There are four sets of tees which, along with the course’s high altitude (2,500 feet), always adds distance to shots and should help make the course manageable to most amateur golfers. Nicklaus has said of the layout: “It’s absolutely gorgeous high desert, with a great forest of Saguaro, an abundance of cactus and beautiful vistas. “It has been a very pretty piece of property to work with in designing these uniquely special high desert courses.” The Championship layout is a par 72 stretching all of 7,833 yards, but it will not play as long as that. “Obviously we’re tailoring the golf course towards the Match Play Championship, in the area of 7,800 yards,” Nicklaus said. “At this altitude, though, you’re taking about 4 percent off that so you’re basically at a 7,500-yard golf course, which is fine for professionals. “For the non-professionals, we have a golf course that that can set up at around 6,700 yards, which actually plays about 6,400-6,450 yards.
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Though the discussion that will involve audience questions has been organized for the students in McGuinnes Golf and Sports Turf Management Program at HGTC and Coastal Carolinas PGA PGM Program, it is also open to the public with limited seating. I will be taking part in the discussion along with Golfweek senior writer Bradley S. Klein, Craig Currier, who was the superintendent for two U.S. Opens at Bethpage Black and is now the superintendent at Glen Oaks Club on Long Island, and Steve Rabideau, the superintendent at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., which will host the 2020 U.S. Open. Klein has been writing for Golfweek since 1988, and in recent years he has been the magazines architecture editor and director of its course rating program. A former PGA Tour caddie, he holds a Ph.D. in political science, was a university professor for 14 years and has written five books on golf course design. One of his recent articles examines the contrasting philosophies of how the game can be saved. McGuinnes said Klein will discuss architecture, the golf business and all the things they dont teach you in turf school that you need to know. Klein is in the area visiting a friend, and the two superintendents are both in the area on vacation.
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