New Dothan Country Club superintendent trying to make course tougher for players

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — For this year’s Press Thornton Future Master’s the Dothan Country Club has a new golf course superintendent.

Steven Smith took over his new job on May 17, giving him only five weeks to get the course ready for one of the top junior golf tournaments in the country.

“It’s a challenge for us because we’re trying to keep the greens healthy while keeping them firm and fast, Steven Smith said. “We can’t grow any rough right now because we haven’t gotten any rain, as much as we irrigate the rough really isn’t really growing so it’s playing easier for the guys because the fairways are rolling out long way.”

Because the rough is not really tough for the players this year, Smith said they are trying to speed up the greens and get tricky with pin placements in order to make the course tougher to play.

“The younger kids that were playing earlier this week, they were a little easier pin placements,” Smith said. “As we get to moving on with these bigger guys through the week, these guys will eat this golf curse up if we don’t make it tough on them, so we’re getting pretty aggressive with some of the pin placements and green speed, trying to make them work for it a little bit.”

Smith said he’s heard good feedback about the course but believes that the course will be in better shape next year.

“I keep waiting for some negative feedback, I haven’t heard it yet, I think everybody’s trying to be nice to me because I’m new,” Smith said. “I just keep telling everybody next year is going to be even better, this is going to be my toughest year here, the golf course is going to get better, and I’m looking forward to it.”

Smith said his favorite part about this job is being able to work outside with his staff and see the course come together for this tournament.

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