My Best Feature is Fairways

Matt Shaffer

Fairways are a big topic,and we've saved them as the final feature in our series. In this 90-minute webcast, Matt Shaffer, director of golf course operations at Merion Golf Club, explains that fairway management at Merion is a little different than the norm. It all starts with playability and the critical importance of drainage. Lots of sand topdressing and no core aerification has been done on the fairways -- in eight years. Shaffer explains how this has worked to perfection. Also included is a discussion of fairway rolling and observations about disease control and thatch management, water and fertility programs which have all been developed to reduce pesticide inputs and maximize playability.

Original presentation date: Nov. 7, 2013

About the instructor

Matt ShafferMatt Shaffer is the director of golf course operations at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. He has been a GCSAA member since 1980 and is also a member of the Philadelphia Association of GCS. Shaffer is a past president of the Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council and hosted the 2005 U.S. Amateur Championship, the 2009 Walker Cup Match and the 2013 U.S. Open Championship.


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Nonmember price: $60
Chapter price: $100
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