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Freezing Friday at the US Open

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Well, the clouds parted at the very end of the round at the US Open and the scores reflected the cool (cold, some would say) weather and the ever present wind. How about a nine on 14 for some pros?

 

The blimp made a few passes over the course then so that the viewers could see canned footage of the course with sun casting shadows.

 

Anyway, while transporting folks to and from Pebble Beach  I picked up two groundskeepers--actually golf course maintenance professionals--from VA and NV--who are working on the greens for the events.  They mentioned that all the greens at Pebble Beach are comprised of Poa Annua (actually a weed) and are highly susceptible to bumps caused by uneven drying in the sun and wind. When a spot dries in Poa it creates a depression like a ball mark on the green.

 

Not to worry, these gentlemen and an army of others are working two shifts per day to rectify the problem. One tool is called an Aussie Thumper which measures moisture on a green, not just at the surface.  Taking at least nine Thumper measurements on each of the 18 greens allows the superintendent at Pebble to have a road map as to where to water and how much. And I thought all you had to do was hit the ball in the cup!

 

Business is brisk (like the weather). The 30,000 square foot merchandise tent is restocked hourly as demand surges.  And oh yes, there is a tournament going on. Should you want a Lexus with a golf ball dimple design for its finish they have that too--see the photos below.

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  • Re: Freezing Friday at the US Open
    nuhusker Platinum 2 Reviews
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    Great post, SteppingStones, and very interesting info.  One of the golfers described the greens as like putting on broccoli, more for the appearance than the texture.  I've been watching all afternoon.  Super golf tournament!

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