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Keeping It Real

Club & Resort Business - Course & Grounds· 1 May 2018
More properties are finding that by providing players with golf simulators that offer the next best thing to actually being elsewhere, they can generate tangible new revenue streams and member/guest benefits for their own locations. If your budget or your schedule won’t handle a trip to St Andrews in Scotland, how great would it be to play the legendary course after only a short drive to your hometown club? If Pebble Beach is too far away and the nearly $500-a-round-cost busts the budget, how about a quick trip to your club to play “the most felicitous meeting of land and sea in the world,” for far less than the Pebble Beach caddie fee? If your game needs some tweaking and your favorite teaching pro isn’t available, wouldn’t it be handy to get instant digital feedback after every swing on whatever “smart” technology you prefer?

Pioneer Spirit

Club & Resort Business - Course & Grounds·17 April 2018
Etowah Valley Golf & Resort, a 27-hole layout that celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, has found new life in the western North Carolina mountains. With the first golf course in western North Carolina to have fully irrigated fairways and paved cart paths throughout its entire length, Etowah Valley Golf & Resort has always been open to cutting-edge ideas. But the Etowah, N.C., property wasn’t immune to the negative effects that past economic downturns had on the golf industry—or to the positive effects that change can have on a facility. With the right leadership and a dedicated golf course maintenance staff, the property, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last summer, has proved that a return to glory days is possible.

Finding Maximum Utility

Club & Resort Business - Course & Grounds·20 February 2018
As they continue to be made more versatile and more durable, utility vehicles are taking on increasing importance as an indispensable part of golf course maintenance operations. It might be easy to take it for granted, but the relationship between superintendents and golf course utility vehicles should not be overlooked. Sure, their companionship and loyalty can’t compare to what’s provided by the dogs that accompany many superintendents on their regular tours around the course. But these four-wheeled vehicles have become just as important to golf course operations as superintendents’ four-legged friends.

Restoring the Grandeur

Club & Resort Business - Course & Grounds·23 January 2018
An in-house tree removal project at the Cascades Course, part of the historic Omni Homestead Resort, has improved maintenance inputs and turf health—and returned the iconic, William Flynn design to its roots.

In a League of His Own

Club & Resort Business - Course & Grounds·19 December 2017
To help Meadowlake GC keep pace in a competitive market, Michael League has taken on a dual role as Director of Operations and Golf Course Superintendent. When confronted with a challenge, Michael League is not one to back down. As a young teenager growing up in tiny Medford, Okla., League fell in love with the game of golf. But with high school approaching, he did not have a place to play. Sure, there were a few junior tournaments here and there, but the high school did not sponsor golf teams.

On Higher Ground

Club & Resort Business - Course & Grounds·14 December 2017
Thanks to a comprehensive reconstruction and restoration project that elevated and revamped the entire golf course, The Preserve at Oak Meadows can finally enjoy calm after any storm.

A New Branch of Service

Club & Resort Business - Course & Grounds·14 November 2017
In addition to the turfgrass that provides top-notch playing conditions, golf course superintendents have seen regular tree care take root as an important part of their maintenance strategies and routines. Golf course superintendents have many duties in their day-to-day jobs, and some of those tasks are more conventional than others. First and foremost, of course, they are responsible for managing the turf on their properties to create the best possible playing conditions. However, routine tree management has also become standard procedure.

Buy the Book

Club & Resort Business - Course & Grounds·17 October 2017
When it comes to preparing a capital budget, golf course superintendents rely on planning, prioritizing, and powers of persuasion. In the fall, most golf course superintendents are finalizing their capital budgets for the coming year. The process, though, has likely been in motion for months. From planning for future expenditures and prioritizing needs to proposing a budget—and sharpening their powers of persuasion—superintendents need a strategy that can help them create the best conditions for their courses as cost-effectively as possible.

Lay of the Land

Club & Resort Business - Course & Grounds·14 September 2017
Stoatin Brae, a new golf course with a Scottish influence at a southwestern Michigan resort, was built on a prime piece of property with sustainability and turf maintenance in mind. Sometimes it’s best to just take what nature gives you. That’s what Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort in Augusta, Mich., did with the newest of its six golf courses, Stoatin Brae, which opened in May. Instead of enlisting architects to design a golf course and then try to make it fit the land, the Gull Lake View team hired Renaissance Golf Design to do the polar opposite.

Doing What Comes Naturally

Club & Resort Business - Course & Grounds·17 August 2017
While native areas on golf courses can help properties save costs and decrease their environmental footprints, that is no call for superintendents to get complacent. The areas require patience and TLC to take root—and once established, they are still not maintenance-free.

Practicing Cutting-Edge Safety

Club & Resort Business - Course & Grounds· 7 July 2017
While mowing is a routine practice for golf course maintenance staffs, superintendents must be diligent about providing proper and consistent training to ensure the safety of their workers when operating equipment.

High Slope Rating

Club & Resort Business - Course & Grounds·13 April 2017
With some of its holes built on the ski runs of Park City (Utah) Mountain, the challenging resort course of Canyons Golf offers unexpected opportunities for the staff and golfers alike.

Forewarned and Forearmed

Club & Resort Business - Course & Grounds·21 March 2017
It’s tough to outsmart Mother Nature, but superintendents can use a variety of practices to try to best protect their properties from weather-related trauma. Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it—or so the saying goes. However, golf course superintendents must do their best to try to stay one step ahead of the whims of Mother Nature. And they don’t have to wait for a catastrophic event to try to control the elements. From summer heat and humidity to winter snow and ice, weather is a constant force in the daily life of a superintendent.

Quick Study

Club & Resort Business - Course & Grounds· 7 March 2017
It took 10 years for Tim Campbell to settle on a career and complete his education-but after choosing golf course maintenance, he elevated himself, and the Palm Beach (Fla.) Par 3 Golf Course, to unique standings. The post Quick Study appeared first on Club & Resort Business.

Playing Solid Defense

Club & Resort Business - Course & Grounds·21 February 2017
It may not be possible to completely eradicate disease and other threats from golf course greens, but superintendents have a number of available resources to keep them at bay. The post Playing Solid Defense appeared first on Club & Resort Business.

Finding Good Mechanics

Club & Resort Business - Course & Grounds·17 January 2017
More than ever, experienced and reliable equipment technicians are in high demand, to help course-maintenance departments run at peak efficiency. To have a fluid swing, a golfer needs to have good mechanics. To succeed in maintaining their turf, golf course superintendents also need to have good mechanics—in more ways than one. Not only do they need to run an efficient maintenance operation to keep playability and course conditions at the highest possible level, they also need a trusted equipment technician, to keep their machinery running smoothly.

Making Practice Areas Perfect

Club & Resort Business - Course & Grounds·20 December 2016
Many properties are improving facilities that help golfers sharpen their skills and bring new players to the game. But to maximize their appeal and user satisfaction, they must get the same care as golf courses.

Small-Town Setting, Big-Time Course

Club & Resort Business - Course & Grounds· 6 December 2016
Many years in the making, Seven Oaks GC was worth the wait—and along with Colgate University, the course that’s now under the care of Superintendent Jon McConville has helped many find their way to Hamilton, N.Y. Located in central New York, the small town of Hamilton (population 4,100) is best known as the home of a highly regarded academic institution, Colgate University.

New Courses of Action

Club & Resort Business - Course & Grounds·11 October 2016
Golf course properties are introducing the game to new players through initiatives such as FootGolf and other variations that have little effect on course conditions and upkeep. “Grow the game” has become a rallying cry in the golf industry—but significant change rarely comes without innovative thinking and bold execution of new ideas. From new ways to play, to flexible layouts, to alternative modes of transportation from tee to green, many golf course properties have stepped up their search for new approaches that can increase participation in the sport and/or add business through its new variations.

Making the Lists

Club & Resort Business - Course & Grounds·22 September 2016
Careful planning and proper budgeting help superintendents gear up for the capital equipment decisions needed to keep properties in top condition. For golf course superintendents, capital planning is as cyclical as the seasons. And their equipment decisions can have just as much influence on golf course conditions as the weather. Fortunately, however, with careful planning and budgeting, superintendents can have more control over their equipment than on the whims of Mother Nature.

Northern Exposure

Club & Resort Business - Course & Grounds· 8 September 2016
Beyond the permafrost potholes, snow mold and moose prints, it’s course maintenance as usual for Roger Evans at North Star GC in Fairbanks, Alaska. Many golf courses are built on challenging terrain and in demanding climates. But there might be no track that faces both of these extremes more than North Star Golf Club, located just outside the city limits of Fairbanks, Alaska. Only 130 miles south of the Arctic Circle (or 198 road miles, via the Dalton Highway), North Star GC is billed as the “northernmost USGA-rated golf course.”

Making the Transition

Club & Resort Business - Course & Grounds·18 August 2016
As turf changes at golf course properties across the country, so are the mowing inputs required to keep new grasses in top condition. With advances in agronomic products and practices, along with shifting weather patterns across the country, more and more golf course properties are converting to turf varieties that better suit their local climates. Installation of new grasses may also be part of a larger renovation project to restore a course to its original design, or prompted by a desire to create a more environmentally sustainable layout.

Watered Down

Club & Resort Business - Course & Grounds·19 July 2016
Superintendents nationwide have scaled back water usage while showing that the playability and conditioning of their golf courses can still thrive. Under some circumstances, stinginess isn’t exactly an appealing quality. When it comes to water conservation, however, thriftiness pays big dividends at golf courses. And superintendents are making a real effort to cash in on the water-saving practices at their disposal.

Unchartered Waters

Club & Resort Business - Course & Grounds·19 May 2016
Whether a golf course is located in an area under drought conditions or in a region where rain is plentiful, irrigation practices are a vital component of water management. When Pat Smyth, Golf Course Superintendent at Saddle Creek Resort Golf Club in Copperopolis, Calif., realized two years ago that he would have to cut raw water usage by 35%, his initial reaction was one of shock and fear. “I thought we weren’t going to be able to keep the course alive,” he says.

A Flood of Emotions

Club & Resort Business - Course & Grounds·21 April 2016
Historic rainfall ruined the holidays and his own home while swamping the clubhouse and course at Aberdeen GC where Matt O’Dell is GM/Superintendent—but did nothing to dampen the property’s special spirit. Imagine being halfway around the world, celebrating the holidays, when you get a phone call from the boss telling you that heavy rains were forcing the river that runs next to your golf course out of its banks, and water was now covering all but two of your putting greens.

One 'Four' All

Club & Resort Business - Course & Grounds·19 April 2016
Teamwork and a commitment to excellence help Boca West Country Club keep a quartet of championship golf courses in top form. The list of accolades that Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla., has garnered is nearly as long as its Palmer I golf course plays from the tips. Recognized as a Platinum Club of America 5-Star Private Club in 1997, the property has held that status ever since. Boca West has been recognized as the #2 country club in America, the nation’s #1 private residential country club and the #1 private club in Florida. In addition, Boca West ranked 16th on 2015’s list of Top 100 Platinum Clubs of the World. Boca_West-Clubhouse Golf Scorecard: Boca West Country Club, Inc. Website: www.bocawestcc.org 1005sidebwlogoGolf Holes: 72 Course Designers: Arnold Palmer, Jim Fazio, Pete Dye Property Type: Private, residential community No. of Members: More than 6,000 Year Opened: 1971 Golf Season: Year-round (peak season: November to May) Annual Rounds of Golf: 135,000 Fairways: SeaIsle1 Seashore Paspalum Greens: TifEagle Bermudagrass Honors and Awards: #1 Private Residential Country Club in the Country; #1 Private Club, of all types, in Florida; Platinum Club of the World since 2015; Platinum Club of America, 5-Star Private Club since 1997; Distinguished Emerald Club since 2013; 2013 USTA Outstanding Facility Award


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