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Matthew Wharton, Carolina Golf Club, Charlotte, North Carolina

John Reitman

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While many golf courses are marketed as a place to spend a weekend, the Carolina Golf Club near downtown Charlotte is a little different.

 
Regrading the event lawn at the Carolina Golf Club."We're not the club where you live. We're the club where you work. You can see the tops of the buildings downtown from here," said superintendent Matthew Wharton. "On weekdays, we're very busy for lunch with the business crowd."
 
So when it was time to rejuvinate an event lawn area near the clubhouse, it was a task Wharton and his crew took seriously.
 
The job entailed flattening, enlarging and resodding an area that members use quite often. The project, which was completed around Easter, was prompted by drainage issues but the end result was not only area that drained better, but was more functional for the club's members, as well.
 
"It's right off the dining room patio, and when the weather is nice the members come out here for lunch," he said. "It used to be a two-tiered, kidney-shaped putting green. Then we built a new practice green on another part of the property, and this was sodded over and the patio was built here in 2012. The elevation was not where it should be. We regraded and reshaped it and created a larger user-friendly space. It's a lot flatter than it used to be."


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