This site is intended to share information relating to the management of the golf course conditioning and quality of Northmoor Country Club and the art, the science, and the factors that influence those conditions. Please visit as often as possible.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Different Bentgrass Greens

I thought you would find these photos to be interesting.  The turf variety that we used on the red and blue greens in 2006 and 2008 was A1 bentgrass.   It was the state of the industry at that time.   In the late 90s when NCC did the white nine, L93 bentgrass was used on the white nine. because it showed the most promise in the research trials.  Today, Pure Distinction bentgrass is one of the highly performing varieties that Bob O Link recently used on their greens in their renovation.  Just one of the characteristics of Pure Distinction is that it has an earlier green-up.   Each of these 3 bentgrass varieties has different growth and putting characteristics. 

Northmoor A 1 bentgrass green on April 26th  - still off color

Bob O Link Pure Distinction bentgrass on April 26th - early green-up

Friday, April 21, 2017

Tanner Witt

I wanted to say a special thanks to those of you who have asked about and followed my son Tanner's baseball career through college and the pros.   Even though he had a year left on his contract and was scheduled to play at Double AA Chattanooga with the Twins organization, he has decided to enter the next phase of his career.   He has traded his baseball uniform for a business suit and a set of operating room scrubs.  He has joined the Nuvasive spinal medical equipment sales team and has moved to Dallas.   From the ball field to the operating room, he is beginning a new career.

Needless to say, my summer evenings will be different without watching him on TV or listening to his games on the radio.   He has given me more than 20 years of enjoyment watching him play.  Lots of miles, thousands of innings and a million great memories of watching him play.
I appreciate the interest you showed in him and my family.   Thank you.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Austin County Club

This week the PGA tour stop is at Austin Country Club located in the hills on the outskirts of  Austin, Texas along the Colorado River.  I had the opportunity to manage this dramatic course earlier in my career.  Architect Pete Dye used tremendous creativity in designing this stunning layout with long and forced carries, severely undulating greens, distinctive elevation changes and "eye-catching" native rock features.   The 6800 yard course plays to a challenging 74 course rating.   While the pros may find the length very short compared to their normal course lengths, the average golfer finds the layout to be extremely difficult.   Before we  cleared some of the native trees and brush in the rough areas, combined  with the number of forced carries, it was not uncommon for the members to lose 6-10 golf balls a round. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Graden The Greens

In the quest for firmer putting green surfaces it is necessary to control unwanted and undesirable thatch accumulation.   Newer technology in machinery, such as the Graden implement, are designed to aide in producing desired putting surfaces.   The question is "Does the golfing membership support the balance between necessary agronomic practices and the impact such practices may have on playing conditions for a week or two?"
                                          See the video below



Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tommy Witt, GCSAA President Video

From the very first year of my professional career, I have been involved in volunteer service at the local, state and national level.  In 2001 I had the opportunity to be elected President of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.   We had 23,000 members in 65 International countries. We funded a $23,000,000 a year operating budget that funded initiatives and programs all over the world. I learned a great deal about leadership and the important role it serves in any organizations.  It positively influenced the way I lead and manage even today.   Below is a video of my year leading my national professional association. 


Bunker Consistency

Today's expectation of a bunker has moved from it being accepted as a HAZARD to the expectation that it should at all times, and in every instance, be a perfectly manicured surface.   The USGA video below shares information and facts on why every bunker on the same course does not play the same as all the others.  Please take a look.

Producing a Great Putting Surface

Beyond simply watering, mowing and fertilizing a tournament quality putting surface, a matrix of factors and agronomic practices combine to produce great putting surfaces.   Take a look a the video.