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Founder-Georgia Golf Trail

Me and Baby Lou at the NFPGA Awards Ceremony 2009

Roses are red, Violets are blue, If you show me your underalls, I’ll show you mine too…

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That was my last text message from Bobby “Baby Lou” Reed. He would be proud to share that with you because that is just who Bobby was. He is never more than a smile away. Bobby was one of the “good guys” whom everyone loved. When he was on your side, you knew he was he on your side. When you were right everyone knew it. And when you were wrong, you only heard it when there was room for improvement. When Bobby wanted me to help him get on a dating site I told him he would never get a quality woman if he smoked. His response to me, with absolutely no hesitation was “No quality man is going to be attracted to you if you don’t quit talking.” Most women would be upset, but all I could do is smile because that

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was just Baby Lou being himself. And I loved him for it. Bobby was famous for working tournaments with news commentators like Roger Maltbie, but he could just as easily have worked with Elvis as well. He loved Elvis almost as much as he loved going to “The Rock” to gamble.

We miss you Baby Lou! PS. Flip to pg 54 to read more about Bobby Reed. 2017

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Cart Girl 44 elina Stevenson Florida Golf Central 32 Kissimmee Bay Georgia Golf Central 30 Georgia Golf Trail Golf Bachelor 16 Steven Richter Golf Business 14 Tim Hume– Plantation at Crystal River Golf Fore Charity 58 The Immokalee Foundation’s Charity Classic Pro-Am


Golf Travel 22 Adare Manor 24 Switzerland Improving Performance 18 Golf Skate Caddy V3 26 Jim McLean Golf School In Memory Of 20 Bob Reed Leader on the Links 50 Brad Turner Mississippi Golf Central 38 Shell Landing Special Events 12 Golfweek Amateur Tour What's New 10 Cadi 28 Jack Grace


Departments 40 Golf History 46 Product Review 42 Grip It & Sip It 52 Freddy's Fairway Thoughts 54 North Florida PGA 56 South Florida PGA 62 Turf Life 64 Turf Life 60 Turf Life 66 Golf Fitness


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Introducing the Future of Golf Retail Let’s be real here, the traditional method of purchasing a golf club at a local retail golf shop is at best broken, and in reality, dying a slow and painful death. Every golfer has visited their local big box golf retailer to demo clubs into a net or golf simulator with a launch monitor, only to later find out that the club doesn’t perform the same on the golf course. This creates a feeling of buyer’s remorse and adds to the bag of unused clubs gathering dust in your garage. The experience purchasing online is even worse because you don’t get to hit the club at all before making the purchase decision. An online purchase is simply gambling on a high-priced item. These experiences bring to mind two questions: 1) What can be done to improve the club-purchase process? and 2) How can golfers test clubs on the course before making a purchase? I may have stumbled on the answer to both these questions on a recent visit to The Legends at Orange Lake Golf Resort in Kissimmee, FL, where I experienced a new futuristic retail platform called “Cadi”. Meet Tyler Gottstein, Co-founder and CEO of Cadi - an innovative patent pending smart kiosk that allows golfers to conveniently demo, compare


Tyler Gottstein, Co-founder and CEO of Cadi and purchase golf clubs at competitive prices in the ideal location, RIGHT ON THE GOLF COURSE! For the first time, golfers can take clubs onto the driving range and/or golf course without the constraints of a big box golf retail store or an infrequent demo day. This is done without a salesman or anyone else looming over you. Golfers can experience improved performance, in real time, before making a purchase decision. Gottstein, a passionate golfer, not only felt pigeonholed in how consumers were forced to purchase clubs, but also recognized the shift to online club purchasing was making things worse, not better. “We are in the midst of a retail evolution. The world is quickly moving from traditional brick and mortar stores to online retail and this is no secret,” said Gottstein, a serial entrepreneur and innovator in unattended retail. “Ready or not, change is coming. The ease of online shopping does not work with every product and for every industry. The evolution has caused problems for

many department stores, especially in the golf industry. This has led to the bankruptcy of some of the biggest golf retailers in the world like Sports Authority, Golfsmith and Sports Chalet. And there will be more to come.” These alarming trends coupled with an unpleasant driver purchase experience ultimately inspired Gottstein to start Cadi. “I recognized an opportunity within the golf industry. Introducing unattended, automated retail could provide the ultimate demo and purchase experience for the golfer while connecting golfers to the golf club manufacturers like never before. There was a chance to greatly improve the customer’s golf equipment purchase experience,” said Gottstein. Gottstein assembled a management team that consists of former executives from Redbox and Callaway along with some of his closest friends who happen to also be entrepreneurs. And thus, Cadi was born. Cadi’s initial goal was to better understand and connect with golfers. Gottstein and his team began testing Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 7

on a dozen golf courses throughout the country and interacting with thousands of golfers. “We contacted the largest golf course management companies and quickly had access to hundreds of public courses, ultimately because Cadi offered a service that added to their bottom line. “Gottstein said. “The vast majority of public golf courses do not sell golf equipment anymore. Golf courses have purchasing limitations and do not have the resources to successfully sell golf equipment. We quickly learned that golfers loved the experience. They loved having the ability to compare clubs on the course and see the results of every swing. We empowered golfers to be able to make their own purchase decisions.” It worked very well, demos and sales exceeded their highest initial estimates. Over 35% of golfers purchased a club after they tried Cadi. “We knew we were on to something big!”, said Gottstein. Cadi has launched its first kiosk at The Legends at Orange Lake Golf Resort in Kissimmee, FL. “The Legends Golf Resort is the perfect location for our technology,” said Gottstein. “They have a beautiful golf course and an outstanding driving range but still offer an affordable round fee.” As part of a soft launch before

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expanding in 2020, Cadi plans on having kiosks in operation at seven golf course locations in 2019. The kiosks offer new and slightly used clubs from the most popular brands such as Taylor Made, Callaway, Titleist and Cleveland. Drivers, fairway woods, wedges and putters are available to demo and/or purchase with a major credit card any day the golf course is open. The current rental price is just $10.00 for a 6-hour demo period and a 48-hour extension option is available for $25.00.

Cadi gets clubs into your hands instantly with the simple swipe of a credit card. Their fitting algorithm makes club selection very easy. By eliminating the middle man and the additional costs associated with a retail golf store or an online business, Cadi is able to offer the ultimate golf club retail experience and pass savings down to the golfers. Is this the future of golf retail? We’ll let you be the judge. Check Cadi out at the Legends at Orange Lake Golf Resort and decide for yourself!


special events

Team Orlando Takes 2018 GolfWeek Amateur Tour National Championship Team Cup Forty-two Orlando Golfweek Amateur Tour members made the trip to Hilton Head to compete in the Golfweek Amateur Tour National Championship October 19-21. Seven Orlando members came away with prizes, let by Chad


Frank (Sanford) and Jeff Moritz (Orlando) who finished 3rd and T5th, respectively in the Championship Flight. In the A flight, Steve Cleary (Clermont) topped the Orlando entries with a T16 finish. John Marshall (Casselberry) finished T22. In C Flight Billy Davis (Rockledge) finished T12 and Freddy Delarosa (Kissimmee) was T20th. In D Flight Wayne Crees (West Palm Beach) took 2nd place. In the competition for the Team Cup, Orlando won out over 27 teams. It was Orlando’s second team victory—the

(L-R) Steve Cleary, OJ James, Chad Frank, John Marshall, & Billy Davis All Won Prizes or Skins at Tour Championship Not Pictured-Jeff Moritz, Freddy Delarosa and Wayne Creese

other coming in 2006. Team scores are determined using the two lowest scores each day from each of the five flights. The Edwin Watts 2-Man Challenge—a tournament within a tournament--produced a winner from Orlando. Wayne Creese and his friend from the Charlotte tour, Mike Flanigan took first in the D flight Challenge. And Wayne teamed up with Danny


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ABOUT THE GOLFWEEK AMATEUR TOUR: The Golfweek Amateur Tour has over 5,000 members—the largest amateur tour--in 46 markets across the country from Florida to New York to California. Over 900 players qualify for the 54-Hole Tour Championship held on Hilton Head Island each October. The tour will celebrate its 25th season in 2019. Contact Tom Mirus, 407 348 5650 or email for info on the Orlando Tour. For info on a tour in your area, visit 12

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Tim Hume (PGA) injects new life into Plantation on Crystal River

Not only is change

good, many times it can be downright vital for a facility moving forward just to unglue itself from years of complacency. Just ask the 162 year-round members at Plantation Resort on Crystal River, FL., where Tim Hume (PGA) was appointed Director of Golf in August of 2017. Hume implemented some immediate wholesale changes on the golf end of the operation which has led to a revitalization the resort was ready for. “Tim is resurrecting the Plantation Golf Resort into a club with a real atmosphere, something it hasn’t been for decades” said Jeff Hartson, who’s been a member at Plantation on and off for the past 20 years. “Membership is up 40% and food and beverage is up 60% and the pro shop was just ranked #1 in Citrus County over taking several other established pro shops in the area.” Hume, 56, a native of Buffalo, N.Y., whom graduated from USF began his overhaul from the inside out. He reinvented the 19thHole with a fresh coat of paint, added 12 large flat-screen televisions, pool table, card table and a popcorn machine providing a warmer “sports bar & grille” feel the members have noticeably welcomed. “I basically created ACTIVITY which is a necessity for any club,” says Hume. Not only has he stimulated activity within the clubhouse, it’s clearly carrying over to Plantation’s Championship Golf


Course. Hume, who qualified for the 2018 US Senior Open Championship (Broadmoor Resort) has made a direct effort to engage with the membership; often playing with them while divulging his extensive knowledge and background in the game. He’s created more member tournaments and added additional amateur events to showcase the unique property replete with hundreds of species of birds. Hartson’s relationship with Hume, which began over a bunker lesson, has now progressed into the full swing. Hartson, who caddied for Tommy Bolt at Plantation in the 1960s when he was a kid, says his results are trending in the right direction since working full-time with Hume. “Tim is one of the most knowledgeable instructors with whom I’ve ever worked with,” says Hartson. “He translates what he wants you to do into simple terms until he gets you where he wants. He gets into the details with camera work to show you what you are doing and presents the path forward. My scores have dropped and we are currently working on turning through the ball.” Hume advocates and actually imitates the swing fundamentals of legend Ben Hogan. He often throws out reminders in passing conversation that the swing is

just a turn and you can finish as far left as you want (for a right handed player). He gives roughly 2-4 lessons a week and enjoys providing playing lessons where he can witness your tendencies when it counts. “My students never leave without the understanding what information we have discussed and what they have instituted to their swing,” says Hume. “Through changes I make sure we do not overload the student with too much at one time. I also email a synopsis with diagrams of videos of what we discussed and any drills that need to be worked on.” Currently, The Championship & Lagoon Courses continue the process of an aggressive tree and stump removal program recommended by Hume. Plans are in place for on-going enhancements for all areas of the golf course such as better, faster greens and redeploying some worn out bunkers with better drainage, new sand and edging. With five different sets of tees for all levels of ability along with the flexibility of having 27-holes allowing members and guests to more opportunity to play chase and find on a super scenic 232-acre piece of property. “We have a very playable golf course in terms of getting around in 3 ½-4 hours,” says Hume. “This coincides with the USGA and PGA goals of trying to reduce the playing time of this great sport. Many new resorts are being designed too difficult for the average golfer with playing times greater than 5 hours. Don’t let the yardage (6,500 yards) fool you because this is a really good test. We have hosted three major amateur events since I’ve been here and 1 under par was the winning score.” When the resort experienced a minor manatee issue a few years ago as a handful got stuck in the ponds on the golf course, it came to Hume’s attention via the Fish & Wildlife that Plantation is the only golf course in the world with active manatees swimming onto golf course property. To assimilate this unique fact, Hume changed Plantation’s logo to the Manatee which bolstered his merchandising revenue up to 40%. Come play and swim with the manatees. For more information go to

Steven Richter

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college at UNLV.

Steak, chicken, or seafood? Steak. Tell us something about yourself that only your closest friends know. Deathly afraid of heights. What three things would you need to survive on a deserted island? Knife, solar powered radio, sand wedge Who would you like to have with you on the same deserted island; and why? Bear Grylls, ultimate survivalist. What do you find to be the most annoying habit people demonstrate on the golf course? Not fixing ball marks on the green and playing from the wrong tee box.

Name the three most important things to you in this world. Family, friends, good health.

Given the choice; would you select love, success, or money to keep yourself happy? Success What do you fear the most? Disappointing my team at work. What three people would you most like to play with in your fantasy golf foursome? Ian Poulter, Darius Rucker, John Daly What are some of your great accomplishments? 1) My daughter 2) Developing people so they can further their career 3) Shooting 71 in Denver, CO. Relaxed evening at home, or nightclub and cocktails? Evening

Where were you born? Did you grow up there? Born in

at home.

Queens, NY. Grew up on Long Island, NY. Went to college in both Las Vegas, NV and Akron, OH.

Last time you spewed something through your nose from laughing so hard? Eating breakfast at Bay Hill. I warned

Is “acting your age” over rated? Highly

my buddy to be careful with his egg sandwich as he has a propensity for spilling. First bite and ketchup is flying all over his golf clothes. Rolling on the floor hysteria.

High school group you hung out with the most; nerds, jocks, stoners, preppies? Jocks (soccer player)

Favorite comedian? Chris Rock

What do you do for a living? Retail General Manager for PGA

Movies:…comedy, drama, action, romance? Drama/Action

Tour Superstore.

What would you like to do for a living? Play professional soccer

Aside from golf; what do you prefer for fun and relaxation? Snow skiing, travel, old movies, go-karts.

Whom do you most admire for their inner and outer beauty? Audrey Hepburn 16

Tell us about your first kiss? It was my freshman year in

Favorite television channel? CBS Last book you read? The People We Hate at the Wedding. Favorite charity to support? Habitat for Humanity, Humane Society

What else would you like for us to know about you? I have lived in 9 different states across the country. Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 7

improving perforance

Smarter for the Player, Smarter for the Course. While making slow play a thing of the past, Golf Skate Caddy’s V3 includes technology designed to accomodate golfers of the future.


n today’s digital world of faster, easier and least amount of effort, customized on-demand products and services are invading our lives at every turn. From riding-hailing apps to self-driving cars to park and ride motorized scooters descending on cities across the country, personal transportation technology start-ups are booming. Launched in 2002, it was Segway that initially led this wave introducing its first “Personal Transporter” to the public on Good Morning America and selling it to consumers on Segway used gyroscopes to magically balance the PT on two wheels. It steered intuitively, was battery powered, and whisked riders along quietly at 12 miles per hour. With a price tag of $4950, however, the Segway failed to live up to its early hype that it would “revolutionize personal transportation.” Since the early 2000s, key 18

advancements in batteries and energy storage systems made electronic transportation devices more powerful, less expensive, and diversified. With vehicle battery prices dropping almost 85 percent, this created new popularity for products like motorized skateboards, scooters and more. Enter FIIK, the world leader in electric skateboards based in Australia. They brought their state-of-theart design and engineering of performance motorized transportation products into the golf industry and launched Golf Skate Caddy, the first single rider golf cart, at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. For the past five years, Golf Skate Caddy USA has been a frontrunner in single rider cart design and technology. The company has continued to grow and improve single rider carts as acceptance, popularity and sales have steadily increased. Golf Skate Caddy recently established its new U.S. headquarters

in West Palm Beach, Fl. Under the management and vision of CEO Ken Koldenhoven, Golf Skate Caddy USA has more than 30 years of growth driven leadership in operational management, product innovation, sales, brand marketing, financial and capitalization planning with a specialized focus in the manufacturing business. “Golf Skate Caddy is proud to have patented and perfected the safest, most reliable single-rider golf cart on the market,” said Koldenhoven. “Our parent company, FIIK, revolutionized the skateboarding industry over a decade ago through its extreme performance engineering standards. Golf Skate Caddy introduced and continues to enhance that same award-winning motorized technology and fun to the golf industry.” Golf Skate Caddy will be launching its latest model, the new GSC V3 at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, January 22-25. The new GSC V3 includes the Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 7

Features of the new GSC V3 following features, benefits and improvements: • USB ports for smart phones and electronic devices • Waterproof super bright LCD display • Convenient beverage cooler and drink holder • Ergonomic handle and precision steering for easy handling • Thickly padded quick release seat • Wide, non-slip platform for stability and safety • Oversized all-terrain tires for smoother ride • Large detachable umbrella for sun and rain protection • Dual motors for longer run time and increased power. Golf Skate Caddy holds any size golf bag and provides a variety of conveniences like holders for golf balls, tees, scorecard, divot repair bottle and connectivity for mobile devices and more. The unit easily collapses for personal use and portability. And don’t be fooled, Golf Skate Caddy appeals to golfers of all ages. “I have had my Caddy for five years now... it has been fantastic,” commented Dave Hollander of Seven Lakes Country Club in Palm Springs, CA. “I have almost 550 miles on it. At 66, this sled keeps me young!” The four all terrain tires, large non-slip platform, and precision steering provides easy handling and superior stability. Golf Skate Caddys are very gentle on the golf course and makes slow play a thing of the past. And that’s a no brainer for any golf course operator.

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“Golf Skate Caddy’s mission is to make golf more fun and interactive for players and more profitable for courses,” said Koldenhoven. “Who ever thought metal woods would so dramatically change the game back in the day? We believe Golf Skate Caddy will do the same!” For more info, visit For product demos or sales call Ken Koldenhoven, 561-335-6465 or


By Steve Morris

in memory of

Hey Hey Boo Boo’s! ity brought smiles and laughter to all those around him. He was not only a

loved the game and he loved people! In our lifetimes, there are a few spe-

great leader in the East Central Chapter

cial people we’ve met and never forget.

but a great friend to many of us! This

Baby Lou was certainly one of them!

is evidenced by the huge response he

As Baby Lou would say, “Roses are red,

received on social media announcing

violets are blue, don’t anybody cry for

his passing. Almost 2000 replies, the

ol’ Baby Lou. I had a blessed life.”

most ever for any of the NFPGA’s social media posts! It is obvious he was loved and respected. He will be missed. Baby Lou

The North Florida PGA sadly announces

Baby Lou loved the PGA and was proud to be a PGA Member. He believed. He understood that it was important

the passing of one if it’s most beloved

not only to give back to the game, but

Members, Bob Reed, PGA. Aka “Baby

to serve the membership. He was a

Lou” Bob passed peacefully on Decem-

solid leader and we all know he was

ber 11, 2018. He had been fighting some

never afraid to speak his mind! When

serious health issues.

the microphone was in his hand he

“Baby Lou” has touched the lives of

commanded our attention. If you

not only many members of our Section,

needed help he was there! There aren’t

he has also inspired and entertained

many members who have given their

thousands throughout his many years

time to help and serve as Baby Lou. His

on this earth! His unique personal-

story telling was second to none! He

Baby Lou

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DISCOVER THE DIFFERENCE The PGA TOUR has assembled one of the finest golf instruction teams in the game at the famed TPC Sawgrass facility located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Led by top-ranked golf instructor, Todd Anderson, expert instructors will begin with a complete assessment and develop a plan to quickly improve all facets of your game.


By Dove Jones

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I (A)DARE You Not to Fall in Love with the “New” Adare Manor I remember thinking when the com-

Adare Manor from Course

plete renovation of Adare Manor was announced and the spin was that it would re-emerge not as a 5-star but a true 6-star resort – not a chance. Ok, so I was wrong. So very wrong. As a project of love to the people of Limerick and Ireland, not to mention an investment of over 300 million Euros, J. P. McManus has created the ultimate retreat. Make no mistake, what sets Adare Manor apart is not that it is over the top – there is no glitz and glitter. What is there is an absolute attention to the smallest detail in every aspect – the bedrooms, common areas, gardens and grounds, food and beverage, golf course and other activities and especially the staff members, no matter what their role. What McManus has created is more than nuts and bolts; it is a convivial atmosphere and return to a more relaxed and gracious way of life. As soon as you are greeted at the entrance, you can’t help but be swept up in its enthusiastic presence for you to enjoy every minute of your stay. It is more akin to attending a glorious house party where you know and are friends with the owners and feel comfortable coming down to breakfast in your golf or riding attire. And indeed at least for the Irish, they do feel as if they

personally know J. P. McManus as he has been a benefactor in many aspects of their lives even before the redo of Adare. During the complete closure of the property for the renovation, McManus employed over 850 locals and now that it is fully operational it still employs over 500, giving an appreciative boost to the local economy and its residents. What was so striking was that I found the locals eager to show their loyalty by supporting the property however they were economically able and were as much a part of the party as the well-heeled visitors. While dining in the elegant Oak Room, I had the pleasure of being seated next to two lovely elderly Irish sisters, out for a treat birthday dinner and very excited to be cheering on J.P.’s (as everyone refers to him) local hurling club in their match the next day. The next day out for a stroll in the magnificently restored formal garden I encountered a charming young girl and her mother that had just been to Afternoon Tea and had purchased a gift certificate to return for Christmas Tea with her grandmother, It is no surprise that you’ll hear a variety of American accents during your visit. I met new friends from New York to California. Adare, only a half-hour from Shannon Airport makes a perfect beginning or end to a Irish links golf

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trip. It is also conveniently located on the route from the great links of the Emerald Isle’s southwest coast to the links around Dublin and Northern Ireland, One of the many highlights of my visit was running into a Scottish golf pro friend that now lives in Hong Kong and was there with a group of his members on a month-long visit of Ireland and Scotland. As well as my friend from Hong Kong, I made friends with a very wealthy, golf keen, prestigious golf membership collecting Shanghai businessman and his New Zealand executive staff. Once you’re at the house party the comfortable atmosphere seems to make everyone an equal and open to conversation. They weren’t the only ones in to experience Ireland’s, if not the British Isles’, finest golf carpet. Tom Fazio did a magnificent redesign of a formerly already well-respected Robert Trent Jones, Sr. parkland design. Although a parkland course that in the past played wet more often than dry, the “no expense spared” redo addressed the drainage issues and sand-capped everything so that it is now worthy of any avid golfer’s “must play” list. On my visit I ran into a golf legend’s son, also an architect, and several touring professionals out for a look and a game. The worst kept secret in golf maybe that J.P.’s aspirations are to host a future Ryder Cup. Until that happens, J.P. will continue to promote golf events at Adare with his many golf pro friends that include; Tiger, Rory, Padraig and Darren to name just a few. J.P. may have made his name in horse racing, but golf is his personal playing passion. A busy businessman, keep your eye out for his distinctive white helicopter that comes in handy for emergency

nines when time is short. I hope that this short article has sparked your interest and imagination to include Adare on any golf or even non-golf Ireland itinerary. Their beautiful and comprehensive website features fabulous photography that does justice to the property and its amenities is designed to answer any questions on visiting.

The majestic Adare Manor stretches out along the picturesque River Maigue

Adare Village is a short stroll from the Manor and features many colorful traditional Irish pubs The Oak Room serves an experience in contemporary Irish Cuisine

Once only used for events the magnificent Great Hall is now the Breakfast Room

The ruins of McDermott Castle from the course

Some fun at Breakfast Lime & Tequila Irish marmalade

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By Dove Jones

golf travel

Swiss Misses – A Trio of Sister Acts Once upon a lifetime ago, I was the Executive Director of the United States Ski Educational Foundation – translation – I was the Fund Raising Director for the US Ski Team. As such St. Moritz was long on my radar and bucket list to visit in the winter. After all, for over 150 years, since 1864, it had been attracting the world’s rich and famous to its storied slopes and glittery venues. While its long been the darling of jetsetters as a winter retreat it may surprise you that its real charm is in the summer and they’ve been playing golf there for over 125 years at the venerable Engadin Golf Club. Named after the region where St. Moritz and its sister town of Pontresina is located, Engadin Golf Club has a pair of sister championship courses – Samedan and Zuoz-Madulain each with a distinctive personality. Samedan, the older sister, plays along the valley floor with the towering mountains surrounding the layout and giving it an intimate feel. It reminded me in some ways of Canada’s Banff Springs GC which is also relatively flat with the most compel-

ling mountain scenery. The design is definitively traditional, what you see is what you get, classic lines and interesting green complexes. It defines the adage of easy bogeys and hard pars. Except for our playing partner, 72-year old, Ueli Lamm, playing with his ancient hickories he made paring the longer holes seem like child’s play. Ueli’s family has been in the Engadin for generations and owns one of St. Moritz’s finest clothing and tailor shops. You can tell by his natty golf attire. If you think Ueli is a great golfer for his

The UNESCO world heritage train ride back to Zurich features picture perfect Swiss villages

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Stunning scenery from the UNESCO world heritage train ride to St Moritz

age – you should see him snowboard. Its younger, by 110 years, sister course, Zuoz-Madulain, is located a short 10-15 minute drive away and features more of the elevation changes you initially think of with mountainous layouts. It is equally as charming and challenging as Samedan, as it weaves from the valley floor up through the trees. When playing in Europe, it is as much about the experience as the score. The halfway house here is not where you grab a hot dog and are back at the next tee in under five minutes. Here the house specialty is the tapas plate, small delicious bites of everything from shrimp to local sausages, preceded by a scrumptious plate of cured meats, cheeses and bread. All washed down with either local beer or wine. You’ll appreciate the nourishment for the back nine. Like the two courses, the sister

towns of St. Moritz and Pontresina have their own unique personalities. St. Moritz is the larger and tonier of the two towns with designer stores on every corner and overlooks a large picturesque lake that features prominently in both winter and summer activities. Pontresina is more intimate with some charming winding narrow streets past small inviting hotels, restaurants and shops. The two towns are home to two of Switzerland’s finest sister 5-star hotels – The Klum, in St. Moritz and The Grand Hotel Kronenhof Pontresina– both reflecting their locales. The Klum is in the heart of St. Moritz and features fabulous views across the nearby lake. It also features the nearly adjacent Klum Golf Club, a 9-hole, par 3 layout that is among the highest in Europe and definitely one of the most picturesque. We were lucky to have been visiting when an annual competition was on and had the privilege of meeting and playing with new friends from across the region and neighboring Italy. After hoofing twice around the highly-elevated, 9-hole layout, we were rewarded with a perfect luncheon of grilled meat and shrimp and of course local wines and beers. Both Engadin GC and Klum GC have fun competitions throughput the season that are worth entering. Most everyone speaks English and enjoys meeting new friends – so you won’t feel excluded. We stayed in Pontresina at the Grand Hotel Kronenhof oozing with Old World charm, but featuring the finest in modern amenities and breathtaking Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 7

mountain views; not to mention the best food I have ever had the spoiled privilege to enjoy. No matter your favorite traditional or non-traditional breakfast options, they are all on the buffet or available to order from the kitchen. Endless tempting pastries, local cheeses and cured meats, salmon, shrimp and of course a Mimosa and Bloody Mary Bar. I’m not a true foodie but the meal we enjoyed at the Hotel’s gourmet restaurant was without a doubt the most beautifully presented I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing and was equally matched by its taste. While we were there a former World’s Number 1 professional golfer helicoptered his family and friends in for a stay at The Klum. As nice as private transport is, they missed one of the best parts of the trip. As they say, “its about the journey as much as the destination” and taking the UNESCO train ride down to Zurich through spectacular panoramic scenery definitely helped soften the blow of having to leave this mountain paradise. All train travel throughout Switzerland and tickets to other area attractions and museums may be easily arranged through the Swiss Travel System.

Enjoying lunch of shrimp and wine with a view at Klum GC

My panoramic view from The Grand Hotel Kronenhof

There are many lively street festivals. Be sure and sample the local sausages and beer.

The most creative sharing desert ever at the Gourmet Restaurant Kronenstabli.

The tapas lunch at Zuoz-Madulain GC is to die for.

Old World charm of the Grand Hotel Kronenhof Pontresina

For more information, please visit Club.Engadin-golf/ch/en

St Moritz is famous for its Bobsled run - not sure about riding down on this

The view from the Klum Hotel is as 5-star as their service

View from the Zuoz-Madulain GC shows St. Moritz is a year round destination.

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improving perforance

On the heels of a strong 2018, a renovation and much more to come, the Jim McLean Golf School is positioned to be a game changer in the industry The Jim McLean Golf School and The Biltmore Hotel announce its 1st year anniversary at iconic hotel. On the heels of a strong 2018 and an expansive renovation program at the historic Biltmore hotel and golf course, the Jim McLean Golf School is celebrating solid growth at its new location after having its 26-year stint at the resort in Doral. Jim McLean moved his number 1 ranked golf school to the Biltmore Hotel in 2018. The Jim McLean Golf School is positioned to be a game changer is the industry. The school’s success record is buoyed by key golfer wins and strong relationships with its students and clients. Jim has taught major champions of the PGA and LPGA tours. Cristie Kerr a South Florida native whom worked with Jim won both the US Open and the LPGA. She ranked #1 one in juniors and #1 amateur in America. Lexi Thompson another one of Jim’s esteemed students also earned the #1 spot in both junior golf and women’s amateur golf. Cristie became the #1 ranked professional in the world and Lexi has reached the number #2 spot. Additionally, Jim was 26

working with Tom Kite when he won his U.S. Open as well as Keegan Bradley, when he won the PGA. While he was training with Jim, Keegan was also named Rookie of the Year and succeeded to the the U.S. Ryder Cup team and President’s Cup team. In July, The Biltmore Hotel, the national historic landmark established in 1926, announced its renovation program including plans to restore its 18-hole, par-71 golf course to the original grandeur of the 1925 Donald Ross-designed course layout. The golf course restoration, which is one of only nine (9) Donald Ross designed golf courses in the top-100 golf courses in the U.S., is being managed by veteran golf course architect Brian Silva and is adding Bermuda grass on the existing tees, fairways & greens, incorporating new bunkers, enhancing the shortgame practice as well as separate range areas, establishing challenging signature holes, and extend the overall course length to over 7,100 yards making it worthy of championship level play. Both projects are scheduled to be completed on December 15th 2018. “I feel like I’m in the perfect spot.

We have everything we need here to be able to teach every aspect of golf game at the highest possible level. Coral Gables is an important part of the South Florida community and we are proud to be part of The Biltmore Hotel and this dynamic community,” said Jim McLean, CEO of the Jim McLean Golf School, which operates eight locations. Recently, Jim made Coral Gables his permanent personal residence as well. Jim has been a top 4 ranked teacher in America by Golf Digest Magazine for 25 years. He’s the #1 ranked teacher in the state of Florida. Jim has 19 of his past teachers ranked in America’s top 100, 48 ranked best in state, and 23 Best Young Teachers. Jim has been the National PGA TEACHER OF THE YEAR and is a member of the World Teachers Hall of Fame. Jim has trained the finest golf instructors in the world. He has golf schools in Madrid, Mayakoba, Mexico, South Korea, Texas, Denver, and Miami Beach. For more information on the Jim McLean Golf School, call (305) 591-6409 or visit biltmore Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 7

With award-winning dining experiences, a booming craft beer scene and exceptional year-round golf on courses along the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, plus Jerry Pate’s Kiva Dunes and Arnold Palmer’s Craft Farms in Gulf Shores, from the mountains to the coast, you can take it all in.

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hat makes a guy with a stable, secure 9:00-5:00 day job and two young kids wake up in the middle of the night and think, “I CAN DO THIS! … I have an incredible idea and I’m going to take on the big boys – FootJoy, Adidas, and Nike?”


Bart Walker has a passion for shoes no, an obsession - and a love for golf. As a kid, Walker remembers being so thrilled to get a new pair of sneakers he would place them (one laterally and one pointing at him) in front of his bed so he could stare at them as he fell asleep at night. He would study what

details set each shoe apart from the others, which color combinations were best, and what improvements he would make. As an adult, his love of shoes only grew. “I would often be caught staring at and recognizing people by their shoes,” said Walker, CEO of Jack Grace

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USA. “But even with this strong passion, I never expected shoe design to be my destiny.” In fact, Walker was a banker by trade. He was also a golfer. An avid golfer, who, like many golfers, cared about his comfort and appearance on the golf course. And as a shoe guy, his golf shoes particularly mattered. Smith wanted shoes to coordinate with his clothes. “I wanted shoes that would be comfortable. I wanted shoes that wouldn’t break the bank,” said Walker. “You can imagine my frustration when I couldn’t find any cool, trendy golf shoes... anywhere. So I decided to do something about it.” The initial mock-up for Walker’s cool new golf shoe was built on his kitchen table with his wife’s kitchen shears and a handful of old golf shoes he found at second hand stores. He spent endless nights and weekends figuring out how to create the ultimate shoe that fit all of his criteria. His goal? To create a single shoe design with a swappable saddle made in countless colors and patterns that allowed golfers to customize and express their individual look and style. After the concept and design of the interchangeable saddle was proven to work, Walker set out to make one pair of golf shoes to test on the course. He found a talented cobbler in a strip mall near his home in Phoenix to help with the details. “I shared my prototype with friends who loved the concept and encouraged me to make more,” said Walker. “So, after quitting my banking job, taking out my 401K

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and with the help of some industry professionals, the Jack Grace Innovator 1.0 went from a dream to launching a golf shoe company.” Jack Grace men and women’s INNOVATOR shoes come in three standard colors: black, white and grey. Each shoe is designed with swappable saddle patterns using Jack Grace’s patented Hidden Channel Technology. With more than 500 patterns to choose from, each saddle attaches securely around the middle of the shoe providing a seamless – “too cool for school” – looking golf shoe. Even the shoelaces are fully functional and tighten for perfect support and comfort. The diamond-shaped spike-less outsoles, designed by the best shoe people in the business, provide excellent traction and stability on the course. “Jack Grace gives golfers the ability to have one shoe with endless possibilities,” said Walker. “Our shoes can also be custom designed

for tournaments, corporate outings and special events providing a truly out-ofthe-box branding opportunity.” Jack Grace, named after Walker’s two children, officially launched at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando and is celebrating its one-year anniversary. The company recently moved into a new warehouse to meet the demand and growth of retail and corporate sales and will be exhibiting at this year’s PGA Show, January 23-25. “When golfers see a live demonstration of our swappable saddle or watch the product video on our website, they are amazed,” said Walker. “The ability to have multiple looks with one shoe and combine that with comfort and performance is a breakthrough in the industry.” For more info or to purchase Jack Grace golf shoes, visit For sales information, contact Matt Jones at 602-570-7176 or matt@


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By Mike May

The Fab Five of the Georgia Golf Trail The Lakes at Laura S Walker State Park

Of the 20+ golf courses that are part of the Georgia Golf Trail, five of them are located in rural sections of the state, tucked away in five state parks. While they may be off the beaten path, so to speak, they are worth making the effort to go play throughout the year. “Our state park golf courses in Georgia are terrific golf destinations, which are incredible designs which are very well maintained and fairly priced,” said Doug Hollandsworth, Founder, Georgia Golf Trail. “The affiliation of these golf courses with amenity filled state parks makes them a perfect place to visit, especially with your families.”

There are many scenic selfie ‘hot spots’ at Highland Walk Golf Course (706-245-6770) at Victoria Bryant State 30

Park in Royston. The number one photo ‘opp’ locale is the signature hole -- the 17th. Here, your tee shot from a raised and terraced tee box is struck over a ravine to a narrow fairway. From there, you can go pin seeking to a flag perched on a raised, sloping green. At 17, pars are precious and birdies are worth a fist pump.

At the Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course (706-283-6000) in Elberton, visiting golfers will discover a 6,800-yard course situated on a peninsula within the Richard B. Russell State Park. Here, the water views are simply stunning -- with 10 of the 18 holes skirting Lake Richard B. Russell. Arrowhead Pointe has been compared to the more expensive and upscale golf courses at Reynolds Oconee in Greensboro, Georgia because

of the creative and imaginative layout, which includes many scenic views of the nearby lake. One exception to that comparison to Reynolds Oconee is that there are no visible lakefront homes at Arrowhead Pointe, which is consistent with the state park golf course theme of “no crowds, no houses, no noise.”

The Creek Golf Course (706-557-3006) at Hard Labor Creek State Park in Social Circle is affordably priced, as Golf Digest Frugal Golfer has listed The Creek as the “4th sweetest deal in the USA.” In addition to being a fairly priced golf experience, this golf course also tests your golf aptitude and it starts on the tee of the first hole -- considered “the hardest first starting hole in Georgia.” Here, your opening tee ball is a downGolf Central • Volume 19, Issue 7

hill shot into a blind bend. Don’t forget to ring the bell in the fairway after you have hit your approach shot to the green. Another memorable hole at The Creek is its signature hole – the 14th. Here, the water wheel and bridge that are located on this hole form a backdrop that makes it one of the most peaceful and picturesque backdrops in the region.

The Brazell’s Creek Golf Course (912577-7745) at Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park in Reidsville is well-designed par 71-layout. Georgia’s own Denis Griffiths designed all 18 holes – a stern, competitive and fun test of golf. This course is just under 7,000 yards from the tips and includes five sets of tees. The signature hole is the 15th hole -- a 207-yard par 3, which plays over scenic wetlands to a large, undulating island green. At Brazell’s Creek, a 1,500-yard winding bridge connects the original nine holes with the back nine. The holes on the back nine are links-style and are set on a windswept open landscape. The holes on the front nine are tree-lined and the greens have some creative contours.

The Creek Golf Course at Hard Labor

The Lakes Golf Course (912-285-6154) at Laura S. Walker Park in Waycross is the southern-most golf course on the Georgia Golf Trail. It features undulating greens. The fairways and landing areas are defined with gentle, links-style mounds that accent the course’s three large lakes, which do have alligators in

residence. The Lakes Golf Course was designed by Steve Burnes and features native sand for the many bunkers and waste areas. This is an easy course to walk. After pursuing ‘Old Man Par’ at the Lakes, golfers are encouraged to dine onsite at the Back Nine Grille. For more information about those five golf courses and others on the Georgia Golf Trail, access

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By Mike Jamison

florida golf central

Reinventing Kissimmee Bay

Remi Hole #5

Kissimmee Bay Country Club opened to rave reviews in 1990, servicing locals in the Orlando area and tourists from all across the country. Golf Digest was so impressed that it included the Lloyd Clifton design on its list of “America’s Best New Courses.” Now, 28 years later, ownership has executed a plan to bring the popular course back to its lofty standing with a complete renovation of the greens complexes and many other areas of the golf course. The job was completed in mid-October and the course has reopened after

and have gone through the good times and the bad times. We’re ready for a return to the good times.” The Tifdwarf putting surfaces were rebuilt using the new G12 Bermuda grass. Kissimmee Bay is one of the first courses in the region to feature this new strain of grass, and Golf Course Superintendent Jimmy Dutcher with Down to Earth Landscaping and Irrigation, says players will notice the upgrade right away. “The G12 can handle a lower cut for longer periods of time which provides speedier putting surfaces,” said Dutch-

Remi Hole #1

being closed for three months. “It was time for this,” said Rick Smith, Director of Golf at the semi-private Kissimmee Bay. “The membership as well as our guests deserve the best quality golf experience possible. A lot of them have been here since it opened, 32

er. “It also does better than the original grass in regards to disease stress. It is a huge improvement.” During the renovation, several greens were slightly re-shaped, and most were expanded back to their original size, bringing some of the greenside

bunkers back into play. The team added about a ½-acre to the putting surfaces across the 18 holes. “These greens don’t have a lot of obvious undulation – just subtle movement and that hasn’t changed,” said Dutcher. “That’s the Clifton style. We did create a couple of false fronts, and we re-shaped some approach areas, giving players bump-and-run options that didn’t exist before. The major difference our regulars will see is that the greens will be quicker on a consistent basis.” Players will notice several other upgrades to the golf course. Dutcher and his team took the opportunity to do some work on the bunkers, including creating grass bunker walls, providing a more natural look. Dutcher’s team also reshaped and leveled some of the tee boxes, used a herbicide application to clean up a few areas on the course, and re-did the practice tee. Also, the irrigation system was totally revamped, a feature that regulars will pick up on. “The original irrigation system was still in place here,” said Smith. “We were having to hand-water in the morning during play. The new system is electronically controlled, meaning we can now water at night or any other time it is needed.” The changes in the golf course will only enhance the high-quality, nature laden golf experience that has greeted golfers since the beginning of Kissimmee Bay. It is not unusual to see turkeys, bobcats and cranes meandering among the stately oaks and pines that line most of the fairways. Large gators Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 7

can be seen swimming in the lakes that come into play on 16 holes. A round of golf at Kissimmee Bay Country Club is a virtual stroll through nature. It is also a solid challenge, featuring many unique holes in a beautiful setting, requiring players to move the ball in both directions to score well. The par 5 ninth is a perfect example of several outstanding risk/reward holes at Kissimmee Bay. It is u-shaped, bending right to left around a water hazard and stand of trees. The tee shot calls for a draw through a narrow shoot, and if hit well gives the player the opportunity to reach the green in two. But the approach must be struck purely as it requires a carry over water to a sloping green that is guarded by bunkers left and right. A bailout area on the right provides a safer option. A memorable golf experience is not the only attraction at Kissimmee Bay. The partially renovated clubhouse is home to the Langley Golf Museum, an incredible collection of golf artifacts dating back to the beginnings of the game. The vast collection includes famous clubs, balls, trophies, magazine covers, scorecards and much more. The crown

Kissimmee Bay Hole #9 jewel of the museum is a workbench from the Old Tom Morris Workshop at the Old Course in St. Andrews as well as a club made by him. It’s all part of a unique and fulfilling golf experience that Kissimmee Bay provided for its customers during its glory days. Now, with the renovations, management is promising that same

experience. While in the area you will also want to check out their sister club, Remington Golf Club just one mile away. A more contemporary design with wide fairways and large greens. This is also maintained by Down to Earth Landscaping and Irrigation and is worth your time to check them out.


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tennessee golf central header Jeremy Jones was selected Golf Professional of Year for the Knoxville Section of the Tennessee Professional Golfers Association. The “PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award” bestows special recognition on a PGA Golf Professional who has performed outstanding services as an overall PGA Professional. As one of the highest honors the PGA can bestow, candidates must possess outstanding qualities of leadership, strong moral character, and a substantial record of service to the Association and the game of golf. Individuals honored with the PGA Golf Professional of the Year award will be held as the model PGA Golf Professional. Jeremy is now in the finals for the Tennessee Section Professional of Year award with 4 other chapter winners. Jeff Houston was selected the Bill Strausbaugh Award winner for the Knoxville section of the Tennessee Professional Golfers Association. The “PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award” bestows special recognition on a PGA Professional, who personally displays outstanding integrity, character, and leadership through a commitment to mentoring and making significant impacts on the careers of PGA Professionals. In the spirit of the award, “mentoring” shall be defined as follows: “Mentoring is supporting professionals to manage their own development so they can maximize their PGA career potential. 34

Fairfield Glade Receives Four Awards at the Annual Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee PGA Luncheon

The PGA mentor empowers, enables, advises, challenges, and encourages professionals to enhance their professional skills, strengthen their level of service, improve their work performance, and become the PGA Member that they aspire to be.” Corey Wade was selected Merchandiser of the Year for resort facilities by the Knoxville Section of the Tennessee Professional Golfers Association. The “Merchandiser of the Year Award is

designed to recognize those PGA Professionals who have excelled as business persons/merchandisers in the promotion of golf. Corey is now a finalist for the Tennessee Section Merchandiser of Year for Resort facilities. Grant Goodwin received the Assistant Professional of Year award from the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Professional Golfers Association. The “Assistant Golf Professional of the Year Award” bestows special recognition on an Assistant Golf Professional who has performed outstanding services as an overall Assistant Professional. As one of the highest honors The PGA can bestow, candidates must possess outstanding qualities of leadership, strong moral character, and a substantial record of service to the association and the game of golf. Individuals honored with the Assistant Golf Professional of the Year award will be held as a model Golf Professional. The awards ceremony luncheon took place in Knoxville on December 13th. These four winners of the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee PGA will continue on to the Tennessee PGA Awards competition where they will compete with other chapter winners. Only one winner win each category will be presented at the state level. For more information please contact Jeff Houston, Director of Golf, Fairfield Glade Resort 931-456-5724. Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 7

We’d Like To Put A Few Holes In Your Vacation Plans. Quite a few in fact. You see, Fairfield Glade Resort in Tennessee has 90 holes of Championship Golf alone, including Stonehenge, named among the top public courses in Tennessee by Golf Digest, GolfWeek and Golf Magazine. Then there are the many outstanding courses around nearby Crossville, widely known as the golf capital of Tennessee. In all, more than 180 holes of golf just waiting to be played atop the Cumberland Plateau. But your vacation doesn’t have to be all golf. We offer 11 pristine lakes for boating and fishing, 12 miles of nature trails, a state-of-the-art Racquet Center and remarkable restaurants. This year, plan to spend your vacation at Fairfield Glade Resort and Crossville, Tennessee. The South’s holey land for golfers. For information or reservations, call 931-707-2061 • Located between Knoxville and Nashville, just a few miles from I-40 (Exit 322)

Now the fun begins.

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By David Theoret

Cleghorn Golf and Sports Club – Taking Mountain Golf to New Heights Cleghorn Golf and Sports Club at

couple feet short of the green is going to roll all the way to the bot-

Tryon Resort (formerly Cleghorn

tom of the fairway and require an

Plantation) has a rich history. In

interesting uphill chip shot that

1764, the Crown Governor of the

could start the process all over

Colony of NC granted land to John McDowell who grew wheat, cotton and corn on his plantation. Eleven years later, the plantation was purchased by William Cleghorn. Over 50 years later Cleghorn built the Manor House which has survived to this day! Over the years, the plantation was passed down through the Cleghorn family. In 1972 it was transformed into Cleghorn Plantation Golf and Country Club by famous golf course designer George Cobb. Cobb has well over 100 golf course designs

ing of 73.3 and a slope of 136. With all of the ups and downs associated with mountain golf, most golfers will get all they can handle from the Gold Tees (6,131/70.6/128). Ladies typically play from the Bronze Tees (4,617/68/120). In all, a total of four sets of tees offer distances suitable for every golfer. Pick the right set of tees and Cleghorn could quickly become your favorite golf course in the area.

to his credit, most notably the Par

Memorable Golf Holes

3 Course at Augusta National and

Most Memorable Hole: Number 15,

Quail Hollow in Charlotte, NC, home

Par 4, 331 yards (Gold Tees). Although

to the 2017 PGA Championship!

it’s a short par 4, it was George Cobb’s

Cleghorn Golf and Sports Club at

favorite and that’s good enough for

Tryon Resort has been acclaimed by

us! It’s a dogleg right with water all

the PGA as one of the best courses

down the right side so play a hybrid

in North Carolina. Golf Digest has

or 3-wood down the left side of the

also listed Cleghorn in their “Best Places

fairway. Push it right off the tee and

to Play” and they have been voted

it’s most likely wet. The creek crosses

“The #1 Golf Course in Rutherford

the fairway in front of the green so

County” multiple times by readers

be sure to take enough club to get it

of the Rutherford Daily Courier.

there. Avoid the bunker on the right

Whether it’s an elevated tee box, a well-bunkered green or roll-


from the back tees with a course rat-

side and a good score can be had. Favorite Par 3: Number 7, 182 yards

ing fairways, each hole has its own

(Gold Tees). This long par 3 requires

distinct character; Cleghorn aims

you to carry the ball onto the green

to please even the most discerning

off the tee to this highly elevated

golfer. The course plays 6,762 yards

green. Anything that lands even a

again. Par is a good score here. Favorite Par 4: Number 1, 314 yards (Gold Tees). Better get it while the getting’s good! This straight par 4 is ranked the easiest hole on the course. Although the fairway narrows as you near the green and the right side of the green is guarded by three bunkers, you should be able to get your round off to a great start. Hit anything long and left and you’ll make things tougher than they need to be. Favorite Par 5: Number 18, 541 yards (Gold Tees). Although the hole plays straight, you start with a blind tee shot with not much trouble around. With a large lake in front of the green, the second shot is not a tough decision, layup! Just be sure to hit it far enough to get to the bottom of the hole, or you’ll be looking at a long iron into an uphill green from a downhill lie. The green has some moderate undulations and will make you earn that par. Before your round, spend some time on the grass driving range. It’s a great opportunity to work on your accuracy, something you’ll be grateful for once you get out on the course. There’s also a large practice putting green to give you an idea of what’s to come Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 7

There’s also a fully equipped kitchen

get. You’ll find the front nine to be tight

with microwave, full-size refrigera-

and hilly, while the back nine has a lot

tor, toaster, coffee maker and oven as

more water and opens up a bit. The

All lodging is located at the Tryon

well as a flat screen television in living

Champion Bermuda greens have been

Equestrian Center and there are sev-

room and free wi-fi. All units also have

reworked and are in pristine condition,

eral options available. Tryon is about

a washer and dryer and an outdoor,

firm and fast. The bunkers have under-

8 minutes away from the golf course.

screened-in patio with access to a grill.

gone their own restoration process with

The parking area is located directly next

new edging and sand in all 58 bunkers

one-minute drive up the road from

to the entrance of each cabin. Pets are

throughout the layout. After your round

the show grounds, the Stable House

welcome (subject to deposit and fee).

stop by the pro shop and pick up some

and let you warm up your short game.

Lodging Options

Stable House Inn – Located just a

Inn offers convenience and comfort

Tryon also offers 3 and 5-bed-

logoed merchandise to remember your

and each room features two queen

room log cabins as well as 3, 4

golfing experience by. They stock new

sized beds, flat screen TV, free Wi-Fi,

and 7-bedroom rental homes.

golf polos, shoes, balls and gloves and

full bathroom, mini-fridge, micro-

Check their website for details.

sell them at very moderate prices. If

wave, and coffee-maker. You can park your car directly outside the room. One-Bedroom Log Cabin – A tiny

Last Word Cleghorn is truly one of the best

you’re looking for a course in Western NC that will put all of your golf skills to the test, play a round at Cleghorn Golf

home, without the wheels. These new

places to play golf in Western North

and Sports Club. Cleghorn offers stay

cabins have 1 master bedroom with a

Carolina. George Cobb has created a

and play packages that will soon be

queen size bed and sliding pocket doors

course that is much more than 18 holes

listed on their website. Visit them on-

for privacy as well as a pull-out sleeper

of golf; with the views it offers it is an

line at

sofa and a loft with a full-size bed.

experience you will not soon for-

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By David Theoret

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Premier Golf on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Owner and CEO Kenny Hughes is a native of Biloxi, MS and spent his childhood playing golf at nearby Sunkist Country Club. Kenny attended the University of Southern Mississippi where he was named Player of the Year as a member of the varsity golf team. After graduation he got into the golf industry on a full-time basis and in 1989 Hughes was named by the PGA as apprentice player of the year by the Mississippi Chapter. He has been a PGA member since 1992, having competed in and won dozens of tournaments. So it goes without saying that Kenny knows golf, especially in coastal Mississippi. He has been at Shell Landing Golf Club since the course opened its doors in 2000 and has seen both the good and the bad. Shell Landing has been through some rough financial times and in 2012, Kenny and a group of investors purchased Shell Landing and nearby Hickory Hill Golf Club,


where Hughes got his start in the golf business. Shell Landing doesn’t have deep pockets or the backing of a casino to help it stay afloat and what Kenny and his staff have done is take a spectacular golf facility in a relatively unknown – at least for golf – part of the country and transform it into a facility that is recognized by both Golf Digest and Golfweek as one of the top public courses in Mississippi year in and year out. Golf Digest has been so impressed with the facility that they have recognized them on several occasions including naming Shell Landing among America’s Best New Courses. In 2003, the magazine ranked this Davis Love III cham-

pionship design #5 in America in the Best New Upscale Public category, the only one in the top 5 that is located in the South. In 2007 Shell Landing was presented Golf Digest’s “Architecture Award’ in recognition of their outstanding design and named it among the “Best Golf Courses in the State.” In 2017 Golf Digest ranked Shell Landing the 6th Best Golf Course in Mississippi. The Shell Landing Golf Course was designed by Davis Love III and plays 7,024 yards of golf from the back tees for a par of 72. From back here, the course rating is 73.2 with a slope of 128. Shell Landing Golf Club features both a beautiful natural waterfront setting and some diverse topography. Water comes

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into play on eight holes and plays a role on most scorecards. Generous tree-lined fairways meander through the pine savannah, which is adorned with seasonal flowers. These well-sculpted fairways give way to large undulating greens that roll true and fast. You’ll find conditioning like many of the high-priced casino courses in the area at a fraction of the cost. As you make your way around the layout, you’ll have the opportunity to commune with nature; it’s not uncommon during a round to see deer, alligators, rabbits, fox and a variety of birds. With five sets of tees, all levels of players will find Shell Landing to be a challenging and enjoyable place to play. Shell Landing is not without its fair share of memorable golf holes. The course’s signature hole is the par 3, 17th which plays over 200 yards from the back tees. The tees are elevated and play downhill to the green. Don’t let the visual distractions fool you, you can easily be distracted on this hole. All you can see off the tee is the marsh and the three deep bunkers that loom behind the green. The best advice you will get is to be sure and carry the marsh and hit the green! Par is a good score here. Another hole you’re not soon to forget is Number 9 a 370-yard par 4 that features a marsh that crosses the fairway. Longball hitters may be able to carry it, although for my money, the risk outweighs the reward. Play something less of the tee, short of the creek and you’ll leave yourself a short approach to an elevated green protected front and back by beautiful, white sand bunkers. The par 5 3rd is one of the most beautiful holes on the entire course. It’s a modest double dogleg that plays well over 500 yards. Fairway bunkers guard the right side of fairway off the tee and if you play it too safe, you may just find the woods! Place your tee shot down the left center of the fairway with a power fade and you’ll be in good shape to play your secGolf Central • Volume 19, Issue 7

ond shot. You’ll want to hit it down the right side of fairway towards the mounds with a slight draw; this will leave a full third shot into the green. Should you decide to go for the green in two, be sure to carry the large pond that fronts the green. Other amenities at Shell Landing include a full length 15-acre practice facility where you can hit every club in your bag, as well as a massive putting green. There’s also men’s and women’s locker rooms, club storage, and top of the line rental clubs. After your round, be sure to stop by

enough to pay off your bets! The Landing Bar and Grill is open to the public and is open for lunch 7 days a week from 11 AM – 3 PM. They are also available to host special events. Shell Landing Golf Club also offers golf memberships. Members receive discounted visitor passes, advance tee times, complimentary range balls, a 20 percent pro shop discount, inclusion in member events and tournaments with any level of membership package. Choose from Gold Level, Senior Level, Junior Level and Weekday Primary membership packages. Membership pack-

the Landing Bar and Grill, which has something for everyone. At first glance, the menu is not all that impressive, as a matter of fact, you could say it’s very limited. That may be the case but take a bite out of any item on the menu and you’ll be amazed. After all, what’s better: having a small menu and doing everything well or having a lot of choices, but nothing memorable? Their burgers are superb, the Philly Cheesesteak is something to write home about and their sandwiches are impressive. And by the way, the hot dogs are the best around and their prices will let you leave with

ages range in price from $55 to $159 per month for a single membership. Last Word: Shell Landing offers true southern hospitality and gives you the total Gulf Coast golf experience without breaking the bank. Every hole is unique, and you need to think your way through each shot. The greens are some of the purist in the area and knowing them will help you tremendously. They want to see to it that you enjoy yourself and come back again. On your next visit to Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, be sure to play a round at Shell Landing. Visit them online at 39

By Mike May

golf history

Your Golfing Home... It’s in Homestead

When most people think of Homestead, Florida, three things immediately spring to mind. Firstly, Homestead is the site of the Homestead-Miami Speedway, where the final race of the NASCAR season is held each November. Secondly, Homestead is the home of the Fruit and Spice Park, the only tropical botanical garden of its kind in the U.S., where, among other things, 75 varieties of bananas and 150 varieties of mango are on display. And, thirdly, Homestead is where the winds of Hurricane Andrew came rumbling through like a freight train in September of 1992, leaving behind a swath of destruction that left many people in Homestead homeless. The one place in the Homestead area that survived Andrew is the

Redland Golf & Country Club 7th Hole HISTORY - The Miami News Sun

Redland Golf & Country Club 7th Hole TODAY 4/7/2017 Redland Golf and Country Club. It remains the home for many south Florida golfers because of its person-to-person philosophy. “We focus on customer service,” said John Stempien, Redland’s pro shop manager. “We meet and greet every golfer as soon as they arrive at the bag drop and the pro shop. We give fivestar country club service to every golfer, whether they are a member or not.” What’s different about the Redland Golf and Country Club is that its founder was neither a wealthy individual nor was he a golfer. His name was Joe L. Burton, who owned and operated a local department store. And, according to all sources, he had never touched or swung a golf club before in this life. But, he decided to do what many people thought was not possible, especially so close to the end of World War II – raise enough money to build a local golf course. What left many people scratching their head was his plan of attack – raise the money by selling memberships for $100 apiece. The goal was $40,000. Not only did Burton and his membership sales squad achieve their objective, but they did it quickly -- in less than four months. The job of designing the course was assigned to golf course architect Red


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Lawrence. The job of removing trees

with the Men’s League on Mondays

and digging dirt was done by the A.W.

and Thursday mornings; the Fore the

Lindgren Land Clearing Company. The

Ladies league is on Wednesdays from

front nine today is known as the ‘Red

November to April; and the Dogfights

Lawrence 9.’

are played Tuesdays and Fridays at noon.

This course’s historical roots are a big

The number one tournament each year

reason why the Redland Golf and Coun-

is the Homestead Amateur Golf Classic

try Club is one of 54 golf courses that

each November. The 2018 event marked

comprise the Florida Historic Golf Trail.

the 41st edition of this annual 36-hole

Construction on this 18-hole golf

Redland Golf & Country Club 7th Hole TODAY 4/20/2014

course started in 1947 and was built in two stages. The first nine was completed

stroke-play competition. It honors the low gross and low net winners for both men and women. After golf, visit the Sand Trap Restau-

in the late 1940s. That’s today’s front

shape 12 months a year because of a

nine. The other nine holes – today’s back

talented superintendent – Samuel Mar-

rant where the meals are made from

nine – was built in the 1960s. Together,


scratch and consistently draw rave reviews.

the 18 holes form a great par-72 golf

“Our superintendent is a wizard with

course that has four sets of tees that

the greens,” added Stempien. “He keeps

When you are ready to sample the

measure 5,600 yards from the forward

our course in great shape throughout the

Redland Golf and Country Club experi-

tees to 6,600 yards from the tips. This

year. Players appreciate it.”

ence, put the club’s address (24451 SW

golf course is impacted by a steady

This remains a membership-driven

177th Avenue; Homestead, Florida) into

breeze, many palm trees, pearly white

club, but it’s always open to the pub-

your GPS and head for south Florida. To

sand traps, and a few lakes and ponds

lic. In fact, the club is open 364 days a

reserve a tee time, the pro shop (305-247-

-- typical of a south Florida golf course.

year. It’s closed on Christmas Day. The

8503) is standing by to welcome you to

The course conditions remain in tip-top

members are busy throughout the year

your golfing home. It’s in Homestead.

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By Michael Wargo

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Daniel Bolan Redefines “Impact” for Golfers

Who is Daniel Bolan? First, Daniel is an Eagle Scout, Orange County Citizen of the Year and Jefferson Lead 360 award winner. If this isn’t impressive enough, he was also Florida State Champion and TNBA National Champion Bowler. Most importantly though, he is a young man determined to have a major impact on our veterans. Sometimes, a moment of clarity sparks an epiphany destined to change our life’s path forever. Most of us understand the fabric of our society has been woven by the service of our veterans. We all want to help, but most do very little. For Daniel Bolan, a 14-year-old student, two words changed his life forever. The two words were “Get started.“ These simple words began a journey that has been serving veterans and their causes ever since with the Strike For Vets Bowling events and now, the Student Veterans Foundation and “Get Started” Initiative. Wanting to help and not taking action is normal for most of us. However, once we get started, everything becomes possible and until we do, nothing is accomplished. The Student Veterans Foundation cause was founded by Daniel, and is now serving 42

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student veterans and helps to support many other veteran charities. Daniel’s signature Strike For Vets Bowling events were just the beginning, and plans are now moving to nationwide golf events. Daniel Bolan, Founder of Student Veterans Foundation comments, “From the day I got started, my life changed forever. Seeing my path and getting started was immediately rewarding. I gave my time to help others. This is a reward that is both indescribable and empowering. Seeing the money raised at my events go to Veterans’ families in need is the most fulfilling feeling ever. I don’t just want to help veterans, I want everyone to know the feeling I have from giving back to the men and woman that kept us safe, and those making the ultimate sacrifice. Giving a little money is hardly a sacrifice. It is, however, a token and a chance to make a difference in the lives of a few very deserving families. Their sacrifices have made us all safe. This is why we should all give back.

define the direction of most teenagers,

a vital component for a growing a

We all want to make an im-

he gives a tremendous amount of

charitable organization. The new

pact and do something helpful,

time and effort to his cause. The part

focus is on student veterans helping

we just have to ‘Get Started’.”

I personally find compelling and

them transition into a productive life

inspiring is that he believes everyone

as a civilian. They emerge from the

somewhat shy and modest young man

should be doing exactly what he is

military with amazing skill sets and

offering me a few tips on bowling.

doing. He believes he is nothing

experience that often gets overlooked,

Remarkably, he literally threw a perfect

special, and we all have the same

and they find a need for more relevant

300 game in his first game with me. I

instincts, but life gets in the way.

education to get the jobs they need. The

When I first met Daniel, he was a

photographed the score screen and

Originally, Strike For Vets and

ultimate goal is to become amongst

was astonished because I have never

eventually, the Student Veterans

the worlds most significant supporter

witnessed such a feat. Besides the

Foundation, was created by Daniel

of our veterans, and to generate

fact that he never even seemed to pay

when he was only 14 to be a vehicle

significant financial contributions to

much attention to the game, he never

to help a spinal cord rehab center for

every part of veterans programs and

really reacted to this nearly miraculous

Wounded Warriors. This began a quest

needs. A focus on a more youthful and

score either! Obviously he had quite

for a way to continue helping and

ambitious new generation of supporters

a few of these. When he invited me to

serving veterans. The Strike For Vets

and civic-minded individuals is an

the Strike For Vets Event he planned, I

movement has been a very effective

important part of their mission and

could see his passion and excitement,

platform for bringing citizens of all

vision. As a result, the future of the

and it far exceeded the enthusiasm

ages together to raise money and

Student Veterans Foundation is a

over his 300 game. When I watched

support veterans while participating

bright one because growth and ever-

this amazing young man handle

in an activity they love. Again, Daniel

increasing resources and donations are

the event, speaking eloquently on

was a State and National Champion

guaranteed for many years to come!

behalf of the veterans and his sincere

bowler using the sport he loves as the

I have been in and around the

commitment to helping, I knew I had

event to bring it all together. But today,

golf industry for many years. I am

to become a part of it. I have been

events of all descriptions are being

convinced that golfers and industry

helping ever since. Daniel Bolan is

planned all over the country to support

professionals will come together and

obviously incredibly accomplished

vets and to bring different veterans’

help this young man find a way to have

and a very unique young man. But

organizations and partners together for

an impact and give student veterans

there is no doubt that his civic-minded

the common good. Students Veterans

all of the support they need to help

self is an awe-inspiring quality. At an

Foundation is currently developing

take care of their families and succeed

age where social pressures and all of

a strong global partners network.

outside of the military. Visit www.vvet.

the other activities and distractions

The need for strategic partners is

org to donate or find a way to serve. 43

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to me physically and mentally. I also love anything art. Painting, drawing, or crafting of any kind always makes me happy.

What is your idea of “the perfect date”?

What is my idea of a perfect date? I don’t know I am pretty laid back I usually enjoy the simple things most.

Relaxed evening at home, or nightclub and cocktails? I’ve been notorious for specializing in both =)

Favorite comedian? My favorite comedian would have to be

Celina Stevenson Where did you grow up? I grew up in Citrus County Florida,

Ellen Degenerous. My mother got me into her when I was young and although she isn’t your typical comedian, I love her show and everything she stands for.

Favorite type of movie? I am a huge nerd so I am into

where the beautiful Black Diamond is located.

anything comic book, magic, sci-fi or fantasy related. I also love science and true crime documentaries.

Which group of people did you associate most with in high school? I never really associated with any particular group in

Favorite charity to support? I think my favorite charity to

high school. I’ve always been one to get along with everyone equally.

support would have to be WWF World Wildlife Fund. Their mission is the conservation of all nature and I love that.

What is your favorite sport to play? Favorite to watch? My favorite sport to play is probably volleyball. I don’t play as much as I used to but I’ve always loved it. My favorite sport to watch is definitely football. My family comes from Boston so I was raised a Patriots fan. GO PATS!

Do you enjoy playing golf? Are they’re any golfers in your family? I do enjoy playing golf, although I suffer from multiple shoulder injuries so I don’t play often. There aren’t any golfers in my family although I’ve gotten a lot of them interested.

What do you feel makes this club special? From its unique location to the way it has the ability to take members, employees and anyone who enters and make them feel like family. What is your favorite part of being a cart girl? What is your least favorite part? My favorite part of being a cart girl is getting paid to be on a world famous golf course most others spend money to be on. My least favorite is working outside and having to deal with the Florida weather.

What type of music do you prefer? I listen to all sorts of music but I’m definitely a Rock and Roll girl.

What hobbies do you enjoy? Some of my hobbies would include staying active. Weightlifting and Yoga are everything 44

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The Arnold Palmer Experience will bring Arnie's Legacy to Life

The Arnold Palmer Experience,

an engaging and interactive exhibit, will give fans an opportunity to learn more about his storied life on and off the golf course. The exhibit will debut at his namesake PGA TOUR event, the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, March 4-10 at Bay Hill Club &

Lodge in Orlando, Fla. Fans will enter a 360-degree domed theatre where a brief film of Mr. Palmer’s life will highlight his path from humble roots in Latrobe, Pa. as the son of a groundskeeper to one of the most beloved figures in the game of golf and an American icon. The film will feature many of the wide-ranging aspects of Mr. Palmer’s amazing life, including his champion golf career, his love of aviation, his innovative business success and his charitable giving – all grounded with strong character and values. The film will also speak to his family’s plans to carry forward Arnie’s legacy to inspire generations to come and how fans can be involved in Arnie’s Army. As fans move through the experience, the second space will allow 48

them to virtually tee it up to compare their swing to Arnie’s unique swing as well as test their skill on signature holes that became iconic in Mr. Palmer’s storied career or from courses he designed. Fans will be able to upload their swing in a side-by-side comparison with Arnie’s swing and share on their social media channels. Intermixed within the theatre and the interactive area will be iconic artifacts from his collection of more than twenty-thousand pieces of memorabilia. Sport-activation experts Provision Events (PVE) was chosen to bring the Arnold Palmer Experience to life. PVE activations have appeared at the world’s most high-profile events including the Olympics, The Ryder Cup, European and PGA TOUR events, The

Wimbledon Championships and The Open Championship. Located adjacent to the 10th hole at Bay Hill, the Arnold Palmer Experience will be open to all tournament ticket holders during tournament days. The tournament week, however, is only the beginning for the Arnold Palmer Experience. Plans call for the 360-degree theater to remain open for Bay Hill members and Lodge guests for a few weeks following the tournament, and then travel to Latrobe this summer leading into Mr. Palmer’s 90th birthday in September. It may also travel to other locations. Ultimately, this temporary experience will help shape the longer-term vision for more permanent showcases of Arnold Palmer’s legacy with the goal of inspiring others to live a “Life Well Played.” Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 7

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Brad Turner

Interview with Greg Corbo/1999 Golf Academy graduate, Orlando

When the Golf Academy of America’s Orlando campus closed its doors in early December after nearly 30 years of educating students with a passion in golf, along with it came the long tenured position of Campus Director/ President Bradley Turner, PGA. Through three different name-brand changes, three campus re-locations and two changes in ownership, Turner, 58, has been a mainstay since 1991. Having graduated over 12,000 students including 3062 international students whom sought the GAA Orlando campus for higher learning, Turner’s GAA graduates ultimately carried his teachings and beliefs into the golf industry with them on their many journeys. Now that you’ve had time to absorb all of this, what are your general thoughts and what would you like to say on behalf of the Academy and your time spent here? When the announcement was made on December 5th that all ECA schools including the Golf Academy of America were closing, well it was the worst-case scenario for so many people. The effects of the closing span much further than the students and employees of GAA Orlando. We utilized not only space from a good landlord but played and practiced at many of the central Florida golf courses. For the special golf tournaments and activities that used GAA student volunteers, will now need to find a new source. It is unbelievable to be working one day on 2019 goals and objectives and then the next day telling students and staff that GAA will cease operations in 10 days. This has been a rough time for many in the Golf Academy family. Looking back on my time with GAA Orlando fills me with pride as we accomplished so much for many golf enthusiasts. I came to the Academy primarily because it was Florida. My wife and I could get out of the cold win50

ters in the mid-west and enjoy the Florida lifestyle. The initial thought was to work for the Academy until I found the ideal job at a golf facility. It did not take very long before I really enjoyed the chance to share my golf knowledge with students. Once I was promoted to the Campus Director/President position, it really became exciting to go to work! For those who had the opportunity to either work at the Academy or attend the Academy, the majority really enjoyed the experience. For anyone passionate about the game, it is almost impossible not to like studying all the facets of the industry. Through an incredibly dedicated staff, we were able to create a culture that changed many lives for the better. The central Florida golf community embraced our volunteer efforts which enhanced the student experiences even more. It was a one of a kind experience! Our number one source for new students were referrals from alumni. I still love to hear the stories from any of the GAA Orlando graduates. It is truly disheartening to realize that we will not be able to provide this great golf experience for any future students. Although the Golf Academy of America will not exist in the future, the education and passion will carry forward through our many graduates and their ability to continue to grow the game of golf. The brick and mortar are now gone, but the GAA Orlando family will exist for many years to come. Have the generations of Alumni come back to see you to share success stories about their experiences within the industry? When students came back to campus to visit it was always a great day to see them and then eventually brag about them. The realization that we made a difference in their career path is very satisfying for any educator. I continue to receive incredible messages from them! It for sure brings back memories of each one of them. With social media it has been great to be able to follow along with their careers. Who are some of the more successful graduates from this campus to enter the industry and where did they land? We recently published a Top 100 Alumni list in November of 2018. Each one of these Alumni have been very successful and represent many different path ways in the golf industry.

Any one specific story or student you’re super proud of whom went on to do unforeseen things in golf? That would be like asking who your favorite child is! However, some of my super proud graduates were the most challenging while they were in school. Sometimes we did not see eye to eye on their academic or golf performance. Yet years later a few have come back to thank me on my attempt to get them on a better life path. Even if they are not pursuing a golf career, they were thankful for the Golf Academy experience and how it eventually shaped their life in a positive direction. What other facets of the industry did graduates mostly seek other than being a club pro? When students enrolled in school, many of them had a pathway in mind such as a teaching professional or assistant professional. Throughout their experience at GAA they were exposed to many other directions in the golf industry. Most recently, GolfTec has used GAA as resource to fill the need for instructors at their many locations around the country. What is one of the more unique positions a GAA graduate has held? One of our former instructors, John Lillvis has been a Rules Official on the PGA Tour for many years. He really helped one of our graduates Andrew Miller on his quest to follow in John’s footsteps. Andrew is now a full-time Rules Official on the and I believe he has filled in on some PGA Tour events. That is pretty cool job if you ask me! How has the constant advancement of technology impacted teaching over the years? When I first started with the Academy in 1991 we didn’t have a quality video camera to provide feedback to the students. I had purchased one of my own prior to joining the Academy and bringing that to the students was eye opening for most of them. Prior to the advances in technology, the golf swing was a true unknown for many golfers and teachers alike. The old school thinking was to model a golf swing after the great players on the tour. Ben Hogan does this, and Jack does that. We have learned so much about instruction over the past 30 years largely due to changes in technology. Today, a V1 video analysis is similar to an X-ray at the doctor’s office. If Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 7

in golf with so much attainable information out there? The route in education continues to change. With attainable knowledge at your fingertips, there is a tremendous opportunity to change the delivery of information in all facets of education. The brick and mortar facility will always be around, but it will become the minority in time. Remember that traditional colleges and universities were places to go to gain the necessary knowledge for a successful professional career. Libraries were the most valued resource at any university 100 years ago. The faculty and their qualifications were a close second. For those young aspiring professionals, studying at a prestigious school with the best library and top faculty provided unequal opportunity to become the best. Today, there is so much available on the Internet, that the need of a prestigious library of books and tenured faculty members is not so unique. The playing field is being leveled by the Internet. The Internet has changed everything, and education is no different. As for the Golf Academy program, the future of a school like GAA will need to combine the benefits of online with practical on ground application. For example, if I learned to “fly a plane” online and pass the necessary written portion of a pilot’s test, would you like to go with me on my first flight as the pilot? Of course you wouldn’t. We will always need teachers and coaches that provide the handson learning and guide students to attaining the skill and confidence to perform. Whether it is in golf, flying plane, or the medical profession. The Internet is an important tool in the future, but it is only one part of the solution in education.

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you want more information you can order an MRI from a launch monitor like Trackman. The golf swing is physics and geometry in motion. Today’s teachers must use these tools to provide accurate analysis of each unique golf swing and provide a path towards better ball striking. The changes in technology explain the invasion of the young golfer on the PGA Tour. Thirty years ago, the belief was that your best golf would be played in your thirties as you learn and understand your swing. Technology has changed that thinking and the proof is on TV every week. Is the inherent spirit of the game being compromised by the evolution of technology? I don’t think so. The game is a bit easier with the advances in technology, but we can all attest to the difficulty of the game. With knowledge comes understanding, and with understanding comes the ability to really shorten the learning process. However, there is no replacement for hard work and practice. Technology will not make it easier to learn a skill at a high level. Athletes today are practicing with more purpose and understanding than ever before. I am happy to see that the USGA has taken steps to stop the advances in making the ball go farther. I think the USGA will make sure that the inherent spirit of the game is always there. Is a golf academy a practical route nowadays for a student with a passion Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 7

Have teaching fundamentals over the years been modified or adjusted due to an increase in athleticism post Tiger Woods era (1997)? It is clear that Tiger changed the game to a power game. The young guys today are very fit with good strength and plenty of flexibility. I played in a pro-am tournament with a member from Bay Hill a few years ago. He said that 20-30 years ago they would order plenty of beer, wine and liquor for the PGA professionals for the week. Guys would play their round and have a couple of beers and then head home. Today, he said virtually not a single player is drinking at the bar after the round. I read where Tiger never drinks during tournament week. Tiger has set the example in more

ways than one! What remains the same today as it was when Young Tom Morris played is that a golfer must strike the ball first then the ground, with a path orientation towards the desired target and the clubface at the target. Finally, catch it in the sweet spot! If you can do that and repeat it at high percentage level, well you can play very good golf. Are you comfortable with the simplifying of The Rules of Golf now in effect? I am in favor the recent changes in the Rules of Golf and I do not believe it has compromised the inherit spirit of the game. The NFL game today is much different than the NFL of the seventies. And the NFL is more popular than ever even if the game is different. I believe the USGA has done a good job on these changes. They only missed one important change in the rules that would speed up play…players should not be allowed to use an extended line on the golf ball. This slows the game down more than any of their new changes. I call it the “cheater line” as it is a clear aid to a player in executing a stroke/ putt. You’ve worked with lots of inspiring and unique GAA staff individuals over the years, any last words to them wherever they may be? I learned so much over the years at the Golf Academy but one of the most important lessons was assembling a great team. I was fortunate to work with a staff that shared a mutual goal of providing a great student experience. For all of the employees that worked at the GAA Orlando campus, we will always be able to share the time we had working and developing our students. I am still in touch with many of my former employees and I look forward to some type of reunion in the future. What’s next for Brad Turner? I need to be involved in the business of golf and the game of golf. I believe there is opportunity to be innovative in creating new golfers and getting them to come back and play more golf. If I can find the right situation where I can influence both the business and the game, then I will be very pleased. When I am in a position to create a team that will provide a great golf experience for any golf facility, I know where I will go to assemble this team. The GAA Orlando family is out there and ready to make a difference. *Turner is the 2018 East Central Chapter of NFPGA award recipient for contribution in the education of PGA members. Celebrating 30 years as a PGA Member (1988), Turner won the Florida State Golf Association Match Play Championship in 1997.


By Fred Seely

Illustrations by Greg Wise

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Three things that will change golf on the highest levels... • PGA Tour and PGA of America Let’s put this on the table: if the two organizations aren’t getting ready to merge, they’ll do something so cooperative that it will seem like they did. • World Golf Village, The First Tee and Golf 20-20 Let’s put this on the table: if the two organizations don’t show improvement, they will find themselves as close to the back burner as they can be put. • Legal gambling Let’s put this on the table: gambling on golf is about to become a lot more than a Nassau at your club, and everyone is going to have to proceed carefully. Now that we have the headlines out of the way, here are the stories: THE MERGER The Tour split from the PGA in 1967 because they had two separate missions, and the Tour players were tired of being bossed by club pros. Made sense then. But, today, they have a common problem: the game isn’t growing. That hurts the Tour because it affects TV numbers, and it concerns the PGA because courses are hurting, and jobs are endangered. Why get together? Simple. The Tour has money, pizzazz and no boots on the ground. The PGA has no money, no pizzazz and plenty of people. Why is this going to happen? Start with the new PGA of America CEO, Seth Waugh. He isn’t a PGA member, he’s an 8 handicapper who came from the banking industry. He isn’t beholden to the old PGA guard that has run things. With the headquarters move to Texas from Florida, expect a new start and probably quite a bit of new staff. Add the new PGA Tour commissioner, Jay Monahan. He worked quietly for his first year in the job and now is shaking and moving. How are they hoping to get golf moving? Don’t know but it darn sure will be actions, not slogans. We’re heard enough iterations of “Growing the Game” to know that the recent “efforts” are, indeed, to be put in quotations. THE WORLD GOLF VILLAGE, THE FIRST TEE and GOLF 20-20. You may have casually noted that all have new leadership. They’re being put under one person: PGA Tour executive Greg McLaughlin, charged to get them out of the doldrums. They’re together because, even though the missions seem very separate, they’re located in the same place: near St. Augustine in a massive resorttype complex. None have been particularly successful, if success is defined as doing something to increase golf participation. • The WGV suffers because it’s not just one thing: the Hall of Fame, the golf courses and the hotel are all owned separately. If you want to


have a convention there, you’ll sign three different contracts. • The First Tee got started when Tigermania hit the world and was going to bring golf to the inner cities. That didn’t work, so it altered its mission to promote better citizenship, like the Boy Scouts. This cloaked what many think is the real purpose of The First Tee: to provide cover in Congress if anyone questioned the Tour’s non-profit status. • Golf 20-20 had a vague mission. They hired a top-flight administrator in Steve Mona and had a lot of meetings and produced a lot of reports, but nothing seems to have clicked. Now, one man in charge. The goal: put the three together, much like a jigsaw puzzle, to get moving in the right direction. GAMBLING The much-derided Phil v. Tiger match didn’t mean much to the average golfer. The idea was silly, the payoff of $9 million didn’t seem all that exciting in this moneywashed age, and the $19.95 pay-per-view was odd when everything else in golf is free on TV. Look closer. The thing was put together by MGM, which is big in the gambling business, and a close look might convince you that this was a guinea pig event to determine what gamblers might offer in the future. We know what they don’t like: anything that can be determined by one person. Sometimes they have to live with it (boxing, which draws big money to Vegas) and most of the time they don’t (try getting a bet down on lesser tennis matches.) Golf is regarded as a clean sport though there are suspicions: a New York Post columnist wrote this about one prominent player: “I wouldn’t trust him in a game of solitaire.” Golf has never had much Vegas-type gambling interest. It’s too hard to pick a winner and it’s difficult to match courses with players, with the obvious exception of Augusta.. Golf also is a multi-day thing; bettors like quick decisions. The match got attention because bettors jumped on “prop” bets. It’s big in football, it could be big in golf. It’s putting money on a specific thing, such as whether a player will birdie a certain hole. It isn’t without danger; a player can’t predict he will birdie the 13th at Augusta, but he certainly can arrange to NOT birdie it. The Phil v. Tiger match didn’t get much action on the winner but it boomed in props; you could lay money on a certain holes — your man winning, losing or halving — and quickly cash or toss the ticket. It’s no secret that golf tournaments run close to the break-even edge with the big commitment needed ($12 million and up) to get a Tour event. So, before long you’ll see unfamiliar names in the sponsorship lists, names like William Hill and Paddy Power. They’ll have kiosks, first off to the side but gradually moving into hightraffic areas, where you can make a bet. There you have it: three issues, all important and all coming into prominence in our sport. Changes coming because changes are needed. Friends, our game isn’t where it should be. Shaking and moving is coming. Lots of it.

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Hope Helps Fifteen military veterans graduated from their participation over the last eight weeks of the free golf clinic provided at Fairwinds Golf Course in Fort Pierce, Florida. This is Fairwinds’ first-time hosting PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere). PGA HOPE is the flagship military program for the South Florida PGA Foundation; designed through the PGA of America foundation, PGA REACH, to introduce golf to Veterans with disabilities in an effort to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. Through PGA HOPE programming, the SFPGA Foundation is in position to make a more meaningful impact on the lives of America’s military veterans. As many veterans struggle with the transition back into civilian life, the game of golf delivers a new level of enjoyment.


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The Immokalee Foundation raises $2.5 million at annual events to help youth of Immokalee

Joyce Hagen, The Immokalee Foundation Board of Directors Chair, with students at the Charity Classic Celebration

The Immokalee Foundation unveiled its new career model during the Charity Classic Celebration gala and Pro-Am this month, garnering strong support from philanthropists and community business leaders who donated $2.5 million to support the foundation’s groundbreaking programs that serve the youth of Immokalee. The Charity Classic Celebration provided attendees with the opportunity to support specific programs that help students choose and achieve a profession; Charity Classic Pro-Am participants enjoyed a day of golf with nearly two dozen of the top men and women players in the nation. The foundation’s new career model, known as “Rewarding Careers in the New Economy,” is based on extensive research of in-demand professions in Southwest Florida and a comprehensive, all-new curriculum that helps students follow the pathway to their chosen career. The model recognizes that many well-paying jobs are available to students who earn industry-recognized certifications and credentials, in addition to professions that require two- and four-year college degrees. Joyce Hagen, board chair for The Immokalee Foundation, has led the effort to expand the organization’s career-based programming to help students achieve financial independence with or without a college 58

education. “We are starting to educate the youth of Immokalee in sixth grade about the career pathways that lead to well-paying jobs right here in Southwest Florida,” Hagen said. “Our programming involves the parents, as well, forming a partnership that helps ensure each student achieves his or her goals. We remain committed to Take Stock in Children college scholarships, while recognizing that not all students need a college degree to succeed in their chosen profession.” “We are incredibly grateful for the community’s generosity,” said Noemi Perez, The Immokalee Foundation executive director. “Every dollar raised is an investment in the future of our students, and we are dedicated to helping each one achieve his or her professional goal.” Paul Azinger, lead golf analyst for

Jim and Kathie Markiewicz supporting The Immokalee Foundation students at the Charity Classic Celebration with Aida

NBC Sports and 12-time PGA winner, this year played in his first Charity Classic Pro-Am. “The more I read and understand what The Immokalee Foundation is all about, the more I want to get behind it,” Azinger said. “I’ve always been motivated to help young people.” LPGA champion Annika Sorenstam expressed her delight at “being around people who are very caring, and very generous.” First place honors in the scramble tournament were Azinger, along with LPGA pro Kristy McPherson and local amateur players Paul Belfore, David Gordley, Steve Thompson and Patrick Trittler. Pros Richard Johnson and Michelle McGann with amateurs Janet Belle, Terrilynne Boling, Patti Krupp and Kathy Linsin won the women’s division. Pros Will Wilcox and Emma Talley with amateurs Will Bobb, Hal Cohen, Ken Rittman and Phil Warren were the men’s winners. Kenneth Thomas earned closest-to-the-pin honors. Barbara and Dale Morrison cochaired the Charity Classic Celebration, while Bay Colony member Sunny Sapiente chaired the Pro-Am tournament. Corporate sponsors of this year’s events were Kelly Tractor, Presenting Sponsor; BCB Homes, Pairings Party Sponsor; Florida Community Bank and Huntington Private Bank, Success Circle Sponsors; BMO Private Bank and IBERIABANK, Pathways Circle Sponsors; eBella Magazine, Media Sponsor; and The Ritz-Carlton Naples, Bigham Jewelers, Gene’s 5th Ave. Florist, Hamilton Harbor and Mercedes-Benz of Naples, In-Kind Donors. The Immokalee Foundation provides a range of education programs that focus on building pathways to professional careers through support, mentoring and tutoring, and life skills development leading to economic independence. To learn more about The Immokalee Foundation, its signature events, volunteering as a career panel speaker or host, becoming a mentor, making a donation, including the foundation in your estate plans, or for additional information, call 239-430-9122 or visit https:// Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 76

TIF Charity Classic Pro-Am 1st place women’s - golf pro Michelle McGann, Terrilynne Boling, Janet Belle, Kathy Linsin, Patti Krupp and golf pro Richard Johnson

Nancy Carlson raising her paddle to benefit The Immokalee Foundation students during the Charity Classic Celebration

The Immokalee Foundation 2018 Charity Classic Pro-Am Chair Sunny Sapiente (right) with golf pros Annika Sorenstam and Paul Azinger

Barbara and Dale Morrison, The Immokalee Foundation Charity Classic Celebration Event Co-Chairs, with students

Don Altorfer, CAT, raising his paddle to benefit The Immokalee Foundation students during the Charity Classic Celebration

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TIF Charity Classic Pro-Am 1st place overall - Paul Belfore, golf pro Kristy McPherson, Patrick Trittler, David Gordley, Steve Thompson, golf pro Paul Azinger

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Eric Morris and Edgar Garcia, BCB Homes, during The Immokalee Foundation Charity Classic Celebration

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SUPERSpotlight: Jerry White From Cuscowilla & Hawks Ridge to Old Toccoa Farm At the young age of 43, Jerry White has worked with some of the best superintendents in the business and the tutelage he received is about to pay off with the much-anticipated opening of 18-holes at Old Toccoa Farm. It’s no surprise that Jerry grew up to be a superintendent as he was born and raised in Tifton, Georgia, considered by many to be the epicenter for research and development of sports related turfgrasses. In fact, Tifway and Tifgreen, two bermudagrass hybrids developed at the UGA Tifton Campus, cover more golf courses, athletic fields and lawns than any other turf varieties in the world. Jerry enrolled in the University of Georgia in Athens in 1999 and while working towards his Turf Management degree, he interned and worked at Athens Country Club under the guidance of then Superintendent James Drinkard. Upon graduating from UGA in 2001, Jerry accepted a position to work for arguably the best superintendent in the country, Rusty Mercer, at the renowned Coore-Crenshaw masterpiece Golf Club at Cuscowilla. Jerry’s ability to convert actionable items into results led him to oversee the crew responsible for delivering the very best course conditions for one of the highest ranked golf courses in the country. “Rusty taught me a lot about what adds value and what doesn’t. He would remind me daily to always make sure we did things right the first time”. 60

Chris Walden (Shop Manager), Jerry White (Superintendent), Jeff Buchman (Assist. Superintendent), Mark Morrison (Spray Tech), Warren Cook (Crew)

With his acquired pedigree in place,

the course, Jerry was excited to take on

and a reputation for getting things

the challenge and become the Superin-

done on time and under budget, Jerry

tendent at Old Toccoa Farm.

left the Golf Club at Cuscowilla in 2005

Fast forward 15 years and in the

and headed north to Blue Ridge where

much-anticipated opening of the final

he became the Superintendent for

9-holes of golf (full 18-holes) is now

the to-be-built Blue Ridge Golf & River

scheduled to open in July of 2019. Jerry

Club. After three years of on again and

and his crew, along with the very tal-

off again construction and still no golf

ented and understated team at Bunker

course to open, Jerry made the deci-

Hill Golf, including master shaper

sion to move on and went to work for

Jack Dredla and designers Dan Proctor

acclaimed Superintendent Jim Dusch

and Dave Axland, have created a true

as an Assistant at Hawks Ridge Golf

masterpiece. The course has a cult

Club, in Ball Ground, Georgia. From

following much like Sweetens Cove

2008-2015, Jerry was responsible for

in Tennessee, and with the additional

delivering best-in-class conditions with

9-holes opening this summer, golfers

the course winning several awards

from all over the state and country will

during his tenure. In 2015, the manag-

be flocking to Blue Ridge to play this

ing partners of Old Toccoa Farm, who

special course.

purchased and began re-developing

Jerry has learned from the best

what was previously Blue Ridge Golf

throughout his career and now he gets

& River Club, reached out to Jerry and

to put his signature on one of the best

invited him back to Blue Ridge to help

new golf courses scheduled to be com-

them deliver the best golf experience

pleted in 2019. “It’s been a long road

possible in the mountains of North

to get here, but I couldn’t be happier.

Georgia. Knowing the managing

With Cavalier zoysia fairways and tees

partners personally, and knowing the

and 007 bentgrass greens, I am confi-

original golf design team of Bunker Hill

dent we can sustain high quality turf

Golf was also re-engaged to complete

conditions for years to come.“ Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 7

Back 9 Holes Now Under Construction 18-Holes Playable - July 2019

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Audubon International and United Airlines Team Up to Protect Raptors at New York Area Airports perches with long, clear views along and across fairways, excellent nesting opportunities, wide variety of habitats, and limited interaction with humans. ACSP courses are already being managed with wildlife habitat in mind and have the potential to be designated as Official Release Sites for the Raptor Relocation Network. “Audubon International is excited

The Raptor Relocation Network (RRN), which launched at Newark Liberty International Airport in the sum-

Golf courses are an ideal and under-recognized habitat for raptors due to the abundance of high vantage

to be working with United Airlines’ Eco-Skies program on the Raptor Relocation Network,” says Christine Kane, CEO at Audubon International.

mer of 2017, is a partnership between Audubon International and the United Airlines’ Eco-Skies program to protect raptors such as hawks, ospreys, owls and the threatened American Kestrel, that are often found hunting at airports. The goal is to protect these beautiful birds, and reduce the chance of them colliding with airplanes, by relocating them to safe, high quality habitat found on golf courses that are certified within the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program. The network connects Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) member golf courses with airport wildlife managers who are trapping and relocating raptors at New York-area airports. A total of 70 raptors have already been relocated through this innovative project. 62

American Kestrel Captured at Newark Liberty International Airport and relocated to Mendham Golf & Tennis Club (Mendham, NJ) in summer 2018. Photo Credit: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 7

“Thousands of golf courses across

as Official Release Sites. “We’re proud to

the world have adopted environmen-

be part of the Raptor Relocation Network

tally sustainable property management

and serve as a sanctuary for at-risk and

practices that support wildlife habi-

threatened raptor species such as the

tat through our Audubon Cooperative

American Kestrel,” said Ryan Tuxhorn,

Sanctuary Program. Bringing this all

Golf Course Superintendent at Somer-

together to provide safe, high-quality

set Hills Country Club in New Jersey.

habitat for raptors is a great success.”

All raptors relocated as part of this

There are certain criteria that a course

program are fitted with United States

must meet to be considered for desig-

Geological Survey (USGS) bands and aux-

nation as an RRN Official Release Site. Based on Federal Aviation Administration regulations, a site must be located at least five miles from the closest

iliary color bands. Citizen scientists desCooper’s Hawk captured at John F. Kennedy International Airport and relocated to Sunken Meadow State Park Golf Course (Farmingdale, NY) in fall of 2018. Photo Credit: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

ignated by each release site monitor and record sightings after each relocation to provide data on the post-release move-

airport of any size, and a minimum

any airport and a minimum of 30 – 40

ment of the birds and to help identify

of 15 - 20 miles from a major airport

miles from a major airport to receive

preferred relocation areas. To learn more

to receive smaller raptors such as the

a larger raptor species like hawks.

about the Raptor Relocation Network,

American Kestrel. Additionally, they must be located at least five miles from

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Currently, there are nine golf courses in New York and New Jersey designated

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Chris Zinna SUPERSpotlight: Mayfair Country Club

FTGA Tournament Champions

I love the game of golf and play it as often as I can. Once I found out that I could get a degree in turf while attending THE Ohio State University, I changed my major the next day and haven’t looked back. Nothing could prepare me for what the turf life would eventually provide me with. The more I learned about turf, the more I fell in love with growing grass and the game of golf. I am one of those superintendents that can’t get enough of the turf life. Not only do I put in the necessary hours to make the course the best that it can be, but I love to be around the course and play golf as often as I can. Internships at top clubs like Scioto Country Club while in school helped me develop a relationship with Mike O’keeffe, the program manager of The Ohio Program. Scioto would get a couple of international interns each year. After graduating from OSU with a bachelor in turf, Mike offered me a job in Australia.


I could not pass the opportunity up and packed my bags and left everything I knew about turf back in the states as I had never dealt with warm season grasses. Getting real world experience with warm season turf, not to mention getting to play golf year-round, made me realize that I wanted to eventually end up growing grass somewhere warm. Upon returning to the states, I decided to take an assistants job at Fowler’s Mill Golf Course in northeast Ohio under the expert tutelage of Keith Goodge. Watching him deal with his crew and how he went about growing grass gave me an amazing insight to what it takes to be a successful superintendent. I took in everything and anything I could for the next four years from him, but when I got my chance to be an assistant in Florida, I picked up and made the move. As qualified assistants are getting harder and harder to find I found myself climbing the ladder to bigger and better assistant jobs very quickly

and within three years was given my first chance at being a superintendent. Ever since I was in school at THE Ohio State University, I wanted to be a superintendent at a municipal golf course. When the chance to become the superintendent at Mayfair Country Club came around, I jumped at the opportunity to show what I could do. When I took over four years ago, the city of Sanford had just taken control of the course and believed that I was the guy to change the way people in Central Florida viewed Mayfair. All I heard when I first took the reins was how good Mayfair once was and how it had been forgotten about for over a decade. Being the adamant golfer that I am, I took it personally that the course wasn’t at the standards that a once PGA Tour course should be. Working hard to change the perception of Mayfair, I decided to start to host a Superintendent/Vendor tournament for the Central Florida GCSA. After my first event, I was voted on to the board of directors of the CFGCSA and have used that exposure to push CFGCSA membership along with showing my piers what I have done with Mayfair. After three years of hard work, Mayfair has turned in to the place to be and even has seen the return of the Mayfair Inn Open, the tournament that was a PGA Tour stop from 1952-56. Albeit not an actual PGA tour stop, 2019 will be the second year of bringing it back and has received rave reviews of the course conditions and actual format with many local pros and visiting pros as it is held each year the weekend after the PGA show. The turf life has given me so much. There is no better job than being a Golf Course Superintendent and I could not see myself doing anything else with my life, other than being a professional golfer.

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The pH of this.

The growth of that.

Too much moisture.

Not enough moisture.

Looking out for the environment.

To learn more visit

Looking out for the health of the course. And that’s just over coffee.

So say thanks to your golf course superintendent. Or make that, thanks a million. Golf Central • Volume 19, Issue 7


By Ken Pierce President, GolfGym, LLC

golf fitness

It’s Winter– Time To Hit The Slope No…not the kind of slope where you need skis, boots, poles, heavy gloves, a warm jacket, chap stick, cool shades, a stocking cap with a big tassel on top, and a flask of peppermint schnapps. I am talking about the slopes we encounter on the fairways of the golf courses where we play this great game. In fact, many of the lies we encounter on the course are not totally flat. I haven’t yet found a practice range that offers a place to practice full shots on uphill and downhill lies. Karen Palacios Jansen is an LPGA Master Teacher, former Vice-President LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals,

and an AFAA Certified Personal and Group Trainer. Karen has her own golf events company-Swing Blade Enterprises in Mooresville, North Carolina. She is a certified personal trainer, a Nike Golf Performance Specialist and Pilates instructor. She developed a golfspecific fitness system called Cardiogolf available online at and on DVD. In her Cardiogolf Classes, Karen utilizes two main teaching tools, the 23” Shortee Training Club (by GolfGym®) and a new, unique arch training step called The Slope. Karen has developed over 100 exercises that can be performed using the Slope, but in this

article we will concentrate on practicing uphill and downhill lies at home. This off season practice is beneficial to feel the best setup, weight or pressure shift, load and swing. Use the Slope and Shortee Club to simulate the uphill and downhill posture and swing. *Notice that in the uphill swing positions Karen does not demonstrate the full follow through. The reason for this is that most golfers will have the tendency to fall backwards into the slope of the fairway. Practice the downhill movement concentrating on the feeling of your weight shift/load into the follow through in balance.

Because I always like to add resistance training into swing movement patterns, here are two examples of using a resistance band to accentuate the posture and positions used in the non-flat lies. Using the GolfGym PowerBand.

Uphill with Resistance

Downhill with Resistance

So all you snow bound or cold bound off season golfers, take heart. You can get in some serious practice all winter long with some ingenuity and the right tools. So… Go Hit The Slope! For more information about the Slope, the 23” Shortee Club, Karen Palacios Jansen, and Cardiogolf, visit: Https:// For more information about the GolfGym® Resistance Training Products, visit: 66

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Since 2007, the Folds of Honor has carried forth this singular, noble mission. To provide educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members. We’re proud to celebrate our 10th year, and have awarded nearly 16,000 scholarships. The need is still great with the millions in unfunded requests we recieve each year. Become a Wingman who dutifully supports the pursuit of education for our military families affected by war by giving a recurring donation of $13/month. Why $13? There are 13 folds that bring the flag to its triangle shape. Every fold, just like every dollar, is significant.




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