04 Apr GolfPass Grass Guru – TPC San Antonio
Valero Texas Open • TPC San Antonio
Hole 2 • Par 5 • 597 yds & Hole 7 • Par 3 • 201 yds
By Eric MacPherson
The Masters is next week. NEXT WEEK. It feels like yesterday we were watching the Tour in Hawaii, while we were casually freezing to death. The PGA is in full swing, the courses around here are slowly opening their doors, but don’t miss this week’s Tour stop.
TPC San Antonio was designed by one of my all time favorites, who I’ve written about in the past, The Great White Shark himself, Greg Norman. Don’t think just because I’m a Greg Norman stan that my judgement will be clouded. The bunkers here are out of this world. For example, I had to pass on hole 16’s center green bunker. A center green bunker not being the bunker of the week, just goes to show you how great a course The Shark has planned in San Antonio.
Passing on hole 16 means this week’s bunker has to bring it, and it certainly does. It has it all; bunker fingers galore, grass islands, all nestled nicely in a magnificent green complex. This green complex, though, has the distinction of being a double green, shared by the 7th and 2nd holes. This green is a monster that totally eclipses a bunker complex that on any other course would stand out. They say everything is bigger in Texas and this bunker would easily fit that mold, only to be smacked back down by this gargantuan green. Walk mowing that puppy has got to take at least an hour. I wouldn’t be surprised if they have one whole twosome just cut that one green during the tournament, and I hope they mow short ways, because trying to lay laser beams here, will probably only yield bananas.
The field this week isn’t the greatest with the Masters next week, which is a shame because this course is great. Greg Norman, what can’t that man do? Well, besides win the Masters. But seriously, his designs are amazing, and this hole(s) only exemplifies all that is right in the world of golf. Lotta beautiful holes these next couple weeks.
Cover Photo: TPC San Antonio
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.