A LOOK AT ELYRIA COUNTRY CLUB

ELYRIA COUNTRY CLUB by Eric J. von Hofen
The club and course first opened in 1905 with only a few holes. In 1925, famous golf course designer William Flynn rebuilt the course and added 9 more holes. Flynn went on to design a hand full of courses in Ohio and also designed Cherry Hills (Englewood, CO), The Country Club (Brookline, MA) and Shinnecock Hills (Southampton, NY). In 1975, golf course architects Jack Kidwell and Michael Hurdzan updated the course and added some new tees. Today the course is a mature beautiful 18-hole course that plays to 6,750 yards from the championship tees. Massive Oak trees line many of the fairways and the clubhouse area. Water is in play on 10 holes with the Black River providing a interesting views on 6 of these holes. The Bentgrass greens, tees and fairways are some of the best around.

Elyria has had only 5 golf course superintendents since the doors opened. It many areas of the country, this is unheard of. I was the superintendent of a course in Naples, Florida that had 12 supers in 5 years. This tells you how special Elyria CC really is and how crazy I was to take the job in Naples. In 1988 and 1989 I worked at Elyria, under CGCS Frank Feck, as a foreman and learned how to maintain bentgrass from a master. It was great to return 22 years later and see that the course is still on track and better then ever. Current superintendent, Pat Rodgers is the one calling the shots these days and he differently has his finger on the pulse of the operation. Congratulations to the member’s and staff for keeping a piece of Ohio history alive and well.

This HD video takes you on a tour of one of the oldest golf courses in Northern Ohio.

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Turfunderground plays ball at the Ohio State vs Michigan game


Welcome back to Turfunderground and the 19th hole. I made a trip home to Ohio State to see the last football game of the year between Ohio State and Michigan. It was an important game for the state of Ohio, and for my family as well. My grandfather, Paul Matus #10, played on the 1942 National Championship team for Coach Paul Brown. The team and Coach Brown were honored on the field during the first time out in the first quarter. This 1942 team was Ohio State’s first National Championship football team. Shortly after the last game, many players headed into World War II. To this day, there are only about 10 or 12 members of the 1942 team left. My grandfather is one of them. He was a National Champion, a pilot and a prisoner of war all within about 14 months.

Coach Tressel said, “We’re looking forward to the fact that we’re honoring that 1942 team, which one could argue that that’s when a great part of our tradition began in Ohio State football.” Coach Tressel believes that honoring the 1942 team will make the Ohio State/Michigan game just a little bit more special. “I think when you mention that football team and what they mean to our program and what they meant to our country, it just adds a little bit more.”

This high quality HD video below takes you to the last football game of the year between Ohio State and Michigan. In the video, I show you the traffic getting into the stadium, the pep rally with the band, kick off, touchdowns, Brutus acting up, and a very special tribute to Coach Paul Brown, his 1942 National Championship team and my grandfather. It was a great day and I enjoyed every minute with him. It did not hurt that the Buckeyes won big 37 to 7. This is a great video if you are an OSU fan. Michigan fans, not so much. Enjoy…

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