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El Camaleon Golf Club at Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Eric on a site visit with his brother, Superintendent Kurt von Hofen at his Greg Norman designed El Camaleon Golf Club at Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

This one of a kind course will host the PGA TOUR’S Mayakoba Golf Classic, the only PGA TOUR event outside of the United States, February 23-27, 2011. Make your travel plans now so you can get out of the cold weather and enjoy the Cancun area.

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Surfing in the English Garten Munich, Germany

This is great for the 19th Hole. I have been to this spot many times in the English Garten in Munich, Germany. I have always seen at least 5 to 7 surfers hanging catching the waves of the river. Water is always cold. I have never seen any one get hurt or drink a beer while they have been surfing. Crazy. Check it out.

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Early Order Chemical and Fertilizer Programs

Are you taking advantage of the many early order programs offered by almost every company today? If not, you should. Many companies such as Bayer, Syngenta and Dow are all offering some great programs that will help you save your Club some money. All you have to do is get the list of the products on the early order programs from the company’s rep and review what they have to offer. Then you have to see how your yearly programs fit into the system and then pull the trigger. Products such as Syngenta’s Primo can be ordered at todays prices and you can take delivery this Spring or Summer. We use a ton of Primo in the summer in South Florida so our saving can be huge. If you purchase enough products, that are enrolled in the program from one company, many times there is a rebate back to the property for every thing you bought. Time is ticking, many of the programs end in November and December, so get with it.

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Nice Guy Johnny


I saw this Edward Burns movie at the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival and I loved it. Burns crafted his most comical film to date with the sweet, often surprising charmer, NICE GUY JOHNNY. I won’t ruin it for you and give you every detail but here is a quick overview. Johnny is a sports-talk jock on a small west coast am radio station and loves his fiance Claire. She wants him start making some real money and uses her families connections in NY to get him an job interview. He flies back to NY and meets up with his Uncle Terry(Burns) and all hell breaks loose. Terry wants Johnny to live on the edge and play the field. Terry sets up a meeting with some girls(Brooke) in the Hamptons and Johnny does not go for it. He hates his uncle and wants nothing to do with him or his lifestyle. He wants to leave and go back to the city. He loves his Claire and that is it. Turns out Claire is a pain in his ass but he still walks the straight line. Even after spending some time with Brooke in the Hamptons he is true to his Claire. Johnny now starts a tug of war with himself over what he should do with is life. The movie goes on like this until the end. This is where I stop, all I will say is that Johnny comes out on top. Great writing and camera work. The best part is that it was made for $25,000 like Burns other 1995 movie Brothers McMullen that won the best movie at Sundance that year. The movie comes out on DVD, itunes, Netflix and VOD October 26. Check it out you will like it. Here is the trailer Ed and Aaron put together for the movie.

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Overseed or Interseed this winter. What are you going to do?


This time every year superintendents decide if they are going to drop seed or not. Here in South Florida, after a rough cold winter last year, I think many golf courses might just do it. I don’t like to call this process overseed here in South Florida, I call it Interseeding. Interseeding of what you may ask. If you have a new ultra dwarf bermudagrass on greens and the golf course is located south of Jupiter, Florida, I say no way. If the golf course is located in the desert of California or Arizona, I say you better. I worked at PGA WEST, in La Quinta, CA and we overseeded everything on each of the 9 golf courses. We had to make sure that every bit of bermudagrass was covered with seed. If it was not covered you would see the brown bermudagrass come through and look bad all winter long. It gets so much colder at night in the deserts and frost is more common. Last winter in Miami, we had 4 mornings of frost and the grass went off color but did not go brown. The Palm Beach area was not so lucky. They had many more days of cold weather and cloud cover which made growing turf very difficult. I have made the call to interseed my driving range tee only this year and that is it. I want a 40% ryegrass and 60% bermudgarass stand of turf. That will work great for us and help with the small size of the range tee. Golfers will have grass to hit from. What are you going to do?

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Welcome to turfunderground.com


Welcome to turfunderground.com and the home of the von Hofen Turfgrass Scholarship. Using my 26 years of golf course maintenance experience I plan on giving a different behind the scenes look at what is really happening in the golf world. I have worked at and managed some of the best golf courses in the world. Muirfield Village, PGA WEST,PGA NATIONAL, Calusa Pines, Naples National, John’s Island Club and Doral just to name a few. I have hosted 13 PGA TOUR televised events which has allowed me to make contacts and friends around the world. There is a lot of great things happening in golf around the world and the story should be told. I will have feeds from Asia, Germany, Greece and every corner of the United States. Come back a check us out.

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White Fly is back in South Florida


White Fly is back again in Miami, Florida. After three years of the little pest showing up in South Florida, little natural control is being seen. The fig whitefly, Singhielle simplex, is still attacking ficus trees and hedges at an alarming rate. The winged insect belongs in the Order Hemiptera and feed on the underside of the leaves with their “needle-like” mouthparts. As you see in the picture, whiteflies seriously injure the ficus plants by sucking the juices out of them causing them to drop their leaves.

That ficus hedge in your yard doesn’t need water it needs the help of a professional. Contact a licensed landscape spray company and have them conduct a soil drench with a systemic insecticide. If you act today, you might be able to save your plants.

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Believing is Achieving

How would you feel about the proposition that you can achieve anything – absolutely anything – in which you can believe? Well, whether you realize it or not, that’s what you’re actually doing at the moment – you’re living the life that you believe you can live. Years of research in various fields of psychology lead to the inexorable conclusion that normal people perceive only what they expect to perceive and experience only what they expect to experience. This psychological fact present us with a major stumbling block because, unfortunately, as a result of our socialization into a normal world and upbringing by normal parents, we have normal expectations and these normal expectations are way short of where we could set our sights. In other words, at this very moment in time, you are living down to your expectations – and you’re not even aware of it.

Psychology also explains that our lives are created by our subconscious mind’s view of the world. We learn our perceptions of how the world works, who we are, what we’re capable and incapable of, our strengths and weaknesses, in short, our own self image during our formative years. These perceptions, which over time gradually become deeply held beliefs, are stored in the deep recesses of our subconscious mind and, in later life, when faced with a situation in which we have to take action, our actions will be dictated not be what is actually happening but by what we perceive is happening based on those subconscious beliefs. In this way, we constantly replay the repetitive behaviors that we learned during our formative years and stop ourselves in our tracks. Worse that that, we are unable to spot opportunity when it stares them us the face, because it’s not something that we are expecting and, therefore, we are simply unable to see it.

The result of all this is that our subconscious perceptions, learned during our childhood, are our beliefs. These drive our expectations and our behavior and, in this way, our beliefs create our lives. Or, put another way, we achieve what we believe. The obvious corollary of this is that, if we change our beliefs, we will live a completely different life.

Effectively, you have to give yourself new beliefs – these new beliefs should, quite obviously, focus on the things that you really, really want out of life – not the mundane in which you currently believe by default. You have to be able to make a big enough impression on your subconscious mind to enable it focus on what you want to achieve to the extent that it believes that it is part and parcel of who you are and what you’re capable of. If you can make that impression on your subconscious mind, it will simply see the life that you really want and the things that you really want to achieve as the logical step up from your current life.

So, what does it take to believe? Believing is not wishing hoping and wanting – these aspirations mean absolutely nothing to a subconscious mind that is driven by its inner programming. Rather, believing is seeing, feeling, hearing smelling and tasting. Yes, that’s right – your five senses, which are your sole interface with the world, are the mechanisms by which the subconscious mind creates your life. They are the very ingredients that you used to form your views of how the world works, life in general and your own self-image, during your formative years. As adults, we pay little or no attention to our five senses, preferring to use what we learned during our childhood to make sense of today – and, in the process, make a complete nonsense of it!

To change your life, you really only have to take some simple steps to provide your subconscious mind with a new belief system. To do this, you’ve got to explain to your subconscious mind what it would be like to achieve your goal. You’ve got to explain to it what It is like to see, feel, hear, smell and taste the life that you really want – as if you already have it. Nothing could be simpler, nothing could be more powerful. You’ve got to immerse yourself in your desired outcome, imagining that you have arrived at that outcome already. But the subconscious mind – as distinct from your conscious, thinking mind – has to take it on board, it has to be deeply impressed and excited by your desired outcome. You can make the necessary impression on your subconscious mind by handwriting the experience of the outcome, as if you’re there already, using all five senses, writing only in the present tense – because you’re already there! The hand-eye coordination that handwriting requires captures an abnormal amount of your subconscious attention – you become ‘young and impressionable’ when you hand write.

But, something this powerful comes with a very large Government Health Warning! You need to be careful what you wish for, because a focused subconscious will effortlessly set about its task of bringing about what it believes to be the life that you live – after all, that’s what its’ doing already.

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3 Keys To Taking Control Of Your Finances

The secrets to financial success are finally at your fingertips! No longer will you have to wonder about how other people do it. No longer will you have to deal with financial failure time and time again.

Read this article and find out the keys to financial success!

Secret to Financial Success # 1: Make Sound Decisions.

Hasty decision making rarely ever does anybody any good. It robs you of the ability to look at a situation sensibly.

If a genie were to suddenly appear before you offering three wishes but under a time limit, you would probably end up wishing for something that will only make you happy short-term, like a million dollars perhaps.

But if you had all the time in the world to think of what to wish for, you would be able to ask for something that could sustain you for a lifetime.

Secret to Financial Success # 2: Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket.

One of the keys to financial success is to invest wisely. There have been far too many stories of people putting their savings or their retirement money on the line for a chance to win big in the stock exchange market, or in a business that promises huge returns.

It’s a fact that nothing in this life is certain. A good hunch is still a hunch. I’m not discouraging you from following your instinct. But make sure you dip your feet into the pool first instead of jumping right in.

Secret to Financial Success # 3: Manage Debts Properly.

Debts can very easily pull you down if you are not careful with your planning and decisions. But not all debts are bad.

In fact, credit card debts can be a good thing because you can pay for things without having to shed money immediately, and instead have that money earning interest in the bank for the time being. Plus you get to earn some points! Just remember to pay them when they’re due.

These secrets to financial success have been used time and time again by individuals who want to expand their wealth. You don’t necessarily have to have a lot of money to begin with in order for you to win it big in life.

You only need to use your common sense. Don’t decide on anything without even doing proper research. Don’t bet all your money on one horse and manage your debts properly.

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How to maintain a car for life

No vehicle can ever be immune from the need for car repair. At various periods of a vehicle’s service life it will invariably need auto AC repair, brakes repair, transmission repair and engine repair. Adding up all those car repair needs can bring you to quite a huge sum. In this time of financial crisis, all vehicle owners would appreciate any possible way of lessening the need for, or frequency of, car repairs. The implementation of proper automotive diagnostic and maintenance procedures at the right schedules would be one effective way to achieve this. Vehicle owners can save even more if they can do some of these procedures on their own rather than always paying an auto service mechanic for even the simplest task. This does not mean discarding one’s trusted auto service mechanic, though, because he will still be very much needed for the more complicated automotive diagnostic and maintenance procedures and, of course, for car repair. Following are some steps to remember on automotive diagnostic and maintenance procedures and car repair.

Foremost on the list is learning what is written in the vehicle’s owner’s manual. The vehicle owner should know the contents of this document from cover to cover. Of course, it does not have to be memorized. It should, however, be kept in a safe place that is easily accessible. This is important because the owner’s manual contains all of the necessary automotive maintenance procedures for the vehicle based on its manufacturer’s recommendations, as well as the schedule of frequency for such procedures. This has to be complied with to the letter.

The vehicle owner is the best person to do certain automotive diagnostic procedures because he or she knows how the vehicle performs in normal circumstances. He or she will therefore be the first to notice even the slightest change in the vehicle’s behavior, including handling, acceleration, deceleration, steering and braking.

The vehicle owner should take gauge readings daily in order to track changes in fluid levels and gas mileage. He or she can then spot abnormal spikes in usage or depletion. Regular inspection of the vehicle’s tires, hoses and belts should be done to monitor wear and tear and damage.

Any strange noise, weird odor, leaks or vibration of the vehicle should be seen as signals of trouble. In fact, certain signs mean there is an emergency that should immediately be attended to. Smoke is one of these signs. Upon seeing smoke from the vehicle, it should promptly be pulled over and it should not be restarted before it is seen to by an auto service mechanic.

All of the vehicle owner’s findings should be documented in a logbook every day. This will ensure that nothing is forgotten and everything is reported accurately. The logbook should be submitted to the auto service mechanic periodically. If there are signs of an emergency, the logbook should also be submitted immediately. It will be used as an important reference as the auto service mechanic makes a diagnosis.

Ask for an official written copy of the mechanic’s diagnosis and repair recommendations from the auto service shop. Also ask the auto service shop to provide an official written quotation with details of the services to be done, parts that need replacement and the time schedule for the job.

A vehicle owner who faithfully complies with all the recommended automotive diagnostic and maintenance procedures and schedules based on the manufacturer’s instructions will surely be rewarded with much less need for car repair. This means less frequent auto AC repair, brakes repair, transmission repair and engine repair from the auto service shop, resulting in overall cost cutting and savings.

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