Golf Course Management

JUN 2019

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36 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 06.19 Now this is what you call a joy ride. As he cruises in his golf cart on this sunny April morning at a postcard-worthy property, Pebble Beach Golf Links director of golf course maintenance Chris Dalhamer, CGCS, brakes to enjoy the breathtaking California views. "It's hard not to be excited when your office window is Carmel Bay," he tells his passenger. „is famed strip of land offers quite a window to the world of golf — and, in the big picture, Pebble Beach certainly fills the frame. When it staged the U.S. Amateur last August, Pebble Beach began an 11-month period in which it would host six high-profile events. „e final event in that stretch is this month and has special meaning. As it cel- ebrates its centennial in 2019, Pebble Beach welcomes the U.S. Open for the sixth time in its history, June 13-16. Speaking of history, it repeats itself at Pebble Beach, which has seen this act before. For the first time in approximately 20 years, the USGA is using one site to host its U.S. Amateur followed in sequence by the U.S. Open. It has only happened six other times but is about to reoccur at Pebble Beach, which hosted the 1999 U.S. Amateur and the ensuing 2000 U.S. Open. Now, those championships bookend four other marquee events at Pebble Beach. For Dalhamer, who is leading this extraordinary march, no time frame will boggle his frame of mind as he and his staff focus on satisfying golfers such as Tiger Woods — or your next-door neighbor, who has playing Pebble Beach on the bucket list. "Whether it is a U.S. Open or not, you've got to do all you can on a daily basis to per- fect the golf course," Pebble Beach assistant superintendent Bubba Wright says. "We call that a once-in-a-lifetime experience every time." „ose closest to Dalhamer cannot imagine anyone better suited to lead the effort and be a galvanizing force during a banner time at Pebble Beach. "Before I ever left Pebble Beach, I told Susan Merfeld (who then was in charge of human resources and now is Maintenance crews work on the famed par-4 10th hole at Pebble Beach. The U.S. Open is the last event in an 11-month stretch that has seen the property play host to six high- profile events — the 2018 U.S. Amateur, the annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance car show, a PGA Tour Champions' Pure Insurance Championship, the TaylorMade Pebble Beach Invitational, the PGA Tour's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, and now the Open.

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