Dressing for success: Preparing the Warren Golf Course for the 2019 U.S. Senior Open

Author: Pete Byrne, WSBT 22 Sports Director

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NOTRE DAME — The maintenance staff at the Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame is in the midst of a labor-intensive project designed to improve the course for play at next summer's U.S. Senior Open and beyond.

Earlier this week, 180 tons of sand was spread across the course in a process known as topdressing. Monday's application was the 12th by course superintendent Matt Cielen and his crew over the past year. In one day, a five-man crew applied the sand, blended it into the fairway utilizing a series of techniques and heavy machinery.

The arduous process is executed specifically with the intent of improving the condition of the golf course.

"By incorporating sand, you're creating more stability." said Cielen, "You'll have the same exact consistency from one hole to the next, whereas before we didn't have that."

Cielen's goal for this process is to create a difficult yet playable course that can truly indicate who deserves to be crowned the National Champion.

"You want to produce conditions that get you the best possible championship you can and have a very good and deserving winner."