GCSAA Certified Golf Course Superintendent Jim Thomas says that with the weather finally warming up in just the last two weeks the bermudagrass has really come alive and that the historically difficult golf course should provide a great tune-up for next weeks U.S. Open. With 2-2 -inch rough, it wont look exactly like Torrey Pines, but Thomas plans to present a fast and firm layout for the deep field.
He points to a pair of par 3s on the back nine as crucial points in any given round, as the 150-yard No. 11 is similar to the famous island green at TPC Sawgrass with a potential of producing high numbers, and the 240-yard No. 14 is downhill with water on right, ranking in the top five of the Tours most difficult par 3s each year.
TPC Southwind, which was built on a dairy farm with two grain silos and a windmill that are still standing on the property, was one of first golf courses in Tennessee to earn Audubon Cooperative Sactuary Program certification and was just recertified. As part of the 2004-05 renovation, 22 acres of the golf course was converted to native areas, conserving water, fuel, chemicals and enhancing wildlife habitat.
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