Golf Course Management

MAY 2019

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50 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 05.19 area, with 419 bermudagrass in the fairways and roughs and TifEagle bermuda on the put - ting surfaces. During the last five years or so, dozens of similar facilities — some similarly stand- alone, others affixed to existing clubs — have been developed in college towns across the country. In some cases, you wouldn't know these facilities were university-related. With others, the collegiate affiliation informs the entire complex. Either way, the job of main - taining these facilities brings with it uncon- ventional cultural demands, scheduling and labor allocations. "For example, most golf courses topdress Monday or Tuesday, so greens are clean for heavy play on the weekend," says Flanagan, a 10-year GCSAA member who leads a crew of one 40-hour-a-week and two 20-hour-a-week employees. "Not here. e golf teams practice Monday through ursday. I topdress on Fri - days — so it's pure the following Monday. We have no weekend emphasis at all. "At every other golf course, at least the ones I worked at, there were cart guys and range set-up guys. We do all that ourselves — pick the balls, clean them, set up the driving range. We're a one-stop shop. It's been an adjustment for me, trying to fit that schedule and manage Above: Among the amenities at the University of South Carolina's dedicated practice facility: 400 yards of hitting space and three greens (top); a short game area (middle); and tees at either end (bottom). Right: Student-athletes can tee off under a mobile canopy. this property and achieve as little disruption as possible." Lone Star leaders e epicenter of this development — and maintenance — trend may well be Texas, where Lincoln, Neb.-based Landscapes Un - limited has, in the last three years, built col- lege-specific practice facilities at Trinity Forest Golf Club in south Dallas (for Southern Meth - odist University), the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin (for the Longhorn golf teams), and e Traditions Club in Bryan, where Texas A&M commissioned current American Society of Golf Course Architects President Jeff Blume to design the Paul Wahlberg Aggie Golf Learning Center on 11 acres behind an existing range. Blume has overseen completion of another facility, this one for the University of Houston, at the Golf Club of Houston. ese development projects tend to at - tract alumni working in the business. Blume is a proud Aggie. In Austin, Longhorn alum Jordan Spieth collaborated with architect and fellow UT grad Roy Bechtol in creating the complex dubbed Spieth's Lower 40. "Basically, the school now has one end of the driving range, where there's a new stu - dent clubhouse, hitting bays and offices for

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