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Doral putting surfaces called greens for a reason

Posted on: March 8, 2012 3:10 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2012 4:21 pm
 
Sergio Garcia lines up a putt on Thursday. The grounds crew at the Doral Golf Resort painted the greens to make them look better on TV. (Getty)
By Steve Elling 

DORAL, Fla. -- As the day began, the thrust of the conversation centered on how much green new owner Donald Trump would be spreading around Doral to spruce it up and make it look better.

Turns out, that general notion was discussed the night before, too.

In an attempt to make the resort's splotchy putting surfaces look better on television in the first round of the Cadillac Championship, the maintenance staff threw green paint on several greens, catching players off guard when they showed up for the first round on Thursday and found the course different than what they had seen in practice.

After Hunter Mahan chipped in for a birdie from beside the green on the 14h, he and caddie John Wood noted the difficulty of trying to gauge the various factors involved, like wind, slope, grain of the Bermuda grass, and the paint that partly obscured the latter.

"You can’t really see the grain," Wood said.

Players and caddies judge grain by identifying dark and light patches, which indicate whether the putts roll up- or down-grain. The paint takes away some of that ability to distinguish between the color shades, and also can affect the speed.

As he stood behind the 18th green, Mahan noted several areas where patchwork had been done with strips or plugs of sod, and pointed out areas he suspected had been painted.

A PGA Tour media official confirmed that officials "added some color to all the greens for aesthetic reasons."

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Category: Golf
Tags: doral, greens, paint
 
Comments

Since: Feb 16, 2011
Posted on: March 10, 2012 10:05 am
 

Doral putting surfaces called greens for a reason

I've played the golf course about 25 times. Outside of the 3 weeks before the tournament when the course is closed, the course, and the whole facility itself is so, so poorly maintained. The greens there and at all of the other courses at the resort are garbage. I vowed last year that I would never go back......now that Trump's name will be on it, that's confirmed



Since: Mar 10, 2012
Posted on: March 10, 2012 12:05 am
 

Doral putting surfaces called greens for a reason

Who would use artifical turf!? Have you ever played golf? Or hit balls at some shitty range? Balls bounce of turf like its concrete...This is PGA tour golf, its def not perfect i agree, but its the best option after only a few days after gas was thrown on the green. The only way it should be a problem is if the PGA decides to put a pin anywhere near the vandalism.



Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2012 7:27 am
 

Doral putting surfaces called greens for a reason

Typical Trump move...image over substance.   If I was the WGC I would pull future tournaments from the site. Having worked at that event for television I can tell you that course never looked good in person.



Since: Sep 9, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 8:38 pm
 

Doral putting surfaces called greens for a reason

Lanny....one shouldn't joke about these things.   Next year at The Chevron there will be  the Nike 'tick' and the TW logo  burnt onto the 18th green.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 8:18 pm
 

Doral putting surfaces called greens for a reason

If the PGA Championship is ever played in Boise, I suppose we'll have to look at blue grass.

Hey, maybe today was a test.  Tomorrow we'll see "Cadillac" or "Tostitos" painted in the center of the 18th green.



Since: Sep 9, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 7:02 pm
 

Doral putting surfaces called greens for a reason

We need to know if it was a matt or a gloss?



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 6:57 pm
 

Doral putting surfaces called greens for a reason

Holy cow.  Is there anyone who doesn't think this is nuts?



Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 6:39 pm
 

Doral putting surfaces called greens for a reason

Paint on the greens????? PGAS answer to the bellyputter lol



Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 5:12 pm
 

Doral putting surfaces called greens for a reason

    Who in the hell would throw paint on a green?  If they are so worried about the appearance, why not use artificial turf for the greens?  I couldn't care less about aesthetics like this and it sounds like this is actually hindering the players.  This is nothing but pure silliness but hey, it looks great on TV! (eye roll here)


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