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Aug 10, 2017
Keith Wood sat comfortably in the corner of his office and talked about his anticipated vacation to Hilton Head, S.C., following this week’s PGA Championship at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte. The 43-year-old head golf course superintendent was nearing the end of a busy year and looking forward to riding bikes on the beach trails with his wife Amanda. Everything at his golf course was under control.
His cell phone wasn’t ringing. No one was waiting to see him. His biggest concern was the somewhat iffy weather forecast for the next several days. But he was relaxed.
“I won’t play golf or even think about work for a little while,” said Wood. “We’ll just unplug and spend time together. It’s been a crazy year. When this is over, I’ll make sure all the assistants get time away too.”
Wood’s busy year all started with the 2016 Wells Fargo Championship in May, an annual PGA Tour event held at Quail Hollow since 2003. The course closed a day after that event for extensive renovations. Greens were re-grassed with Champion Ultradwarf Bermuda and three new holes were added. In total, the project took 80,000 man hours. And it was all completed in just 89 days.
The ever-organized Wood is even making time this week to promote the dream come true for club president Johnny Harris. In addition to more than two dozen local media interviews scheduled this week, Wood made live appearances on two Golf Channel programs and Sirius XM's PGA Tour Radio Network.
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Golf Channel Live From:
Quail Hollow Club's superintendent talks course setup
Golf Channel Morning Drive:
Challenges of the blend of grasses at Quail Hollow