Grass looking greener for Presidents Cup venue


Seems Harding Park’s greens, a frequent topic for those preparing for next week’s Presidents Cup at the San Fran muni, are not as dire as originally reported.

Cal Roth, the PGA Tour’s vice president of agronomy, said he visited the course last week and was pleased with the progress the greens have made since being damaged in a fertilizing accident in July.

Nine of the layout’s greens were burnt in the accident, and Roth said all but four have almost completely rebounded.

“There are a few little spots in certain areas (that are still damaged), but they are going to be like most bent/poa greens in California,” Roth said.

Play on the popular municipal layout was limited last week and the course was closed on Monday to prepare for the matches. Roth said although San Francisco has enjoyed two weeks of warm, sunny skies, Harding Park’s seaside location has hindered the recovery effort.

“The sun and warmth held that marine layer on the coast and the golf course sat under those clouds for a while,” he said. “We hadn’t seen the sun in the last two weeks.”

Roth is confident Harding Park’s greens will be ready for the matches, and said, by comparison, the putting surfaces at East Lake for the 2007 Tour Championship were much more concerning.

“(East Lake) was not a lot of fun. You can’t even compare the two,” he said. “The greens at Harding Park I would not have even thought of East Lake.”