Tru Turf

This artist rendering shows what MacKenzie Putting Course at Haggin Oaks would look like at night. Provide by Tru Turf, thecompany that designed and is constructing the course.

Making the Rounds: Haggin Oaks looks to launch nine-hole putting course in April

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 - 10:51 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 - 11:37 pm

Will the new MacKenzie Putting Course at Haggin Oaks be more like The Himalayas, the famous putting course at St. Andrews in Scotland, or Green Acres in Carmichael, long gone but once the gold standard for area miniature golf?

“Probably somewhere in between,” said Ken Morton Jr., a vice president for Morton Golf, the company that runs the Sacramento city-owned facility.

The nine-hole course will have an artificial surface. It also will have out-of-bounds stakes, bunkers and water hazards marked with red and yellow stakes. Play from the hazards or take a penalty drop, as in real golf.

“If you are an active golfer, it’s something that you will enjoy playing,” Morton said. “For our First Tee kids, it will be a great opportunity to talk about golf rules and how they apply.”

The course will be between Haggin Oaks’ retail shop and driving range. Construction began Monday with the goal to be finished by Haggin’s annual golf expo April 25-27. Tru Turf, a Fresno-based company that specializes in synthetic turf, designed and is building the course.

The cost to play hasn’t been finalized, Morton said, “but $10 to hit a bucket of balls and putt, we’re thinking that’s what the sweet spot will be around.”

Sutherland’s Pebble streak appears over

Unless a flu bug – or something like it – hits the Monterey Peninsula today, Kevin Sutherland’s streak of playing in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am will end at 19 years.

The Sacramentan, without fully exempt status on the PGA Tour for the first time in 18 years, was fifth on the alternates’ list Tuesday. He requested a sponsor’s exemption but did not receive one.

Sutherland, who finished second to Phil Mickelson in 2007, is fine with all that.

“I had my fun,” he said.

Sutherland turns 50 on July 4, after which he said he will play full time on the Champions Tour. He will be exempt there because of career earnings (he’s 73rd all-time).

If he doesn’t get into any PGA Tour events before then, he said he might play in a few Web.com Tour events starting in May.

Welch on comeback trail

Kim Welch next week will return to the LPGA Tour for the first time since June. The Roseville resident has been away since tearing an oblique muscle.

Her start in the Australian Open will be the first of four tournaments as part of a medical extension during which she needs to earn roughly $70,000 to retain her LPGA Tour status.

Welch earned $2,746 in 10 LPGA Tour events in 2013.

In tuning up for her return to competition, Welch has had success on minitours. She won twice on the Grasshopper Tour late last year and finished second last week on the Cactus Tour in Arizona.

Cathrea a Cowgirl no more

Since committing to play college golf at Oklahoma State in 2011, Casie Cathrea was a walking billboard for the school. The Livermore resident, one of the most highly rated junior players in the nation, regularly competed in Sacramento events decked out in Cowgirls orange and black.

Cathrea started her freshman year in the fall. Her stay at the school lasted four months. According to Golfweek, Cathrea, 18, won’t return to the school this spring and “hopes to experience greater growth in her game outside of the Cowgirls team.”


Call The Bee’s Steve Pajak, (916) 326-5526.

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