Fine Turgrass Management

Fine Turgrass Management

Steve Cook, CGCS, MG - Director of Agronomy

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Exposing Donald Ross

The Donald Ross 'restoration" craze has  in some instances been misguided. In one area Ross deserves credit: routing and use of  available land forms.

We removed two maples ("weeds that got hard") to the right of number 12 green South mostly to improve turf conditions in a high traffic area.

But a bigger advantage is to further expose the ridge line that Ross used to route so many golf features over and across. This ridge line begins farther to the east on Lahser Road, continues across #6 and finishes on #15 green. Ross built the following features on that ridge, one of two major landforms on the South Course: #5 fairway, #7 tee, #6 green, #6 fairway, #14 fairway, #13 tee, #12 green, #16 tee and #15 green. Pretty awesome foresight without computer aided design (CAD).

Removing trees ("weeds that got hard") from these ridgelines allows us to see what this golf course was meant to be.

The piles of stump grindings can be seen on the right side of this photo.

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