. I believe it mostly occurred during late January to early February when snowfall hit hard and fast. This left very little food in the higher elevations and Elk herds migrated quickly to lower elevations for food, which brought them in contact with housing developments. One thing is certain when it comes to an Elk herd migrating through your property, nothing is safe! When these animal are hungry and looking for food, watch out.
 
Common sight this year in my backyard.


Aspen trees, as usual, suffer the worst of the damage.

Nothing is safe. Here the ends of this Spruce tree are chewed above the netting, which extends to 6 feet high. Elk have a 6'-7' reach, which makes protecting trees very difficult.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The WinField Tour Bus Rolls On......

The Winfield Academy "Lunch and Learn" tour bus will be making a stop in Glenwood Springs, Colorado on April 19th at the Ironbridge Country Club. I'm very excited about this event being held virtually out my back door. Please join us for a great morning of education followed by lunch. After all, this event is FREE, hope to see you there! Thanks to Winfield for sponsoring this event and giving back to the industry.

To sign up, click here



Saturday, March 25, 2017

Snow-Water Equivalency takes a DIVE!

One thing is certain about Colorado.....you just never know about the weather. After a 6 week stretch of intense snowfall from late December to early February, things have change. A snow drought over the past 6 weeks has cause the snow-water equivalency to plummet! Although at 100% presently, the long term forecast shows very little moisture headed our way. Take a look at the latest graph and notice the drop.


Great Podcast with Rick Tegtmeier, Des Moines Golf & CC

This is a fabulous podcast featuring Rick Tegtmeier of Des Moines Golf & Country Club hosted by the "TurfNet Maestro" Peter McCormick. I've known Rick for a number of years and I look at him as a no-nonsense, no BS, straight shooter type of guy. That means, he's my type of guy. There are many priceless moments, but here are a couple of my favorites. First, Rick's son, Nate, has followed his Dad's footsteps in the business and presently works for his Dad as one of the courses superintendents. When asked about the relationship, Rick's response of "He's related to me off the course" is great! Another great moment is when Rick talks about some drone video filming and a former President of the club calls and asks him........sorry, not going to give that away, you'll need to listen. Enjoy, this is fun stuff!

Click this link to listen: http://www.turfnet.com/blog/21/entry-1386-rick-tegtmeier-4-year-36-hole-renovation-at-des-moines-golf-country-club/




Wednesday, March 22, 2017

WinField Academy "Lunch and Learn" Glenwood Springs, Colorado

The next stop on the WinField Academy "Lunch and Learn" tour bus will be Glenwood Springs, Colorado. I will be speaking along with others in the golf industry on April 19th at the Ironbridge Golf Club. Really excited about this event and looking forward to sharing my 45 years of golf course experience with many of my western Colorado friends. Most of all, this event is FREE. So mark your calendar, details to follow.


Monday, March 20, 2017

The Future of Golf Course Management?

You could say, "I've seen the future and the future is now"! We all know how technology is simply amazing. Just like in the real world, in the turf management world technology is moving so fast that it is difficult to keep up with. Just like a Smartphone or a Smart TV, the turf world now has "Smart Sprayers". These smart sprayers are a wonderful advancement for today's turfgrass management. The ability for nozzles on a spray boom to be controlled individually via GPS along with using satellite imagery to collect plant health data is truly amazing. Combining GPS sprayers and the plant health data will allow turf managers to spray only target areas and also apply a variable rate depending on that plant health data. Really impressive stuff! The savings from control products and fertilizers is estimate at 10-20%. You can see why this technology won't take long to pay for itself.


Photo shows material applied in the rough when not needed without GPS nozzle control.

The same photo showing non-targeted triangles. Adding these triangle areas together throughout an entire golf course can determine significant wasted material. 

WinField's GeoTech Tool is a big part of the future of turf management.

The other part of the future is "Smart Sprayers".

Thursday, March 16, 2017

WinField "Lunch and Learn" Salt Lake City, Utah

What a great time in Salt Lake City, Utah this week. I was there participating in the Winfield "Lunch and Learn" educational series as a presenter. What a fabulous group we had. Thanks to all the superintendents from Utah, Idaho, and Nevada that were in attendance. Also, a big thanks for the interaction during my presentation, that always makes a presentation extremely enjoyable. Special thanks to Roman Grigg and Rob Garcia from Winfield for the great hospitality. Can't wait to be back!


Salt Lake City, Utah was a great place for the first stop on the Winfield Tour Bus.

My Presentation was filled with, "Quick Hitters", sharing my 40+ of experiences!

Dr. Thom Nikolai, Michigan State University, lead the day off in his usual style.

Yours truly, thanking the folks from Winfield for their support of Chris Tritabaugh, his team, and the volunteers during the Ryder Cup!

Rob Garcia of WinField gave a great talk about adjuvants.

Salt Lake City, Utah.....an airport with a view.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

WinField Speaking Tour....

Next week I will be in Utah speaking at the WinField "Lunch and Learn" near Salt Lake City. This will be my first stop on my year long speaking tour. If you are a superintendent from Utah or the surrounding area, please come join us! This is a great half-day of education followed by lunch. Hope to see you there.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Video "Deep Roots, The Life of a Golf Course Superintendent"

This video was produced by the Atlantic Golf Course Superintendents Association to commemorate their 50th anniversary. It also was created as a legacy project that would give back not only to their group, but also serve as an educational tool for the golfing public. Enjoy!

To view, please click this link:  https://www.youtube....h?v=UnzYq1d0Zjw



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Zone or Area Management Video....

My latest "ON COURSE" video is available for viewing. In this video I discuss "zone or area management". My philosophy is that turf managers should take a closer look at an area within an area, instead of thinking as an entire area. For example, should a singular fairway be treated as a whole? Maybe. Maybe not? Many time the same fairway could have 3-4 different zones that need to be managed differently. I will be posting more in the future about this "zone or area management", so stay tuned! Apologies for some audio issues! Thanks for watching.

Click this link to view:  https://turfnet.wistia.com/medias/mj05rtudd9


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Great Podcast by Dr. Frank Rossi and Dan Dinelli...

Calling all agronomists, if you haven't listen to the following podcast, YOU MUST! This is some great stuff! You may need to listen to it multiply times, because it is that good. Had a chance to talk with Dan at the recent GIS. May have to go visit him this summer when the renovation action takes place! Happy listening, click the link below:

http://www.turfnet.com/blog/4/entry-1334-frankly-speaking-dan-dinelli-cgcs-of-north-shore-country-club/


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Ryder Cup - Turfgrass Team Video

A wonderful video has been produced about the 2016 Ryder Cup. This video features the preparations of the golf course by the Hazeltine National Golf Club - Turfgrass Team and its volunteers. It's a fantastic behind the scenes look of what it takes to prepare for the biggest event in golf. Enjoy the video.   

To view, click this linkhttps://vimeo.com/205063389 




Sunday, February 12, 2017

Golf Industry Show

The blog has been a little slow this past week because I've been attending the Golf Industry Show in Orlando, Florida. GIS, as its known, is the premier annual show for golf course turfgrass professionals from around the globe. It's a week long event that focuses primarily on education and a trade show, which showcases all the latest and greatest. Take a look...
It takes a good effort to cover the entire floor in two days.

Education is a very important part of GIS.

Technology continues to advance golf course equipment.

Bunker construction techniques is always a hot topic on the trade show floor.

HDPE fittings and couplings continue to evolve.

Always nice to see something new to fit your needs.

Seeing old friends is always the highlight of the week for me.

Enhancing new friendships is a highlight as well.

There are many great offerings on the floor to take advantage of.