02 May GolfPass Grass Guru – Quail Hollow Club
Wells Fargo Championship • Quail Hollow Club
Hole 15 • Par 5 • 583 yds
By Eric MacPherson
Quail Hollow Club, home of the Wells Fargo Championship (except for the one year I ended up traveling to North Carolina to work it). That year Quail Hollow hosted the PGA Championship, and so the Wells Fargo was moved to Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, NC. In my opinion, Wilmington is a much better city than Charlotte. I mean who wouldn’t rather be next to the ocean than in the middle of the state?
Bojangles breakfast sandwiches and sweet tea aside, Quail Hollow is a great course. Notice how I said great course and not a course with great bunkers. That’s because they don’t really have that on the menu there. Most holes have a dastardly placed fairway bunker with several green side bunkers. Rinse and repeat. We have no variety. There’s some lovely holes, but they are instantly vaporized from our memory as we move on to the next tournament. With the PGA championship two weeks away, there’s not a chance anyone remembers this week’s bunker.
The middle green-front bunker on hole 15 gets the crown this week. This hole might be one of the more architecturally satisfying on the course. It’s one of the few with a bunker in front of the green in addition to the ubiquitous left and right bunkers. Shape-wise, this bunker is a dud – no movement, no fingers, no flashing. It’s a ham and cheese sandwich. Would I ever order a ham and cheese sandwich? No, but if I’m hungry enough it can be pretty satisfying.
That’s it. That’s all Quail Hollow has going for it bunker-wise. Is it a fun course? Yes it is. Set up for the Wells Fargo, not really. It’s near Charlotte, so oddly it’s not even the most popular thing going right now with the Hurricanes in the NHL playoffs. Just another week of golf on the PGA tour. If this was Tiger Woods PGA Tour ’14, it’d be a week I simulate and skip, just to get me closer to the PGA Championship.
Cover Photo: Gary Kellner / PGA of America
Eric MacPherson knows a lot about golf, but even more about grass. Having worked in golf for what seems like forever, and going on to graduate school in turfgrass, he’s able to walk mow a green, and change the shaft in your favorite driver. He’s worked on some of the east coast’s primer golf clubs doing everything from washing carts to building brand new putting greens. He’s also volunteered at several high profile Tour events including a major and the President’s Cup. The only thing he likes more than pushing a walk mower on a beautiful crisp morning, would be teeing it off instead. Shoot Eric a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.