Golf Course News

‘Oh, say can you seed’

‘Oh, say can you seed’

Overbeck, Andrew

JAMUL, Calif. – In the weeks since Sept. 11, Americans have been so fervently patriotic that there is a nationwide shortage of flags. Steele Canyon Golf Club, located just outside of San Diego, solved the problem by mowing a pattern of Old Glory into the third hole at its Ranch Course.

Crew member, Arnulfo Sanchez Olvera, came up with the idea, said superintendent Phil Fitzgerald. Olvera picked the third hole at the Ranch Course because the fairway sits 300 feet below the tees, giving golfers an ideal view of the flag. It took him two hours to cut the pattern into the turf using a fairway mower for the stripes and a triplex tee mower for the stars.

Fitzgerald plans to keep the flag mowed into the fairway as long as it looks good.

“We just overseeded with ryegrass so it striped up really well,” he said. “I don’t know if it will look as good with the Bermudagrass.”

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