Golf Course Management

JUL 2017

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

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State of repair When he noticed tomatoes springing up along a cart path, Josh Pope wasn't all that surprised. Plenty of things he's seen in the past 13 months haven't really made sense anyway. For Pope, superintendent at The Old White TPC at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., life may be returning to normal, but numer - ous lives have forever been changed. Twenty-three people died in Green- brier County in June 2016 during devastating floods that left areas in ruins. "It's been a rollercoaster of emotions for so many people — ups and downs, full of stress, hectic, crazy. Nothing could have prepared you for this," says Pope, a nine-year GCSAA member. For Pope (left), director of golf course maintenance Kelly Shumate and their crew, life since the flood has been engulfed in preparations, and this month, their work will be revealed. After a one-year postponement because of the flood, the PGA Tour's The Greenbrier Classic is set for July 6-9. The Old White TPC — left virtually unrecognizable after bunkers were destroyed, cart paths washed away and greens completely submerged under water — has a new look. The greens were restored with a dimin- ished degree of slope in them. The par-3 18th green previously featured a large hump in the middle of it, but that has been removed. Bunkers now are closer to putting surfaces. Fairways, in places, were altered to enhance line of play. Photo by Nima Shahab Shahmir

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