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  • 00:53

    The Renovation Report: Turf Reduction with Jim Alwine of Bernardo Heights CC

    in Environment

    Dave Wilber talks to Jim Alwine about his Turf Reduction Program at Bernardo Heights Country Club.

    The California water picture has been a difficult minefield to navigate. Hear from San Diego area Superintendent Jim Alwine as he talks about his water situation and how his club has removed 33% of their turf to save water without throwing away playability. There's no question that we all will have to face the issue of water restrictions in some fashion. And at the same time, reducing turf acreage just makes sense for many situations.

    Jim has excellent insight into the communications needed with regulators, community and members. His blog is consistently one of the best turf blogs in the country.

    TurfNet's Renovation report is brought to you by Jacobsen and by Golf Preservtions.

  • 01:26

    The Turfgrass Zealot Project Episode 6 with Matt Crowther, CGCS

    in Golf

    Join Dave Wilber as he interviews Martha's Vineyard's own Matt Crowther. Matt is an "Island Super" with tons of flair.

    Imagine everything that you do and everything that you have depending on a 45 min ferry ride. That's the world of Matt Crowther, Golf Course Superintendent at Mink Meadows Golf Club on the famed island of Martha's Vineyard. Get to know one of the most passionate turfgrass managers anywhere. Hear his struggles and his successes. Matt is definitely an open book.

    Long time TurfNet member and a frequent contributor, Matt's position of isolation makes him have to reach out via digital media. 

    Matt and I spin some tales and figure out the true meaning of life as they know it, in a very easy and candid conversation.

    I also take a few minutes to talk about the Three Kinds of Cool! 

    The Turfgrass Zealot Project is brought to you by Klingstone. Proven bunker performance for over 15 years.

  • 00:59

    The Turfgrass Zealot Project Episode 3 with guest Randy Wilson

    in Golf

    It's the Turfgrass Zealot Project Episode number three. Only on TurfNet Radio.

    Dave Wilber answers your emails and spends time talking with TurfNetTV star Randy Wilson.

    There are alot of things you may not know about Randy Wilson and the famed Rockbottum Country Club. And Dave Wilber may not have exposed all the secrets, but he certainly gets to a few of them.

    "I did spend time as a superintendent, about somewhere between 12 or 14 years, but it damaged me because it was on bentgrass in Atlanta," says Randy. "I was forced to work on golf courses at a young age."

    Randy goes on to explain his world as a concert roady, camera operator, Army Special Forces member, golf course architect and various other adventures. 

    "I wanted to fix golf courses that were put there by bad architecture," explains Wilson.

    There may not be two more original minds in the world of turfgrass today than Dave Wilber and Randy Wilson. Don't miss the opportunity to hear them hang out.

  • 01:18

    The Turfgrass Zealot Project, Episode #10 with guest Armen Suny

    in Golf

    Join Dave Wilber and Armen Suny as they take a deep dive into the world of job searches and job interviews.

    Episoide 10 of The Turfgrass Zealot Project is not short on passion. Dave Wilber and Armen Suny really want you to succeed in your career goals. Handling the job search and the job interview is key to making that happen. Learn some incredible techniques. And be reminded of some very simple things that could put you in the position you want to be in. There's a lot of mistakes being made out there. Don't let them be yours.

    Armen Suny's work with Kopplin and Kuebler, an executive search firm, is fascinating and insightful. And you get to hear first hand what is really happening in the trenches from someone who is focused on the world of golf.

    Dave Wilber lays on some thoughts about doing it right and paying attention to detail in his opening remarks.

    The Turfgrass Zealot Project is brought to you by Klingstone. Proven Bunker Performance for Fifteen Years!

  • 01:11

    The Renovation Report: Dave Wilber chats with Tommy Naccarato

    in Golf

    TurfNet's Renovation Report is brought to you by Jacobsen and Golf Preservations. This episode's guest is golf architecture expert, golf historian and digital artist/Photoshop wunderkind, Tommy Naccarato.

    Tommy's life changed forever after a visit to St. Andrews in the early 1990s.  Since that time, he has been an outspoken critic of the deficiencies in the design of many golf courses in the United States, in particular the works of noted architects such as the late Ted Robinson, Jr. and Tom Fazio while providing passionate support of the classic designs of Alister MacKenzie and George Thomas.

    Tommy's passion for the game is unending. One of the leading voices on Internet golf discussion forums for years talks about how he turned his passion for art, architecture, golf and the digital world into his dream job. You'll hear Tommy's story as it led up to his work wth Gil Hanse on the Rio 2016 Golf Project. 

    Tommy also has a passion for golf course superintendents. Which comes out in every part of this interview.

    One tidbit: "Superintendents are our stars, the real heroes of the business…  they lay themselves out on the line every day."

    And another: "I truly believe in 'death to clueless green committee members'..."

    Learn more about Tommy by visiting his website, www.tommynacc.com


  • 01:17

    The Turfgrass Zealot Project Episode #9 with Chris Tritabaugh and Scott Hess

    in Golf

    Join Dave Wilber and his two guests as we talk about General Science and Work/Life Balance!

    Chris Tritabaugh is the superintendent at Hazeltine National Golf Club, host to the 2016 Ryder Cup. Chris shares his ideas about work and life and how he handles his staff and the hours required to do his job at a very high profile place.

    Scott Hess is Executive Vice President/Human Intelligence at SPARK, one of the world's leading media agencies and part of the Publicis Groupe. Scott talks about Generational Science and the Millennial Generation. Scott's work in this area is influencing millions of dollars in advertising and helping companies and brands relate to those born between 1980 and 2000. Scott's outstanding TEDx talk can be seen here.

    Dave Wilber talks about hanging onto youth, changing and relating. If our business is to grow and change in a growing and changing world, understanding the viewpoints of people like these two is key.

    The Turfgrass Zealot Project is brought to you by Klingstone. Proven Bunker Performance for Over 15 Years.

  • 00:56

    The Renovation Report with Pat Sisk, CGCS, of Milwaukee Country Club

    in Golf

    Join Dave Wilber as he talks with Pat Sisk, CGCS, about the history and caretaking of Milwaukee Country Club.

    Milwaukee Counry Club is one of those places. It has history and character. Patrick Sisk commands the helm and does it well. 

    Learn about the selection process, bringing in Tom Doak's Renaissance Golf Design. And Pat talks about the support that the club gives in the way of a long term green chairman.

    If you ever wondered how "they" do it, here is a chance to hear how.

  • 00:23

    Renovation Report: Master Plan Renovation at Copperleaf Golf Club

    in Science

    In this episode of the TurfNet Renovation Report -- presented by Golf Preservations and Jacobsen -- host Jon Kiger talks with David Dore-Smith about the ongoing renovation started in April of this year at Copperleaf Golf Club, Bonita Springs, FL.

    Copperleaf was scheduled to be renovated in 2020, but due to an overwhelming response to a membership vote in 2014 regarding the Master Plan, the renovation was accelerated to 2015.  Agronomic issues being addressed include drainage, the overall elevation of the greens, inconsistencies within the bunkers, and degrading cart path surfaces. Fairways are being regrassed to Celebration Bermudagrass.

    Architect: Kip Shulties

    Contractor: Landirr, Inc.

    For further information on David's project, visit his blog at http://www.copperleafgcm.com/.

  • 00:42

    The Turfgrass Zealot Project Episode 7 with Mind/Body Expert Julia Tindall

    in Golf

    Join Dave Wilber as he talks with Mind/Body/Spirit Expert and Author Julia Tindall

    Are you happy? Are you stressed? These are critical questions to ask about work and life. And often we in the turfgrass biz don't have many people on our side when we want to talk about the tools needed in this area.

    Julia Tindall has taught the Yoga of Wisdom all over the world. A well-known teacher, Tindall makes it clear that when we become stressful, unhappy people, our lives are not being lived to thier potential.

    We can't always just talk about grass. Sometimes the things that require the most work are the things that need balance. Enlightened yet? Perhaps not. But you will be learning several techniques to get more happy and be less stressed.

  • 01:22

    The Turfgrass Zealot Project Episode 5 with Ross Kurcab

    in Sports

    30 years with the Denver Broncos! Ross Kurcab is one of Dave Wilber's Turfgrass Heros!!

    Join Dave Wilber on this epoisode of The Turfgrass Zealot Project with guest Ross Kurcab. Professional NFL Groundsman turned Sportsfield Consultant, Ross spent 30 years with the Denver Broncos. And he has some stories to tell. Dave and Ross talk about Natural Turf vs. Synthetic Turf and how and when it can go wrong.

    Plus Dave shares a few words about value and perhaps what our real goal should be in adding value to ourselves by adding value to the lives of others.

    The Turfgrass Zealot Project is sponsored by Klingstone. Proven Bunker performance for 15 years.

  • 00:45

    Dr. Norm Hummel: Aerating and Topdressing High Performance Putting Surfaces

    in Golf

    In this episode we are Frankly Speaking about topdressing and fast firm greens with Norm Hummel, retired founder of Hummel and Co. soil testing lab (now a part of Turf and Soil Diagnostics). This conversation focuses on improving your understanding of sand physical proeprties, espcially size and shape of particles as well as turf growth and organic matter accumulation.