The high level of turf maintenance required to conduct a U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, or any other USGA national championship may surprise the casual player as much as the hardcore golf enthusiast. Golfers raved about course conditions after the recent club championship. The greens were smooth — slick as ice. And how about those impossible “never been there before” hole locations? Fairway striping patterns rivaled the intricate mowing patterns of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Bunkers have never been firmer or more consistent. Perhaps you hear the ultimate compliment in the clubhouse . . . “We could have hosted the U.S. Open today!” Assume the playing surfaces could indeed challenge the cream of the world’s professional and amateur golfers. Could you sustain this high level of course conditioning throughout an entire week of competition?
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