#ThankASuper Day: Rosebud reborn – PGA of Australia

At the time, members and golf enthusiasts felt that the Mornington Peninsula club in Victoria was lost in the crowd.

Melbourne’s sandbelt – just an hour’s drive away – and links-style neighbors Rosebud were stealing the show and changes were needed to bring more golfers through the doors.

Enter Todd.

After 22 years at Victoria Golf Club (where this year’s ISPS HANDA Australian Open will be played), 11 years at Woodlands Golf Club and an apprenticeship at Commonwealth Golf Club, the Sandbelt specialist has seen clay that he could carve into a masterpiece.

“I think Rosebud has always been a great property, but only now can you really see it,” Todd said of the 36-hole layout.

“We raised the tree canopy a lot so you can actually see from fairway to fairway. When I got here everything was blocked off and you couldn’t see the undulations of the north course. We had done quite a few things like this in Vic, cleaning up trash and raising canopies on trees to let in light and air.

“Apart from that, when I came here we increased the fine turf areas. So expanding the areas around the greens and connecting to the tees for that Sandbelt type look which I think was a real winner.

Todd’s work was inspired by ‘eye-opening’ study trips to the UK, US and Europe while in Victoria and he is not alone in believing that implementing these lessons was a success.

The golf community stood up and took notice as the annual TPS Victoria event on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia called Rosebud home, while last month the club hosted the first DP Qualifying School World Tour organized outside of Europe.

The Rosebud Country Club course management team at this year’s TPS Victoria.

“We were lucky for a club like Rosebud to have the first Q School outside of Europe. It was a big feather in the club’s cap,” Todd said.

“The course was not at its best for Q School at the end of August because it was the end of winter. This particular winter has been long and there has been a lot of rain. TPS in January is ideal, in the middle of summer your course should be at its best at this time of year, so it’s both ends of the spectrum.

“The greens worked really well at school Q so we were happy with that. The fairways weren’t pretty but the surface was still there. It was basically that the color was gone and that’s unfortunate but for going forward for the club, we just had to do it.

Rosebud’s exposure in the professional arena has contributed to an increase in golfers coming through the door.

TPS Victoria aired on Fox Sports with viewers and attendees very impressed with the composite course used for the event.

“I think you can probably link it to membership applications and inquiries and we’ve been talking to them all year,” Todd said.

“I guess a few of the new members saw it on TV and thought ‘that looks pretty good.’ golf industry.

“The first year we only had the north course and then we got together and said ‘can we pinch the south course a bit and do a composite course?’ It kept everyone closer from the clubhouse grounds and the two holes we took from the south worked this loop.

“He was well received. The feedback we get from the players is that they really like coming to play here, which is also a bonus for the club. We are attached to the event. It’s a great concept and we want to see the tournament grow.

The great opportunities ahead mean that Todd and the Rosebud team are constantly looking ahead, but conversations with longtime members often prompt him to reflect on what they’ve achieved so far. here.

“I get a kick from the members who keep coming up and saying thank you for what you do,” Todd said.

“Thank a Golf Course Superintendent Day” 2022 will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 13 and the international community asks clubs, members and guests to celebrate the day and thank their turf management teams with support on social media using #ThanksASuper. On International Superintendent Appreciation Day 2021, social media posts reached more than nine million followers worldwide.

Michael C. Ford