Travelers Championship - TPC River Highlands course preview

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This week the PGA Tour returns to TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., for the Travelers Championship. GCSAA Class A Golf Course Superintendent Thomas DeGrandi is expecting higher temperatures and windy weather later in the week to firm back up the course after receiving more than five inches of rain in June with 12 of the first 21 days being rainy.
 
TPC River Highlands drains very well, and there were no deluges, so DeGrandi’s tournament preparations have been largely unaffected. The 4-inch Kentucky bluegrass/perennial ryegrass/fine fescue rough will be much denser, but the bentgrass greens will be at 10.5 on the stimpmeter, as planned.
 
DeGrandi has won multiple GCSAA/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards at TPC River Highlands, which is a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
 
He points to the last four holes as the key to each round. No. 15 is a short par 4, No. 16 is a par 3 over water, No. 17 goes along water then over water to the green, and with the huge stadium behind 18, it is a very exciting finish on Sunday.
 

grass type

Grass type:
Tees - Bentgrass - .4'
Fairways - Bentgrass - .4'
Greens - Bentgrass - .135'
Rough - Kentucky bluegrass; perennial ryegrass; fine fescue, 4+'

weather

Weather: Low 70s with 30% chance of rain Thursday and Friday. Temperatures increase for the weekend, as does the chance of thunderstorms.

yardage

Yardage: 6,820 yards, par 70

signature hole

Fun fact: The TPC River Highlands is second only to the TPC Scottsdale for most spectators at a PGA Tour event.


 

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