CHASKA, MN – Oh, the characters, the outfits you’ll see at the Ryder Cup are some of the best of any sporting event in the world.
Europe supporters are out and about but stars and stripes dominate the fairways and greens both outside and inside the ropes.
The U.S. Comes arrived with a vengeance, sweeping the morning foursomes. The first sweep in a Ryder Cup session since 1989.
Now, unfortunately, Pete Grass and I didn’t see any of it.
Such is the life of a superintendent lived behind the scenes. But as the Hilands groundskeeper comes to the end of his year as the President of the Golf Course Superintendents Associations of America, he can’t help but think about all the events he’s gotten to see, making it one special year.
“Cliche, but never in my wildest dreams did I think that myself, from a nine-hole facility in Billings, Montana, would be able to serve the world of golf,” said Grass while standing on the plush grass of Hazeltine National Golf Club.
“To be here is a ‘pinch-myself-moment’ sometimes. Truly we’re making a difference for the industry and the game of golf. This is the culmination of really giving back the thanks or the payback of being able to serve.”
Sunday we’ll go behind the scenes with Grass and show you what you don’t normally see on TV during one of golf’s most iconic tournaments. And we’ll hear from former Ryder Cup superintendents as they tell us why it’s unrivaled among sports around the world.
In the meantime, I’m going to try to go watch a little golf with the rest of Arnie’s Army. Hundreds of supporters are decorated with buttons honoring the late Arnold Palmer, who played in 11 Ryder Cups in his legendary career.