As you know – sitting somewhere reading this tourism-website golf blog – there is something for everyone online when it comes to the game.
Perhaps you’re a regular on PGATOUR.COM, Golf.com, course websites, major equipment manufacturer sites or other havens of golf knowledge. There’s no lack of entertaining stuff out there.
One of my favorite clicks has nothing to do with star players, swing tips or planning my next road trip.
On the TPC Sawgrass Agronomy blog, grass is the star. Who knew that could be so interesting?
Of course, as one of the nation’s iconic courses and host of the PGA TOUR’s Players Championship, the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course is the most nurtured piece of golf real estate this side of Augusta National. But unlike the home of the Masters and many other courses on golfers’ bucket lists, Sawgrass is open year-round and gets a ton of traffic.
That means everyday challenges for the large agronomy staff in Ponte Vedra Beach, and they chronicle those on the blog with photos, videos and explanations of their work. If you’ve never quite understood why courses aerate or how they stay so green, this is your online education.
It’s not always pretty – one time the sister Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass had some vandalism, but the blog didn’t shy away from showing some photos and explaining how they’d combat future incidences. (Some joyriders did donuts on a green in a four-wheeler; the course put logs at several course boundaries to prevent future intruders.)
Sometimes even the paying customers, perhaps unknowingly, tear up the course to the tune of more than just divots. The maintenance guys again come to the rescue, fixing and informing.
The island green 17th hole is a popular topic, of course, and the blog has posted some amazing photos after heavy rains when the island has been briefly submerged. Everything is fair game for the agronomy staff, and their ability to paint a complete picture is part of what makes the blog a great read.