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Mondays with Matt: Talking Thatch

In this video, world-renowned golf course superintendent and turf expert Matt Shaffer shares a story with Brian Bonlender, superintendent of West Bend Country Club in Wisconsin, as he takes a tour of the course.

He regales Brian with a story about his time as the superintendent of the famous Merion Golf Club. When the course leadership brought him on, he identified a big thatch problem in their fairways. He then explained that it’s not about how we got here, it’s about how we make it better. The answer: extensive aeration. Watch the video, and you’ll also see why Matt always has a knife with him.