We gathered a small group of my junior students today for another golf course design class. This time I was able to be present and I am honored that Mr. Swanson is willing to donate his time to come alongside Beaver Golf in helping junior golfers expand their knowledge about golf.
He did a great job of connecting how knowledge gained from math, science and even history can be applied in the various stages of golf course design. I truly appreciated how the golfers were engaged while he shared the course plans. Mr. Swanson actually used my sign to help the golfers understand how to read contour lines in his designs.
The class lasted about an hour which also included a demonstration of how greens are created. One of my high school players said, "I have been playing golf for almost 6 years now and I will admit I never considered what is going on underneath the greens. It was really eye-opening." Now they have a better understanding of why it is so important to respect the greens by repairing ball marks and never applying pressure to your putter while on the green.
Another highlight for some of the golfers was following the drainage system. Since many of them have encountered standing water in fairways or bunkers at local courses, they were surprised to know that the cause could be improperly installed or poorly maintained drainage systems.
Mr. Swanson also explained that we live in the country that has the most golf courses in the world, we live in the state that has the most golf courses in the U.S. and we live in the county that has the most golf courses in the state. It seems like there is no better place to learn to play golf or to learn about the golf industry. If your golfer would like to be invited to a future class, send me a note.