Thursday, December 15, 2011


There has been much buzz in the golf world about Crenshaw and Coore's restoration of Pinehust #2, Donald Ross classic which will host both the Men's and Womens' 2014 US Open in back to back weeks. The restoration took out all the rough surrounding the fairways and widened the fairways, in some cases now 60 yards wide. The grass is hybrid bermuda and is maintained at one height of cut for tees, green surrounds and fairway. The only other type of grass on the entire mown portion of the course is the new bentgrass greens. The fairway simply goes directly into the watse areas, planted with 80,000 switch grass plants. Firm and fast will be the norm. I was there several weeks ago for a conference and the course was spectacular. I have included several photos to highlight the renovation. The statues are of Payne Steward and his now famous winning putt pose and of Donald Ross and Robert Dedman, the man responsible for the revitalization of Pinehurst. Enjoy!

Even I could probably hit the sweet spot, although taking it back and through may be challenging!

2011 WR winter wonderland and Golf in India

I have included some pictures from a recent frosty morning at WR I ahve also included an interesting video on golf in the slums of India. It really highlights how the joy of the game ultimately is not necessarily tied to perfect playing conditions. While perfect conditions are the goal of many, golf's unique attraction is that it allows us to spend time with friends. The video shows that no 2 golf courses are ver the same. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

2011 October post overseed

Enjoy some photos taken 3 weeks after overseed and aerification

Saturday, October 15, 2011

13 tee complete

Here is a slide show of the tee renovation on #13. It should be in play for the week of October 24th. Enjoy

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Overseeding and aerification complete!

We finished up our fall greens aerficiation and overseeding on schedule with 26,000 lbs of seed spread on 40 acres.  We also completed the much anticipated upgrade to the turnout at #17 green. Here are some pics. Enjoy

Friday, September 16, 2011

Aerification- A vital practice for optimal greens performance

Greens aerification is just around the corner as we are scheduled to aerify as part of our overseeding process Oct 27th through Oct 30th. At WR we supplement our 2x/year hollow tine aerification of our greens with aggressive verticutting and topdressing, as well as a "venting" in August using 1/8" solid tines (no cores)Here is a brief video which explains this most important cultural practice.

Sunday, August 21, 2011


What a privilege to play these 2 great courses. I am also working the 2012 US Open at Olympic. It will be fun to see the set up required as myself and 125 Supers volunteer our services for the week in additin to the regular staff. Cypress was amazing. A 30' bomb for birdie on #16 baby!!!! Enjoy the photos.

                                                            OLYMPIC CLUB


Friday, August 5, 2011

Aerification, rolling and new bunker attachment

Here are some pics from the past week. A nice early morning shot of our greens roller on #10. The past 15 months with our roller have seen greater consistency throughout our greens as well as better ball roll out.

Fairway aerification was begun this week and this shot is of #9. 3/4" tines on 3" spacing pull 4" deep cores which are then dragged and blown off the fairway. We follow ASAP with 12 lbs gypsum and water it in.

The new bunker rake attachment approximated the finish of our hand raked greenside bunkers and will eliminate the furrows created by our previous unit. The purchase of this attachment was a direct result of discussions in our greens committee meetings.

Friday, July 15, 2011



Here are some recent photos of the course, including the new tee sod on #6 and #7. I have also included a nice article from the USGA on how to use the practice tee and help preserve our turf.

Practice Like A Pro
By Ty McClellan, agronomist, Mid-Continent Region
July 13, 2011
Randomly scattered divots (on the left) remove up to 50% more turf than practicing in a linear pattern (on the right) where each new shot is placed directly behind the previous divot.

Late July is usually the time when there is a lack of turf coverage on practice range tees established with cool-season turfgrasses, such as creeping bentgrass or Kentucky bluegrass.  Heavy play removes divots faster than the turf can recover, and hot, dry summer conditions leave little opportunity for seedling establishment or regenerative growth of surrounding turf.  Poor turf coverage that comes in mid-summer generally indicates that the practice tee is simply undersized for the amount of play received, i.e. there is not enough time for turf to recover before tee stalls are returned to previous locations.  It also indicates that tee stall rotations need to be reviewed for efficiency and that synthetic turf options should be considered at the rear of the tee to provide the additional time needed for turf recovery.

With the exception of an efficient tee stall rotation, enlarging the tee(s) and adding synthetic turf are improvements typically left for the off-season when time and funds become available.  So, until then, what can be done?  The solution resides with golfers.  Since randomly scattering divots can quickly destroy a practice range tee, the better approach is to shrink one’s divots by removing them in a pattern just like the professionals.  More specifically, this includes placing each shot directly behind the previous divot.  This can easily be repeated for up to 10 shots resulting in much less turf being removed.

Let’s take a look at a practical example that was provided by Golf Course Superintendent Chris Pekarek at The Village Links of Glen Ellyn in Illinois.  Mr. Pekarek estimates more than 2 million shots are taken annually from the 1.25-acre Kentucky bluegrass practice tee and that 1.5 million of the shots result in turf removal.  Although divots come in all sizes, the average iron shot is believed to remove a divot 3 inches wide by 6.5 inches long for a total of 19.5 square inches.  After just 30 shots, or a small bucket of balls, 4.1 square feet of turf are removed, given a typical practice routine (30 shots x 19.5 in2 = 585 in2 / 144 in2 = 4.1 ft2).  Therefore, after an entire season, 205,000 square feet of divots are removed from the tee. That's more than 4.6 acres of turf from their 1.25-acre surface.

If instead each shot is played directly behind the previous divot, subsequent divots are reduced to an average size of 3 inches wide by 3 inches long, or 9 square inches.  After 30 shots, this pattern removes only 2.1 square feet of turf. (As the first divot removes 19.5 square inches and the subsequent 9 divots remove 9 square inches each for a total of 81 square inches, a total of 100.5 square inches is removed for every 10 shots, which is typical for this linear pattern.  For 30 shots or a small bucket of balls, 3 x 100.5 = 301.5 in2 / 144 in2 = 2.1ft2 are removed.)  If everyone adopted this method, the annual number of divots removed would be reduced from 205,000 square feet to just 105,000 square feet.  That’s nearly a 50% reduction in the amount of turf removed.

Implementing this simple divot pattern into your practice regime has significant season-long implications at your facility.  So, rather than voice a complaint about the turf during oppressive conditions in July and August, do the turf a favor and practice like a pro!