|Matt's picture. Incorrect method of taking divots|
|one Super's attempts to educate. actual sign|
Yesterday I watched a video from Dan Meersman, Director of Grounds, at the Philadelphia Cricket Club that really nails this topic. I saw the video while reading the blog of Michael Stachowicz of Dedham Country and Polo Club where he was covering this topic .
As practicing has gained in popularity the maintenance of range tees is becoming a hot topic. Many clubs are re-doing their practice areas incorporating short game areas and lengthening the distance to combat the new distance gained from ball and club technology. The size of the tee itself is also being increased as well as the addition of target greens. One look at the changes to the facilities at Farm Neck and Edgartown GC in the last few years demonstrates the increase in popularity of practicing and the demand for improved infrastructure. We, like many older clubs, are stuck with very little room for expansion either in length or width. We have to make due with what we have or think outside the box to come up with improvement solutions. Clearly we are not alone in trying to improve turf conditions on the practice tees and this is one more example of how you the golfer have the ability to make a difference.