The Green Is In The Greens

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- We all know it takes a lot of money to keep a golf course looking great, but if someone asked you what takes the most love and attention, would you know the answer?

Eric Chilton went to Sedgefield Country Club, home of the Wyndham Championship, to find out.

According to Sedgefield's Director of Golf, Rocky Brooks, the money is in the greens when it comes to a PGA tournament.

"It's amazing what people forgive if you have good greens and we here fortunately have great greens. We don't have good greens, we have great greens," said Brooks.

"you can have some rough spots in the fairway or in the rough or t-boxes, but if your greens are good, that is the biggest component of somebody's experience. Its the last thing they step off of when they finish a round of golf," he said.

The speed of the greens is given a number.

Last year, the greens at Sedgefield were running about 13. Brooks said that's really fast from a tour standard.

"Augusta National kind of fast. For a member's speed, you're looking for somewhere around 10. That's 10 feet. If you roll a ball on a stick meter, it'll roll 10 feet," he said.

When it comes to hole placement, Brooks said that's determined by the PGA.

"You don't want to set it on some slope and you can't keep the ball around the hole. The rule is it has to have less than 2 percent of slope and make it as fair as your can," he said.

Brooks said about 55 or 60 percent of a golf course maintenance budget is spent on the greens.


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