Picking a favorite golf memory will be tough. I’d have to say witnessing and calling a good buddies' hole in one on #4 at Keene Run has to be up there as one of my favorite memories. Landon Adkins, one of our outside service staff, hit this beautiful high draw to a front right pin location. At about the apex of the ball flight I said “congrats on your 3rd hole in one!” Completely joking, but that’s kind of a inside joke with our group, as we say that a lot when a shot is looking good. His ball hit short right of the green and took a immediate hop left and rolled dead center cup! We went insane as most groups do witnessing such a cool event, better yet someone calling the shot!
Outside of work I try and spend as much time with family as possible. I also may spend a bit too much time playing video games and watching movies! My parents and sister live in Lexington, so we try and do family dinner nights once a week. She has 4 young girls and I love my nieces! They keep us all busy with gymnastics and of course dance. Other than that, I try and play golf when the chance is given.
The data is in! If you have watched a tour event on TV, you know about or have heard about shotlink. Several of you even know how it works and how to work it since you so graciously volunteered to operate shotlink for the Barbasol tournament. The PGA Tour compiles this data for every event and uses it to set up tournament play from event to event. Data is compiled for nearly everything from driving distance, number of putts, length of putts, and any other data you could imagine. We recently received a compilation of hole by hole data that we thought you might like to see. Check out the ranking and see if it lines up with how you might rank the holes.
So, were your predictions correct? Let us know!
Barbasol Tournament Green Speeds
If you are anything like me, I like to look at data and see if it lines up with what I may have predicted. We do this all the time in golf, keeping up with number of pars, bogeys, three-putt greens and so on. As most of you know, the PGA TOUR relies heavily on data for a number of reasons. During the tournament, a team of data collectors were sent out to the greens every morning after cutting and rolling, and every evening after play had concluded. Data was collected for moisture content, firmness, and of course green speed. Due to the amount of rain the course received during the tournament, over five inches, the moisture data and the firmness data were somewhat irrelevant. But the green speeds were analyzed every morning and evening to determine what needed to be done to maintain the speed targeted by the tournament officials. The target for the tournament was established at 11 based on data from the stimpmeter. The 11 means that once the golf ball leaves the stimpmeter device it will roll 11 feet. You can look up stimpmeter on youtube and see how the test is actually run. In order to reach the speed target, the greens were double cut and rolled in the mornings and usually just double cut in the evenings. Each green was tested for speed, using the same location each time. The green speeds were anywhere from 11 to 12 during the tournament. The tour and players both commented on how they liked the greens stating that even through the adversity of rain, they held their integrity and putted true. The data also showed the greens were consistent in speed, which we all know is a very important factor.
The question begs why can’t we have green speeds of 11-12 every day? TOUR speeds are difficult to maintain on a daily basis and for long periods of time. Going back to middle school biology, a blade of grass is composed of several items including chlorophyll, which is responsible for the green tint. Chlorophyll is used in the process of photosynthesis, which is the means by which plant life generate food. When a blade of grass is cut at tour height, there isn’t much leaf, resulting in the reduction of chlorophyll, and sustainable plant health. That is why many greens you see on TV look brown by Sunday. When we mow at normal height, there is nearly double the amount of chlorophyll, resulting in a healthier plant.
All this to say that our normal green speed is eight to nine. During special events such as club tournaments, we do speed the greens up by double cutting and rolling. I hope this helps your understanding of Barbasol green speeds versus normal green speeds.
Article written by Evan Mossbarger
- BD: In 2014, after the new ownership purchased the golf course, I was asked to help consult with the course regarding marketing. I threw out an idea on bringing back the old Senior Tour that had taken place at Griffin Gate and Kearney Hills from 1983-97. So, being in the golf space - we manage 2 Web.com tour tournaments each January - we reached out to our contacts at the PGA Tour and for 2 years worked on bringing a Champions Tour event to the course. We got close in 2015 and again in 2016, as we needed to raise substantial sponsorship dollars to do so, but could never quite push it across the finish line. Then, this past January (2017) while we were working in the Bahamas, we got a call that the Barbasol Championship was available if we wanted it, and we could not say "Yes" quick enough given that it was a regular tour event tailor made for our community.
- BD: We are initially signing a 4-year agreement, but we hope it has 24 years or more here in the Bluegrass.
- BD: It's a prestigious honor to be selected as a PGA TOUR site. Think about it, there are only 49 in the world...and one is right here in the Bluegrass. First and foremost, it has to have an active ownership that is prepared to make an investment to become one of the best courses in the entire country. It has to be a course that is designed to be a championship layout that requires shot making by the professionals while providing a terrific spectator experience. Champions checked all of those boxes.
- BD: Not only do we have premium suites available around 17 and 18 - and be mindful that we are flipping the nines! - but we will feature the Seattle Slew Club tent on the 17 fairway whereby fans can reserve a table of 10. We have created a couple of venues out on the course to attract people to get out and about to see the tournament, such as the Grey Goose tent, the Natty Shack, and a KY Proud village that will feature craft beers, cookouts by the local Cattlemen's Association and the state's Pork Producers, etc. We will also have a Birdies for 30 on a Par 3 where fans can purchase discounted beers for 30 minutes after every birdie is scored on the hole. Again, our goal is to create a big party, where at the end of the day, fans have had a first-class experience and are asking the question, "Who invited all these golfers to our party?"
New Year’s Resolutions Will Make You a Better Golfer
During the 2016-2017 PGA season, one pro stood out among the many talented men on tour. Justin Thomas, a fellow Kentuckian, went above and beyond to win 5 tournaments, capture a major, win the FedEx Cup, and that’s just scratching the surface. All his accomplishments added up to earning him the honors of Player of the Year.
Yes, a boy from Kentucky shocked the world by edging out the biggest names in golf—Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, who all fell short to the unrivaled performance of Justin Thomas.
Even more shocking, Thomas had taken the time to write down every goal he wanted to achieve during the year. He designed a plan and by the end of the season had knocked off almost every item on his list.
This should stand as motivation for every golfer. Set a list of goals, make a plan, and see what happens. And what better time to do that than at the beginning of 2018?
This year, try writing a list of measurable, realistic and achievable objectives. This will hold you accountable for your golf game throughout the year. For extra accountability, talk to your golf buddies or family about these goals so they can help you accomplish each objective.
Think about what you want to get out of the game of golf—not every golfer will need to set goals about winning or improving your stats. Some might need to focus on mental game or their time put in playing, for others maybe it's best to set fun goals like playing a new game on the course each week with your buddies.
Each golfer is different, so each list will be as well.
Examples of golf goals for 2018:
- Truly enjoy every opportunity that you get to play or practice golf. Too many golfers spend their time on the course frustrated or disappointed, when we are truly fortunate to get to play this crazy game. (And yes, that means even when you start your round with two doubles. It happens—deep breaths!)
- Hit an average of 12 greens per round. This gives you an incentive to work on your approach shot accuracy. More focused range practice, less raking balls to hit mindlessly.
- Take 2 golf lessons a month. Our top-notch staff at the High Performance Golf Academy can help get your game on the track you desire.
- Go on a golf trip with your buddies. Is there anything better than a vacation filled with golf? Take a page out of the #SB2k17 vacation book with Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Smiley Kauffman and Justin Thomas—a trip with your best friends may be just what you need in 2018!
- Win the Bourbon Duck Tournament. Keene Trace Golf Club's biggest and most competitive tournament of the year. If that’s your major tournament, plan your practice schedule a month or two in advance. It’s grind time to take home the title of being the 2018 Bourbon Duck Champion.
Welcome to the Keene Trace Golf Club blog!
We are SO excited to start this adventure. As we enter 2018, we have a lot to look forward to—new leagues, new events, and new members in our Keene Trace family. Not to mention, the PGA TOUR will return to the Bluegrass State on our very own Champion Trace golf course!
(Who else is counting down the minutes?!)
With all these exciting opportunities and changes, we are challenging ourselves to be better each day for our members. This blog is one of our new projects. Our goal is to provide you with a one-stop portal of articles, videos and interactive activities. We will keep you updated on everything you need to know about the club—including the changes you can expect to see and the exclusive inside scoop for the Barbasol Championship!
Whether you’re new to our family, or a returning member, we are continuously working to provide you the best experiences and memories on and off the golf course. Therefore, this blog is for you—we’re here to provide you with content you want to see.
We are looking forward to an opportunity-filled 2018! Check out our next post tomorrow!