Golf Course Management

MAY 2019

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52 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 05.19 creating a mini test site. e club has a 5-to-8- year upgrade plan, and this lets the member - ship see how Zeon or L1F will look and play if someday they choose it for the main course." Yet that sort of club-centric accommoda - tion is relatively rare in this development sce- nario. In many cases, it's all about the college golf program and its needs. At Trinity Forest, the bunkers at SMU's practice facility feature three types of sand to best mimic the sort of conditions teams will encounter at tournaments in Florida, South - ern California, etc. "ere are three bermuda greens up there," says Kasey Kauff, the GCSAA Class A director of agronomy at Trinity Forest, "but we overseed two of them so they can prac - tice playing on cool-season grass. "You see what these schools spend on foot - ball and what the coaches make, but I didn't realize the arms race that was going on in golf. Up at our facility, they have a legit clubhouse, a 5,000-square-foot building with a common area, pool table, air hockey, TVs, couches, men's and women's locker rooms, weight room, kitchen and offices for both coach - ing staffs. It's crazy — all for college golf! Of course, every kid who gets recruited, they send 'em right up there. "When I was at N.C. State, they built Above: At Trinity Forest Golf Club in south Dallas, Southern Methodist University's practice facility features the Payne Stewart SMU Golf Training Center (top); weight room (center); and, outside, 70,000 square feet of teeing ground, a 45,000-square-foot putting and chipping green and a nine-hole short course (bottom). Photos courtesy of SMU/Kasey Kauff Above right: Also in the training center is a high- tech hitting bay. the golf team coaches," says Brian Vitek, the project manager for Landscapes Unlimited on all three Texas jobs. "On the property there, between the range and the main course, Roy designed a six-hole par-3 course that can also be played crossways to get longer iron shots. Basically, he built into the facility all the shots you'd find on a full-length course." "You gotta keep up with the Joneses," says Bechtol, who has talked to LSU and Ole Miss about designing the same sort of facility for those schools. "All these schools are vying for talent out of high school. Some kid walks out there and sees all that, and they say, 'Oh my God. Where do I sign?' It's a great recruitment tool. But I see resorts and mixed-use resorts doing this sort of thing, too. e greens aver - age 2,600 square feet, so about half size. But it's not goofy golf. It's beautiful out there and fun to play. All zoysia in the fairways — most kids play it with their shoes off." e use of zoysia on the Lower 40 illustrates the utility these facilities can have, not to the golf team necessarily, but to the club itself. "ese practice facilities are the real deal — USGA greens, Capillary Concrete bunkers, capped-off irrigation systems," Vitek says. "All that is standard. e folks at UT asked us to use one of the newer zoysias on the Lower 40,

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