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Superintendent

Phone: (585) ***-****  HQ Phone
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
Background

Employment History

Education

  • associate's degree , turfgrass management
    University of Massachusetts
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Rick Slattery, the ...
www.superintendentmagazine.com, 1 Oct 2013 [cached]
Rick Slattery, the superintendent at Locust Hill Country Club, a high-profile private club in Pittsford, N.Y., is one of those superintendents.
"It reconnects me with why I got into the business in the first place, and what I love about the business," says Slattery, who has worked in the business for nearly 45 years.
There's nothing like working up a sweat while raking a bunker early on a Saturday morning as the sun is coming up and the birds are chirping, Slattery says.
"Working out on the golf course provides me with a sense of intimacy with the golf course, which is vitally important to me," he adds.
Slattery usually joins his staff on the weekends or helps them out in a pinch. He's aware that some private clubs don't want their superintendents out mowing greens and raking bunkers.
"I've had members come up to me and say, 'You have people who do that kind of work for you, don't you?' I tell them, 'Yeah, but I love doing it.' That's all I need to say to them."
Slattery believes superintendents at private clubs can only benefit from getting down and dirty on occasion.
"Your office is the golf course," he says.
There's also an added benefit of joining the crew to rake bunkers.
"It's probably the best motivational tool that I know," Slattery says.
Rick Slattery | Golf Course ...
www.superintendentmagazine.com, 1 Sept 2013 [cached]
Rick Slattery | Golf Course Superintendent Locust Hill Country Club
LPGA.com
www.ladiesprofessionalgolf.org, 8 June 2009 [cached]
GCSAA Class A Golf Course Superintendent: Richard W. Slattery, 585-427-7060
Slattery has Locust ...
www.gcsaa.org, 17 June 2010 [cached]
Slattery has Locust Hill ready for LPGA Championship
Rick Slattery
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Rick Slattery GCSAA Class A Superintendent Locust Hill Country Club
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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.
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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.
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"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.
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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.
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Rick Slattery, Locust Hill Country Club golf course superintendent, 585-427-7060
GOLF INDUSTRY SHOW THE ENVIRONMENTAL INSTITUTE FOR GOLF
GCSAA - 2002 Tournament fact sheet - LPGA - Wegman's Rochester International
www.gcsaa.org, 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
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