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Mechanic and Greenkeeper Jon Rybicki


Mechanic and Greenkeeper Rick Pieper out on the course


Chris left to take the superintendent position at Carmel Valley Ranch Golf Club in Carmel Valley. When Troon Golf took over management of Carmel Valley, he was promoted to Troon’s senior agronomist for the West Coast. A year later, Spyglass Hill, a course he’s always loved, called. Three years into his tenure as superintendent at Spyglass, the position at Pebble Beach opened up, and Chris has never looked back.


And how could he? With so much high- end play, there’s no time to look back. “From August 2018, we’re going to have


two USGA events all the way to June of 2019,” Dalhamer says. “And then two PGA (Tour) events, plus another tournament ... we’re always in tournament mode. That’s a solid 10 months of tournament mode building, breaking down, getting prepped.”


Tools and talent


Thankfully, Pebble Beach has the tools - and the talent - to handle such a workload. Jon Rybicki has worked as the mechanic


at Pebble Beach for the last five years. He has experience both as a mechanic and as an assistant superintendent, but what was


new to him was the fury with which the Pebble Beach crew attacks a task. “It’s just a different culture, it’s a machine,” he says. “When we go out to do something, we put all our effort into it and get it done quick, and a lot of golf courses aren’t like that - you take your time. That’s the biggest difference between a normal crew and this crew.” Pebble Beach operates Jacobsen’s Eclipse II walking greensmowers, Jacobsen 550 fairway mowers and Jacobsen AR5 rotary mowers. Whilst the course will play very similar to the 2010 U.S. Open, one


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