Archive for May, 2012

Love them Mower Tracks!

By: Tenna Merchent on May 31st, 2012

We golfers love our grass, the way it smells when it’s freshly cut, the way it looks when it’s wet, the way it sticks to our shoes, we even like the tracks left behind in the grass by the ubiquitous lawnmowers. Ubiquitous is just a long word that means appearing or found everywhere. Hey, I have to use all that SAT cramming I did in high school once in a while!

Anyway back to our obsession with grass. When I ran across the image the thing I admired was the mower tracks just to the right of the tall grass in the middle & lower right hand corner of the image. Funny isn’t it?

Of all the things I could have admired, like the gracefully sculpted bunkers, or the golden brown fescue that some people mistakenly call heather, I instead was drooling over the tracks left in the grass by one of the early morning mowers. Mower Tracks on the 16th Green

Please Help us Welcome Chef Tom!

By: Tenna Merchent on May 30th, 2012

Chef Tom joins Purgatory Golf Club

Chef Tom is a 1999 graduate of Sullivan University in Louisville Kentucky.  While attending Sullivan he had the honor to be part of the distinguished team that was chosen to prepare Mother’s Day Brunch at The James Beard House.

Upon graduation, Chef Tom became executive chef of Brasserie Dietrich’s where he gained valuable skills that laid the foundation for his career.  After leaving Louisville, Chef Tom took a sous chef position at Hemingway’s Restaurant a Mobil 4-Star and Fine Dining Hall of Fame restaurant in Killington, VT. While at Hemingway’s Chef Tom had another great honor: preparing a birthday dinner for Chef Julia Child, and—perhaps even more exciting—the chance to meet her as well.

In 2001, Chef Tom began working in Indianapolis where he plied his trade at some of Indy’s finest restaurants including: Something Different another Fine Dining Hall of Fame restaurant.  His last stop in Indy was the Chef de Cuisine at Oakley’s Bistro— winner of Indy’s Best Restaurant 3 of the 4 years he was at the helm.  It was in Indy that he competed in the Indiana Pork Producers “Taste of Elegance” competition, winning once and placing second nationally in the two years he took part in the event.

In 2007, Chef Tom started down another career path, focusing on foodservice marketing.  This expanded new role has given him the opportunity to work with some of the largest manufacturers and operators in the business, including Mission Foods, National Pork Board, Torani, Lamb Weston, Nestle Foodservice, Otis Spunkmeyer, Tyson, Bama Foods, Splenda, Bush’s Beans, Checkers/Rally’s and other Top 200 chain operations.

Beginning in May of this year Chef Tom is proud to become the Executive Chef of Purgatory Golf Club. He is looking forward to the opportunity to work with the staff at Purgatory Golf Club and provide a high-level food and beverage experience for golfers, weddings and business meetings at Purgatory Golf Club.


Final Installment on Bridgestone Balls

By: Tenna Merchent on May 25th, 2012

You may be beginning to wonder if we have stock in Bridgestone given all the coverage we have given them. The answer is no. We just like their products, and the technology they use for swing analysis.

In today’s blog/webcast, Clay & Scott discuss the different Bridgestone balls, and why a golfer would choose one over the other. We wrap up with some play on the few times the stumbled over their words with some outtakes. Hope you like this video!

Bridgestone Ball Fitting for a Senior Golfer

By: Tenna Merchent on May 24th, 2012

In this video we catch up with senior golfer Dick Merchent as he is fitted by Bridgestone for a proper golf ball for his swing. Tadd, the gentleman from Bridgestone, does a great job of explaining how the laser will capture his swing. Through this analysis, they are able to recommend a more appropriate ball than the one he was using, and they add an amazing 27 yards to his carry. That is without changing his swing at all, just changing his ball! It’s a no-brainer.

Dick is quite the comedian, and the bloopers at the end are worth watching. Hope you find this as educational as we did, and of course fun.

Junior Bridgestone Ball Fitting

By: Tenna Merchent on May 23rd, 2012

In this video junior golfer Clay Merchent is fitted by the Bridgestone Ball team for one of their balls. He is quite enthusiastic when it improves his carry by 20 yards. A side note that is not included in the video, he used the Bridgestone ball the following Saturday in a qualifying tournament and took first place. It’s pretty safe to say Clay is going to be a Bridgestone guy for at least a while. Hope you like our video.


The Flag on the 8th Green as a Matchstick

By: Tenna Merchent on May 22nd, 2012

Looking into the 8th hole

I’m working on a photography book, so I’m re-editing some of my golf course images. This image of the 8th hole came to life this morning as I was working on it. I used a filter that renders this painterly appearance. There are many reasons I like it, some I can’t articulate. But one in particular I can. In this image, the flag on the putting green reminds me of a match, maybe one that has just been blown out.

Well if you’ve ever played the 8th hole with a tricky pin placement that resonates. The 8th green is absolutely huge, with a ginormous surrounding catch basin.

The 8th green

It can be mischieviously difficult to get from one of those swails up onto the green and into the cup. I remember playing one day when James (our Superintendent) had placed the flag right on the ridge where the green breaks. The bailout you see pictured to the left felt like it was a million miles away.

Of course I’ve also played this hole when the pin was place more towards the front of the green and it was less of a challenge. On a day like that the hole felt more like this image.Across 8 green to the fairway The same hole, different pin placements, and a dramatically different experience.

Retrieving Golf Balls from the Lakes

By: Tenna Merchent on May 21st, 2012

Have you ever wondered how golf courses dredge all the errant golf balls from the bottom of the lakes? You know that jar balls/water balls you can buy at some courses? Well in this short (40 second) video you get to go behind the scenes and watch the equipment and the gentlemen who make this happen. It’s noisy, but effective. Hope you like it!

From the Archives

By: Tenna Merchent on May 20th, 2012

Aerial of the 12th Hole

In yesterday’s post I posed the idea of going back into the photography archives to find something. Well that may have been a dangerous proposition, as I have thousands of images in the archives that have not been digitized, and if they have been digitized, not all of the media is readily readable by my computer today. However, there were many images that had been converted to digital, although at a somewhat low resolution, and are on CD. I’ve loaded all of them, and I’m sharing this aerial photo taken of the 12th hole from August 2000 first in my preferred artistic version, and then in the original state.

Square tees

By: Tenna Merchent on May 19th, 2012

Looking across the second tee

Did you know that our golf tees were leveled with the same technology that was first used at Augusta National, home of the Masters? Somewhere in our archives we have photos of the laser technology used to create a perfect 1 degree fall on our tees. I’ll put it on my list to see if I can go dig them out. But in the meantime, next time you tee up your ball, take a moment to enjoy the beautiful soft, sand tees. Yes, quality tees are made with a sand base, not pushed up with dirt or clay, and Purgatory’s tees are made with a quality sand base.

So, I’m off to the archives to see if I can find the photos of our tee construction, wish me luck!

Bridgestone Ball Fitting with Autumn & Scott

By: Tenna Merchent on May 18th, 2012

We were pleased to have the Bridgestone Ball Fitting team out at Purgatory Golf Club yesterday. They spent the entire afternoon, and much of the evening helping golfers test their golf swings, their current golf balls, and of course, a ball custom selected for their swing from Bridgestone. There analysis is quite scientific, and includes the speed of the golfer’s swing, impact on the club face, fade… numerous things that Scott describes in this video.

Autumn plays golf for Ball State University, and was kind enough to let us video tape her fitting session. It was quite interesting, we hope you enjoy it as much as we did, and yes, we included a few bloopers just for fun!