Preparing University Ridge for the American Family Championship

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Getting a public golf course ready for 78 of the world's best golfers over the age of 50 takes months of preparation.

"I heard our superintendent quoted saying they fine tune everything," University Ridge General Manager, Mike Gaspard said.

Gaspard says with the 60,000 spectators expected and national television coverage, he wants the course to be in top shape.

"This takes it another step up. Last night they quadruple cut the greens. They take their details to another level with this," Gaspard said.

The course also needs to be up to par with PGA Tour Champions standards.

"The PGA tour has an agronomist come out for the past two weeks, [they] make a few visits over the year to make a few recommendations on where we need to be and from what I understand we're right where we need to be," Gaspard said.

"There is a lot of preparation that goes in to it months ahead to get it to tournament condition," Tournament Director for the PGA Tour Champions, Gene Smith, said.

He says greens need to be specific speeds, fairways have grass length limits and the course needs to follow PGA Tour Champions rules.

"I think a lot of folks don't realize just what tournament conditions really are. We want the golf course firm and fast," Smith said.

Smith said despite recent rain over the last week, the course looks ready for the professionals. The official Champions tournament kicks off on Friday.

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