CREATED Jul. 11, 2013
Thousands of fans have invaded the Omaha Country Club for a chance to see some of golf's biggest names compete. But, many of those fans don't realize the preparation that goes into getting a course USGA Championship ready.
“Well we decide with the club and the golf course superintendent how we would like the course prepared for the championship,” said the Chairman of the USGA Championship Committee, Tom O’Toole.
And prepare is what they have done at the Omaha Country Club. The course had to be up to par in order to host some of golf's greats. “It started back in 2006 with a total course renovation, by Keith Foster. There’s weekly prep each week: greens mowing, fairway mowing, rough mowing,” said Assistant Course Superintendant Jared Kalin.
The grounds maintenance staff of more than 75 people have been working tirelessly not just this week, not just this month, but for years to make sure the course is championship ready. The grass has to be green, divots must disappear and the fairways must be flawless. But one prep is a must for any major. “Putting greens, putting greens are what make a USGA championship,” said Kalin.
And the greens are looking flawless thanks to Jared Kalin the Assistant Golf Course Superintendant at the Omaha Country Club and his course maintenance staff. He knew this prep would be a task, but never expected this! “I had an idea that it was going to take this much work, but it has been way above my expectations,” said Kalin. But, he said it was all worth it in the end.