Golf Course Management

APR 2019

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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"e views across the course are also different. You now see the true to- pography of the land the way Harry Colt saw it 100 years ago. Back in 1914 when Colt came here, he didn't look for land that was forested. He looked for open land. He built this course on a big open area, and it has since changed. I love what David Oatis from the USGA, who consults for us, says about this: 'We've taken an 18-hole landscape and made it 18 one-hole landscapes.' "e pros and the fans will notice this," Trainor adds. "e feedback every spring when members come back and see the course again with these extensive tree removals we've done has been more than positive … it's always, 'Wow!'" When it comes to preparing for a professional event, Trainor is al - ready well-versed in what to do and what to expect, considering he has been at the helm for three previous Canadian Opens. Many of the con - tractors — from the security to the tent setup companies — are the same, so they all know their role and the timelines involved in staging such a large-scale event. e PGA Tour is also familiar with the course. at said, Trainor and his team do not plan to rest on their laurels. "Preparation all comes down to agronomics and timing," Trainor says. "We added a little extra fertilizer last fall. We have beautiful grow - ing conditions in the spring. Since the tournament arrives in the middle to end of our spring flush of growth, we should have some substantial rough." e key to Hamilton truly challenging the best players in the world is that it must be dry. If there is any significant rain leading up to the tournament, Trainor says the course loses some of its edge and its key defenses, and the PGA Tour players will be firing at pins. "When our greens and fairways get wet," he says, "they don't dry out quickly." The gallery walks from the No. 11 tee during the historic 1919 Canadian Open at Hamilton G&CC. J. Douglas Edgar won that event by 16 strokes, which still stands as a PGA Tour record for victory margin.

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