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Tee Box Management on a Budget

Tee Box Management on a Budget Derek Rose (shown here with his dog, Izzy) is the GCS at Eagle Ranch Golf in Eagle, Colorado. He started working on the golf course in 2000 during grow-in. Derek got the superintendent job at Eagle Ranch in 2005.  At the Golfdom Summit in 2015, Derek came across Soil Technologies. Xavier Dupoux was giving a speech about the products that Soil Tech has. Derek says that, “When he mentioned the Thatch Relief and the Oasys Ultra it really caught my [...] Continue Reading →

It’s All About the Green Speeds

It’s All About the Green Speeds Ever wonder what are typical PGA green-speeds? As recently as a decade ago, green speeds were about a whole Stimpmeter point slower than today. However, championship-level golf has become increasingly obsessed with chasing green speeds as agronomy continues to improve, enabling setup crews to pursue faster greens. “Over the past few years, the demand for green speeds above and beyond the norm is on the golf course maintenance staffs agenda now more than ever before. The goal has been to [...] Continue Reading →

Saving $$$ with “Pixie Dust”

Saving $$$ with “Pixie Dust” Meet Darin Douglas, Supt of the Mt. Prospect Golf Club in Mt Prospect, IL. The golf course was originally built in the 1920s, so it had all original greens and soil. The soil in the fairways was pretty much the soil that was there. So, they just stockpiled all the topsoil and spread it back out. There were areas where the soil was good and not so good. In June 2014 the Mt Prospect Golf Club closed for renovations for [...] Continue Reading →

TurfTech Forges Fertile Fairways and Friendships

TurfTech Forges Fertile Fairways and Friendships "Green" is a word commonly used in the turf industry. In the case of Steve Nichols, V.P. of Soil Tech Corp. and John Carlone, CGCS at Meadow Brook Club on Long Island NY, Nichols says, “When I first met John in 1986, we were both pretty green. I was in my first year of golf course sales, and John was in his first year as superintendent at Middle Bay CC. Somehow we’ve continued the relationship and remained friends over the [...] Continue Reading →

Bio-Mega at LochenHeath: Using Minimum Inputs For Maximum Output

Bio-Mega at LochenHeath: Using Minimum Inputs For Maximum Output Joe Ettawageshik is Golf Course Supt. at LochenHeath Golf Course in Traverse City, Michigan. Joe started as a second assistant 10 years ago and then, two years ago, became Director of Grounds and Maintenance. Over the past decade, Joe observed how his bosses used different fertilizer and chemical regimes. When he became superintendent, he started to develop his own strategies, which included being open to trying new products. A few years ago, Joe decided to do a trial run with [...] Continue Reading →

Mike Kitchen: Living the Dream & Solving Environmental Issues at Teton Pines

Mike Kitchen: Living the Dream & Solving Environmental Issues at Teton Pines Mike Kitchen, CGCS is “living his dream.” After graduating with a turfgrass degree from Michigan State, he pursued his goal of managing a golf facility near a world-class ski area. After a few stints as an assistant super in the western USA, he landed his current position as superintendent at Teton Pines Golf & CC in Jackson Hole Wyoming. Now,16 years later, he counts his lucky stars. “I really do love my job and the management team here at Teton [...] Continue Reading →

Liquid Aeration Saves Time and Cuts Hassles

Liquid Aeration Saves Time and Cuts Hassles ~with Wes Ory, Heritage Lawns & Irrigation Wes Ory is owner and founder of Heritage Lawns & Irrigation in Kansas City, in business since 1995. Heritage Lawns prides themselves on being an earth-friendly lawn and irrigation company. Their focus is trying to do the right thing, whether it’s saving water with their irrigation services, or using organic fertilization practices. According to Wes, Kansas City has a real heavy clay soil that bakes down into brick every summer. Heritage Lawns had [...] Continue Reading →

Bac-Pack Helps Superintendent Cut Fungicide Sprays by 65%

Bac-Pack Helps Superintendent Cut Fungicide Sprays by 65% When Mike Greene, GCS first came to the Downriver Golf Course in Spokane WA in early 2016, it was the year that the golf course turned 100 years old. (See a video of Mike describing his experience with Bac-Pack, or just keep reading to learn more.)  “This is a really old poa golf course," he says. "Lots of trees, lots of shade, and we came into really constant Fusarium pressure almost 12 months a year. We threw all the tools [...] Continue Reading →

Customer Experience: Bio-Min Saves Money and the Environment

Customer Experience: Bio-Min Saves Money and the Environment Mike Kitchen is a superintendent at Teton Pines Golf & Country Club which is near the Teton National Park and the Yellowstone Valley. He loves his job and the management team at Teton Pines, but like every job, his position does have its challenges. A few years back, Mike was approached by a local environmental group called Friends of Fish Creek (FOFC). Fish Creek is a major tributary of the Snake River and runs through the Teton Pines Golf property. [...] Continue Reading →

Great TurfTech BioMin Review From a 15 year User

Great TurfTech BioMin Review From a 15 year User Soil Tech has been in the microbial business for decades. That gives us a depth of experience that other manufacturers just don't have, and it also gives us a lot of satisfied customers! If you want to know more, click on over to our customer video testimonials on Turftech BioMin and listen to a 15 year user tell us about the many benefits he's seen with this product. Turf color improved right away, and soil and turf quality have continued [...] Continue Reading →