How do they do that?

During some of your travels around the world playing golf you might have played a course with a GPS system on your cart. Every wonder how the pin placements get updated everyday? Here is how I do it. I have printed out a screen shot of the greens complexes from the GPS computer that show all 18 greens. I then take the sheet and place it plastic and give it to my cup cutter. He uses a dry erase marker(not a sharpie in the picture)to mark the new pin placements for the day after he cups the new locations. He then brings the information into the golf shop and enters it into GPS program. It shows right where the locations are and it’s easy to use. The GPS downloads the information to the cart for the day and we are open for play. We then clean the plastic off and we are ready to use it for next day.

I have seen other courses just use a set group of 7 hole locations for a week and make the cup cutter stick to that, hell or high water, and then the GPS sets the locations for that day. Problem is that after about two weeks of doing this the holes are in the same spots. That can be a big problem for member play. Just in case you every wondered how.

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Welcome to TurfUnderground.com & a tour of St. Andrews

Turfunderground.com founder Eric J. von Hofen teeing off on the 18th hole of Old Course St. Andrews in Scotland. The Old Course has records that show that the course has been is existence since 1400 AD. The course has withstood the test of time and today still is a true test of golf. The course has been sharing ground with the home of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club since 1754. In the summer of 2010 the Old Course hosted the British Open for the 28th time.
Louis Oosthuizen, from South Africa, was the Open Winner. Check out the video of us playing the Old Course.

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The Plantation Course at Kapalua in Maui, Hawaii

Eric J. von Hofen surveying the land of the Plantation Course at Kapalua in Maui, Hawaii. The Ritz-Carlton is located near the course and is absolutely a wonderful place to stay. The Course will host the PGA TOUR’S SBS Championship January 2-9, 2011

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El Camaleon Golf Club at Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Eric on a site visit with his brother, Superintendent Kurt von Hofen at his Greg Norman designed El Camaleon Golf Club at Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

This one of a kind course will host the PGA TOUR’S Mayakoba Golf Classic, the only PGA TOUR event outside of the United States, February 23-27, 2011. Make your travel plans now so you can get out of the cold weather and enjoy the Cancun area.

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Overseed or Interseed this winter. What are you going to do?


This time every year superintendents decide if they are going to drop seed or not. Here in South Florida, after a rough cold winter last year, I think many golf courses might just do it. I don’t like to call this process overseed here in South Florida, I call it Interseeding. Interseeding of what you may ask. If you have a new ultra dwarf bermudagrass on greens and the golf course is located south of Jupiter, Florida, I say no way. If the golf course is located in the desert of California or Arizona, I say you better. I worked at PGA WEST, in La Quinta, CA and we overseeded everything on each of the 9 golf courses. We had to make sure that every bit of bermudagrass was covered with seed. If it was not covered you would see the brown bermudagrass come through and look bad all winter long. It gets so much colder at night in the deserts and frost is more common. Last winter in Miami, we had 4 mornings of frost and the grass went off color but did not go brown. The Palm Beach area was not so lucky. They had many more days of cold weather and cloud cover which made growing turf very difficult. I have made the call to interseed my driving range tee only this year and that is it. I want a 40% ryegrass and 60% bermudgarass stand of turf. That will work great for us and help with the small size of the range tee. Golfers will have grass to hit from. What are you going to do?

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Welcome to turfunderground.com


Welcome to turfunderground.com and the home of the von Hofen Turfgrass Scholarship. Using my 26 years of golf course maintenance experience I plan on giving a different behind the scenes look at what is really happening in the golf world. I have worked at and managed some of the best golf courses in the world. Muirfield Village, PGA WEST,PGA NATIONAL, Calusa Pines, Naples National, John’s Island Club and Doral just to name a few. I have hosted 13 PGA TOUR televised events which has allowed me to make contacts and friends around the world. There is a lot of great things happening in golf around the world and the story should be told. I will have feeds from Asia, Germany, Greece and every corner of the United States. Come back a check us out.

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