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The Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) has selected their new chief executive officer. Jeffrey D. Morgan, FASAE, CAE has been named the organization's new CEO following unanimous approval by its Board of Directors. With more than 6,500 national and... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at From the desk of GCM
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The Friday of this year's U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 was notable for many reasons. It was the second day of championship play in the facility's historic hosting of back-to-back majors. It was the day Martin Kaymer put a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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It's not quite like replacing Vince Lombardi in Green Bay or John Wooden at UCLA, but Alex Stuedemann defenitely had some big shoes waiting for him when he took over maintenance operations at TPC Deere Run in January. The 15-year... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
A restoration effort as in-depth as the one performed at Pinehurst No. 2 is clearly no one-man job. From designers Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw to the mainteannce team at Pinehurst led by Bob Farren, CGCS, and Kevin Robinson, CGCS,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
For your final-round viewing pleasure, here are the course set-up notes from the USGA for the final round of the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. Happy Father's Day, everybody! Weather Forecast for Sunday (provided by Jake Swick with Thor... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
Straight from the USGA, here are the course set-up notes for the third round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. Weather Forecast for Saturday (provided by Jake Swick with Thor Guard Weather): We lucked out again last... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson, the rooting favorite inside the halls of GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., at this week's U.S. Open, had a shorter stay in Pinehurst than he would have liked. Thompson, whose wife, Jessica, is GCSAA's manager, tournament... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
I have seen plenty of hospitality areas for the maintenance teams at major championships, and I can safely say that the one that is home base for the teams working the men's and women's U.S. Opens at Pinehurst No. 2... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
Here are the USGA's course set-up notes for the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open: Weather Forecast for Friday (provided by Jake Swick with Thor Guard Weather): .64" fell onsite just after 9 p.m. last night. Fortunately, even though... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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I'd been telling folks for a few days that, in my extremely uneducated opinion, I thought Pinehurst No. 2 could use a bit of rain. Not necessarily from a playability standpoint — despite cries of a "golf course on the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
In the six weeks leading up to the start of two weeks of major championship golf at Pinehurst No. 2, the resort in the Sandhills region of North Carolina had experienced exactly one significant rain event. And even that one... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
Golf course maintenance at a major championship like this week's U.S. Open takes more than just the men and women on mowers, manning bunker rakes and cutting cups. To support crews that number in the hundreds requires planning and support... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
Hot off the presses (or fresh out of my in-box, to be more accurate), here are the first-round course set-up notes provided to the media by the USGA. Course Set-Up Notes for Round 1 of the 2014 U.S. Open Championship... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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With the first tee times of the 2014 U.S. Open less than an hour away, Bob Farren, CGCS, stood along the side of the Pinehurst driving range earlier today, bathed in a bright light that cut through a low, damp... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
One of the staples of the run-up to a U.S. Open is the USGA's news conference, where executive director Mike Davis joins the sitting USGA president (in this case, Tom O'Toole) and chairman of the championship committee (in this case,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
GCSAA TV takes a look at how Pinehurst No. 2 has staffed maintenance operations from both this week's U.S. Open and next week's U.S. Women's Open. Hint: They've largely stayed close to home. Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Kaye Pierson is a jack ... er, Jill ... of all trades, and not surprisingly after you spend a little time with her, pretty much the master of all of them. On Tuesday afternoon at Pinehurst No. 2, that meant... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
There was an extra message that came out of the U.S. Golf Association’s news conference on Wednesday at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst (N.C). While Mike Davis, the organization’s executive director, highlighted the famed No. 2 Course and the terrific... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
We've been sharing a few interesting videos from Pinehurst this week, but wanted to make sure to pay special attention to the work being done by our friends from EPIC Creative for GCSAA TV this week. They've been all over... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
Our friends at Bayer CropScience shared this interesting video on some the management plans and programs for the native areas on the newly restored Pinehurst No. 2, site of this week's U.S. Open and next week's U.S. Women's Open. Amidst... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Chris Thompson signing autographs It is unlikely that a player like Chris Thompson will be holding the U.S. Open trophy at the end of this week, but the 37-year-old journeyman professional golfer still has plenty of people rooting for of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
Bob Farren, Pinehurst's director of grounds and golf course maintenance, did a turn on Golf Channel's Live From the U.S. Open on Monday, visiting with Todd Lewis about the restoration of No. 2, how that restoration has changed maintenance operations... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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I've been at Pinehurst a grand total of four hours and I've already been a victim of theft. In the photo on the left, you can see what I found when I took my spot in the media center, a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
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Harbour Town Get your browser warmed up and make sure you know where that refresh button is — the 2014 Rounds 4 Research auctions are about ready to begin. The first round of auctions will run June 9-22, which corresponds... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at From the desk of GCM
Stumbled on this great video of the crew at Muirfield Village doing work for this weekend's Memorial Tournament on the PGA Tour. Really amazing the way video technology has changed the way we see and cover golf course maintenance. Enjoy! Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2014 at From the desk of GCM