Masters of the Moss

An ode to those who tend to Golf's most unique and challenging landscapes

Jay Blasi - Project Architect Chambers Bay PDF Print E-mail


By Jason Bruno

Jay Blasi

As a former Project Architect for Robert Trent Jones II design, Jay Blasi was able to

bring his own design talents and philosophies to the links project that became known as

Chambers Bay. This June Chambers Bay hosts the U.S Open. In our recent Q&A, Blasi

talks about what it has been like to be part of the team that will make history - (bringing

the first Fescue turf Links setup to an American National Championship).

LinksNation: You grew up in Madison, Wisconsin - How did you get started in golf?

Blasi: My father was a caddie, and he grew up on the south side of Chicago. When

he bought his first house after getting married, the first thing he did was he built a

putting green in the backyard. So for me I was real lucky, I got to grow up with a

putting green in the backyard and was playing on that as a two year old and golf has

been part of my life ever since and Madison was big part of that.

LinksNation: You attended the University of Wisconsin and became a landscape architect,

afterward you joined RTJ II's staff, what was that like?

Blasi: It was great, as a kid I knew golf . . . but I had no clue about anything else. I didn't

know the difference between an Oak Tree and a Maple Tree. When I found out that most

people who were golf architects had a degree in Landscape architectre that's what I did. It

was a wonderful opportunity at UW because the Landscape Architecture program was very

small - there was probably 20 kids in our class and you got to know your professors on a

one to one basis, the class itself was always working on projects, so we were always working

as teams. I felt very fortunate to have gotten a small school experience in the setting of a

major university. All of the culture and resources of a major institution in what felt like a small

school hands on experience.

LinksNation: Were you the only student in the class who wanted to pursue golf course design

as a career?

Blasi: Yes, and I was fortunate that they allowed me to tailor my curriculum a little bit, so when

we were doing a class on a planting design, they would let me do it as a golf hole with landscaping

around it. I did a year long independent study project where I designed a second course for the

university. My senior thesis was another golf project, so I was the one who did golf that year, but

there were others in years prior and years since - usually one student per class.

LinksNation: When you came out did you immediately get hired by Robert Trent Jones jr, how did

that work out?

Blasi: I had reached out to almost everybody, and there wasn't a single job available, so that was

a little scary at that point. I had a buddy in my class who graduated a semester before I did, and he

went and was working in a landscape architecture firm, and he said I know you want to work in the

golf field, but why don't you come work for our firm until you can get into golf. About two weeks after

I started working with him, I got the call from Jones - saying they were going to hire someone for the

first time in however many years, and I was one of three people they wanted to interview. I had to go

to my boss of two weeks and ask him for time off to go interview for another job. He couldn't have been

any nicer about it.

LinksNation: (Having been in the field myself for 28 years) I have found that people that are involved

in growing, shaping and maintaining landscapes to be among the most interesting and down earth

people to talk to. Has this been the case in your experience?

Blasi: Absolutely, particularly the people on the course construction teams . . . but the true heroes are

the superintendents and people who work on the turf care side. They get none of the glory and all of

the pain, just great people and fun to be around.

LinksNation: Bravo to that, no better people to talk to than superintendents. I've been fortunate to

sit down with some of the best in the industry - Matt Shaffer at Merion, Ken Nice at Bandon, Lukus

Harvey at PGA National, and Brad Boyd down at Dorado Beach.

Blasi: Yes, You bring up some great guys, I've had a chance to meet Matt and I've been around Ken

many times now. I love the fact that it is one big community of people who help each other out. For

example, when we were working on Chambers Bay, we were researching fescue so we went down

and spent time at Bandon Dunes. Their whole team was happy to help and if we ever had an issue

we can call them. Superintendents everywhere are one big community that helps each other and that's

pretty refreshing in this day and age.

LinksNation: To take that a step further, during my interview with Matt Shaffer at Merion in 2011, he

realized by some of the questions I was asking that I had some kind of background in Agronomy, so in

the middle of the Q& A, he turns the tables and starts asking me questions. After our interview he takes

me for a tour of the entire property describing each and every modification that will be done to each hole

on Merion's East course. As we finish, he turns to me and says, "How would you like to work with my

staff and be a volunteer for us at the 2013 U.S Open?" I was speechless and incredibly appreciative that

this man at the top of his profession had the thought and generosity to offer me such an opportunity. It

was a great experience being part of that crew, more satisfying than anything I've ever done media wise.

Who takes their moment, and then turns it around and gives you one of your own? That was an A-ha

moment for me. I realized being able to grow turf and manage people is his job, but relationship building

takes a special person - Shaffer inspired me that day . . . (but I digress).

Lets talk Chambers, a few years back I was at the course opening of Dorado Beach East in Puerto

Rico and had dinner with Bruce Charlton (RTJ II lead designer), and he was just raving about

Chambers, and impressed to me that I had to get out there and see the place. When I finally did in

April 2012, I was really excited to see what you guys had created . Tell me about the what makes

Chambers Bay so unique.

Blasi: There are a couple of things, the thing that really jumps off the page for everybody is the

scale of the property. Particularly if you start your journey from the clubhouse and look out over

the entire course and the Puget Sound. When you actually get down there, you realize that those

things you see as specks down there are concrete walls that are 40 feet tall, and those mounds you

see lining the fairways are actually dunes that are 55 ft tall. In terms of great golf, the most common

dominator in all great courses around the world is sandy soil. The fact that the site was a former sand

and gravel mine, when we had the opportunity to work the site there were these huge stack piles of

sand that looked somewhat like dunes, but basically the fact that there was sand in the pit that alone

was the key. For any golf architect, that's like striking oil or finding gold. Couple that with the fact that

it's in the Pacific Northwest, and has a climate that would be conducive to Fescue, and being adjacent

to water it just became the perfect confluence to try to create a links experience.

The view from outside the clubhouse

LinksNation: We all know it played a little too baked out for the Am in 2010, has the USGA tipped their

hand as to how it will be set up for the U.S Open?

Blasi: That U.S Amateur was definitely a trial run, and if you ask Mike Davis, I think he will admit that

they probably crossed the limit on one of the days during the stroke play (portion of the championship),

but that's what they had to do to in order to learn. Also, the Amateur was played in August, which gave

them all summer long to bake it out. The site isn't that windy in general, it's usually no more than a one

or two club wind, but there was a day during the Amateur when it was blowing like 20-25 mph . . . with

the fairways like concrete, that was really hard. Mike has shared some thoughts about what they learned

from the Amateur and how they'll put that into play. From a firmness standpoint, the golf course is plenty

firm, it will only get more firm as we get closer to the championship. It just comes down to working with

Josh Lewis (Super at Chambers) and Eric Johnson (Director of Agronomy) on what Mike is looking for.

LinksNation: The biggest challenge for the Agronomy Team at Merion in '13 was rain, but Shaffer's

little gem held it's own in the end (with Justin Rose winning at 1 over par). What do you expect to be

the biggest challenges for Josh Lewis and the Agronomy Team at Chambers the week of the Open?

Blasi: Great question, one that has not been asked of me till now. As you know, they have been

preparing for this week for 7 years! Every week you get closer it only gets heightened, I do think

it will probably be different from Merion in that it's a sandy base and rain wouldn't really be an issue -

the golf course is firm and fast rain or shine. I would think two issues: they have been growing rough

for the event (in the beginning there was no rough at Chambers, just super wide fairways), and they're

still trying to figure out the specifics on that. The other is the firmness, perhaps more than any other

golf course, that has hosted a major championship - the contours in and around the greens, the

kicker slopes and side boards, and the rolls and hollows . . . when it's playing really firm and fast a

ball can land on a spot and end up 70 yards from that spot. Just getting the right firmness and speed

is something they'll continue to work at and dial in to get the magic formula there, because there

really is a fine line between making it the ultimate test in golf and letting it get away from you. In

order to offer up the greatest test, you really have to push the limits . . . but you really don't want

to go over the edge.

Tee shot on the 14th

LinksNation: As one of the principal people involved in the actual design of the

course, tell me which one or two specific holes at Chambers Bay is your favorite

and why?

Blasi: I'm sure you've heard this before, but it's kind of like picking your favorite

kid - you like them for different reasons. Some of them you like because they

were a challenge to build, others because they're beautiful, some because of

strategic reasons . . . but I will say that my favorite tee shot is on the 14th.

If you haven't seen a photo of that hole before it was built, that is one of things

that makes me real proud, not many would have a sense of what was there

before - it's a pretty dramatic transformation. It's just the ultimate test of

hitting a good drive, if you hit a good drive you're in the fairway in a great spot,

if you don't you're screwed. A great test.


The second shot into the sixth is one that I love as well, and that was probably

the biggest change during design. We were very fortunate, Pierce County allowed

us a full year to work on the design prior to construction. There were 80 acres of

vegetation before we started, so as we drew out the preliminary routing the sixth

was going to be a par 3 - we had everything set up and staked. The green

was going to be where the fairway landing area is, and after we got some of the

clearing done, all of a sudden that little slot in the dunes where six green is

presented itself. It was the way the sand mine was left, it was probably the

best looking dune on the whole site . . . so we roped it off and kept it as is.

We moved 1.4 cubic yards of sand to make the golf course, but there were

specific parts where we didn't really touch anything and the sixth green complex

is one where we shaped in the green and added the bunker on the left. I'd be

remiss if I didn't mention 15 as one of my favorites because I love the tree and

ended up getting married on that hole.

15th at Chambers bay

LinksNation: I'm so glad the tree was able to saved (after a vandal tried to hack it

down with an axe), it is an iconic symbol of the place.

Blasi: Another example of Karma - The vandal came along and tried to knock it

down, and ultimately the vandal was the best thing that ever happened to the

tree. Every Arborist in the state volunteered their services to come out and help

us out, and they said what the vandal did was not a big deal - we can patch

that up, but just so you know, this tree is not going to make it as it is because

there are some issues in the sub-surface and root structure. They gave us a

game plan and mapped out four things we had to do to brighten the outlook for

the tree long term. Ultimately, the tree is far better off for having that vandal

come along.

LinksNation: It is my belief that things like that tend to happen for a reason.

Blasi: Absolutely.

LinksNation: What's next for you and your new company (Jay Blasi Design)?

Blasi: It's been a fun ride, I started the company in 2012. In 2013 we did a major

renovation at Century World in Wisconsin. It was a course that RTJ jr had originally

designed in the 80's and we executed the renovation of all tees, greens, bunkers,

irrigation system and rerouted five holes. I'm currently working on Santa Ana Country

Club in Orange County, California. We're in the design phase now and will be in

construction next year. We're going to do a complete "Golden Age" style deisgn,

what is there now is an outdated 80's style design. Very excited about that one.

Coming down the road is Sharpe Park in San Francisco, we plan on restoring the

Mackenzie back to it.

Special Thanks to Jay Blasi and Jane Dally

For more info on Jay Blasi Design:

Interview: Jack Nicklaus PDF Print E-mail


By Jason Bruno


Jack Nicklaus is the greatest Champion our game has ever seen, he knew how to take a

tough loss with grace and he knew how to console and respect his challengers after they

were defeated by him. When he walks into a room you feel it, it's a strong presence. Much

like Arnie, Jack William Nicklaus is the sports hero to so many . . . and he carries it well. He

knows how important he is to those and doesn't shun that responsibility.

Nicklaus was on hand as the honorary Captain of the American Team of Mid & Senior

Amateurs at the opening ceremonies for 1st Annual Concession Cup on Tuesday, April 29th

2014. It was an honor to sit down with the Golden Bear for a brief Q&A about the Concession

Cup, Amateur Golf, Course design, and the Ryder Cup at his course in Scotland, at Gleneagles.

LinksNation: It's been 45 years since the actual Concession putt was given to Tony Jacklin

at Royal Birkdale in the 1969 Ryder Cup, can you look back to it's origins and today . . .

Jack Nicklaus: I didn't think it was a big deal, it was just a short putt. Tony (Jacklin) thought

it was a big deal, and the golf world did too I guess - to me it was just the right thing to do at

the time, now they have a golf course here called the Concession named after that event.

Tony's done a great job here with the theme and Ryder Cup memorabilia, now to have an

amateur event with Tony and I as honorary captains is very special. Hopefully it will be a great

event and the players will enjoy the golf course.

LN: These are some of the best Mid Ams and Senior Amateurs in the world, there should be

some high quality golf, your thoughts . . .

JN: You'll see some good golf, no question about it. People will enjoy seeing them play.

photo by Scott Baker

Vinny Giles, Jack, Tony Jacklin & Garth McGimpsey Tuesday at the Concession Cup press


LN: This is quite the stage for many of these players, as you stated in the press conference -

Amateur golf is where it all began for you.

JN: Some of these players are former Walker Cup players and some have not played in an

international competition before, those players will see it as a new experience and I think will

enjoy it. The ones who have, will enjoy a renewing of that experience, two years from now it

will be played in Great Britain and back over here in another two years, being played on a bi-

annual basis. It's kinda neat much like the Walker Cup - that's the thing that launched my

career, because of the Walker Cup, I played in the Masters, I got into the British Amateur,

the U.S Open that year. I got into all kinds of things because of the Walker Cup.

photo by Jason Bruno

The gorgeous par-5 seventh at Jack Nicklaus' Concession Club

LN: When Tony (Jacklin) pitched you the plan and concept to build this course, was there an

idea for this course to become a championship type venue for an event such as this?

JN: Yes. He wanted to have a championship course, that's what Kevin Davis (The original

owner) wanted when we first started. He wanted to have a strong golf course if we were going

to have an international competition, with the golf course being suitable to handle that. I think

the golf course might be a little too difficult for its membership at times, it will certainly test the

best players in the world.

LN: How has your design philosophy changed or evolved over the years?

JN: It changes everyday, it depends on what I'm doing. To tell you what my design philosophy

is anymore, I'm never sure. It all depends, alot of people say - what side of the bed you get

out of.

LN: I've noticed in recent years, the green complexes you've designed have become much

more challenging, your thoughts . . .

JN: Now I've gone the other way, I've gone from flat greens, to smaller greens, to larger

greens, to rolling greens to difficult greens to mild greens - I'm in a mild green state right

now. That's the side of the bed I got up on this morning.

LN: Has that been influenced by developers or members ?

JN: Depends on what you're trying to accomplish, depends on who you're designing the golf

course for and what they're trying to accomplish, what they really want and what the property

is - that determines what you have to do.

LN: I've talked some with John Sanford (A mutual friend of Nicklaus and I & an accomplished

course designer himself - who is part of the Nicklaus design team working on Trump's NYC links

course) regarding the Ferry Point project, can you expound on that?

Trump Golf Links Ferry Point

JN: It's been 10 years in the doing or 12 years I suppose, certainly hope that we got it pretty

close to right . . . since it's taken a while doing it. It's for the city of New York, it's right at the

Whitestone Bridge in the Bronx, you're looking at the New York/Manhattan skyline. Since

Donald Trump took it over, he's actually got the thing to the finish line, he's done a very good

job of doing that. The golf course is strong. I think the city of New York has 17 public golf

courses, (the process has been going on) thru the last term of Guiliani and the last 3 of Mayor

Bloomberg. They said they had enough courses that the average person can play, they wanted

a golf course where they could host a World Championshipevent. They could hold a World

Championship event on this golf course . . . they could hold a U.S Open, or PGA Championship

or anything else they want to hold there. It's an old dump site that we covered with sand. There

aren't any trees on the interior part of the golf course, there's alot on the outside of the golf

course, but the interior is basically sand. We moved the sand around and created a links style

course which seems to fit there very well, it's on the water . . . the wind will be a great factor


Jack congratulates Tom Watson at Pebble Beach in 1982

LN: I know you're close friends with Tom Watson, what will he bring to the Ryder Cup team

this year that maybe the past few captains haven't?

JN: I don't really know from a tangible standpoint, but from an intangible standpoint - Tom

is a great winner, Tom's won 5 British Opens, Tom is loved in Scotland . . . the players will

all look up to him, and respect him. So there are many intangibles there, tangibly you're still

going to have to play golf. The players that will play golf well will win, it's on my golf course

at Gleneagles - the golf course is a strong course. If the weather is good, they'll shoot some

good scores on it, if the weather is bad they'll struggle on the golf course - like they would on

many Scottish courses in the weather. It will be a great event and I think Tom will do a great

job as captain.

Thanks to Scott Tolley & Jack Nicklaus

Special thanks to Tom Sprouse and Jane Dally.

Ken Nice - Bandon Dunes Resort PDF Print E-mail



Ken Nice - Director of Agronomy at Bandon Dunes Resort



In the fourth edition of "Masters of the Moss", LinksNation traveled across the

country to experience Bandon Dunes Resort and it's 5 spectacular golf courses:

Bandon Dunes, Pacific Dunes, Bandon Trails, Old MacDonald and Bandon Preserve

(which opens today, May 1st).The Director of Agronomy at Bandon Resort is Ken

Nice, he's a native Oregonian and the man responsible for the care and well being of

the terrain that former USGA Executive Director David Fay called "the epicenter of

golf on planet earth".Since Bandon is now regarded as such by many knowledgeable

people in the industry, it goes without saying (but I'll say it here), Ken Nice is one of

the most important people in the world of golf today . . . he conducts himself with an

air of casualness and a quiet confidence that immediately command your interest and

respect.After our initial face to face meeting at Bandon Preserve was cut short by a

timely hail storm, Ken and I managed to finally have our Q&A just last week.



LinksNation: There is 85 holes of golf at Bandon, how big is the property at Bandon



Ken Nice: The entire resort property is 3300 acres.


LN: How large is the staff that you manage?


KN: We have roughly about 100 staffers in the agronomy department


LN: What are the biggest challenges for you with the golf courses on a daily basis?


KN: Probably one of the biggest challenges is how we deal with the wind, not only as

it relates to irrigation distribution, but also it can move an amazing amount of sand

overnight.Preparing bunkers day in and day out with the north wind howling, it's

such a harsh environment during the summer months.For us the wind is probably our

biggest challenge during the high season.


LN: The winds are more severe during the summer months?


KN: Yes, it's a constant 20-30 mph everyday, it starts in the morning . . .

sometimes it does die down at night but you cant always count on that.


LN: That must create an ever evolving set of golf courses.


KN: Yeah, in fact the bunkers at all of the golf courses do evolve over time, they

change . . . they are different than at the time of construction.Irrigation distribution

and also fertilizer applications become more of a challenge in terms of -When is your

window?When is it not?That's why I think it's easy for me to identify wind as our

greatest challenge, because it impacts so many of our functions.Every property has

it's challenges, it's always interesting talking to other Superintendents . . . like all

things, there is no one right way to do things, but at the same time there are

certainly fundamentals out there that all of the best guys don't stray very far away



LN: How many rounds are played at Bandon each year?


KN: Between 120-130 thousand rounds


LN: What's a typical day for the grounds staff ?


KN: 5am start, crew out the door by 5:30, basically here at Bandon we try to get

all of our mowing done ahead of the first group, so that our guests don't interact

with mowers.Then the crew takes lunch and reassembles afterwards to odd projects . . .

from there, if it's busy they might be working on divot repair, that's something we do



LN: How much different is maintaining these links courses as opposed to a typical

American layout?


KN: Certainly the mowing frequency is less, in fact everything is less . . . fertility,

irrigation, and mowing.The only thing that is equal to or even possibly more, is our

top dressing schedule.That's something that is a very necessary practice for us.The

thing with fine fescue that you find is, it's not so much what you do, it's what you

don't do.You have to observe a level of restraint.We rarely verti-cut, you minimize

service disturbance with fine fescue as opposed to other grass species.There is very

minimal grooming, no hollow core aerification, always small solid tines, we never pull a

plug (there have been no plugs ever pulled from the greens at any of the courses at

Bandon Dunes).So, basically a combination of low to moderate fertility, a consistent

top dressing program and some venting open for infiltration, I see no reason to pull a

core.Our goal is to build the profile up, accordingly if you have a perfect profile your

building up, why remove it.This helps keep our true firm surface, and also it

minimizes some competing grasses.Any annual Bluegrass that may try to move in,

has a tough time . . .  having no hollow cores open for that, helps our cause.


LN: One of the things I found while there, was how authentic all of the golf courses

actually played as links, to a lesser degree with Trails which obviously isn't on the

coast line.I've played and reviewed a few courses in the top 100 in America that are

links style, but DON'T play like links at all.


Par 3 - second at Bandon Trails




KN: Our thinking is Bandon Trails looks like a parkland course, but plays like a links course.


LN: When I was asked by friends and colleagues about the experience of playing the

courses at Bandon, other than the obvious things like weather, scenery and the dramatic

looks of the holes, I told them "I never hit a lob shot in the 5 rounds I played"! Everything

around the greens was along the ground.

Even after a torrential rain at Bandon Dunes early a.m that Tuesday (on 4/3), where

the greens were under water (and we walked off the course) . . . 4 hours later when

I returned to the 1st tee at 12:30 it played firm and fast.That was something I

didn't expect . . . as an American golfer that is something I'd never experienced.

KN: That is something that has been a pride for us, that the golf courses are

maintained that way, and that's the experience that people are going to get when

they're here, we really embrace that we get to maintain authentic links courses in

every sense of the word.We feel kind of a connection with all of the guys who are

in the U.K and Scotland and what they do, it's the right property, the right climate

the right soils but then most importantly above all is an owner (Mike Keiser) who has a

vision and it filtrates down to everybody.

LN: Where did you go to school?

KN: I went to two schools, first went to a school called Willamette in Salem, Oregon

and actually graduated from there with a minor in Econ and a major in Psychology.

Then I spent about 6 or 7 years as a self employed landscaper.I started to get interested

in golf, and thought this is kind of a good combination.My father who was a retired professor

at Oregon State at the time, told me about Tom Cook's Turfgrass program at the University.

He's been the professor to many Superintendents in the Northwest, so at that point I decided

it would be a good idea to formalize my education in Landscape & Turf, so I went back to school

for another two years and earned my degree in Horticulture and Turfgrass science.

LN: Did being a local and growing up in Oregon help somewhat with knowing the conditions?

KN: I wasn't too far away from Bandon Resort, maybe a 3 hour drive.It's kind of

different, even though Bandon and Corvallis are only 3 hours apart, it might as well

be a 12 hour flight to Scotland . . . you go from the valley and the heavy clay/loam

soils to sand and coastal climate, it's really quite a contrast.It's nice as an Oregonian,

obviously I have alot of pride in Bandon Dunes and to have the opportunity to work

on the property, but also as an Oregonian to have Bandon Dunes here in the state,

it's a double pride thing for me.

LN: What did you learn from having the USGA Pub Links in 2011?

KN: It was actually our 3rd USGA event hosted, we had the '07 Mid Am and the '06

Curtis Cup here as well.It always amazes me by just how good these top amateurs

are.Their level of skill is always impressive to me, at the same time it's fun to put on

those championships with the USGA and see what tweaks we have to make.There

are some logistical things that we learned, but more than anything really is the

team effort it takes to put on a USGA event . . . luckily everybody here embraces

the Team aspect and everybody jumps in and does their part, no matter what it is.

LN: How involved was the USGA with you in the set up of the courses?

KN: They are very involved, from green speed measurements, to watering. You don't

want to lose control of the golf courses, but at the same time you want it to play

firm and fast.We more or less put the cups where they tell us to put it, they are

involved in every aspect of the golf course.


14th at Old Mac




LN: Bandon Trails and Old Mac were the courses used for the Pub Links right? Why

those two and not the two coastal layouts?

KN: They wanted two contrasting courses, and that was probably about as far apart

as you could get, atleast in terms of our property.Plus Old Mac hadn't been part of a

championship, Pacific has had the Curtis Cup, Bandon was part of the Mid Am, so it

was good opportunity to use Trails and Old Mac.

LN: Is there any of the five courses that pose a different or tougher challenge than

the others?

KN: Pacific Dunes has the biggest challenges when it comes to wind, bunker

maintenance, water and so forth.Bandon Trails has tree issues to deal with that

obviously the other courses don't.

LN: Bandon Preserve opens May 1st, were you involved in any of the actual

construction process with Coore/Crenshaw?

KN: Yeah I was involved in the planning management aspect of it, getting the

irrigation contractors and making sure we had the drainage plan.More than anything,

just making sure that they have everything they need to do their job, and then

obviously from the agronomy side of things, I had alot to do with the grassing and

how we were going to go about it.Feed rates and growing protocols that kind of

stuff.I was probably less involved in BP than I was in Old Mac, Pacific, or Trails from

a hands on stand point.


It hailed just after meeting Ken at BP, just one of the elements in play on the south coast of Oregon.





LN: I've heard Superintendents, including someone I respect a great deal, my friend

Matt Shaffer at Merion have told me that the newer style golf shoes with their multi

pronged sharp plastic cleats have been more harmful to their courses greens and

tees than the old metal spikes.Do you have an opinion on this?

KN: When things start to slow down here in the early fall with our fine fescue we are

susceptible to scaring and abrasion, what we call the "fall scuffys" here.Every foot

dragger leaves a scar and a scuff, I would think that the modern golf shoe does not

help our cause . . . but it's not a major issue for us, our greens don't tend to

footprint up as the day goes on.They stay pretty true throughout the day, it isn't

really anything that we're worried about or talk much about during the day.

LN: Last question Ken, but it's not golf related.I wanted to ask you about your dog

Mia . . . I remember when we met, seeing her following you around and you telling

me how she was basically abandoned by someone and was living out there in the

wild at Bandon Trails (Mia is a black/brown Papillion).

The lovely Mia


KN: She was out there atleast a month that we know of, she is a pretty alert little

thing and she must of had a pretty good hiding place there, she had her den

somewhere.She was pretty astute at hiding in that den, then from a food standpoint

she had been seen by enough people trying to catch her, I know I'd ride by and

place a couple biscuits close to where she was hangin out and then I'd come back

from the store and I'd see that the biscuits were gone.When they tried to live trap

her it took awhile because she wouldn't go in the cage initially, and so they would

set out food and they had to move it incrementally closer everyday.

When they finally caught her, I was away on vacation with my wife, we had just

arrived in Hawaii and were at baggage claim when the animal control and shelter

people from Coos County called me and told me "hey we caught that little black dog,

it's a Papillon" I had promised them if they caught her I would adopt her.I did some

research on Papillons and she really fits the description to a T.She's really a bright

little dog, they are the #1 small dog during the agility trials.She is great, she is so

easy to have out on the golf course, she doesn't get in anybody's way.She is definitely

a bright spot for me.

LN :I think if Mia could speak she'd say "ditto".


Thanks again to B.R Koehnemann and Ken Nice.