PGA Tour: En-Joie up to par with courses across country

By Perry Russom

August 11, 2014 Updated Aug 11, 2014 at 9:25 PM EST

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) As the time for teeing off in the Dick's Sporting Goods Open nears, the PGA Tour is in town going over final preps for the course.

"We're looking forward to coming here because it's always in good shape," said Mike Sullivan, rules official with the Champions Tour.

They're looking at the course condition, the mowing heights and grass watering schedule.

"We've set the boundaries, set the hazards, mark the hazards with paint," said Sullivan.

Action News got a private tour of the course going from hole to hole where one caddy was getting a jump start on the tournament by studying the greens.

In the off-season, there were some upgrades. Bunkers were redone, tees were leveled and greens were re-sodded.

"It might not be as long as some of the others across the country, but i'd say as far as condition, this is one of the best condition courses we play all year," said Sullivan.

"I share that with the rest of the crew and they're really excited to hear that," said course superintendent Rocco Greco.

The PGA Tour calls En-Joie a traditional tree-lined golf course.

Driving down the first fairway there are trees guiding the way from the tee to the cup.

"You gotta hit a straight ball here and I just think that it's going to be very enjoyable for the gallery and the fans," said Harry Shuemann, PGA Competitions Agronomist. "For a public golf course, it's outstanding."

A Pro-Am challenge is scheduled to take place Wednesday and Thursday.

The Champions Tour tournament tees off Friday.

Tee times for the Dick's Open will be announced Thursday.

The defending champion is Bart Bryant, who won last year's event with an amazing final of 16 under par.