Hop Meadow Country Club Improvements

 In Geoffrey Cornish, Golf Infrastructure Improvements, Greens Drainage

Project Supervisors Matt Magarian and Glen Wright have been on site this week at the picturesque Hop Meadow Country Club in Simsbury, CT in central CT. The crew is completing their two green subsurface greens drainage install this morning and packing up and heading to Cleveland, OH’s west side. As you can see from the picture below, a “scenic” layout doesn’t do the course justice and is another excellent New England example of golf architect Geoffrey Cornish’s fine workmanship:

This gorgeous par three hole pictured from the tee over the courses expansive vistas is truly stellar. Matt took this picture late yesterday and the crew wrapped up all sod replacement  on this green late yesterday and just has some sod tamping to complete before handing this green over to course superintendent Eric Holm. Another typical example of a club treading softly with the XGD process initially before possibly jumping right in with the balance of their greens sooner than later.

The other extreme to Hop Meadow CC greens infrastructure upgrade plan might be this crew’s next destination which is a 15 green project at the venerable Elyria Country Club on Cleveland’s west side. This sleeper of a William S. Flynn design chose to complete all their greens in one fell swoop as they have some USGA and modified greens that already have internal drainage. There are significant cost savings in this type of capital improvement and Elyria CC obviously did their homework and checked out our resume in Ohio and across the country before pulling the plug on this project.We can’t wait to begin at Elyria and I am heading there next week to get some pics of these classic old putting surfaces.

So stop on out to see us in action, as we have presently have crews in Chicagoland, Massachusetts, and Ohio doing their XGD thing.

Thanks, Poor Old Dirt & Grass Farmer

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