Golf Course Management

MAY 2019

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40 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 05.19 $75 and non-state residents $150 to play weekends. e course reduced rounds last fall and this spring, plus closed the back tees. "We didn't do as much as we normally do last fall as far as aeration is concerned to keep the surfaces firm and smooth," Had - ley says, "and we got our sand down, didn't use covers, used more topdressing when we had a lot of good opportunities, and put out our dormant feeds. at's why we felt good going into this spring. We got that out there, and it's going to get some green-up from that. We also focused last fall on traf - fic areas. at was the good thing about the fall. We were able to sod what we needed to sod but kept it as minimal as we could. Everything we did in the fall was to prepare to have a good spring. We feel good about what we did in the fall and preparing the turf and not suffering any catastrophic turf loss. en, it was just waiting on spring to get things going. As Tom Petty said, 'e waiting is the hardest part.'" e bunkers already were in a good way, even before last fall. "We started years ago rebuilding the greenside bunkers (work on them was completed in early 2018, and 90 percent of it was done in-house). We knew this (PGA Championship) was coming up. At the time, we didn't know this would be in May, but still we didn't want to have done anything that would stand out during the tournament," says Vincent Herzog, con- struction superintendent at Bethpage. "We wanted a whole growing season to make sure all of our projects were buttoned up." e biggest challenge of a May event in - stead of August could be equipment. "It's a bit more challenging because, just coming out of winter, the equipment hasn't been tested much yet, and there's only so much we can do at that time of the year," head mechanic Sean Brownson says, "but I want things to run as smoothly as possible be - cause of what this event means to Bethpage and to the PGA of America as it goes to a new date." Either way, May it is. So, come what may. "May and August are like two different animals. Sometimes we don't know what we're going to get coming out of winter," Bethpage Black assistant superintendent Ryan Murphy says. "What matters is see - ing where we can take this place for a major championship." Howard Richman (hrichman@gcsaa.org) is GCM 's associate editor. Located in Farmingdale, N.Y., Bethpage State Park's Black Course was the first public course to host a U.S. Open when it was contested there in 2002. More than 30,000 rounds are played annually at the Black Course, which is one of five courses at Bethpage. Photo courtesy of the PGA of America GCM goes to Bethpage Black If it's happening in golf course maintenance at this month's PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y., GCM and GCSAA will have it covered. Beginning Sunday, May 12, real-time, behind-the- scenes reports will be available in multiple forms, including on the magazine's website (GCMOnline. com), on the Twitter accounts of GCM (@GCM_Magazine) and GCSAA (@GCSAA), and via video work from our friends at GCSAA TV (www.gcsaa.tv).

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