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Great Visit with Dr. Karl Danneberger

By: tenna on January 25th, 2017

All the staff here at Purgatory Golf Club enjoyed our visit today with esteemed college professor Dr. Karl Danneberger from the department of Horticulture and Crop Science at Ohio State University. I originally came into contact with Karl because he & I had both just published a book on iTunes. Well he lapped me a long time ago on that front as I still have only 2 and he has 14 books on iTunes now! If you haven’t downloaded any of his books for your iPhone or iPad, you need to. They are extremely well written and include amazing photos, great descriptions & informative videos. He even has one iBook that is a golf puzzle book. My son Clay was playing with it last night and really enjoyed it.

So that was 3 years ago, and we’ve only communicated by e-mail up until today. Karl was kind enough to drop by to see my art show Ballerinas on the Green. After we looked at the art, we had lunch with several members of our staff. I could have sat there all day, he had so many interesting stories about traveling the world consulting on golf courses from here to Egypt and everywhere in between. We talked about online classes, and what he is doing to make them more engaging, mole crickets, chemical treatments and new advancements in technology such as self driving putting green mowers. The time went so quickly. I can only imagine what a great professor he must be because he has an entertaining story on just about every subject.

What a great way to spend an otherwise dreary winter day. Thank you Karl for coming by, and don’t forget to download his books if you haven’t done so already!




Golf Course Management iBook Video Review

By: purgatorygolf on October 27th, 2013

This is a video review of the free iBook Golf Course Management.

State Professors wrote and published it.

To find it in iTunes use the following link

You can read it on an iPad or a Mac computer if you have upgraded to the operating system Maverick, because it has an iBooks reader. It cannot however be read on an iPhone.

They wrote it to compliment their online and introductory turfgrass management course.

If you’re a serious golfer, you need this book. It is loaded with so much great information, text, pictures, charts, movies and audio recordings. You can go out to dinner after a round of golf and wow your golf buddies with you amazing video and knowledge of how the Stimpmeter got its name.

It covers all the basics you would expect from an introductory turfgrass book such as:

  • Different types of grass,
  • Warm friendly grass like Zoysa and Bermuda grass,
  • Cool temperature grass like fescues and bentgrass.
  • Mowing height and how it impacts the grain of the putting green,
  • Irrigation
  • Aerifying or coring
  • The Stimpmeter, and where that name came from
  • Rolling the greens

The part I thought was the most interesting was the section on turfgrass pests. It has the most terrifying pictures of golf courses gone bad. It covers disease, insects and weeds.


What Should We Name our Coffee Table Ebook?

By: Tenna Merchent on January 29th, 2013

What should we name our coffee table ebook? Yes, this is a new and different book than the other two I have described to date. You see, publishing takes a long time. I’m impatient, very impatient. We have so many cool things in the pipeline, it’s just killing me. So we’re going to put out a coffee table ebook because it can be done quickly, very quickly.

So what do you get in a Purgatory Golf Club coffee table ebook? You get a book full of beautiful pictures of the golf course, normally at sunrise or sunset, because that’s when landscape photography is at it’s best. There will be very little text, because most people really just enjoy looking at lovely images.

You will also get images of the clubhouse both interior and exterior, as well as lovely images of the practice areas such as the driving range and short game practice area. You’ll be able to read/view it on your tablet, computer, or your phone.

So, what do you think we should name our coffee table ebook?

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 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.


Play the 13th hole with Blair Shadday

By: Tenna Merchent on June 7th, 2012

Get to know Blair Shadday as he warms up on the driving range, putts, and then shows us his strategy on the very long 13th hole.

Do you have a Pre-shot Routine for your Short Game?

By: Tenna Merchent on December 23rd, 2011

Beginners normally like to simply walk up to a putt and attempt to hit it in. It is more efficient to have a short pre-shot routine for your putts. There are several different ways to approach this, the important thing, if you are an amateur, is to keep it short.

As you walk up to the green, look at the way the green slopes, and imagine what you think is the natural break in the green. If you envision how water would flow downhill on the green, that can make it more clear. A simple approach is to stand behind the ball, looking towards your target. Picture in your mind how much you think the ball will break as it rolls towards the hole.

Now stand over your ball. Look at your ball, then the hole, and back to your ball. Picture the ball going in the hole as you pull your putter back, and strike the ball. Now watch the ball, hopefully it went in, but if it did not, look at where it stopped and how it moved in relation to the hole. If you are on a practice green, hit another ball until it goes in the hole.

And always hit the ball in the hole, no gimmies. Putting represents over 40% of the strokes you will make during your round, so it is worthwhile to have a consistent, short, and effective pre-shot routine for your short game. It will definitely pay off.


Changing the Cups on the Putting Green

By: Tenna Merchent on July 14th, 2011

Larry Wilk and James Brown demonstrate how we change the cups on the putting green while they explain why it is important. They also take a few minutes to explain our pin sheets. I don’t know if anyone else is learning anything from this blog, but I sure am!

Sunrise over the 16th Green

By: Tenna Merchent on July 13th, 2011

Sunrise over 16 green

I took this photo last Saturday morning, obviously just after sunrise. I was standing on a mound facing east into the sun. You can see the clubhouse in the distance in the top right hand side of the image. If I could arrange my schedule, my husband’s, and my children’s I would be there every morning taking pictures, video tape, you name it.

There is a reason those first tee times are the most sought after, and it’s not just so you can get home and mow the lawn. The course is quite, you can hear the birds, there is mist on the lakes, and the light has a magical quality bestowed on it for only few moments after sunrise. It is simply invigorating, renewing, inspiring, and you can’t imagine being somewhere more peaceful.