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Bunker Project-The Early Days

Posted on by Chris Tritabaugh

Duininck Golf arrived on-site Wednesday to begin the bunker renovation; they have begun their work on the 11th and 15th hole. The first order of business was for all of the old sand to be scraped from the floor and piled in each bunker. This is completed using a combination of skid steer and mini-excavator. Once the sand is piled, a large excavator is used to load the sand into…

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PrecisionAire Subsurface Blowing System

Posted on by Chris Tritabaugh

If you played the course last week, you noticed this blower unit next to the 13th green. What exactly is this unit? This unit is the above-ground portion of the PrecisionAire subsurface blower system. When the putting surfaces were re-built, they were done so with a construction method that meets the PrecisionAire system requirements. This blower hooks up to the drainage system of the green, allowing air to be either…

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Bunker Renovation Project

Posted on by Chris Tritabaugh

When I interviewed for the superintendent job here at Hazeltine National I stated, even before spending a day managing the course that our bunkers were going to be the biggest obstacle to providing championship conditions on a daily basis. After nearly two years in the position, I can attest to the truth of my earlier statement. The number one impact on a golfer’s enjoyment of a course is the putting…

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Bentgrass Promotion on Fairways

Posted on by Chris Tritabaugh

If you have played the golf course in the past couple of weeks, you will notice varying colors on the fairways. Two weeks ago we begin herbicide treatments aimed at the Poa annua populations in our fairways. The herbicide we are using is called Velocity; a selective herbicide detrimental to Poa. By applying the Velocity at low rates, we put the Poa into a weakened state. This can be seen…

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Extra Putting Surface Aeration

Posted on by Chris Tritabaugh

On Tuesday, we completed some extra aeration on the front portion of four green and the entirety of five green. These two spots were first cored with a .320″ followed by the holes being filled with sand. When we first aerified greens the first week of August, we completed this same procedure on portions of three, four, 17 and 18 greens. Five green was not done at that time due…

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My Week at Valhalla

Posted on by Chris Tritabaugh

Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to be a part of the PGA Championship volunteer staff for Golf Course Superintendent Roger Meier at Valhalla. The five days at Valhalla were a wonderful experience on multiple levels. It was a wonderful personal experience getting to help prepare the course and to walk on Major Championship surfaces before and after the players. At the very same time, it was a strong…

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Divot Healing Assessment

Posted on by Chris Tritabaugh

On Saturday, I painted a small white circle around four divots on the seventh fairway. The purpose of this area is to assess and evaluate the healing of divots in our fairways. This area is marked as Ground Under Repair; under the rules of golf, you are not required to take relief. However, as we are trying to assess the time it takes to fully heal our divots, I would…

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Hazardous Tree Removal

Posted on by Chris Tritabaugh

At the June 5th meeting of the Green Committee, it was decided by unanimous vote to have the hollow Oak tree at the bottom right side of 10 fairway removed. The oak was removed this morning. The foremost reason for this removal is the safety of our members and guests. While the tree has stood hollowed for many years; any tree with this much decay is a severe hazard and…

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Divot Filling Party Number 2

Posted on by Chris Tritabaugh

Our last divot filling party was a huge success, completing all of the fairways in just over two hours. Those who attended really enjoyed themselves and we hope participation this Sunday will be even better. For our second divot filling party, we will begin and end from the Turfgrass Center. When we finish filling divots, the Turfgrass Center will be hosting an open house for participants to gain a small…

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Divot Filling Party

Posted on by Chris Tritabaugh

This Sunday evening at 5pm, we will be holding Hazeltine’s first ever divot filling party. Bring your spouse, your family, or just yourself out to the Club and help the Turfgrass Staff by filling divots on the course. I will be on-hand to give a quick divot filling tutorial and hand out assignments. We will meet at the bag room at 5pm, this Sunday June 8th. Hope you see you…

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