The 19th Hole: Todd Fyffe

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Superintendent // Westmoreland Country Club, Wilmette, Ill.

Todd-FyffeWhat are you drinking?

It’s a Half Acres’ Daisy Cutter — try one! When I was living in Chicago, I had a short walk through an alley to get to the brewery. Now I live on the course, but when I was an assistant, it was right there, so it became my favorite.

I’m coming off the high of attending Game 1 and Game 6 of the World Series in Kansas City. What’s the biggest sporting event you’ve been to?

There are two. I was in attendance at the Ohio State/Michigan game in 2002, a 14-9 OSU win. After that OSU went on to win the national title. I was also able to work during the 2003 ALCS, Red Sox vs. the Yankees at Fenway Park, Game 4 and 5. I was an intern on the grounds crew for the Red Sox that summer. Both of those games were amazing rivalry games.

So you’re a Red Sox Fan. Who else?

Ohio State football and Blackhawks hockey. Ever since I’ve moved to Chicago I’ve tried to be a Bears fan, but I haven’t fully committed yet.

And you’re married, with children?

I’ve been married for six years, and we have two kids — a daughter named Rowan, she’s 3 and loves coming over to the shop to look for Lucy, the shop cat. And our son Henry is 1.

Read any good books lately?

Basically, no. My latest book purchase is, “Plant Microbe Symbiosis: Fundamentals and Advances” (by Naveen Kumar Arora.) It’s definitely a tough book, but it’s got some really good technical information on understanding how microbes communicate with the plant. Unfortunately I don’t have time to read the actual good stuff.

Tell me some advice that has stuck with you.

When I was the interim superintendent, Mr. Paul Latshaw Sr. told me how critical my first season was. He said, ‘If you fall during your first season, you might not have another opportunity at the superintendent position.’ It set me in place. I asked myself if I was really ready for this, and if I wasn’t, I needed to get ready.

Definitely good advice from a turfgrass legend. OK, I like Daisy Cutter but I want to switch it up. Is there a house drink?

Yeah, it’s called Rum Stone Sour. It’s our signature drink, it comes in a pretty cool copper cup. Sometimes people take the cups as souvenirs, so even if you have a couple, make sure your cup stays here and doesn’t end up in your golf bag.

Photo: As interviewed by Seth Jones, November 3rd, 2014.

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About the Author: Seth Jones

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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