Golf Course Management

DEC 2018

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12.18 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 43 Top: In 2009, Bill Powell was presented with the PGA of America's Distinguished Service Award. He passed away later that year. Middle: Renee Powell teaches the game to all comers. She has the credentials — Powell played on the LPGA for more than a decade, beginning in 1967. Bottom: The clubhouse features an old-school charm. It comes with a snack bar, apparel and a shrine of images and news clippings about the Powells. built Clearview, which included a four-bedroom farmhouse that required him to install plumbing. e job it took to shape the course was monumental. "He physically manhandled it when he cleared the land," says Larry, noting that a World War II-era Jeep was used to pull a five-gang mower on the ground that his father planted with a hand seeder tied around his neck. Even today, Clearview has no modern irrigation system. A Massey-Ferguson tractor connected to a generator pumps water from a well to a pond for supplemen - tal purposes. e main water force comes from a power take- off pump that sends water directly to the course. "We only ir- rigate greens and tees," Larry says. "ere's no fairway irrigation. Just rain." A second nine holes opened in 1978, and today, Clearview is an 18-hole, par-72, 6,600-plus-yard layout with 22 bunkers. It has Colonial bentgrass/fescue/rye fairways, a fescue/rye/blue - grass mix in its roughs, and greens averaging 7,500-square feet, composed mostly of L-93 creeping bentgrass with a couple of Penn G-6 greens. It's a work of art to Clearview historian Jeff Brown, who spearheaded the drive to secure the facility as a National His - toric Site in 2001. Brown, as do countless others, refers to Powell The brother and sister act of Renee and Larry Powell keeps Clearview GC humming. Renee, a former LPGA player, is the club's PGA Club Professional. Larry has served as the golf course superintendent since 1971.

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