However, there is one advantage that the grounds crew and dozens of volunteers have at a US Open when compared to a PGA Championship: Daylight. If you look at the hours of daylight we have to work with, you'll find that there is over 1 1/2 additional hours of light in the third week of June than in the second week of August.
|Three hand mowers cutting #9 green and collar, pre-dawn.|
While we're not hosting a major at Laurel Creek, we too face "lack of light" challenges in preparing the golf course for certain events. In June, we can easily see at 5:00 in the morning. By the time we get to September it's a very different story, where even a much later 6:00 start for the crew, will require the use of lights.
This time of year, when play starts from the first tee only, or even off #1 and #10, we can usually stay ahead of play without any issues. But for an event with a shotgun start, such as the Member-Member, it just wouldn't be possible to have all areas of the course cut and blown by 8:15 AM. So, on these occasions, the grounds crew will work a split shift, cutting the tees and fairways in the evening, and then focusing on greens and bunkers the next morning, prior to play.
We're fortunate to have a group of dedicated, hard-working individuals who will do whatever it takes to get the course in great shape for our members.