You couldn’t have asked for a better reason to visit the air-conditioned GCSANJ hospitality tent than the 95° days that torched the Baltusrol Golf Club during the 87th PGA Championship on August 8-14. Hospitality Chairman Ken Kubik rolled out the green carpet to ensure the guests of Mark Kuhns, CGCS were comfortable during their visit to Baltusrol.
If you didn’t get a chance to attend the tournament, here is what you missed: three catered meals a day; plenty of liquid refreshments; fresh fruit; snacks; ice cream sundaes; and all-you-could-eat popcorn. Entertainment came in the form of six high definition television screens, two internet access computers, a five-hole chip and putt green, reading supplies and lots of camaraderie. As you left the tent you received a complimentary mint, the commemorative journal, Maintaining Baltusrol, and a bottle of water to keep you hydrated.
More than 100 superintendents from 15 different states enjoyed what the golf media crowned as "the greatest hospitality tent there ever was." Many dignitaries visited the tent, including GCSAA President Tim O’Neill, CGCS; Steve Mona, CAE; Dr. Joe Vargas; Pete Pedrazzi Sr.; and Old Tom Morris recipient Jamie Ortiz-Patiño. "This is fantastic," commented Vargas.
As the tournament progressed, the Baltusrol staff enjoyed its few minutes of down time in the tent with family and friends. Kuhns, Scott Bosetti and Doston Kish took well deserved breaks in between their on course duties and all the distractions that come with hosting a major. Kuhns took time out of his busy schedule to praise all those who helped put the tent together. "This meant a real lot to me. After what happened Monday this place is just incredible," Kuhns said.
For the record, when Kuhns showed up Monday morning the tent vendor was no where close to being done, and he turned to Kubik and asked him to find a way to get it finished. Kubik commandeered all available bodies, golf carts, chairs, tables, etc. and put together what will be used as the benchmark for all future tournament hospitality tents.
”The tent far exceeded my expectations," stated Kubik. "it did what we hoped it would do. It highlighted the role of the golf course superintendent. I was proud with how it came out."
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of New Jersey Foundation will be the recipient of all remaining monies, which is projected to exceed $20,000. A big Thank You goes to all our sponsors.
Submitted by Doug Vogel, golf course superintendent
at Packanack Golf Course, Wayne, N.J. and GCSANJ newsletter
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