Saturday, June 8, 2013

National Hickory Championship at St. Martins

With Philadelphia hosting the U.S. Open this week for the first time in over 30 years, it is fitting that our St. Martins golf course is hosting the National Hickory Championship.  St. Martins hosted the 1907 and 1910 U.S. Open, and this weekend it is being played in a similar fashion to how the game was played in the early 1900's.  

St. Martin's Golf Course Superintendent, Andrew Goehler and his staff did an outstanding job constructing the, old-fashioned, earthen tees for this weekend's National Hickory Championship.

Constructing the forms for the earthen tee boxes.

Vibratory compacting the sand into place.

 The old tees blend nicely into the landscape.

The players tee the ball up using sand.  Each player grab's a fist-full of sand which they then wet using water from the small metal bucket.  A small, firm mound is created which the ball delicately rests on.
 Watching the golfers play in their time-period attire, you really get the sensation of being thrown back in time.  Can you imagine coming down the home-stretch of the 1907 or 19010 US Open with this tee shot as your final hole?