Shaun Bishop

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May 9, 2018

POA – A Seed Head Unlike Any Other

May is a great month; the sun is bright and shining high in the sky, the threat of frost is all but gone and flowers are in full bloom all around us. But while May is one of my favorite months, there is a down side during this time period that I must deal with every new season, Poa seed heads. For many, the term poa seed heads means nothing, but for those that do know the term you are […]
April 25, 2018

What Trends Will You Be Following This Season?

As somebody who loves attending weddings as much as I love to plan them there is nothing better than seeing what brides are doing at their weddings and what might be trending during that time. Year after year we see what trends brides are doing and what trends the wedding industry wants to see. It would take you a couple days to read through all of the trends that are arising, so I went thorough and picked out some of […]
April 18, 2018

2018 Is The Year of The Tiger

What should you expect for golf in 2018?  From the professional tours to your local courses to vendors, there is a lot to get excited about in 2018. Are you excited about the return of Tiger? With the USGA and R&A looking to alter some rules, the golf world is having discussions about major changes.  Technology is steadily making their footprint in golf and looking to make bigger splashes.  Watching golf has changed in 2017 and looks to continually enhance […]
December 20, 2017

Trees – A Big Problem for Golf Course Turf and Budgets

To a golfer, few things are as satisfying as playing a good game of golf on a course with mature trees lining each side of the fairway. Players come to the course for the game but also to appreciate the calming beauty that a golf course can offer. However, it has long been known that trees on golf courses can wreak havoc with turfgrass quality and playability. For us, trees and the work they create have become a part of […]
December 13, 2017

An Open Mind

I am a fan of new discoveries. The allure of the unknown has always interested me, especially the notion that what I hold to be true could very well turn out to be false. The turf industry is no exception when it comes to new discoveries. It seems every year there is a new piece of equipment to try, a new chemical to spray or a lost philosophy that will solve all our problems. Choosing which new discovery to try […]
December 6, 2017

Golf Outings From A to Z

Candia Woods along with most public access golf courses rely on golf outings to help generate revenue. Most golf outings take advantage of not only the golf aspect but also food and beverage making it an attractive opportunity for fundraising groups as well as the golf courses. Hosting a golf outing at Candia Woods is a combined team effort of all of our departments; Matt Evans, grounds, Doug Alderman, Mike Lloyd and Christina Desjardins with food/beverage and of course Craig […]
November 2, 2017

Wedges 101: Is the bottom of your bag right for you?

What’s your wedge set up? Do you know what your 100-yard club is, or how many degrees of loft are between each of your wedges. Do you have a preferred yardage with your favorite wedge? The reason I ask these questions to help you, the golfer play better from inside 100 yards. Don’t buy into the marketing hype of the big driver manufacturers about how they’ll… “Take strokes off your game with X club!” The only real way to take […]
October 11, 2017

Spikeless or Spikes … That Is The Question

When you golf, what type of shoes do you wear?   Spikes?  Spikeless?  Or another type of shoe?   Now, when talking spikes I do not mean the metal spikes. More talking about soft spikes.     Here are some Pros and Cons to the debate: Spikes Pros Traction – with a traditional look and ability to change worn spikes, these shoes offer maximum traction Course Conditions – plays off of the first point but in wetter conditions shoes with […]
October 5, 2017

“Gorjus” George…. Yardologist

The following account is about a man named George Lucas. No… not the Star Wars guy. This George Lucas was never a movie maker, but he has had an illustrious career during which he has displayed a range of extraordinary accomplishments; Yes… in the arena of golf. And, I had the privilege of knowing him personally. • A professional caddie on the PGA tour. o Arnold Palmer’s personal caddie throughout 1980-81. o Inducted into the Professional Caddie Association’s “Hall-Of-Fame” in […]
November 2, 2017

Wedges 101: Is the bottom of your bag right for you?

What’s your wedge set up? Do you know what your 100-yard club is, or how many degrees of loft are between each of your wedges. Do you have a preferred yardage with your favorite wedge? The reason I ask these questions to help you, the golfer play better from inside 100 yards. Don’t buy into the marketing hype of the big driver manufacturers about how they’ll… “Take strokes off your game with X club!” The only real way to take […]
June 7, 2017

The Inaugural PGA Junior Match

This past Saturday, June 3rd, The Oaks Golf Links hosted its inaugural PGA Junior League Match. As the Captain of the team I couldn’t be prouder of our kids and current Junior Golf program. Thanks to our generous Junior Golf sponsors and supportive owners here at The Oaks Golf Links we are taking huge strides towards putting Junior golf on the map here in Somersworth, NH. Meet our u13 players! Team Fowler: Mason – Barrington NH Maeve – Madbury NH […]
November 23, 2016

The Ebb And Flow Of A Tee Sheet

One of the main responsibilities of a golf professional is to develop and maintain a “Tee Sheet” (a.k.a. Daily Tee Time Listing). I’ve been told by my staff that I’m quite the expert in designing & managing our Tee Sheet. This is probably a result of my experiences at busy daily fee, resort and private golf clubs through the years. You’re probably thinking to yourself, what’s the big deal… it’s just a list of daily tee times…? Believe me, if […]
October 7, 2016

A Tale of Two Nines

On October 6th, 2016, I played 18 holes split between two beautiful venues… life’s tough I know! I was hired for the first 9 holes for a playing lesson at The Oaks with two fabulous members of The Oaks (a couple).  The second 9 holes was spent with my wife, and two sons Jackson (5 years old) & Graham (3 years old) at Candia Woods. This day may very well have been the best weather we’ve had all year! 70 […]
April 5, 2016

A Fisherman’s Golf Guide

Each week I read a Fishing blog posted by a well-known NH Professional Fishing Guide.  For a number of reasons, I look forward to each of his posts. First and foremost — I’m a fly fishing nut!  If you can’t find me at The Oaks, and I’m not playing in a golf tournament, chances are I’m waist high in a river searching for my next fish. Second — WHERE the fish are most likely to be biting. Third — WHAT […]