Shannon Donlon, PGA Class A
General Manager & Head Professional
Stanford Golf Course
March 27, 2018
Dear Member of the Stanford Golf Course,
I am pleased to announce that the golf course irrigation and bunker renovation project is
proceeding quite nicely. Holes #1 through #7 are complete. Feedback has been very positive;
particularly on holes #5 and #10. Overall, bunker reshaping and relocation, sand quality and
consistency have been very well received. Assured Aggregate White Sand is the sand type
used in the new bunkers.
Hole #5 highlights include the addition of a fairway bunker on the left side, shift of the
approach bunker from the right side to the left, removal of the left greenside bunker and
shift of the right greenside bunker; closer to the green and more in front of the green than
Hole #10 highlights include the shift of both fairway bunkers farther up the fairway,
approximately 25 yards, removal of the left greenside bunker (replaced with a grassy swale)
and shift of the right greenside bunker closer to the green allowing for a small bail out area
right of that bunker.
Hole #11 highlights include the shift of the right fairway bunker farther forward and left of
the original location, removal of the left fairway bunker (replaced with grass), reshaping of
the greenside bunkers bringing those bunkers slightly closer to the green.
One main objective of the project is to reduce the amount of irrigated turf. To date, native
grasses have been planted on holes #1 through #7. A combination of 3 types of fescue have
been planted; sheep, hard and chewings. Irrigation is necessary to establish the native areas
however, once established, these areas will not be irrigated. The process can take up to one
and a half years. Project completion is estimated to be August 31.
Updates will be given at the Town Hall
Meeting in May. Designer Beau Welling from Beau Welling Design and assistant, Scott Benson
will make a course project presentation followed by Q&A. Light appetizers and beverages
will be served. Several reminders will be sent in April and early May leading up to the event.
TOWN HALL MEETING – GOLF CLUBHOUSE
MONDAY, MAY 7 @ 6:00PM
As most of you know, the new Golf Learning Center, formerly the driving range, has been open
since April of 2017. In the past year, the golf professionals have organized 4 demonstration
days featuring key golf vendors in clubs and hard goods; Callaway, Titleist, Ping and Taylor
Made. A separate demonstration day was held featuring XXIO (pronounced zek-si-oh). XXIO has been the number one selling golf brand in Japan for 17 years and currently number one in both Korea
and New Zealand. Overall golf club sales have increased significantly, likely the highest ever
recorded in golf course and driving range history. The staff and I are looking forward to
promoting more events and creating new opportunities to engage with students, faculty,
staff, alumni and membership around the game of golf.
The next scheduled multi-vendor fitting day and opportunity for all to demo new game
improvement equipment is May 12.
SATURDAY - MAY 12 – GOLF LEARNING CENTER
10:00AM – 3:00PM
Beginning April 11, the Fourth Annual Women’s Graduate School of Business Golf Program will
be underway and run for 10 weeks on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:30PM. The program
includes golf instruction, on-course education in rules and etiquette, putting contests, 3-Hole
Scramble and a speaking component featuring high profile, local, successful women in
business and golf. On most Wednesdays throughout the 10-week period, there will be
increased usage at the Golf Learning Center. There can be a waiting period for a hitting
space. Please plan your practice schedules accordingly.
Men’s & women’s varsity golf programs have been impacted by the golf course project. Each
year, the men host The Goodwin, a spring invitational. And most every year, Stanford hosts a
post-season championship. This year, Stanford is hosting the Women’s Regional Championship.
Due to the course project, Stanford will host the 2018 Goodwin and the 2018 Women’s
Regional Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.
THE GOODWIN MAY 29-31
WOMEN’S REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP MAY 7-9
Spectatorship is strongly encouraged. If you can find the time, please make your way to
San Francisco and support the Cardinal!!!
Thank you very much for your continued support! See you on the links!
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