February 2017: Valhalla Implements the Third Phase of TDA Drainage Plan

Posted on February 6, 2017Categories CUSTOMER PROFILE, PROJECTSTags ,


Roger Meier, Golf Course Superintendent at Valhalla Golf Club, is a busy man. Since arriving at Valhalla in 20110, he has overseen the reconstruction of all of the greens, practice range, renovation of all primary rough areas; along with adding/renovating all of the bunkers, and the installation of a state of the art irrigation system. He has hosted 2 major championships (Senior PGA Championship in 20111 and the 2014 PGA Championship). In his spare time, he serves as President of the Kentuckiana Golf Course Superintendents Association and the Board for the Kentucky Turfgrass Council.

In addition to all of this, he is making steady progress towards implementing the TDA drainage plan that was done for Valhalla in 2011. …

February 2017: Berkeley Hall Club, Bluffton, SC

Posted on February 4, 2017February 6, 2017Categories CUSTOMER PROFILE, PRODUCT, PROJECTSTags , , , , ,


Berkeley Hall Club in Bluffton, S.C. is an incredible facility. The two Fazio courses are demanding enough to host the best amateurs in the country each year at “The Players Amateur,” but enjoyable enough that the national membership makes plays year round. The course is maintained to the highest standards, and the “Berkeley Hall Experience” comes with the expectation of facilities and service at the highest level.

A wet winter in 2016 was keeping Chris Young, CGCS and “Director of Golf Maintenance,” from providing the product that he knew was expected from the membership. He contacted Pat O’Brien, regional agronomist with the USGA, and Pat suggested that he contact TDA. Dennis Hurley and Mickey McCord prepared a plan in …

1st Qtr 2015 – Current Projects

Posted on February 11, 2015January 24, 2021Categories CUSTOMER PROFILE, PROJECTSTags , , , , , ,


Bluejack National Golf Club

Montgomery, TX

Eric Bauer Oversees Construction of New Tiger Woods Course in Montgomery, Texas

Eric Bauer is the energy behind the golf course construction at Bluejack National – the first Tiger Woodsdesigned course to open in the nation. Bluejack National is built on a spectacular undulating property in Montgomery, Texas, north of Houston. Medalist Golf is the contractor, and in addition to the Tiger Woods Design team, Beau Welling and Shane Robichaud are designing the course. The golf course will have one cut of turf featuring firm and fast playing conditions. Everyone was in agreement that with the heavy rainfalls that occur in the Gulf Coast area, drainage was a major priority. Eric

Fall 2012: Where are the drain lines?

Posted on August 17, 2012February 14, 2022Categories CUSTOMER PROFILE, PROJECTSTags , , , ,

Where are the drain lines? One of the biggest challenges of any drainage project is making it look as if the project never took place. Nobody likes to see droughty drain lines for years after the completion of a project, especially not Brian Schwiehofer at Franklin Hills C.C.  in Franklin, MI (just outside of Detroit).

Anyone that has ever visited Brian’s course would vouch for his attention to detail, and 50,000 feet of visible drain lines would not have been acceptable in Brian’s world.  Any project can suffer from some wilted lines during prolonged dry stretches, particularly in the first couple of years after the completion of the project. Here at Turf Drainage Co. of America, we have witnessed millions

Fall 2012: Valhalla Reopens September 1, 2012

Posted on August 17, 2012January 24, 2021Categories CUSTOMER PROFILE, PROJECTSTags , , , , , , , ,

Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, site of the U.S. victory in the 2008 Ryder Cup, will reopen on September 1, 2011 after major renovations. Nicklaus Design was brought in to oversee design changes to the layout that was originally opened in 1986. In addition to reconstructing all of the greens, the renovation included the practice range and a new state-of-the-art HDPE irrigation system (designed by Tony Altum; installed by Leibold Irrigation).

A master drainage plan that was designed by Turf Drainage Co. of America was designed with the objective of having the fairways perform at a level comparable to sand capping the golf course. The TDA system, however, did not require the movement of any dirt or a grow-in after

Fall 2011 – Franklin Hills, Franklin, MI, starts Phase 1

Posted on September 26, 2011February 14, 2022Categories CUSTOMER PROFILE, PROJECTS, TECHNICALTags , , , , ,

Franklin Hills Country Club and the term immaculate condition are synonymous. But, for Brian Schweihofer,the one aspect of the course that he was not pleased with was drainage.

Prolonged wet stretches, such as what the Midwest expereienced in 2011, meant missing mowing opportunities that kept Brian from having the course in tournament condition every day. Brian and Dennis Hurley, President of TDA, spent three days walking the course in order to provide the club with a detailed plan of what was needed to gain control over the course during wet periods. The membership approved the plan by a wide margin in July, and will start the first phase of construction in September of this year.

Siphon Systems, Inc, a certified

Non-Breathable Greens Covers Offer Best Choice In Certain Areas

Posted on July 9, 2010January 24, 2021Categories CUSTOMER PROFILE, PRODUCT

Non-Breathable Greens Covers Offer Best Choice In Certain Areas

Oak Hills CC in San Antonio has hosted 24 PGA Tour events. It currently is home to the SBC Championship, a premier Champion’s Tour event.

Craig Felton, CGCS, golf course superintendent at Oak Hills since 2004, has 20 years of experience using greens’ covers to protect Bermuda grass greens in the south. Craig has always turned to TDA to manufacture his covers because of the wide variety of choices that they offer. Craig first worked with TDA when he was an assistant at River Oaks CC in Houston, TX. “After the freeze of ’89, we purchased plastic non breathable covers from TDA,” Craig explains. “In this part of the country, I

Palm Beach CC installs new Turf Drain Siphon System during Renovation

Posted on July 9, 2010January 24, 2021Categories CUSTOMER PROFILE, PROJECTS


Matt Tacilauskas, the new superintendent at Palm Beach C.C., picked up where Paul Crawford left off. Paul Crawford, who retired after almost 30 years at Palm Beach C.C., had installed some of the first siphons in the country with TDA in 1997.

The Turf Drain Siphon System is the first system that allows you to install drainage without grading the pipe. Siphons are ideal for coastal properties such as Palm Beach C.C., which sits on some of the most exclusive seaside property in the country.

Matt, who originally hails from Australia, is looking forward to a long tenure at the club. Matt was familiar with the Turf Drain Siphon System from his days on the Carolina coast. He also knew

The Farm Golf Club, Rocky Face, GA

Posted on January 24, 2010January 24, 2021Categories CUSTOMER PROFILE, PROJECTS

East Coast Project: The Farm Golf Club

The Farm Golf Club in Rocky Face, GA sits on one of the most spectacular properties anywhere. The Farm was designed by Tom Fazio in 1988, and hosted the US Senior Amateur in 2005. Trey Cutshall worked with Dennis Hurley from TDA on a Master Drainage Plan that details every area that affects playability or maintenance. Once the planning was completed, the club quickly began the construction phase which will last approximately 6 months. The weather has been tough during the first month, dumping over 6 inches of rain and 3″ of snow on the contractor, Siphon Systems, Inc.

If there is any contractor in the country that can handle these conditions, it

North Ridge Country Club – Greens Drainage Installation

Posted on January 9, 2010February 14, 2022Categories CUSTOMER PROFILE, PROJECTS

Drainage spaced across the slopeWhen certified golf course superintendent Larry Johnson was fighting soft and soggy conditions on two of his cool season greens in Sacramento, California, he chose Turf Drainage Co. of America to solve his problem. Larry was familiar with TDA through the extensive work previously performed in his fairways, so he felt confident with proceeding to drain his two worst greens.

The installation contractor, Turf Drainage Co. of the West, mobilized a crew out of the Bay Area, and completed the installation on both of the greens in less than one week. Following the standards and methods TDA has established for greens’ installations, the turf was playable the day after the work was completed.

Sod is marked for exact positioning upon replacement.

Prior to commencing any excavation, each