US Bank Championship - Brown Deer Park Golf Course preview

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While the British Open is held this week at Turnberry in Scotland, the PGA Tour returns to Brown Deer Park Golf Course in Milwaukee for the U.S. Bank Championship. Tim Wegner, GCSAA Class A golf course superintendent, had course conditions in great shape and tournament preparations going according to plan until vandals damaged No. 17 green on the night of June 23.
 
Tire tracks from a motorcycle doing doughnuts on the roadside green were burned into the putting surface, damaging 60 percent of it. Wegner, along with the help of GCSAA Class A members Jon Canavan, golf and recreational turf manager for Milwaukee County Parks, and Brian Zimmerman, chief of operations for Milwaukee County Parks, quickly devised a plan that involved patching the most severe damage with sod, overseeding the entire green twice, aerating and verticutting it. They also removed seven ash trees from behind the green, which adds approximately three hours of morning sunlight to help speed up the growing process. The trees were not in play and did not affect strategy on the hole.
 
Brown Deer Park is one of only two municipal courses on the PGA Tour, the other being Torrey Pines. The Kentucky bluegrass rough is four inches high and the undulating bentgrass/Poa annua greens are rolling 11 ½ feet on the Stimpmeter. A tree-lined course featuring 53 sand bunkers that come into play on nearly every hole, Brown Deer Park also has water hazards on 10 holes.
 
No. 18 is considered the signature hole at the short, shot-making Brown Deer Golf Course, where precision is a premium. The 557-yard par 5 finishing hole requires a good drive to clear the creek and reach the heavily bunkered green in two, presenting an under-par opportunity for those who want to go for it.
 

grass type

Grass type:
Tees - Bentgrass; Poa annua - .4375'
Fairways - Bentgrass; Poa annua - .4375'
Greens - Bentgrass; Poa annua - .12'
Rough - Kentucky bluegrass - 5'

weather

Weather: Mostly sunny skies with temperatures in the mid-70s are forecast all week.

yardage

Yardage: 6,759 yards, par 71

signature hole

Fun fact: Brown Deer Park Golf Course is one of only two municipal courses on the PGA Tour (Torrey Pines). It hosted the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in 1951, 1966 and 977 and was the course on which Tiger Woods made his professional debut.


 

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