Golf Course Management

OCT 2014

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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78 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 10.14 bentgrass fairways and sand bunkers have decreased signifcantly. Golfers have compli - mented the remodeled hole, while the owner and Jehnsen appreciate the reduced cost to maintain the hole — a win-win-win for all three interested parties. Flossmoor CC The fnal example comes from Flossmoor (Ill.) Country Club, where our focus centered on the course's rough. We were charged to increase the amount of low-maintenance sec - ondary rough (fescue and little bluestem) in order to help decrease the area of the higher- maintenance primary rough (Kentucky blue - grass). The vivid impact of the work per- formed can be seen at a glance. The members enjoy the dramatic new look of the hole, while GCSAA Class A superintendent Bob Lively, a 24-year member of the association, appreciates the lower maintenance the secondary rough areas afford. Conclusion In today's environment, master planning for golf course projects is no longer a luxury. Facilities want the process of master planning to increase annual revenue, while at the same time lowering their annual maintenance costs. Today's innovative golf course architects need to accept and embrace these demands as chal - lenging yet exciting goals that, when executed properly, satisfy the club's goals and objectives. The result will be more fnancially sustainable golf facilities with happy golfers, happy own - ers and, ultimately, happy superintendents. Raymond Hearn (ray@rhgd.com) is a practicing golf course architect and the president and founder of Ray - mond Hearn Golf Course Designs Inc. (www.rhgd.com), based in Holland, Mich. Before-and-after views (left) and the master plan (above) for hole No. 6 at Island Hills GC in Centreville, Mich. Note the new low-maintenance secondary rough on the left side of the hole. Master plan (above) and before-and-after plans (below) for hole No. 3 at historic Flossmoor (Ill.) CC, founded in 1899. A "wispy" low-rate seed mix was used for fescue and little bluestem in the secondary rough area so golfers can easily fnd errant shots.

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