Pennyslvania Course Redesign

 An image of Sewickley Heights GC.

An image of Sewickley Heights GC.

     Sewickley Heights Golf Club in Western Pennsylvania is undergoing a 3-month renovation to have all the course's greens laid with Poa Annua (that includes removing bentgrass on four greens, and relaying the poa annua on the other fourteen). Jim Cervone, a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, has been contracted for the renovations.

     "In Western Pennsylvania, Poa Annua is king," said Cervone. "When the club took the decision to rebuild its greens, I was brought in to do some conceptual design work, and give them an idea of what we could do with the greens when their rebuilt. The club was adamant about staying with Poa surfaces. That took me by surprise a bit but I could certainly understand it."

     "They like their greens fast. They like the percentage of their greens and we agreed to walk a fine line on how much percentage of slopes were to be adjusted. But they also wanted to get a few extra pin placements. Some greens out there had very few pin placements with which to work. My task was to restore these greens with some subtle changes and adjustments in certain areas, where they could perhaps get some more pin placements."

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