Silver Sage Golf Course
About the Project:
Mountain Home, Idaho This 18-hole facility located at Mountain Home Air Force Base had old Penncross greens that were small, lacked contour and couldn’t be coaxed to roll faster than 8.5 on the Stimp. Dating to 1953, the greens were prone to dry spots and burnouts in the summer heat having been built push-up style using native high-desert soil, a dusty loam that locals refer to as “moon dust.” Working from a design provided by Texas-based architect Tripp Davis, Golf Creations rebuilt all 18 greens to USGA specifications (meaning they imported the root-zone mix — no moon dust) and the bunkers were all rebuilt with modern drainage capabilities and liners. Says manager/superintendent, Stephen Vedder, “I’m amazed by how fast they came in but also the uniformity and speed of the new surfaces. But the roots are what everyone is amazed by. When we opened the Phase II greens, the roots extended down below cup depth. We had roots in excess of 12 inches when they’re being maintained at 1/10th of an inch.
“The Golf Creations crews did an outstanding job, everyone from the shapers, to Bob Lohmann himself. Bob was out here several times. At the end of Phase I, he went over the best ways to grow-in these new greens, in terms of water usage and fertilizer plans. He went over everything with a fine-tooth comb and told me to call him if we ever needed anything, and a couple times I did. He’s been a great resource.”