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In this episode, Frank Speaks with Pete Cookingham, recently retired director of the Turfgrass Information File based at Michigan State University. Pete reviews the history of the database and the unique nature of managing a topic specific database, like turfgrass science. His lifetime commitment is celebrated every time we use the information and …
 
In this episode of Renovation Report, sponsored by The Andersons, Capillary Bunkers and Golf Preservations, Bradley S. Klein, Ph.D., sits down with golf course architect and restoration specialist Andrew Green about his reputation for taking historic golf courses back in time after years of change. Green, who says his goal is as simple as doing goo…
 
In this episode, RW and the gang deliver an emergency warning about an Army Worm invasion, reveal our progress in golf course robot evaluations, discuss the big change coming in golf and explain why those folks at The Masters need a wall. In "Storytime" we tell about our favorite time on the golf course. Presented by DryJect.…
 
In this episode, Frank Speaks with Dr. Leah Brilman about the breeding and development of creeping bentgrass, mixtures and blends, and the current state of the turfgrass seed industry from the recent weather patterns to long term supplies. “We'd better get used to paying more for seed”. Frank then speaks with Emily Braithwaite from Oregon State Uni…
 
Inness, a King-Collins design-build project condensing the old Rondout Golf Club from 18 to 9 new holes, opened in June with Anthony Minniti at the helm. It wasn't easy. Minniti came over from The Creek and Shinnecock Hills to grow in and polish the new resort course Accord, NY, in the upper Hudson Valley between the Catskill and Shawangunk Mountai…
 
In this episode Frank takes a deep dive into spray application technology with Ken Rost of Frost Inc. They cover the gamut from where we are today in turfgrass spray application technology to where we will be tomorrow! Frank then welcomes Derek Settle back to his former role with the Chicago District Golf Association, “My first job was my best job”…
 
In this episode of the Renovation Report, sponsored by The Andersons, Capillary Bunkers and Golf Preservations, Bradley S. Klein, Ph.D., talks wiith golf course architect Drew Rogers about his time working with his mentor, Arthur Hills, running his own golf course design firm, JDR Design Group, and the transformation of the business from original d…
 
In this episode Frank chats with Rich Buckley, Director of Diagnostic Services at Rutgers University Plant Diagnostic Lab, about the wet and stress of the growing season in the North. Wet soils, steamy air and soon more heat. Frank and Rich unravel the panoply of fungal problems golf course superintendents are facing. The episode also highlights th…
 
In this episode of Rockbottum Radio, RW reveals an important secret to leadership success, while Jelsik gets a rough mower stuck in the lake and Boof loses his radio. Cletus is forced to put those nasty water jugs back out, Ludell makes his illegal mushroom burgers again and the beer cart driver quits. Momma inspects the bunkhouse and the winner of…
 
Bradley S. Klein, Ph.D., talks with golf industry analyst J.J. Keegan. Keegan, who has authored several books, including "The Winning Playbook for Golf Courses" in 2020, is one of the golf industry's leading consultants. He and Brad discuss the business of golf as it relates to golf course superintendents, the role of superintendents in driving the…
 
In this episode of Frankly Speaking, Franks sits down with Dr. James Hempfling, Field Development Scientist for Bayer Crop Sciences to discuss Anthracnose and dollar spot research at Rutgers, transition from academic to industry science, and his passion for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the golf turf industry. They even get to chat about his m…
 
In this episode Frank returns to the airwaves to chat with Mike Morris, Golf Course and Property Manager at Crystal Downs Country Club, a classic Alistair MacKenzie/Perry Maxwell course in Frankfort, Michigan. Crystal Downs is thought to have been a motivation for Mackenzie’s work with Bobby Jones on his next project, Augusta National. Mike also ha…
 
In this episode of Rockbottum Radio, RW discusses working for corporations and the increasing complexities of lengthy supply line disruptions in modern times. Ludell returns from the future to explain how Gen Z solved the problem of professional politicians... and reveals what golf can expect from corporate water tech. In Storytime, RW tells the ta…
 
This episode of Frankly Speaking begins with a trip Down Under to discuss golf turf management in Australia with John Neylan, longtime agronomist. Frank and John cover a wide range of topics from Poa annua and herbicide resistance to putting green construction and the glorious golf on the sandbelt near Melbourne. John’s long history with annual blu…
 
In this episode of "Frank-Lee Speaking", Steve Rabideau of Winged Foot reflects on a career, restoring a couple of classic golf courses and hosting a one-of-kind US Open. The conversation is about construction management, persistence, and managing expectations of a demanding membership and a loyal and dedicated crew. “Nothing prepares you for this.…
 
This episode of Rockbottum Radio features another typical day at The Rock, as Cletus realizes why he should wear PPE when spraying, Momma learns how to give legal performance appraisals, Jelsik Muldoon remote applies for a job and famous TurfNetter Charlie Fultz helps remote-write a segment on Emotional Golf Support Animals. When the crew discusses…
 
Frank Rossi connects with fellow Cornell University alum Gil Hanse to discuss his approach to golf course design and the importance of the three-legged stool to effective golf architecture. Gil discusses the balance of maintenance and playability and how short grass provides hope for the average golfer and a challenging dilemma for the low handicap…
 
Put on your snorkel or scuba gear and get ready for a deep dive into wetting agents with Glen Obear from Exacto Inc. The lack of uniform regulation and labelling standards has created significant confusion in fully connecting the science to the practice of using wetting agents for soil water management. Frank and Glen discuss the latest thinking fr…
 
In this episode of Rockbottum Radio, Momma and RW take calls from famous golf course superintendents like Steve Huffstutler, Matt Crowther, Mark Hoban and several others known only by their code names: Mongo, Fred, and the golf pro from Burnt Run CC. In the process we learn about how a trail cam caught the bearing-grease-on-the-doorknob shop tricks…
 
Frank Rossi returns in 2021 with his old friend Dan Dinelli and former Professional Golfer Carl Schimenti chatting about managing course firmness to adjust playability and traffic tolerance. Frank and Dan explore managing for firmness and how shot angles into and onto the putting surface can be understood. Carl Schimenti and Frank discuss the analy…
 
In this episode of Rockbottum Radio, RW tries to deliver the news amidst financial confusion triggered by Ludell practicing Modern Monetary Theory and nationwide post-ED (electile dysfunction). The gang tries to strategerize ways to keep TN intellectual property from being stolen... again, while Momma ferrets out a spy with a Kansas accent on the c…
 
In this episode of the TurfNet Renovation Report, presented by Golf Preservations and The Andersons, host Anthony Pioppi chats with Mike Manthey, superintendent at Midland Hills Country Club in Roseville, MN about the recent renovation of the Seth Raynor design. Led by architect Jim Urbina, the project was started and completed in 2020 under Covid-…
 
In this Christmas 2020 episode of Rockbottum Radio, RW and the gang go in depth on several of their ideas for dealing with the golf surge, from the good to the bad to the ugly. Momma develops her best ever method for dealing with golfer complaints and then for Storytime, RW tells about the mysterious Coach Zontek (not the one you might think...). H…
 
In this episode of Rockbottum Radio, RW and the Rockbottum gang discuss Great Leaps Forward (GLFs) in Golf, along with a few Great Leaps Backward. They also present the Rockbottum CC Frying Pan for Excellence in Skeletal Golf Theory Award to the winner. In Storytime, Willy tells about the time an evil golf pro made a great leap backward with a litt…
 
Ken Benoit's Connect to Protect Tour concludes on this episode of the Turfgrass Hotline. Ken completed his 3400 mile, 36 day journey across the US by dipping his bike into the Pacific Ocean. Frank and Ken review the high- and lowlights of the journey and the work that lies ahead to actually adopt BMPs across the country, not just talk about and pub…
 
In this episode, RW explains why Rivermont GC is the Model for the future of golf... Ludell recalls the worst GCS tyrant ever... and the gang discusses what makes the best face masks. Before he takes us along for a trip to the dermatologist, RW tells how to be a legendary golf architect. Also, just before heading out to early vote, the pro shop tun…
 
Frank catches up with Ken Benoit twice in this extended episode of the Turfgrass Hotline highlighting the Connect to Protect tour. Ken’s logged over 1800 miles and another 6 miles straight up and he is still in the great plains! Before he heads across the Continental Divide he has tells us about a few Golf Course Supts. in the Great State of Nebras…
 
In this edition of TurfNet University, sponsored by Brandt, Todd Hicks of the turfgrass pathology department at Ohio State University discusses some of the issues that he and colleague Joe Rimelspach are hearing from golf course superintendents. This includes disease issues like dollar spot and anthracnose as well as other challenges associated wit…
 
The Connect to Protect Tour pedals on with Ken Benoit on ride day 13 (total day 15) and closing in on 1300 miles as he puts his leg up for a few days in IA with Tim Gravert. BMPs of water use reduction and pollinators are highlighted on these course visits and just as much learning going on internally for Ken as a “niggle” turned to a “bark” from h…
 
This week the Hotline is in heart of the transition zone with Professor Lee Miller at the University of Missouri. Root diseases are dominating the pest scene and extremes of moisture (wet and dry) that expose weaknesses in rootzones as saturated black layer or persistent localized dryspot. Lee suggests seeding to help recover from summer stress woe…
 
We are on the road again this week with Ken Benoit and the Connect to Protect Tour. We caught up with Ken In OH with some aches and pains, some bumps in the road, and more Best Golf Course Management Practices focused on Environmental Stewardship. Ken’s is 1000 miles into the journey across the country and has already visited iconic venues in OH, I…
 
This week the Turfgrass Hotline. is tracking the Connect to Protect Tour, a 3000 mile bike journey by my friend, Ken Benoit, CGCS. Ken is the President and Founder of EcoTurf Consulting and a long time golf course superintendent conditioning golf courses for 25 years. Ken, an avid and experienced cyclist, is riding 3000 miles in 30 days with 40 lbs…
 
In this episode, RW and gang deal with "News Depression" and how to fix it, as well as "Skin Cancer and The GCS"... and our solution. Rockbottum tackles questionable turf lab results and the best way to cure them, and studies an important survey that affects the golf course crew. Also, they discuss spoiled tour players, the impact of social media o…
 
The August Editions of the Turfgrass Hotline starts with Rich Buckley of Rutgers Plant Diagnostic Lab, and the “Ugly” situation many in the northeast are facing with the “cumulative effects” of summer stress, ideal fungal conditions and already weakened turf. Recognizing the tools available for control and the data used to predict pests, golf cours…
 
Frank Hale, Ph.D., entomologist at the University of Tennessee, talks about turfgrass insect pests that are common and native to warm- and cool-season turf in Tennessee, and also shares management tips. Hale, who is based at the university's Soil, Plant and Pest Center in Nashville, also discusses how changing climate conditions have affected pest …
 
Frank Rossi chats again with UW-Madison Badger Turfgrass Pathologist Paul Koch about the onslaught of disease issues facing midwestern superintendents, an alarming outbreak of annual bluegrass weevil, and what lies ahead for those sustaining annual bluegrass in the face of summer patch and anthracnose issues! This is this is the best 18 minutes you…
 
Annual bluegrass remains a blessing and curse to the golf turf industry. Professor Shawn Askew, Weed Scientist Extraordinaire from The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, has been studying the impact of annual bluegrass on trueness of a putting surface, as well as being expert on the use of PoaCure (Methiolzolin) for annual bluegra…
 
In this July 21, 2020 episode of Turfgrass Hotline, Frank Rossi makes his monthly visit with Lee Butler, Director of Diagnostic Services at NC State as he’s driving to the mountains of North Carolina! A lively discussion of Take-All Root Rot, a complex of root pathogens attacking Ultra-Dwarf Bermudagrass. It’s been pretty good bentgrass and bermuda…
 
In this episode of Frankly Speaking, Dr. Frank Rossi speaks with Angelica Carmen, Sustainability Specialist at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, IL. Angelica works with golf course supt. Chris Flick and directs Fairway Farms, a farm to table experience at one of the world’s great public golf courses! Frank and Angelica discuss establishing …
 
In this more serious episode from Rockbottum Country Club, Randy and the gang share their experience in golf course renovations and resurrections. In Storytime, they tell about one of their most successful reno projects ever. Cletus solves the coronavirus mask shortage problem; visiting "Science Boy, Ph.D." tests a new technique for killing sting '…
 
In this episode of the TurfNet Turfgrass Hotline Northeast, Frank Rossi and Rich Buckley discuss the onset of summer stress, anthracnose, root diseases and how to build resiliency into your playing surfaces. As Frank and Rich “make do with what they got”, the rest of us get to enjoy another lively conversation regarding the pest and stress turf man…
 
In this episode of Turfgrass Hotline, Frank Rossi and Lee Butler chat about a warm, wet start to the season during the COVID lockdown, and how both warm- and cool-season grasses struggle with rooting issues from nematodes to take-all! A lively discussion about Asco-whatta? Leaf spot and brown patch in tall fescue. It’s a great day in the Carolinas!…
 
The roller coaster that is the Spring season in the Midwest did not disappoint. In fact, the BEST snow mold year, says Dr. Paul Koch of the University of Wisconsin-Madison... and now summer patch samples, Pythium root issues in areas that are very wet (like Iowa), and using dollar spot model to justify new fairway grasses. Whew! Lot of ground cover…
 
Ohio State professor Karl Danneberger, Ph.D., shares his experience with the Covid-19 virus. Karl was diagnosed with virus in March, spent a month in the hospital at OSU. He talks with us about pre-existing conditions that made him more vulnerable to the disease, his experiences on a ventilator, going through rehab, dealing with some residual healt…
 
In this episode of the Turfgrass Hotline Pacific Northwest, Frank Rossi chats with the newly minted Dr. Clint Mattox of Oregon State University. Among the overall growing season update, topics include the always present microdochium patch, yellow patch, anthracnose, Poa annua, fine fescue and cultivation research from the lone research center in th…
 
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