Dunwoodie Virtually Unplayable Due to Turf Disease

 

Dunwoodie Golf Course has a disease.

There’s no punch line here.  The Yonkers, New York track says its greens are suffering from “Pythium Root Blight” and “Wet Wilt,” due to “the recent heavy rains and high temperatures.”  Believe it or not, that looks worse than it sounds.

The greens are in awful shape:

 

 

And so are the fairways (yes, this is a fairway):

 

 

I hate to kick as man – in this case, a course – when he’s down…but I’ve never seen such horrendous conditions on a golf course.  You can’t find a clean lie in the fairway, and you can’t putt without your ball heading in about 12 different directions.

Dunwoodie would never previously have been confused with Augusta National, but after today, I  had to lower its already poor ranking to a 2.4/10 (ouch).

Frankly, this course should be shut down until these turf diseases are cured.  The fact that tee-times and money are being accepted is a joke.  A couple of small fliers in the hallway of the pro shop explaining the awful conditions are the only warning golfers receive (they should be given a heads-up on the Westchester County golf reservation hotline/website).

Again, I feel bad that Dunwoodie’s grass is suffering, but you shouldn’t have to:  I wouldn’t play this course until conditions are resolved (which, based on what I saw today, could be a long, long time).

 

 

 

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8 Responses to “Dunwoodie Virtually Unplayable Due to Turf Disease”

  1. […] A recent round at Dunwoodie found the greens and fairways in horrendous shape and the course borderl… Dunwoodie’s explanation was that the turf has fallen victim to numerous root diseases as a result of the “heavy rains and high temperatures.”  As bad as I feel for the grass and roots, the atrocious conditions are a fact.  Even without the root afflictions, the fairways at Dunwoodie have always been spotty and uneven, the greens poorly manicured and rough.  The staff can be terse and even aggressively unfriendly (one ranger in particular seems to delight in pushing golfers’ buttons). The play all around you is so bad, you can forget how to swing a club properly.  Now I’m the last person to judge others’ swings: we all stink sometimes -often more than sometimes.  But I do believe that a swing is formed by mental imprints and pictures in your brain.  And Dunwoodie is constantly holding a national convention for hackers with poor etiquette.  You’ll likely play worse by simply being in this atmosphere. […]

  2. […] A recent round at Dunwoodie found the greens and fairways in horrendous shape and the course borderl… Dunwoodie’s explanation was that the turf has fallen victim to numerous root diseases as a result of the “heavy rains and high temperatures.”  As bad as I feel for the grass and roots, the atrocious conditions are a fact.  Even without the root afflictions, the fairways at Dunwoodie have always been spotty and uneven, the greens poorly manicured and rough.  The staff can be terse and even aggressively unfriendly (one ranger in particular seems to delight in pushing golfers’ buttons). The play all around you is so bad, you can forget how to swing a club properly.  Now I’m the last person to judge others’ swings: we all stink sometimes -often more than sometimes.  But I do believe that a swing is formed by mental imprints and pictures in your brain.  And Dunwoodie is constantly holding a national convention for hackers with poor etiquette.  You’ll likely play worse by simply being in this atmosphere. […]

  3. […] sharp contrast to our story earlier this week about poor golf course conditions from elsewhere in the region, Staten Island’s golf courses are doing just fine.  […]

  4. […] sharp contrast to our story earlier this week about poor golf course conditions from elsewhere in the region, Staten Island’s golf courses are doing just fine.  […]

  5. […] A recent round at Dunwoodie found the greens and fairways in horrendous shape and the course borderl… Dunwoodie’s explanation was that the turf has fallen victim to numerous root diseases as a result of the “heavy rains and high temperatures.”  As bad as I feel for the grass and roots, the atrocious conditions are a reality.  Even without the root afflictions, the fairways at Dunwoodie have always been spotty and uneven, the greens poorly manicured and rough.  The staff can be terse and even aggressively unfriendly (one ranger in particular seems to delight in pushing golfers’ buttons). The play all around you is so bad, you can forget how to swing a club properly.  Now I’m the last person to judge others’ swings: we all stink sometimes -often more than sometimes.  But I do believe that a swing is formed by mental imprints and pictures in your brain.  And Dunwoodie is constantly holding a national convention for hackers with poor etiquette.  You’ll likely play worse by simply being in this atmosphere. […]

  6. […] A recent round at Dunwoodie found the greens and fairways in horrendous shape and the course borderl… Dunwoodie’s explanation was that the turf has fallen victim to numerous root diseases as a result of the “heavy rains and high temperatures.”  As bad as I feel for the grass and roots, the atrocious conditions are a reality.  Even without the root afflictions, the fairways at Dunwoodie have always been spotty and uneven, the greens poorly manicured and rough.  The staff can be terse and even aggressively unfriendly (one ranger in particular seems to delight in pushing golfers’ buttons). The play all around you is so bad, you can forget how to swing a club properly.  Now I’m the last person to judge others’ swings: we all stink sometimes -often more than sometimes.  But I do believe that a swing is formed by mental imprints and pictures in your brain.  And Dunwoodie is constantly holding a national convention for hackers with poor etiquette.  You’ll likely play worse by simply being in this atmosphere. […]

  7. […] sharp contrast to our story earlier this week about poor golf course conditions elsewhere in the region, Staten Island’s courses are doing just fine.  That’s […]

  8. […] sharp contrast to our story earlier this week about poor golf course conditions elsewhere in the region, Staten Island’s courses are doing just fine.  That’s […]


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