Golf Course Management

MAY 2014

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Photos courtesy of John Deere Golf In multiple ways, the golf course that once participated in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am rotation no longer exists. No, Poppy Hills never left. You could say, though, that it is back. The restored and renovated version of Poppy Hills Golf Course on the Monterey Peninsula showcased its new look April 4, laced with features that could make it better than ever. The grand reopening of the public course that day was the culmination of 13 months of work to create several notable changes by original and redesign architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. Perhaps the most important was substantially re - ducing its irrigation needs in a state that is severely water-challenged. "The golf course is in great shape," says Matt Muhlenbruch, a 13-year GCSAA member who was brought in last year to be the grow-in superintendent, helping current superintendent Manny Sousa over - see the project. "To be part of this has been a great opportunity." Infrastructure changes at Poppy Hills, which was established in 1986, include substantial drainage improvements, most notably a 5½-inch sand cap over the property. In addition, a state-of-the-art Toro ir - 020-029_May_Front9.indd 20 4/17/14 9:10 AM

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