TRINITY, Texas—After a 25½-hour delay, play has resumed at the seventh playing of The Spirit International. The biennial team best ball championship that features 80 of the best amateurs in the world was shortened to 54 holes because of the excessive rain and delay it caused.
In less than 24 hours between Wednesday and Thursday mornings, Whispering Pines received more than 6½ inches of rain. All the competing countries—20 teams of two men and two men—were back in place at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
Sweden held the early lead at 4-under par through five holes. France and Belgium were tied for second place at 3-under when play was called. Spain and Italy currently sit at 2-under.
While play progresses in the first round, here’s a look at some of the characteristics of the golf course that will help decide which country reigns supreme.
Whispering Pines Golf Club
• Opened: 2000
• Designer: Chet Williams
• Director of Agronomy: Michael Dieckhoff
• Maintenance Size: 43 staffers
• Total Yardage: 7,480 yards (men’s championship tees); 6,310 (women’s championship tees)
• Par 72: 10 par-4s, four par-5s, four par-3s
• Longest Par-5: No. 17, 603 yards
• Longest Par-4: No. 18, 499 yards
• Longest Par-3: No. 16, 233 yards
• Shortest Par-5: No. 12, 551 yards
• Shortest Par-4: No. 14, 392 yards
• Shortest Par-3: No. 15, 178 yards
• Greens: Champion Bermudagrass
• Green Speeds: 12½-13 inches on Stimpmeter
• Average Green Size: 7,000 square feet
• Fairways, Tees, Rough: Bermuda 419
• Average Rough Length: 2½-3 inches
• Bunkers: 78
• Total Bunker Area: Approximately 10 acres
• Largest Bunker: Fairway bunker on No. 2, approximately 1.75 acres
Catch the live webcast at www.thespiritgolf.com