It will mark a record 20th time that the Ardmore, Pa. club has staged a USGA Championship, and its seventh Amateur, also a record. The event will coincide with the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia.
New Funding Secured to Accelerate “Monarchs in the Rough” Program
(Photo at LaCumbre CC by Wayne Mills/Audubon International) The Audubon International program to establish habitats for the endangered monarch butterfly in out-of-play areas of U.S. golf courses was launched in 2018 with the help of funding from the United States Golf Association. Now the National Fish and Wildlife Association is adding support, with a goal…
Video Documents Lakeside CC’s First Year of Recovery from Hurricane Harvey
The seven-minute film produced by the United States Golf Association documents the yeoman efforts by the club’s grounds maintenance team, led by Superintendent Terry Hutcherson to get the golf course at the Houston, Texas property reopened in just over a month, after last year’s Category 4 storm dumped 50 inches of rain on the area…
Natural Grass Helps Course at Cottonwood Creek GC Stand Up to Brutal Heat
Prairie vegetation planted four years ago through a cooperative venture with the United States Golf Association, the Ladybird Johnson Wildlife Center and Baylor University ecologists has thrived as a wildlife haven while also creating maintenance efficiencies for the Waco, Texas municipal course. While Course Superintendent J.D. Franz was concerned in the first years of the…
Chicago Golf Club Hosts Inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open “For Love of the Game”
The “hyperexclusive” club in Wheaton, Ill. is hosting the new USGA championship July 12-15, marking its first tournament event since the Walker Cup in 2005. Chicago Golf Club, with the oldest 18-hole golf course in North America, was one of five founding members of the USGA and hosted three U.S. Opens between 1897 and 1911.…
Scientists Study Ways to Minimize Golf Course Runoff
In work partially funded by the United States Golf Association, researchers compared the effects of hollow-tine core cultivation (HTCC) and verticutting on controlling pesticide runoff by simulating rainstorms at a test site at the University of Minnesota, and concluded that the HTCC practice is more effective at absorbing more runoff. Scientists from the United…
Report Finds 22% Rise in Golf’s Economic Activity
The U.S. Golf Economy Report, a five-year study by GOLF 20/20 and TEConomy Partners, found that $84.1 billion of economic activity was generated by golf, an increase from the previous study conducted in 2011. The study was delivered as part of the 11th annual National Golf Day on April 25. The findings of the new U.S. Golf…
Viewer Call-ins On Golf Rules Violations to be Banned Starting Jan. 1
Golf’s governing bodies will now assign one or more officials to monitor video broadcasts of competitions to help identify possible rules issues. The additional two-stroke penalty for failing to include a penalty on a scorecard when a player was unaware of the infraction will also be eliminated.
Omaha CC, Saucon Valley CC Land Senior Opens
When the 2021 tournament returns to the Nebraska club, which also hosted it in 2013, it will tie the record for fastest return of a Senior Open. The 2022 tournament will be a record third for Saucon Valley CC and will coincide with the Bethlehem, Pa. club’s 100th anniversary. The United States Golf Association…
French Lick Resort to Host 2017 Senior LPGA Championship
The Indiana resort will host the tournament that is part of the Legends Tour in July 2017. Coupled with the U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship that will begin in 2018, there will now be two major championships for senior women players.
U.S. Women’s Open To Stay at Trump Property, USGA Says
Responding to a request from several United States senators to suspend planned events at properties owned by the Republican presidential candidate, the United States Golf Association said it has not changed its position for holding the 2017 tournament at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.
Anti-Bigotry Group Pressures PGA and USGA to Sever Ties with Donald Trump
Three men with prominence in the African-American golfing community who have helped the organizations promote minorities’ history in the game have formed a group known as Golfers Opposing Bigotry and are calling for major tournaments planned for Trump-owned clubs to be moved.
Old Chatham GC to Host 2019 U.S. Senior Amateur
It will be first U.S. championship for the Durham, N.C. club, which was founded in 2001 by a group including former United States Golf Association President Jim Hyler and former University of North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith.
The Bog GC Selects KemperSports; King Kamehameha GC Selects Troon
The Bog GC, in Saukville, Wis., will be the sixth property managed by KemperSports in Wisconsin. Troon has added King Kamehameha GC in Maui as its third Hawaiian property.
LPGA, The PGA of America, PGA Tour, USGA Comment on Trump Controversy
Despite Donald Trump’s claims that the golf industry supports his recent negative comments about Mexican immigrants, the groups issued a joint statement saying “those remarks do not reflect the views of our organizations.” They declined additional comment on plans to play upcoming tournaments on Trump courses.