Beemer on Valhalla conditions: “Hat’s off to the superintendent”

By |  August 5, 2014 0 Comments

I got a couple 1-on-1 player interviews today (i.e. not press conference), I’ll try to post them quickly… I’ve got another event I have to hit here in just a few minutes (ahh, the life of a Golfdom Editor-in-Chief…)

This first one is with Rich Beem, winner of the 2002 PGA Championship at Hazeltine.

Take it away, Beemer:

“(The course) is in fantastic shape. It’s long, obviously. I don’t think the rough is too severe, too penalizing. You still got to find the fairways if you want to play well here.

The greens are good. There’s not too much crazy undulation, just subtle undulations that will drive you batty. Everything is rolling great. They’re a little beat-up just because we had a lot of traffic on a Tuesday morning but I expect them to be perfect on Thursday morning…

The golf course is absolutely perfect. I played here Sunday and I played here today, and it’s absolutely ideal. We’re hitting too many practice shots, I wish we were only allowed to hit one shot, one ball per hole. But the golf course is in immaculate shape. Hat’s off to the superintendent, he’s done a tremendous job and I look forward to playing this week.”


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Seth Jones, a 25-year veteran of the golf industry media, is Editor-in-Chief of Golfdom magazine and Athletic Turf. A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Jones began working for Golf Course Management in 1999 as an intern. In his professional career he has won numerous awards, including a Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) first place general feature writing award for his profile of World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman and a TOCA first place photography award for his work covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In his career, Jones has accumulated an impressive list of interviews, including such names as George H.W. Bush, Samuel L. Jackson, Lance Armstrong and Charles Barkley. Jones has also done in-depth interviews with such golfing luminaries as Norman, Gary Player, Nick Price and Lorena Ochoa, to name only a few. Jones is a member of both the Golf Writers Association of America and the Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association. Jones can be reached at

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