Lack of summer rain helped manage En-Joie Golf Club course, says superintendent

Published: Aug. 17, 2022 at 9:50 PM EDT
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ENDICOTT (WBNG) -- Having trouble keeping your lawn green this summer? Imagine keeping an entire golf course green.

This is one of the many tasks faced by the grounds crew at En-Joie Golf Club. Ahead of the DICK’S Sporting Goods Open, En-Joie has used almost 200,000 gallons of water per day to ensure the turf reaches all of the Pro Golf Association’s (PGA) criteria for the pros.

Contrary to what you might think, the lack of rain this summer has in fact helped the grounds crew according to the Course Superintendent Sully Murphy.

“Luckily this year has been so dry it’s been fairly easy,” said Murphy.

Minimal rainfall has allowed the crew to control the exact amount of water the turf intakes each day according to Murphy. This gives them a better handle on the speed, height, and softness of the greens and other parts of the course.

Murphy said the biggest challenge has been keeping the turf cool during the extreme heat this summer so no burn spots developed.

Yet, preparations for the DICK'S Sporting Goods Open begin long before the grass is even green. The grounds crew use the winter months to help trim back trees the PGA highlight as an obstruction to the course.

All of this hard work that goes into preparing En-Joie is not taken lightly by Murphy because he knows what this event means to the community.

“It’s really special to be sitting here and hosting this event... it’s very humbling,” said Murphy.

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