Another PGA Stop For An XGD Club

 In Classic Golf Architecture, Greens Drainage, PGA, Seth Raynor

I was reminded of this XGD subsurface greens drainage client when Golf Channel broadcaster @TimRosaforte tweeted the following pic of the par 3 Biarritz green at Fox Chapel Golf Club , PA.

The club has named this hole “The Valley of Sin”, which is fairly fitting of course.Our XGD installation crew took four full days to complete this 20,000sqft greenpad, and enjoyed every minute of it. It was a joy to see our crew foreman’s eyes light up when he drove out to the green to layout the XGD System. All of the greens at this club are unique and besides the Biarritz above, they also include a Redan, reverse Redan, an Alps, and a Punch Bowl green.

Fox Chapel was designed by Seth Raynor in 1923 and in the mid 1990’s architect Brian Silva was hired to restore it to its original Raynor glory and what a job he did. Several of the corners of most of the greens were restored to their original squarish edges and some bunkers are nearly 20′ deep, and several greens appear as turf islands in a sea of sand. If you are cruising the TV this weekend be sure to check it out for yourself as the club hosts The Constellation Senior Players Championship .

Fox Chapel GC superintendent Jason Hurwitz is an old friend of XGD from his days as an assistant superintendent down the road, and across the river at Oakmont CC. Jason is truly one of the finest professionals in the turfgrass industry and will do an outstanding job this weekend with the hot temperatures,as he is used to the pressure having been involved with a US Open in 2007 at Oakmont.

I am really looking forward to this tourney this weekend as the pro’s try to navigate around this golfing treasure.

Regards, Poor Old Dirt & Grass Farmer

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