Hole of the Month: Hole No. 18 // Maketewah Country Club

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Hole No. 18
Maketewah Country Club

Cincinnati, Ohio
170 yards, par 3

Tees: 007 bentgrass
Greens: Poa Annua with bentgrass
Rough: tall fescue

Maketewah Country Club is a short drive from downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Built in 1910, Tom Bendelow originally designed the course, and then in 1929 it was given an update by Donald Ross. It’s hard to compete with architectural minds like that, and the course has pretty much stayed the same for more than 100 years.

According to Superintendent Ted White, the course’s finishing hole stands out among the rest, and goes as far as calling it “incredible.” Four bunkers surround the par 3’s green. The front right hazard was recently added during a course-wide bunker renovation, and provides an extra challenge for golfers.

“We normally put the pin in the back right so that really protects that hole now if you come up short,” says White. “Previously, if you came up short there was no penalty and you just came up short in the rough.”

After nine seasons at Maketewah, White says that he has dialed in his spray program, and relies on Syngenta’s fungicides Daconil Action and Secure to keep his turf healthy, even when turf stress is high.

“I’m applying those products on my fairways and greens pretty much every two weeks,” says White. “I’m able to push things farther and do more practices like double cutting and rolling. It’s helped and I’m able to push the greens.”

There have been two renovations during White’s tenure, and the club has plans to complete one more phase in the near future. During those renovations, White says that the plant growth regulators Primo and Trimmit really helped him keep his course in peak condition when he had to focus on construction.

“I’ve been using Primo and Trimmit in combination on my greens and fairways, and they definitely help with the stress,” says White. “That combination gave me more flexibility to take care of odds and ends on the back end of the construction process.”

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