has Locust Hill
ready for LPGA Championship
GCSAA Class A Superintendent
Locust Hill Country Club
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Class A Superintendent Rick Slattery and his staff faced several challenges presented by a cold spring and changes requested by the LPGA to Locust Hill Country Club for the LPGA Championship presented by Wegmans June 24-27 in Pittsford, N.Y.
staff met those challenges and have achieved great results in preparing for the second major of the LPGAâ€™s season.
"Rick and his staff have worked very hard all spring to prepare Locust Hill for the LPGA Championship," said GCSAA Certified Golf Course Superintendent John Miller, LPGA Tour agronomist.
The added tees have grown in very well thanks to all of the work Rick
staff have done.
If they had waited, they would be behind the eight ball rushing to get things done.
is in excellent condition and Rick
has been a pleasure to work with."
The LPGA charged Slattery
to implement changes to Locust Hill
this past March to present the players with a few different wrinkles at Locust Hill
than in the past and make the major more challenging.
Two new tees were built and four more were expanded and leveled, lengthening nine holes.
The landing areas were narrowed on 10 holes and Slattery
staff achieved those changes in just two months.
"The goal was to make these changes look like they have been a part of the golf course all along and not just a couple months," said Slattery, who has an associate's degree in turfgrass management from the University of Massachusetts.
"No. 10 could potentially be the most difficult hole now," said Slattery, a 25-year GCSAA member who has been at Locust Hill for the past 16 years.
"It's hard to say how it will play because the landing area is changed now, but there is a ridge crossing the fairway that they used to hit past and it would kick out tee shots toward the green, leaving an 8 or 9 iron to the green.
Now with the 30 extra yards and a narrowed landing area bringing the fairway bunker back into play, hitting the tee side of that ridge will kill ball roll and leave a much further second shot to a two-tiered green."
has the bentgrass greens smooth and rolling 12 feet on the Stimpmeter.
The Kentucky bluegrass/perennial ryegrass/fine fescue rough is 3 inches tall.
has Locust Hill
registered in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary
Program and working toward certification.
uses minimal inputs on the golf course and has only used 12 percent of the water that most nearby golf facilities have used this year for irrigation.
Slattery, his assistant superintendents Andrew Eick and Brent Lewis, and their staff of 19, will receive help from 10 volunteers per shift the week of the tournament, made up of fellow superintendents, assistant superintendents and vendors.
Rick Slattery, Locust Hill Country Club golf course superintendent, 585-427-7060
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