Golf Course Management

MAY 2019

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56 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 05.19 designed by architect Mike Gogel, a new club- house, fitness and pool facilities. A portion of the land that had been devoted to golf is now home to an apartment complex. Some 30 acres have been set aside for the new university practice facility. "I was actually aware of this college prac - tice facility phenomenon before I got here," Burdiek says. "But I was frankly unaware of just how high-end they were. I'd seen photos of a facility they have down at the University of Georgia, and I said to myself, 'Holy cow! at's top end.' It was the real deal, and that's what we're doing here. "e goal is to have it finished later this year. e greens have been shaped, the irriga - tion is in. We'll have three tees, two zoysia and one bent. We may convert one to bermuda to get them some practice on that surface, because they play a lot of tournaments in the South." A Mustang mindset Two-year-old Trinity Forest GC burst into the broader golf consciousness last spring when it played host to the PGA Tour's AT&T Byron Nelson Classic, something it will do each May going forward. It was developed by several SMU alumni. "So this was always going to be the home course for SMU," Kauff says. "In fact, I believe that when Payne Stewart died, he was flying to Dallas to talk about doing a course for SMU. So it's been there for a long time, this idea, and SMU was always part of it." And there's certainly nothing novel about college teams using independently owned pri - vate clubs as their home course. It's a balancing act Kauff and other superintendents continue to manage. Trinity Forest sits on two separate parcels — two former landfills, actually. e main clubhouse and course rest comfortably on around 200 acres just south of Highway 12; on the north side of the highway sits the prac - tice facility, which includes a 15-acre range, 3-acre short game area and 20-acre par-3 course. Kauff says members use the range but not much else. e range features three tees facing south, west and north. SMU essentially has sole run of the north, where its dedicated clubhouse sits. "We built a real nice short game facility up there that members can use but don't use much," Kauff says. "ese kids practice a lot. at short game area is pretty much theirs." is complex is a world apart in every sense. Kauff even deploys a separate super - intendent — seven-year GCSAA member Adam Deiwert — crew and equipment fleet to maintain it all. "Because it's on the other side of the prop - erty, the furthest point from our shop, Adam has his own staff and equipment," Kauff says. "I treat it as a separate entity, to be honest. I budget it separate from the main golf course. If we have an outing on a Monday, we'll send staff up there to work on the place, but other - wise Adam has eight guys on staff dedicated only to the practice facility. "It makes sense. He's bermuda up there; we're zoysia. ey use a heavier reel up there, so they need different mowers anyway. We don't have rough here on the main course; they do across the road, so it really is a differ - ent, totally separate deal over there." Trinity Forest shuts down the entire golf course and practice facility for a month every August. But as with the cultural practices at South Carolina's stand-alone facility, the col - lege golf schedule sets the agenda. "We don't reopen for membership until September 1, but the kids come back in mid- August, and they do play the golf course," Kauff says. "We aerify all the greens on the par-3 course and the short game area in July, so it's ready when they do come back. at's before the golf course gets done, because it's still closed. "e SMU ladies do qualifying every week, to determine who's going to compete in the matches. ey'll play 18 regulation holes, then a 9-hole par-3 match. e other day, we didn't overseed or do anything cultural until those matches were done. We wait for them." Hal Phillips is the managing director of golf and resorts for Mandarin Media, a public relations firm with offices in Portland, Maine; Park City, Utah; and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He is the former editor of Golf Course News. In Lawrence, Kan., University of Kansas golfers soon will practice at newly rebranded The Jayhawk Club. The former Alvamar Golf Club had featured 36 holes — 18 public, 18 private. The makeover will have 27 holes, plus a 30-acre practice facility for the university. Top two photos by Roger Billings; bottom photo courtesy of Greg Burdiek

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