Thursday, September 15, 2011
TPC Boston: The Deutsche Bank Championship
For the second year in a row TPC Sawgrass sent some key workers to TPC Boston to help with their tournament preparation. This year our guys were fortunate enough to to support the Boston team for 2 weeks. The two weeks spent up there brought many great experiences including hurricane preparation and clean up, tournament preparation and bentgrass maintenance.
The first few days were spent detailing the golf course. One detail that the Boston team did during final preparation was the plugging out of fairway divots. Since their course is open for play until the Friday before the event it was necessary to replace divots instead of letting them grow back in.
Arriving in Boston the forecast was not looking good; hurricane Irene was approaching fast with the course sitting in the middle of the 'cone of uncertainty'. Due to modern day weather tracking the Agronomy staff at Boston had lots of time to prepare for the storm. The biggest concern was power outages, so prior the storm lots of mobile generators were brought in and staged. All equipment was fueled prior the storm, and all mowers and reels were sharpened.
The power was out for nearly 3 days but in that time the course was cleaned up and put back together. The Agronomy team did an amazing job of cleaning and made it seem as if there was no disturbance at all.
After the storm it was back to tournament set up. Our guys were fortunate enough to be able to experience a wide range of tasks up there.
It was a great experience and an unforgettable two weeks in Boston. Lots of hours and hard work had a huge pay off and the experience was made better by the exceptional team in place at TPC Boston. A big thanks for their incredible hospitality and congratulations on an amazing event.