Golf Course Management

AUG 2018

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Seal of approval Carlos Arraya, CGCS, has a key admirer in his corner. Rees Jones, son of the man who designed Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, is thrilled Arraya is caretaker for his father's work. Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed Bellerive; his son rebuilt it — and made multiple renovations — with co-designer Bryce Swanson. Their work will be on display worldwide this month, when Bellerive hosts the PGA Championship, Aug. 9-12. Jones was careful to maintain the style and integrity of his father's efforts. He has seen Arraya at work and could not be more pleased with the view. "From my observations, Carlos has the background and the people skills. It is valuable that he has been a general manager and knows the agronomy side," Jones says. "I think he has both skills down pat." Bellerive has hosted numerous large events, including the 1965 U.S. Open, won by Gary Player, and the 1992 PGA Championship, which Nick Price won. Most recently, Bellerive hosted the 2013 Senior PGA Championship. If you haven't seen it in a while or need a refresher, Bellerive has zoysia tees and fairways, Penn A-4 bentgrass greens and tall fescue rough. The par-70 will play at more than 7,300 yards. Some of the renovation work includes repositioning and rebuilding all fairway and greenside bunkers, removing trees and adding chipping and collection areas. On the par-4 18th, which plays more than 450 yards, missing the fairway creates a difficult second shot into the green. Storylines abound at Bellerive. Defending champion Justin Thomas is the son and grandson of PGA club professionals. Jordan Spieth seeks to complete the career grand slam if he wins. And this is the 100th PGA Championship and the last one to be held in August be- cause the event will be moving to May in 2019. "I'm honored to be part of it, to be the last PGA that will anchor the majors," says Arraya, hosting his first major. "It is special for me and our staff to say we hosted No. 100. Nobody else will be able to say that." — H.R. Carlos Arraya, CGCS, (left) and his senior leadership team within Bellerive CC's maintenance department: (from second left) Jared Brewster and Nick White, both senior assistant superinten - dents, and Matthew Lennon, assistant superintendent/championship operations manager.

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