Windsor Highlands' Schaupeter Architecture Name On The Rise

By David R. Holland, Senior Writer

Vaquero Golf CourseDENVER, CO -- It's a name on the rise. You might not have heard much about Arthur Schaupeter, who designed Windsor Highlands, a new public course under construction. But you have heard of some of his Colorado work and perhaps some of his Texas projects.

Schaupeter was Keith Foster's associate for nine years including lead architect for Buffalo Run and Haymaker. He did the same on the award-winning Texas Star in Euless, TX, and The Bandit in New Braunfels, TX. Others making his portfolio sparkle are D'Andrea Ranch in Reno, NV, and Coral Canyon in Utah.

Schaupeter, 36, from St. Louis, just opened a brand-new course in San Antonio called The Republic. He also designed The Buckhorn, north of San Antonio, which opened in 2000. Schaupeter started his own firm in 1998, but continued to work with Foster on a few select projects.

Brant Jobe Now a Vaquero

Colorado likes to claim Brant Jobe as a Coloradan, but officially he's now a Texas Cowboy. Jobe is a new member and resident at one of Texas' newest upscale private clubs just north of Dallas-Fort Worth.

Jobe is not the only PGA tour player that has taken Vaquero as home -- Brian Watts is a member here along with Japan Tour player Todd Hamilton and honorary member Byron Nelson, whose long-time residence, Fairway Ranch, is just minutes away from Vaquero. Texas pros Justin Leonard and Harrison Frazar have also joined the club.

Vaquero, Spanish for cowboy, is right next door to former Pittsburgh Steelers QB Terry Bradshaw's working cattle ranch. Read about this new club and its premier service at Vaquero Golf Club.

Antler Creek Golf Club

Rick Phelps says Antler Creek Golf Club will be the new name of his 8,000-yard course which could open in September 2003 near Falcon.

"That's an optimistic date," Phelps said. "Realistically, I would say June of 2004. The drought and some permit issues will keep us from planting any grass this year, so if we have an exceptional spring which allows us to plant early and quickly, they may be able to open in September. However, experience tells me that chances of that happening are less than 10 percent."

Phelps Design, which also includes Colorado Hall of Fame architect Dick Phelps, Rick's dad, will be opening Harbor Lakes Golf Club on Lake Granbury near Fort Worth this fall.

Also on the Phelps' design table are possible 18-hole courses in Cheyenne, WY, and Billings, MT. "Both projects are on relatively slow schedules with construction not slated to begin until at least one year from now," Rick said.

Fall Season Dirty Word: Aerification

Do you dread it when word gets out that your club is about to aerify?

Well, Red Sky Golf Club's Mike Valiant, Director of Golf Maintenance, has some thoughts for you: "PGA Tour legend Tom Watson shot a sizzling record 58 at his then home course, Kansas City Country Club, just days after the greens had been aerified."

Valiant says think of aerification as a short-term disruption that has long-term benefits for the course. "Remember that without those pesky little holes, the greens would eventually die."

"Like so many things, the quality of a good putting green is more than skin deep. In fact, the condition of a green has a lot to do with what goes on below the surface. In order to keep the grass growing at less than 1/10th of an inch, you have to have deep, healthy roots. Good roots demand oxygen. In good soil, oxygen comes from tiny air pockets trapped between sand particles. Over time, the traffic from golfers' feet (as well as mowing and topdressing equipment) tends to compact the soil under the putting green. When soil becomes compacted, the air pockets on which the roots depend are crushed, and the roots are essentially left gasping for air. Without oxygen, the grass plants will wither and die.

Red Sky Golf Club"Aerification is a mechanical process that creates more air space in the soil and promotes deeper rooting, thus helping the grass plants stay healthy. In most cases, it's done by removing 1/2-inch cores (those plugs you sometimes see near a green or in fairways). The spaces are then filled with sand ("topdressing") that helps the soil retain air space making it easier for roots to grow downward." Valiant said.

Red Sky uses other aerification techniques -- verticutting, which is carried out every two weeks. "This slices the grass canopy vertically," Valiant said. "This opens air gaps close to the surface of the green. Sand topdressing is then incorporated into these slices to smooth the greens.."

So think about the above the next time you complain about aerification.

Many think the greens at Red Sky Golf Club's new Fazio Course define it. This stunning beauty just above Walcott in the Vail Valley is a resort private course which is very playable tee to green, but three putts are the rule for the first-time average player. Check out www.redskyranch.com for more information. The course is open for public play for those staying at Vail Resorts hotels. Members have first choice for tee times.

RockiesGolf.com's review of Red Sky Golf Club will be published next spring.

Chip Shots

Dave Alvarez held on to win the Senior Section Championship by two strokes over three other senior professionals in September. Alvarez will lead a team of five qualifiers to the National PGA Senior Club Professional Championship to be held in Fort Lucie, FL, in late October.

David R. HollandDavid R. Holland, Senior Writer

David R. Holland is an award-winning former sportswriter for The Dallas Morning News, football magazine publisher, and author of The Colorado Golf Bible. Before launching a career as a travel/golf writer, he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force reserve, serving during the Vietnam and Desert Storm eras. Follow Dave on Twitter at @David_R_Holland.


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