Wednesday, April 27, 2011

One-Week City Springing To Life At Quail Hollow

   It's amazing to see the scene for the Wells Fargo Championship coming together.

   There are luxury suites being finished, concession stands with fixtures to be set up, a merchandise building to be filled, grass to be cut, flowers to be arranged, a temporary tavern and pro shop to be created inside the clubhouse and that's just some of it.

   They're creating a small city for one week at Quail Hollow. They even have an on-site hospital. Not a first-aid trailer. A mobile hospital with three operating rooms inside just in case.

   This is the ninth year of the tournament and most of the kinks have been ironed out, making the construction -- and the following deconstruction -- easier. The golf course is in excellent shape, helped by having 80,000 pounds of rye grass planted on it last fall

  On tournament week, a grounds crew of about 35 will swell to nearly 130 with volunteers from many of the top clubs in the country pitching in. Superintendent Jeff Kent's crew will include staffers from Muirfield Village, Oakmont, Augusta National, Southern Hills, East Lake and other major clubs, many of them having worked together on the grounds crew at the Masters.

   More than 400 media credentials will be issued and the tournament is likely to be sold out by this weekend.

   On Wednesday afternoon, it was all about getting ready. The countdown is on.


Anonymous said...

It is a great event with lots of great Charlotteans giving their time to make it such. Kudos to all.