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Golf Course Superintendent

Ridgewood Country Club
96 W. Midland Avenue
Paramus, New Jersey 07652
United States

 
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • CGCS

Education

  • bachelor's degrees
    Ohio State University
32 Total References
Web References
RCC1890.com - Contact Us
www.rcc1890.com, 1 Aug 2012 [cached]
Todd Raisch, CGCS Golf Course Superintendent traisch@rcc1890.com (201) 225-6533 (O) (201) 225-6539 (F)
Golf Course Trades News Story - The Golf Course Trades
www.golfcoursetrades.com, 4 Sept 2011 [cached]
The PGA Tour opens the 2010 FedEx Cup Playoffs this week with The Barclays at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J., where GCSAA Certified Golf Course Superintendent Todd Raisch has withstood one of the hottest summers on record to present excellent conditions on the golf course.
A story in the August 16 New Jersey Star-Ledger said that according to the Office of the New Jersey State Climatologist, this was the second-warmest July on record in New Jersey history with average temperature for the month (78.8 degrees) being the highest since 1955 (79 degrees).
"With the exception of 2001, it's probably the most challenging year I've had in my 16 years here," said Raisch, a 19-year member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).
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Raisch (pronounced rash) raised the mowing height on the greens from .100 inches to .130 inches in the weeks leading up to The Barclays to keep the stand of turfgrass on the putting surfaces alive and healthy. That reduced green speeds, but Raisch's proactive and conservative approach helped weather the extreme weather better than most golf facilities in the region and preserve top conditions for the tournament. A story in the Bergen (N.J.) Record August 9 details how Raisch was able to delay Ridgewood from peaking in mid-June until The Barclays two months later.
"Todd Raisch and his experienced staff at Ridgewood Country Club have done an excellent job getting the composite championship course ready for The Barclays," said PGA Tour Regional Agronomy Director Dennis Ingram, CGCS.
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"Todd is leading a very diverse staff through what has turned out be one of the hottest and most difficult summers I have seen. Typically this region of the country sees only a handful of 90-degree days, normally in early August. We saw more days above 90 degrees during the first two weeks of June than is usual for the entire summer. The mainly Poa annua greens, tees and fairways remain healthy and Todd is once again providing outstanding playing conditions for the first FedEx Cup Playoff event of 2010."
Raisch has two bachelor's degrees from Ohio State University, one in agronomy and another in business management. He is one of only 1,700 active superintendents to earn the professional designation GCSAA Certified Golf Course Superintendent. Raisch plans to ease the mowing heights of the Poa annua greens back down throughout the advance weekend, increasing green speeds to 12 feet on the Stimpmeter. The Kentucky bluegrass/perennial ryegrass/fine fescue rough is lush and 3 to 3½ inches high, but not as thick outside the ropes as in the past. Raisch also has Ridgewood certified in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program.
GCM - NewsWeekly
www.gcsaa.org, 21 Aug 2008 [cached]
GCSAA Class A superintendent Todd W. Raisch, CGCS, is hosting The Barclays
The Ridgewood Country Club - Save up to 50%
www.hudsonvalleygolf.com, 22 May 2011 [cached]
Superintendent: Todd W. Raisch
Golf Course Trades News Story - The Golf Course Trades
www.golfcoursetrades.com, 4 Sept 2011 [cached]
"It's a young man's business," said Ridgewood Country Club's superintendent Todd Raisch. "It seems like everyone under 40 has a Facebook account and some with Twitter. But everyone is on some sort of social media it seems like, and it's only going to continue to grow. Whether it's a disease or an insect or weather, someone else will blog or Tweet about it and you can know about it before it gets to your place."
Among New Jersey golf courses, four course superintendents - Raisch, Tichenor, Tyler Otero of Trump National-Colts Neck and Jamie Devers of Canoe Brook - have latched onto the social media train to put information out to their members as quickly as possible.
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Most of them credit Raisch with starting the trend when he wanted to update Ridgewood members about how the restoration was progressing after the club first hosted the Barclays two summers ago.
Raisch didn't want to send constant e-mail blasts or go with the long-used method of putting a blurb in the club's quarterly newsletter. So he decided to start up a blog and link a Facebook page to go along with it. Pretty soon, members were commenting on how they enjoyed the updates.
"I figured, 'Hey, why not try something different to reach the membership?' " Raisch recalled.
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