Golf Course Management

JUL 2018

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20 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.18 (the tile) back in place. I looked up there and saw something rolled up. When I unrolled it, I knew exactly what it was. I told my assistant (Mark Ries), 'You're not going to believe what I found.' We both stood there and smiled and smiled and smiled." The timing of this precious find was critical. Midland Hills has been considering restorations to the club for nearly three years. Currently, it is in the marketing and educational phase of the master plan, information that will be used to help determine whether the restoration will happen. Jim Urbina Golf Design is on retainer and has made multiple site visits. Raynor's blueprint — featuring template holes that Raynor learned to design from his mentor C.B. Macdonald — is ex - pected to help Midland Hills in its investigative stage. "This is about maximizing the fun factor, to make it (the golf course) as fun and interesting as possible," says Manthey, a 17-year GCSAA member. Although it appears to have a coffee stain in one of its corners, the blueprint — which is dated Feb. 7, 1921 — provides crucial knowledge that can be used by Urbina. So do some aerial course images and documents from board of directors meetings, which in - clude how Raynor felt that the topography of the golf course would make it great. "The fairways were absolutely massive, they followed the con - tours of the topography so well, and the width of corridors was endless," Manthey says. "We didn't realize there were a lot of the changes between 1921 and 1937, so it gave us historical infor - mation such as where bunkers were. We also see that the golf course has shrunk. We have lost a lot of what the golf course was originally (including two popular par 4s). Course nu - ances and details that had been lost over time are now available to us." Not everything in the blueprint will necessarily prompt change. "The scale at which Seth Raynor built this golf course had 50 acres of fairways. We can't afford to have 50 acres of fairways. We have 25," Manthey says. "Jim's (Urbina) plan is to expand fairways, where we will maximize the strategy while keeping the look consistent throughout all 18 holes. It was critical that we chose an archi - tect that had the experience and fa- miliarity with Raynor who could interpret the restoration work successfully. Now that Jim has this map, it gives him another tool to better interpret Raynor's intentions." The blueprint find cannot be understated, according to Minnesota-based golf course architect Kevin Norby of Herfort Norby Golf Course Architects. "It's significant to find this drawing because there are so many courses that claim to have been designed or rumored to have been de - signed by a notable architect such as (Donald) Ross or Raynor, but often times, for many of those clubs, there's no drawings or record other than board meeting minutes that indicated that the architect was on site for a visit. Now, with the existence of the actual drawings, Midland Hills has undisputable proof that their course was actually designed by Raynor," Norby says. Midland Hills has scanned the blueprint, with plans to reproduce it and hang it in the clubhouse, Manthey says. As for the original, his Puckett baseball card is the only item that will stay in a closet. "The blueprint may go into the club bank vault," Manthey says. "It will go somewhere safer than the superintendent's office." — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor A record performance for Rounds 4 Research The 2018 Rounds 4 Research fundraising program to support turfgrass research, administered by the Envi - ronmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), sold more than 1,330 rounds and yielded nearly $313,000 in its May online auc - tion, making it the most successful in the program's his- tory. The EIFG is the philanthropic organization of GCSAA. The Carolinas GCSA raised $60,000 and was the leader among the more than 70 GCSAA-affiliated chap - ters and turfgrass organizations that received proceeds from the auction to support turfgrass research at the local level. The Florida GCSA was next, with nearly $26,700 raised for its chapter. The top bid was $3,320 for a round of golf for four donated by Somerset Hills Country Club in Bernardsville, N.J. "We are thrilled that Rounds 4 Research had its most successful year ever," says GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans. "This is a wonderful program that allows golfers to help support the future of the game while playing the courses they love." Kurt Galisdorfer isn't exactly easing into retirement from the industry. As the GCSAA Class A director of grounds at Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park, Ill., Galisdorfer has a major event on his plate. The Constellation Senior Players Championship, scheduled July 12-15, serves as the first senior major in the Chicago area since 1997. The championship comes about six weeks before Galisdorfer, 61, will retire from the club in late August. "I am ready for a change in my life. I'll take some time off and travel. Maybe I will do charitable work. We'll see," says Galisdorfer, a 36-year GCSAA member. Galisdorfer was raised in Charlotte before his family moved to Racine, Wis., then attended the University of Wisconsin and earned a degree in geography and environmental studies. "I had a lot of great ideas. I was going to save the world from pollution," he says. He also worked during school at Ra - cine (Wis.) Country Club, which prompted a career path change. Galisdorfer enrolled in the turfgrass program at Michigan State University, graduated in 1982, and soon came to Exmoor to learn as an assistant under superintendent John "Red" Jaeger before replac - ing him in 1986. His first ride as superintendent? "(Jaeger) gave me an old Cushman with three- on-the-tree (column-mounted transmission shifter)," he says, "and told me to go fix the irrigation system." The antiquated mode of travel has changed, but that isn't all that's different since Galisdorfer landed at Exmoor. "Expectations keep getting higher and higher," he says. The club opened in 1896 and is one of 11 founding clubs of the Western Golf As - sociation, and one of seven still in operation. Legendary golf course architect Donald Ross redesigned the course in 1914, and nowadays it averages 17,500 rounds annually. Exmoor is only about a mile from Lake Michigan, which often means cool springs, and it can take time for the growing season to begin. Summers, though, can bring nice afternoon lake breezes. As he enters the home stretch of his career, Galisdor - fer hopes that his superintendent, 12-year GCSAA member Michael Miracle, replaces him. "He has certainly earned it and is ready for the opportunity," Galisdorfer says. In the meantime, they have work to do, which will serve as quite the last hurrah for Galisdorfer. "There's a lot of anxiety, but once it's here, we are going to enjoy it," Galisdorfer says. "We want to put our best foot forward." — H.R. ACT ON COURSE OF 20 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.18 A closeup of the original 1921 blueprint belonging to golf course architect Seth Raynor of Mid- land Hills Country Club in Roseville, Minn.

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