RENSLOW: ‘Almost perfect’ golf comes to Reno |

RENSLOW: ‘Almost perfect’ golf comes to Reno

Barracuda Championship

Dates: August 6-9, 2015 (17th Consecutive Year)

Host Venue: Montrêux Golf & Country Club

Course Architect: Jack Nicklaus Signature Course

Course Stats: Par 72, Yardage 7,472. This makes Montrêux the third longest course on the PGA TOUR and it has also rated the 6th most difficult course among all PGA TOUR events.

Live Television Coverage: The Golf Channel

Purse: $3.1 Million

FedExCup Points: 300

Format: 72 Hole Modified Stableford

Field: 132 PGA TOUR Members with a cut to the top 70 on Saturday of tournament week.

Have you ever been out, hitting a few balls on the driving range and every ball that you hit was perfect? Okay, well maybe some of the shots were perfect and the majority still makes us proud. Shoot, nobody hits all of them good. Or do they?

Almost every week, the efforts of Tour players (past and present) are included in this column. As a group, they are truly remarkable. Consider this; a person is standing away from a ball, the ball is about an inch and a half wide, the driver is nearly four feet long, the club-head is just a few inches wide, and, with a world-class player, the club is moving over a hundred miles an hour at impact. All of this happens in the period of about a second and a half.

Generally speaking, for every degree that the clubface is off target, the ball will land approximately 10 yards offline and fairways on Tour courses can be 25 yards wide (with average of 30-ish). So, after some quick math, if a player’s swing is off by one degree, that ball is not headed for the short grass, that little orb is moving toward the rough. There is not a lot a margin for error and if you want to play golf for a living, “almost perfect” is the benchmark. For the average player on the PGA Tour, relative perfection is achieved more than 60 percent of the time and the best will hit the fairway 80 percent of the time.

This week, there is a great opportunity to see “almost perfect” in action. The PGA Tour makes its stop at the Montreux Golf and Country Club in Reno. Starting today, approximately 130 of the country’s best players tee it up, trying to capture a coveted tour victory.

Granted, some of the top players may not be there, due to a “World Golf Championship” event that is taking place in Firestone Country Club in Michigan. Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and their band of elites will test their skills at one of golf’s major properties half-way across the country. This is not one of golf’s ‘majors,’ it is one step toward a possible global tour.

However, this week’s field for the Barracuda Championship at Montreux CC in Reno, does have a solid, quality group of players. This year’s field includes major championship winners Retief Goosen and Geoff Ogilvy.

It’s likely the shortest drive to the biggest PGA Tour event in our area.

John Renslow is general manager and director of golf at Alta Sierra Country Club. Please contact John with your questions or comments at

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