Putting a Little Spin on It

PDF-file by Mark Leslie

Putting a Little Spin on It PDF ebook download Since Mark Leslie’s Putting a Little Spin on It: The Design’s the Thing! was published last summer, golfers and other readers in the golf industry have awaited its companion volume, Putting a Little Spin on It: The Grooming’s the Thing!
The wait is over.

While the first volume was packed with Leslie’s best quotes from the players/course architects like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Ben Crenshaw to a multitude of golf course architects like Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, Tom Doak and Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Jr., this new edition is overflowing with the best from “the other side” of golf, those men and women involved in maintenance.
Famous within the world of golf course grooming, they include superintendents Ted Horton, Tim Hiers, Bruce Williams, Mel Lucas, Terry Buchen, Jerry Faubel, Palmer Maples Jr. and Bob Mitchell; USGA Green Section’s Jim Snow, Stan Zontak, Patrick O’Brien and others; Drs. Joe Vargas, James Beard and Frank Rossi from the realm of university research; and leaders in the world of golf course equipment, supplies and management.

A sampling:
• “Two of our Highland front nine are somewhere in Connecticut.” — superintendent Ken Lallier, recovering from Hurricane Irene whose path struck Quechee Club, which sits along the Ottaquechee River in Vermont
• “Every single year at Muirfield [Village] our greens go up to 13 [Stimpmeter reading] for the tournament. One year it was at 17 and I said to [Nicklaus agronomist] Ed Etchells: ‘Ed, this is insane.’ I shot a 79 that day and wasn’t real happy.” — Jack Nicklaus, who with Desmond Muirhead designed Muirfield Village
• “A superintendent has to realize he’s working with nature. He has to grow it; he can’t go out, put up two-by-fours and sheetrock and paint it.” — Palmer Maples Jr., a long-time superintendent and former president and acting director of the GCSAA, and member of the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame
• “I’ve got three greens and 15 browns.” —Charles Passios, then-superintendent at Hyannisport Club on Cape Cod, following Hurricane Bob

• “When it snows on July 4th weekend we’re never sure if we should count that toward last year’s snow or next year’s.” —superintendent Steve Corneillier at Keystone Ranch Golf Course in Keystone, Colo., where the term “spring start-up” takes on a whole new meaning, like snowblowing the greens clear so they can be mowed
• “I’ve coined a new term: ‘Hydromagnetism.’ The definition? ‘The sprinkler closest to the control box is most likely aimed at you.’” — Jim Moore, USGA Green Section agronomist
• “We’re getting so high-tech in soil now that dirt’s no longer dirt.” — the late Ed Seay, for many years the president of Palmer Golf Design Co.
• Dealing with ryegrasses in the mid-Atlantic, “you’re [thought of as] the resident genius one year and the village idiot the next.” —Stan Zontak, director of the USGA Green Section Mid-Atlantic Region
• “As long as we’re involved we can get laws that make sense. As long as we have politicians, and people who label themselves as environmentalists writing laws, they are always going to be superfluous and extreme and capricious and counter-productive.” —Tim Hiers, superintendent at Collier’s Reserve in Naples, Fla., winner of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s President’s Award and Excellence in Government Relations Award among other honors

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