Archive for October, 2012

Flyover of the 5th hole

By: Tenna Merchent on October 25th, 2012

All the flyovers bring something to light. This one, the flyover of the 5th hole shows how the far back tees are set up to point you to the fairway, where you need to hit your fairway shot. They don’t set you up to hit towards the green, because that would send you into the trees.

Someone from the maintenance crew is mowing the putting green, that always looks so nice, the contrast of the grass that has the dew mowed off, and the grass that still glistens. Hope you like it!


Flyover of the 4th hole

By: Tenna Merchent on October 22nd, 2012

Once again I am lucky to have the easy job of sharing a flyover from the golf course. This was done prior to the remodel of #4, so you can see the creek bed that is now under the fairway. I love these flyovers. It is one of the best ways to get a complete mental image of the hole. We hope you like them also.

PS. I saw after I posted this, we just logged our 100th post, yahoo!

Flyover of the 3rd Hole

By: Tenna Merchent on October 18th, 2012

My job couldn’t be much easier today. Here is a 23 second video, our shortest to date, but short does not mean it’s not worth while. This brief video will give you an idea of what you will face when you come out to play the third hole at PGC. The only thing that is a little difficult to see from the video is how much undulation there is in the green, and how deep those bunkers are.

As you may know we are writing an iBook, here’s what it says about hole #3:

 If you’re a student of golf course architecture, you may have heard people argue about what is, and what is not a redan style hole. The name and design came from famed architect C.B. McDonald, it’s a par three, bunkered, tilted green, come in at an angle, be able to use the ground game . . . Yes, sort of like this hole. But no doubt, people will argue about the matter.

Anyway, back to your game. It is elevated and slopes to the back with deep bunkers on each side. A ridge runs across the green that can make a long putt difficult. Then to top it off, the green slopes away from the ridge on both the front and the back, yes, in the redan style.

So in plain terms, the green is very elevated and undulating (rolling). The bunker on the right is really tough. The one on the left, not so bad.

The green starts high on the right side and slopes down on the left. Everything funnels down to that left side.

If you want to err anywhere, err short, long is very difficult. It is the easiest par 3, and the one where we have the most hole-in-ones.

Flyover of the 2nd Hole, “Stains of the Inferno”

By: Tenna Merchent on October 16th, 2012

Nothing shows the architecture of a golf hole like a flyover. I absolutely love these. This one is of the second hole, hope you like it as much as we do!

Click here to see the flyover of the 1st hole.


Aerifying the Tees & Greens

By: Tenna Merchent on October 11th, 2012

Every fall we aerify our tees & greens. That means we actually punch holes in the ground to break up the thatch that has built up. This makes it possible for nutrients, water, and air to get to the roots. We then fill these holes with sand. The whole process takes us about 2 days, and then the greens take about 2 weeks to knit up the holes.

It’s essential to the health of the putting green. In this video, Superintendent James Brown takes you through the whole noisy process, from start to finish. I hope you find it as interesting as I did!

Flyover of the First Hole at Purgatory Golf Club

By: Tenna Merchent on October 9th, 2012

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then what is a video worth?

We’re so happy to have a fly over of the whole course! We’ll be sharing it with you hole by hole over the next 9 weeks. We love to share our photography, and our “playing the hole” videos, but nothing really captures a golf design quite like a flyover.

So here’s our first one, ta da!

Hope you love it as much as we do.

Click here to see the flyover of the 2nd hole.

The Heartbreaking Ryder Cup

By: Tenna Merchent on October 2nd, 2012

If you’re a golfer, you were no doubt watching the Ryder Cup this weekend. Sunday was heartbreaking. The U.S. team went into the day with such a great lead. So what happened?

Europe had nothing to lose by being aggressive. They could take all the risks they wanted, with almost no downside.

The United States on the other hand, had everything to lose.

Golf is a game of risk and reward, like the stock market. The more risk you take, the more reward is possible, that doesn’t mean you’ll get it. You could get your clock cleaned if you’re too risky, or if something doesn’t go you way.

The United States played a conservative round on Sunday, and no coach that had been on the sidelines that day would have told them to do any differently. Now that they lost, well of course it’s easy to say you should have done things differently.

Sometimes, often times, playing a good steady game is good enough.

Then after the tournament, the stress continued as Francesco Molinari made Tiger putt out. They had already tied the tournament, which meant they were taking the Ryder Cup home with them. But he made Tiger putt out, because they wanted to win. Tiger missed, how embarrassing and heart breaking. Tiger was graceful and conceded the hole to Molinari and did not make him putt out.

We were all on the edge of our chairs Sunday, and our hearts broke for them. But in the end, they played a great game, used good strategy, and were gentlemen. We’re happy to call them our team. And we can’t wait two years to go kick some European %@#!