Building new tees to enhance member experience & prep for LPGA
WRITTEN BY JACK CREVELING, GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT
Recently on the Golden Ocala golf course, the team in golf course maintenance began building three new tee boxes on the back nine of the course at holes 13, 15, and 16. These new tees are designed to enhance the experience for our members and guests as well as give more options for the LPGA Coates Golf Championship presented by R+L Carriers during the 2016 competition.
Facts About the Tees:
Hole 13 is patterned after Hole No. 17 at St. Andrews Links, in Scotland known as the home of golf. The hole plays a long Par 4 and it’s strongly advised to avoid the left greenside bunker.
Hole 15 at Golden Ocala is patterned after Hole No. 4 at Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey. It’s a challenging hole to play with water in front of the green.
Hole 16 is a downhill Par 4 with a blind tee shot.
The initial step of the process was to scout the location, survey and sod cut the areas clean. Next, we established the grade and height we wanted for each tee and began to bring in the material to build the new box.
We continued to add material until our goals were met; continually compacting and leveling the material to ensure a firm solid base to form the teeing ground.
Lastly we did a final grade and prep that insured the tees will be level and the surrounding rough will have a smooth and congruent slope for mowing purposes.
In the coming weeks we will begin to lay the sod and begin to grow in the tees here on the course at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club. Stay tuned as we will keep you updated on our progress via our blog and on Facebook and Twitter.