Thursday, August 16, 2012

Don't forget the Member information night next Wednesday August 22nd in the Member's bar following the Wednesday comp presentations at around 6pm.  I will be explaining the reasoning behind the Board considering changing the grass in the greens on the West course and will be available to answer any questions Members may have.

If you get a chance this week end to watch some of the Wyndham Championship US PGA Tour event at Sedgefield CC in North Carolina, you will be watching the Pro's play greens surfaces that were bentgrass for last years tournament and are now couchgrass.  The greens were changed for the very reasons we are considering in that they were exceptionally difficult to maintain through the summer and have had a reputation for being very soft for the tournament. The couch variety "Champion" was chosen for this course which in our trial work proved to be very similar to TifEagle.  The amazing detail about this grass changeover was that the project started on May 14 this year.....that's right, meaning it has had only a 13 week grow in time leading in to a Tour event....incredible!  Reports on the greens are that they are running superbly although with a few minor blemishes which is quite understandable.  I am not too sure what method they used to re-surface, but as their greens were only rebuilt in 2007 the actual sub surface may not have been touched.  I might wait till after the tournament to contact the Super to find out as I guess he's got a bit on his plate at the moment!!  But I will certainly be watching with great interest, particularly the scoring as when the greens were bentgrass and soft due to the heat, 20+ under par was the number required so it will be very interesting to see what happens on the couchgrass.

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