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 22, 2017
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
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
See the video below
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
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.
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.