Golf Course Management

MAR 2018

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48 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.18 Woe and triumph on a troubled green A problematic putting surface put a superintendent's agronomic acumen and perseverance to the test. Some places are just bad. Sometimes, those places are golf course greens. And sometimes, those bad greens are the nexus of everything that can go wrong on a golf course, their loathsome presence resulting in disregard or negligence, which in turn makes the situation even more dire until a breaking point is reached and transformative change occurs. Without a doubt, that was the case with the 11th green at Silverhorn Golf Club, an 18-hole public course in Oklahoma City that was open from 1991 until last December. This green must have been designed when the architect was in a particularly rotten mood. Or perhaps he simply put a green in a poor location with suboptimal growing conditions. Regardless, the tough times with No. 11 would both test my resolve to remain in the superintendent profession, and bring about what I consider some of my best professional work. Anatomy of a flawed green Picture this: As you approach the green on this par-5 hole, the fairway begins a gradual slope toward a creek that crosses directly in front of the putting surface. This creek forces players to drive Chris Sorrell, CGCS AT THE TURN The 11th green at Silverhorn Golf Club gets some drill-and-fill TLC in late spring 2016. The plagued patch of turf gave superintendent Chris Sorrell, CGCS, a host of challenges during his time overseeing the 18-hole layout in Oklahoma City. Photos courtesy of Chris Sorrell (greens)

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