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Matthew Wharton is the ...
Matthew Wharton is the superintendent at the Carolina Golf Club in Charlotte, N.C. Designed by Donald Ross, the golf course dates back to 1929.
At Carolina Golf Club
tends "three ponds and a couple of streams.
The largest of the ponds provides irrigation water.
primary concern is limiting or eliminating the accumulation of algae in and around his
"I view it this way," Wharton
"If the surface is covered algae bloom or algal scum, it's a sign that the body of water as a whole is not as healthy as it could be.
So for us, if we're trying to ensure it's aesthetically pleasing, the icing on the cake for me is I get a healthier body of water with which to irrigate the golf course."
Aesthetics aside, there are practical considerations, as well.
"Algae can get caught up in the pumps," Wharton
When treating his
relies on an outside firm, Solitude Lake Management, which does everything from stocking ponds with fish, to inspections, to chemical applications.
The firm visits twice a month during the season and monthly from December through February.
welcomes their expertise.
"I don't view a pond as a pond per se," he
Originally from the southwest corner of Virginia, Matthew Wharton has been the golf course superintendent at Swan Point Yacht & Country Club since April 1, 2002.Matthew got his start in the golf course industry over 15 years ago working at Lake Bonaventure Country Club, a private club in the hills of the Appalachian Mountains in his hometown of Castlewood, Virginia.After graduating from Virginia Tech in 1993 with a Bachelor's degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Matthew realized he missed the golf course and his true calling.He returned home and accepted the position of assistant golf course superintendent at Lake Bonaventure Country Club.After a three year stint at LBCC, Matthew returned to school to pursue a degree in turfgrass management.He graduated from Virginia Tech in December of 1999 with a Master's degree in Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences.Prior to coming to Swan Point, he was the assistant superintendent at Augustine Golf Club in Stafford, Virginia for over two years. Matthew has been a member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) since 1997 and is also a member of both the Mid-Atlantic Association of Golf Course Superintendents (MAAGCS) and the Old Dominion Golf Course Superintendents Association (ODGCSA).
An avid golfer, Matthew
has a USGA handicap index of 5.4 and tries to play at least two to three times a week.
To contact Matthew
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In Charlotte, N.C., Matthew Wharton, CGCS says his A-1/A-4 bentgrass greens at Carolina Golf Club have "never looked better at this time of year" but he admits his pond levels are less attractive.
Like Johnson, 80 miles to the northeast, Wharton found May to be almost crunchy.
"April was wet and cold but when things finally started to warm up in May, we only got .11 of an inch for the entire month," he says.
"We were slinging water like crazy.
Maybe five million gallons."
Things improved to a degree in June, but the 2.5-inch total was deceiving Wharton
says because after an initial downpour that brought an inch, the rest came in "dinky, light showers that weren't really meaningful.
As a result, Wharton
has some areas looking "a little raggedy, a little shaggy and brown.
More significantly, his
pond levels are down "six or seven feet" to less than half capacity.
Like most in the Carolinas, Wharton
is mindful of not overstating the case given what their counterparts in California are enduring.
would "sleep easier if it rained.
"We grew this course in from a restoration in 2008 during the worst drought on record and we didn't run out of water," he
Matthew Wharton and Pat O'Brien ...
Matthew Wharton and Pat O'Brien are the winners in the Best Overall Use of Social Media category.
Wharton, the superintendent at Carolina Golf Club in Charlotte, N.C., maintains the blog carolinagreenkeeper.blogspot.com and the @CGCGreenkeeper Twitter account.
Matthew Wharton, ...
Matthew Wharton, Superintendent at Carolina Golf Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, became interested in TurfBreeze fans simply because of their size.
"I saw some TurfBreeze fans on another course in Charlotte and was impressed by how big they were," explains Wharton.
In 2008, Carolina Golf Club
underwent a total restoration.
Because of the new course configuration, Wharton
made advance arrangements to purchase two TurfBreeze fans and have them installed.
TurfBreeze representative and together they determined the location for maximum performance.
continues to illustrate how much he
has come to rely on his
"This year the weather was so bad even the putting greens located in ideal growing environments declined to a point where the greens with fans looked better.
Our number 16 green is in a less than ideal location and this year it was the best conditioned putting surface on the course.
Plus our number one green went from being the worst putting surface in 2009 to one of the best in 2010."
"can't find the words to describe" the great customer service.
"As soon as you place an order the ball is rolling.
Andy, Lisa and the entire team have been tremendous to work with.
We've had no issues at all!"
The Carolina Golf Club
is located in Charlotte, NC.
Matthew Wharton, a native of Castlewood, Virginia, is a graduate of Virginia Tech.
He has been the Golf Course Superintendent at Carolina Golf Club since 2005.