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Golf Course Superintendent

Phone: (888) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Rochester , New York , United States
Locust Hill Country Club
2000 Jefferson Road
Pittsford , New York 14534
United States

Company Description: Locust Hill Country Club is a full service, year round country club which provides a prestigious, yet friendly and welcoming environment for all of its members,...   more

Employment History


  • associate's degree , turfgrass management
    University of Massachusetts
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Rick Slattery, golf course ..., 2 Oct 2015 [cached]
Rick Slattery, golf course superintendent at Locust Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York, says Augusta is the measuring stick for golf courses and superintendents.
"Whether we like it or not, our golf courses have always been compared to Augusta," Slattery adds.
What's wrong with trying to measure up to the way Augusta appears during Masters week, Slattery asks.
"I've used Augusta as measuring stick throughout my career," he adds. Slattery realizes his course, which has hosted several LPGA tournaments, doesn't have budget and resources that Augusta does. But that doesn't stop him from studying Augusta's nuances in an attempt to become a better superintendent at his own facility.
"The beauty of golf is that it's not played on a regulated sized or shaped playing field," Slattery says.
Conditioning aside, Slattery says, Augusta is great for golf, and the Masters' continued popularity only exposes more people to the game.
"The tournament reaches millions of people all over the world. Slattery says. "It's just great exposure for gold. The history of the Masters is second to none."
Slattery remembers watching the Masters on TV when he was a kid, and Big Three - Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player = where duking it out for a green jacket. The Big Three dominated the Masters From 1960 through 1978, winning the event 12 times among them during that span.
"The Masters was one of the most successful golf tournaments brought to TV and had some really exciting finishes that made people fall in love with the game," Slattery says.
"Augusta certainly has the resources and exposure to become an effective leader [in the environmental movement]," Slattery says., 8 June 2009 [cached]
GCSAA Class A Golf Course Superintendent: Richard W. Slattery, 585-427-7060
Slattery has Locust ..., 17 June 2010 [cached]
Slattery has Locust Hill ready for LPGA Championship
Rick Slattery
Rick Slattery 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.
Slattery and his staff met those challenges and have achieved great results in preparing for the second major of the LPGA’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 and his staff have done. If they had waited, they would be behind the eight ball rushing to get things done. Locust Hill 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 and his 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."
Slattery has the bentgrass greens smooth and rolling 12 feet on the Stimpmeter. The Kentucky bluegrass/perennial ryegrass/fine fescue rough is 3 inches tall. He has Locust Hill registered in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program and working toward certification. Slattery 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
GCSAA - 2002 Tournament fact sheet - LPGA - Wegman's Rochester International, 3 Nov 2002 [cached]
GCSAA golf course superintendent: Rick Slattery
Education: A.S., Turfgrass management, Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass., 1976
Golfdom - By the Numbers, 1 Sept 2003 [cached]
"Sometimes you don't see the business restraints at a private club that you would see at a more business-oriented club," says Rick Slattery, superintendent of Locust Hill CC in Rochester, N.Y., who has worked at both types of clubs.
How much does your course get?
Slattery says members at Locust Hill, a private club, are more liberal with money if it's available to spend.But before coming to Locust Hill, Slattery worked at a semiprivate course where he says the owner was interested in making money before spending it.
"He basically told me, 'Rick, if you make the course better and more people come here to play because of it, then I'm going to make more money.So I'll take my share off the top, and the club gets everything else."
Slattery improved the course's condition, and more people came to play it.Hence, there was more money in the coffer to spend on maintenance."Instead of spending money up-front, the owner wanted it in his pocket first," Slattery says.
While golf courses approach budget-making differently, there are also many common denominators that most endure in the process.Slattery says a big problem with many courses' budgets is that they're not rising at the same level of golfers' expectations for outstanding turf.
What to Cut and What Not to Cut When Cuts Must be Made
"That's the most difficult part of forming a budget - assessing those expectations," Slattery says.
Slattery advises superintendents to learn business lingo so they can hold informed conversations and understand the logic behind bottom lines and profit margins.
Slattery notes that members, owners, general managers, and members of green committees and financial committees are business- savvy people.
Where the money goes
"You have to be able to speak in business terms," Slattery says.
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