It’s the life of the golf course superintendent.
After the fans have left and the TV cameras have been packed away, plenty of work still remains on the day following a major golf event. For Curtis Tyrrell, CGCS, MG, director of golf course operations at Medinah CC, that means starting on the complete renovation of the No. 1 course. Tyrrell’s staff was at it early, rototilling the 7th green as they will redo greens, tees, fairways, bunkers and add “a whole lotta drainage.”
In addition, the staff will be busy getting the No. 3 championship course — which last week was the stage for the 2012 Ryder Cup matches — ready for member play on Friday.
“We’ve got the work on No. 1, an outing on No. 3 today and Thursday, then the members get it back on Friday,” Tyrrell said. “Then, I’m going to Disney World with the family … but not until the winter.”
Tyrrell estimates all of the Ryder Cup infrastructure will be gone from the course within eight weeks. And while he has not really had much time to think about it, he says serving as the host superintendent of the Ryder Cup has been the “highlight of his career.”
“I am so proud of my staff and volunteers,” Tyrrell said. “Everyone came together and executed the plan flawlessly. There were some tough times with what the weather threw at us, but everyone stayed true to what we needed to do to get through it.”
Needless to say, the feedback has been exceptional.
“The club is overjoyed,” Tyrrell said. “To host one of the most — if not the most — memorable Ryder Cup’s in history is exciting. They were pleased with the course and how it played.”
Tyrrell also had a chance to talk with the respective team captains following the event.
“As you might expect, Davis (Love) was kind of down,” Tyrrell said. “But he was very appreciative and thankful of the team. He has been great to work with. Jose Maria (Olazabol) was gracious as well. He thanked me and expressed his appreciation for our work.”