Valero Texas Open - La Cantera course preview

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This week the PGA Tour returns to the Westin La Cantera Resort in San Antonio for the Valero Texas Open. It's a new date for the tournament, which was previously a fall season event. In moving to spring this year, a few agronomic challenges arise. The biggest difference is that the normally all-bermudagrass tees, fairways and greens are overseeded with ryegrass at this time of year. Unseasonably warm weather in the advance weeks, combined with some timely and much-needed rain, has the two-inch bermudagrass rough thriving and as thick as its ever been.
 
The signature holes at La Cantera are No. 7 and No. 12. The seventh hole requires a tee shot from a cliff dropping down to the fairway while overlooking Fiesta, Texas, which houses Six Flags amusement park. No. 12 has a ravine that runs along the front of the green. The golf course was built upon an old rock quarry and La Cantera means the rock in Spanish. La Cantera is a member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program is working toward certification. San Antonio is in the midst of a drought and dealing with Stage One water restrictions.
 
Meanwhile, the LPGA Tour returns to Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton, N.J., for the Sybase Classic presented by ShopRite. GCSAA superintendent member Mike Brunelle is only 10 weeks on the job after coming to Upper Montclair from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. He has the 18 tournament holes selected from UMCCs three nine-hole courses peaked in prime condition for the event, despite a roller coaster of temperature changes over the last few advance weeks. The bentgrass/Kentucky bluegrass/perennial ryegrass/fescue rough is at two inches and the bentgrass/Poa annua greens are at 10.5 on the stimpmeter.
 
Brunelle is working with Audubon International to identify some out-of-play areas to return to less-managed native areas.
 

 

grass type

Grass type:
Tees - Bermudagrass, 0.375'
Fairways - Bermudagrass, 0.375'
Greens - Bermudagrass, 0.130'
Rough - Bermudagrass, 2.25'

weather

Weather: Warm temperatures all week with a 50% chance of storms thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday.

yardage

Yardage: 7,021 yards. Par 70.

signature hole

Signature hole: The signature holes at La Cantera are Nos. 7 and 12. The 7th hole requires a tee shot from a cliff dropping down to the fairway while overlooking Six Flags amusement park. The 12th hole has a ravine that runs along the front of the green.