Thursday, January 29, 2015

THE PLAYERS Stadium: 2015 Interns

L to R: Steven Brazer, Levi Singleton and Garrett Cannady

Steve Brazer is  from a small town south of Boston called Whitman, Massachusetts. He went to high school at Whitman-Hanson Regional High where he played on the golf team for four years. After high school, he attended Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire for one year studying Criminal Justice. After realizing that it was not the right path for him, he moved back home and attended a community college. While home, he found a job at a local 18-hole golf course, River Bend Country Club, in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Being 19 years old at the time, he started at the bottom just like anyone else, filling divots and raking bunkers. Before he knew it, they had him mowing rough, fairways, tees, greens and collars. He realized that he had finally found something that he enjoyed and decided he was going to pursue a career in the turf industry. Steve attends the Professional Golf Turf Management Program at Rutgers University. He is scheduled to complete his education in December 2015.

Levi Singleton, originally from Battletown, KY  is enrolled in Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School where he will complete the certificate program in December 2015.  Levi is also a graduate of the University of Louisville where he has a bachelor’s degree in Sport Administration.  Although Levi’s time in the turfgrass industry has been less than a year, he is eager to learn and looking forward to the road ahead.  Even though his time in the industry has been minimal Levi has a very extensive farming background coming from his families two farms back in Kentucky. 

Garrett Cannady recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in Turfgrass Management. Before coming to TPC Sawgrass, he worked at the University of Georgia golf course for two years and did a three-month internship with East lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia. His goal for the internship is to learn many new skills that will help him improve as a turfgrass manager. Garrett looking forward to being a part of the TPC Sawgrass Team and being involved with THE PLAYERS.

We look forward to working with Steve, Levi and Garrett.  We hope we can assist them with reaching their career goals.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Building a talented bench.....

The Horticulture Department recently filled the Assistant Landscape Superintendent position.  We would like to welcome and congratulate Bryan Gallagher as the new manager to our Agronomy Team.  Bryan has been a team member since January, 2014 serving in a variety of roles including Crew Team Lead, Irrigation Technician and finally Irrigation Foreman.  Bryan is a University of Florida graduate in Environmental Horticulture and earning his degree in 2013.  Bryan brings a high level of commitment, professionalism and passion to the Horticulture Department and Agronomy Team. 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

THE PLAYERS: Tournament Build Out Begins for 2015

At the beginning of each year on THE PLAYERS Stadium, tents for THE PLAYERS begin to go up. The first tents to be built are on holes 16,17, and 18.  Because of the scale of some of these tents, construction begins in early January for the May event. In this aerial photo, the team from Shaffer Sports had already finished some the floors for the tents on 17 spectator mound. As  we move closer to THE PLAYERS, more tents and fan enhancement zones will be constructed to accommodate the many guests that arrive each year. Be sure to check for future updates on more tent construction and other projects.

Friday, January 2, 2015

THE PLAYERS Stadium Course: Clipping Analysis

On THE PLAYERS Stadium course, we have begun the process of collecting grass clippings from each green after the mowers. Our main reasoning for this new process is to monitor each greens clipping yield and make minor adjustments if necessary. Some greens that have shown stress in the winter months from previous years may not need to be mowed as often due to the different micro-climates throughout the property. So far, the agronomy team has noticed new trends with certain greens that prior to this process, would have been over looked.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

THE PLAYERS Stadium: New Path by #4 Green

This week on The PLAYERS Stadium course, a new cart path was completed behind number 4 green. This new path and parking area will give members and guests multiple options when entering the green, while preventing wear and tear from foot traffic. This issue has been a main focus throughout the golf course for the agronomy team heading into the colder winter months. This addition, as well as other methods being implemented around the course will limit stress to the turf in areas that normally receive large amounts of foot traffic.
Beginning stages of cart path construction

Another look prior to pouring the concrete

The finished product



Thursday, December 4, 2014

Back to the

As all successful operations are well aware, consistent training is the foundation for providing a world class golf experience.   Our biggest challenge here at the TPC Sawgrass is the coordination of these training sessions with the 60+ team members in three separate departments.  We split up our latest training opportunity into two separate sessions to accommodate all teams involved.  These training sessions assist in getting our new hire members up to speed while also allowing our more seasoned veterans to take part in the information that is given.  We typically will provide 3-4 training sessions a month until March where we back off the training somewhat to allow for the preparations for the upcoming PLAYERS. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

THE PLAYERS Stadium: Drainage Additions

This month on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course, the agronomy team began repairs on drainage lines throughout the course. The main focus this week was an existing drain line on number 6 that was no longer functioning properly. The pipe became clogged over the years with silt and debris. To fix this problem, the team removed all of the existing pipe and drainage basins, and replaced it with all new 6", double wall, non-corrugated pipe, as well as new basins. Another project began early this week on number one, and will be completed by the end of the week. These additions and repairs will continue throughout the next few months to ensure the best possible playing conditions for the 2015 PLAYERS.

The agronomy team is attaching drainage tile to a basin along the cart path.

A look at the 240 foot trench before drainage tile installation. 

A new basin was installed with a concrete form around it for support.