With the U.S Bank Championship less than two weeks away, the Brown Deer Park Golf Course in Milwaukee is being prepared meticulously and the majority of the course is in pristine condition. That is, everywhere except the 17th green and some surrounding areas that were decimated by vandals on motorcycles who struck some time during the late night on June 23rd.
Despite this seemingly devastating blow, local golf courses have rallied together to help repair the delicate putting surface so that it will be completely healed by the time the first round arrives on July 16th.
Tim Wegner, Superintendent at Brown Deer Park, quickly pulled together with Jon Canavan, Golf and Recreational Turf Manager for Milwaukee County Parks, and Brian Zimmerman, Chief of Operations for Milwaukee County Parks, to map out a plan for recovery.
“Communicating to all the proper parties has been a good thing,” Wegner says. “We are fortunate to have very skilled staff here that can come out and sod a green and make it seamless [while doing] what it takes to get something like this back.”
Wegner and his team outlined a recovery process that includes resodding as well as aerifying, seeding, fertilizing and topdressing.
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