Vol 24 October 2014

Mac Everett
General Chairman

Kym Hougham
Executive Director

Jan Ivey
Director of Marketing and Partner Relations

Tony Schuster
Director of Operations

Gwen Crow
Tournament Coordinator

Paula Burnett
Volunteer Coordinator

Christine Lockett
Tournament Project Manager

James Stevens
Tournament Assistant

Kymís Corner

Behind the scenes with Executive Director, Kym Hougham

A few hours after we crowned Derek Ernst our 11th champion at this yearís Wells Fargo Championship, Quail Hollow Club began to make numerous changes to the golf course and other structural areas.

All of the greens were changed to MiniVerde Bermudagrass which is a strain of grass many experts are finding is more suitable for this part of the Southeast. In doing this, the contours of many of the greens were modified in order to support and provide good balance with the new turf.

The most visible change you will see is the complete re-design of the 16th hole. The fairway has been moved to the left and closer to the lake and the green has been extended to the edge of the water downhill of the landing area and to the left. The green is now adjacent to the 14th green on the other side of the lake.

Meanwhile, the 17th teeing ground has been moved to the right and is on the exact location where the 16th green used to be. This will allow for a more straightforward shot into the green. The 16th hole now measures 510 yards and the 17th will play over 210 yards.

On the par-three, 13th, the green has also been relocated approximately 40 yards to the left of the former location and was totally restructured.

The short par-four 8th hole has been re-designed, too, but not drastically. There is ten more feet of elevation in the fairway and two more bunkers were added to the left of the fairway. The green was also restructured to provide more reasonable landing areas and an improved putting surface

When you make your annual visit to Quail Hollow Club, you will also see some other aesthetic changes as new trees have been planted, many have been pruned and some relocated. Also there are larger paved pathways to help fans travel on the property.

As the club readies for our 2014 tournament and beyond, I just wanted to keep you updated. This process took much of the summer and the members were able to enjoy their course again in early September. Some of the work is still in progress. But the majority of changes will make for a better tournament in May.

Finally, I would like to thank all of the volunteers and fans who continued to show support and enthusiasm during this yearís tournament despite the weather-related challenges we all had to experience. The rain and cool temperatures did not stop in our area the minute our tournament ended. In fact, over 24 tournaments on this yearís PGA TOUR schedule had weather issues.