Water Week: Water conservation challenges for superintendents
Rhett Evans, CEO of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, discusses the superintendent’s role in water conservation. Watch Morning Drive on Golf Channel.
Herb Kohler receives Old Tom Morris Award
Matt Ginella interviews President of the GCSAA John O'Keefe and Chairman of the Kohler Company Herb Kohler who is the recipient of the Old Tom Morris Award. Watch Morning Drive on Golf Channel.
GCSAA CEO talks course conservations efforts
Rhett Evans, CEO of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, talks with Matt Ginella about how the GCSAA was formed, Pinehurst No. 2 hosting the men's and women's 2014 U.S. Open tournaments, and how golfers can help support golf course conservation efforts. Watch Morning Drive on Golf Channel.
Super duper: How GCSAA will influence Tour golf
Geoff Shackelford discusses the ways in which the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America will affect tour play. Watch Morning Drive 7AM ET.
Morning Drive: GCSAA Show
Blogger, Geoff Shackelford discusses the GCSAA Show in Orlando, Florida. Watch Morning Drive everyday 7AM ET.about things like you were talking about yesterday more nine-hole rounds, 4,000-yard golf courses . That's Geoff Ogilvy even mentioned last week in Arizona. Why don't we have more 4,000-yard courses? I also spoke to a woman named Jan Bel Jan, who come from a family of PGA pros and she used to work for Tom Fazio . She was talking about how she's now helped 12 golf courses including the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook realize that what you consider forward tees is not forward enough for people who don't hit the ball very far, whether that'd be women or kids or men. What she was saying is you've got to actually move that tee so much more forward in what she calls scoring tees, turning that 5,500- yard course into the 4,000-yard course within the framework of these championship golf courses . It just don't make a lot of sense for a lot of golfers. -Yeah, well, we really need some stuff that's fun.
Meier: Valhalla prepped and ready to play
Ryan Burr talks with Roger Meier, Valhalla Golf Club superintendent, about course setup and conditions Tuesday at the 2014 PGA Championship.short history, Valhalla Golf Club will host its third PGA Championship. This Jack Nicklaus design came into form in 1986, and has been a sten, staple with the PGA of America, as they purchased the golf course . And as you can see, it is in absolutely perfect condition. Big reason why the golf course is in great condition is our guest now, the golf course superintendent here. At Valhalla Golf Club, Roger Meier. And Roger, you've been here just about four years, you've seen this golf course , transition to this point to this week. Give it a rating, on a scale of one to ten, what's Valhalla right now? I think it's very good. And what we're hearing, early from some of the players that have been out there, the course is in great shape, so I'm very proud of my team, that's here working with me and, uh,certainly the seventy men and women that have come from all over the country to help us out, prep the golf course this week so. I'm gonna give it a high rating, give it a 10. You can't control weather, you can't control mother nature. We've have seen that in major championships in the past. But how everything has culminated to this point, how's the golf course ? The golf course is very good. It's we've had a very good year so far from a, a weather standpoint. We've had some moderate temperatures, some really unprecedented temperatures here in the transitions on the country, we've had some really cool nights. Down the 50's here the last couple weeks. So, weather's been very good. It's played to our favor, prepping the golf course for this week. And we're really excited about the overall condition. Now PGA championship and it's set up under the direction of the PG of America, different than of course than say a US open . What is your expectation for the golf course this week, how will it hold up against the best players of the world? I think that's gonna be a true test to golf, I mean it's something that, the PGA hasn't been here since 2000, 2000, so it's been 14 years and we've made a lot of changes to the golf course , so, it's gonna be, it's gonna be hard as hell. I think, there's certainly some opportunities out there for, for scoring, we're gonna see some birdies, probably some eagles, and. I think our championship director Kerry Haigh sets up the golf course for some exciting golf and wants to have them make some birdies and, and make it exciting for the viewers and the spectators that are, that are watching. Roger, you know this golf course better anyone else. You know every tree, every blade of grass. What hole, what hole out there that no one's really talkingeye on the doppler, so to speak. How do you see the golf course ultimately playing? We're hoping to get it firmed up. You know, we're, it's Tuesday, it's early in the week, so as we prep the golf course the new putty services, you know, historically from what we're seeing are drying down and we're watching them very closely. Our goal is certainly to firm the golf course up, we can't control the weather, we hope it stays dry if it stays dry you're going to see some firm fast