After the Masters: Golf courses compete for best turf quality

Men’s Journal captured the challenges faced by golf course superintendents everywhere as Masters Week 2014 comes to a close. Brace yourself for the expectations that your course looks and plays just like Augusta.  But maybe you don’t have that underground piping sucking out any extra water in the soil or an unlimited budget or a volunteer staff so happy just to be there and so huge they could make a small city.  We know.

Masters Week comes to a close and golf course superintendents are ready to hear the comparisons to their course conditions.

Masters Week comes to a close and golf course superintendents are ready to hear the comparisons to their course conditions.

Geoponics is a Naples-based company, so it was great to see the national magazine talk to a Naples, Fla., golf course superintendent in the article from writer Charlie Hanger.  The Men’s Journal article also features some interesting figures on how Augusta’s water management saves on chemicals– however it’s not light on fuel, according to the reporting.

Read the original story here.

In the mean time, what do you think? With a rise in rustic courses, do you think environmental care is trumping manicured (perhaps overly manicured) golf courses and landscapes in some cases?