Archive for the ‘Maintenance crew’ Category

Great Visit with Dr. Karl Danneberger

By: tenna on January 25th, 2017

All the staff here at Purgatory Golf Club enjoyed our visit today with esteemed college professor Dr. Karl Danneberger from the department of Horticulture and Crop Science at Ohio State University. I originally came into contact with Karl because he & I had both just published a book on iTunes. Well he lapped me a long time ago on that front as I still have only 2 and he has 14 books on iTunes now! If you haven’t downloaded any of his books for your iPhone or iPad, you need to. They are extremely well written and include amazing photos, great descriptions & informative videos. He even has one iBook that is a golf puzzle book. My son Clay was playing with it last night and really enjoyed it.

So that was 3 years ago, and we’ve only communicated by e-mail up until today. Karl was kind enough to drop by to see my art show Ballerinas on the Green. After we looked at the art, we had lunch with several members of our staff. I could have sat there all day, he had so many interesting stories about traveling the world consulting on golf courses from here to Egypt and everywhere in between. We talked about online classes, and what he is doing to make them more engaging, mole crickets, chemical treatments and new advancements in technology such as self driving putting green mowers. The time went so quickly. I can only imagine what a great professor he must be because he has an entertaining story on just about every subject.

What a great way to spend an otherwise dreary winter day. Thank you Karl for coming by, and don’t forget to download his books if you haven’t done so already!




Golf Course Management iBook Video Review

By: purgatorygolf on October 27th, 2013

This is a video review of the free iBook Golf Course Management.

State Professors wrote and published it.

To find it in iTunes use the following link

You can read it on an iPad or a Mac computer if you have upgraded to the operating system Maverick, because it has an iBooks reader. It cannot however be read on an iPhone.

They wrote it to compliment their online and introductory turfgrass management course.

If you’re a serious golfer, you need this book. It is loaded with so much great information, text, pictures, charts, movies and audio recordings. You can go out to dinner after a round of golf and wow your golf buddies with you amazing video and knowledge of how the Stimpmeter got its name.

It covers all the basics you would expect from an introductory turfgrass book such as:

  • Different types of grass,
  • Warm friendly grass like Zoysa and Bermuda grass,
  • Cool temperature grass like fescues and bentgrass.
  • Mowing height and how it impacts the grain of the putting green,
  • Irrigation
  • Aerifying or coring
  • The Stimpmeter, and where that name came from
  • Rolling the greens

The part I thought was the most interesting was the section on turfgrass pests. It has the most terrifying pictures of golf courses gone bad. It covers disease, insects and weeds.


Karl Danneberger, Ohio State Professor has Another iBook

By: purgatorygolf on March 15th, 2013

Winter Injury book cover

Karl Danneberger, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, The Ohio State University has done it again. This amazing man has produced 5 separate and amazing iBooks (2 in another language). Having just completed my 1st iBook, I know exactly how much work is involved. It is no simple task.

His latest work is on Winter Injury, and it is co-authored with Karolina Ruzickova Hofferova who graduated from the Czech University of Life Sciences in Horticulture.

Because I’m such a visual person, it’s his images and videos that blow me away. I look at some of the picture, like the purple footprints on a putting green, and I understand the damage he’s trying to teach us about.

To top it all off, this book is free. If you’re a golf geek like me, you can’t wait to download it so you can show all your friends over dinner what snow molds really look like. When I found out he had another book out, it was like Christmas morning, and I haven’t even told James our Superintendent yet.

Purgatory Insider Training

By: purgatorygolf on March 5th, 2013

Internal training, we’ll share with a few guests

The Golf Swing

by Mike Merchent, Director of Golf, he will select one volunteer, evaluate the swing impromptu, meaning on the spot, and make recommendations if appropriate to improve.

Rules of Golf

Head Professional, Jon Stutz, Jon will focus on rules that have been in the news when appropriate, otherwise he will take suggestions or use his best judgement as to what would be the most worth while.

Turf Care

James Brown will provide education on turf management, and where appropriate, reference the iBook Golf Course Management by Karl Danneberger, Ph.D.

Technology, photography

General Manager, Tenna Merchent will teach technology, iPhone photography, Pinterest, Blogging, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Linkedin, and writing.


Tom Smith will provide culinary education, from food safety to wine appreciation.


March 12th, Tenna Merchent, Dropbox & 1password

March 19th off

March 26th Chef Tom, Food Safety

April 2nd, Mike Merchent, impromptu golf lesson with volunteer

April 9th Jon Stutz, Rules of Golf, water hazards

April 16th James Brown, Golf Course Management

Meeting time will be at 11:30 unless noted otherwise. We look forward to this weekly training geared to the continued development our staff, while keeping in mind what may interest our guests. Responsibility for topics and/or outside speakers will rotate through each leadership member. The training sessions will be limited to one hour. We are able to accommodate up to 20 outside guests. Sign up is by phone to the proshop at 317-776-4653 ext 1.








Currently the session will not be video taped, and we will not have remote participation. At a later time we may offer these options.


Here is the tentative schedule for the PGC insider training:


March 12th, Tenna Merchent Dropbox & 1password

March 19th off

March 26th Chef Tom, Food Safety

April 2nd, Mike Merchent impromptu golf lesson with volunteer

April 9th Jon Stutz, Rules of Golf, water hazards

April 16th James Brown Pythium Blight


Free iBook on Golf Course Maintenance

By: purgatorygolf on February 5th, 2013

There is a great book you can download for free in the iTunes store and you can read it on your iPad or iPhone.  It’s called Golf Course Management, written by Karl Danneberger. It covers the basics of golf course maintenance issues such as:

  • Cool & warm season turfgrasses
  • Mowing
  • Irrigation
  • Fertilizing
  • Coring
  • Rolling the greens
  • Turf disease
  • Turf pests (as in bugs)
  • Weeds

It is loaded with video content, pictures, and of course text. I can’t believe it’s free. It produced by the Ohio State University Science Series: Turfgrasses. They have a podcast too, and I intend to check that out.
Yes, I know, who wants to read about golf course management? But tell the truth, haven’t you always wanted to read a whole chapter on Pythium Blight, with movies?!

How do I share Purgatory’s Golf Course Magic?

By: Tenna Merchent on January 5th, 2013

Moonlit view of the clubhouse

As I think about this year’s advertising I ask myself “How do I share the magic of sunrise at Purgatory Golf Club?”

In the morning you can hear the crickets and the birds. There is often mist or fog on the ground or the lakes. The grass glimmers with dew, the maintenance crew is manicuring the putting greens, bunkers, and fairways. The air smells fresh and moist. It’s cool so you’re dressed in layers. You hear the occasional gas powered maintenance vehicle in the distance. The sprinklers are running over a green.

At that moment in time, there is no place else on earth you’d rather be.

You might ask yourself, “Well isn’t that the case at any golf course?” The answer is no. Purgatory is in the middle of nowhere. You have to work to get here. So it is quiet. Purgatory is long, so when you’re out on the golf course, the golf course is all you see. Purgatory is challenging, so there are bunkers, tall grass, and hills everywhere. It is striking, breath taking, and unusual.

Now, I can’t wait for spring, and one of those mornings.

Fairway Aerification

By: Tenna Merchent on November 1st, 2012

This video takes you through aerfiying the fairways. Superintendent James Brown explains the process, why it is important, and how the equipment speeds the process.

Flyover of the 5th hole

By: Tenna Merchent on October 25th, 2012

All the flyovers bring something to light. This one, the flyover of the 5th hole shows how the far back tees are set up to point you to the fairway, where you need to hit your fairway shot. They don’t set you up to hit towards the green, because that would send you into the trees.

Someone from the maintenance crew is mowing the putting green, that always looks so nice, the contrast of the grass that has the dew mowed off, and the grass that still glistens. Hope you like it!


Aerifying the Tees & Greens

By: Tenna Merchent on October 11th, 2012

Every fall we aerify our tees & greens. That means we actually punch holes in the ground to break up the thatch that has built up. This makes it possible for nutrients, water, and air to get to the roots. We then fill these holes with sand. The whole process takes us about 2 days, and then the greens take about 2 weeks to knit up the holes.

It’s essential to the health of the putting green. In this video, Superintendent James Brown takes you through the whole noisy process, from start to finish. I hope you find it as interesting as I did!

Love them Mower Tracks!

By: Tenna Merchent on May 31st, 2012

We golfers love our grass, the way it smells when it’s freshly cut, the way it looks when it’s wet, the way it sticks to our shoes, we even like the tracks left behind in the grass by the ubiquitous lawnmowers. Ubiquitous is just a long word that means appearing or found everywhere. Hey, I have to use all that SAT cramming I did in high school once in a while!

Anyway back to our obsession with grass. When I ran across the image the thing I admired was the mower tracks just to the right of the tall grass in the middle & lower right hand corner of the image. Funny isn’t it?

Of all the things I could have admired, like the gracefully sculpted bunkers, or the golden brown fescue that some people mistakenly call heather, I instead was drooling over the tracks left in the grass by one of the early morning mowers. Mower Tracks on the 16th Green