Monroe Miller

We need a golf course museum

We need a golf course museum

November 12, 2015

What a shame. I’d love to donate all of my items and artifacts to a museum, a golf course museum. But, as far as I know, there isn’t such a thing. If there is, it is a well-kept secret. For a business/industry as formidable as golf course management, it doesn’t seem possible to lack a museum devoted to the long and rich history of turf management and machinery. Read More

First things first

First things first

October 19, 2015

I sense a better feeling in the golf community these recent days, and many colleagues I work and visit with are feeling the same. Memberships have stopped hemorrhaging, stabilized and even increased in some organizations. Interest in the game seems to be on the rise. Read More

Golf course sexcapades

Golf course sexcapades

September 21, 2015

It seems to me that in future years, just like the past twenty or so, we are going to have to depend on confessions and bragging rather than the actual sightings of golf course sex. And if there is anything that gets exaggerated (by men, at least), it will be their prowess, especially on the grass! Read More

Last rites

Last rites

June 17, 2015

Over my 36-year career as a superintendent, a number of scatterings of cremains happened on our course. When asked, I did my best to accommodate them. There were more than likely many more scatterings I was not aware of. There is little to no evidence of the ashes, so unless someone tells you, you would never know. Read More

First impressions, second thoughts and the third degree

First impressions, second thoughts and the third degree

May 18, 2015

For years, I have heard that a ticket to the Masters is the toughest ticket in sports. But it is also one of the great bargains in sports. If you can get a badge with access to the four competitive rounds, it will only cost you $325. And if you are a GCSAA Class A or AA member, the club will give you a complimentary pass each day. Wow! Imagine a large group (like GCSAA) getting a free pass to the Super Bowl or the World Series. It would never happen. Read More

Adapting to change

Adapting to change

April 16, 2015

The following took place on a turfgrass website managed by the director of the UW-Madison research station. I did some editing and disguised the identity of those chatting. All approved the use of their thoughts. Read More

No such thing as a ‘sure’ thing

No such thing as a ‘sure’ thing

March 17, 2015

Early in my career I spent a lot of time thinking about and searching for sure things. I suspect this stems from an aversion to great risks and a drive for perfection. This, despite the well-worn phrase, “The only sure things in life are taxes and death.” (And a good accountant can sometimes remove the tax part.) From the time we are born, we are on an inexorable march to the grave. That is a sure thing you can count on. Read More

Stressed out

Stressed out

March 16, 2015

How hard is it to grow turf? Superintendents know how stressful the job really is. GCI columnist Monroe Miller says even though stress is part of a superintendent's daily life, it doesn't have to be overwhelming. Read More

Autumn’s golf trip

Autumn’s golf trip

January 15, 2015

We hadn’t seen the Northeast fall foliage for a couple of years, so Cheryl and I decided this was the year to return. The timing was perfect. The best fall color, on average, is around Columbus Day, so the day after the Wisconsin Turfgrass Association golf fundraiser we headed east. Read More

Plan B

Plan B

August 5, 2014

Preparing for post-superintendent life eliminates fear of losing employment. Read More