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Volume 20, Issue 1

Publisher: Terrie L. Purdum Editor in Chief: Shannon Coates Editor Emeritus: Joel Jackson, CGCS Retired Chief Fertilizer Spreader: Eric Rasberry Associate Editor/Photographer: Greg Corbo Photographers: Lynn Pelham, Brion Price, Peter Hakansson Mike Coonan, Becky Galloway Senior Correspondent: Rick Harris, Sr. International Correspondent: Dove Jones

Regional Partner: Doug Hollandsworth,

Sustain-ABLE! Sustainability is a longtime “buzz word” in the turf industry. It’s easy to discuss environmental and economic sustainability relative to the turf golf is played on. With a magazine our sustainability relates to the people who have helped keep us alive throughout the past 20 years. Yes, it has been two decades and, oh my, what an adventuress lifestyle. We have evolved from a Central Florida-based golf publication to a consistent rising voice in this bloody awesome industry. Five years ago, we started Turf Life to share a love of all things turf outside our 18-hole universe. Six years ago, we expanded Florida Golf Central to sharing our passion for the game to the entire Southeastern US. These changes have helped us sustain our brand and provide a fun, charitable influence in the golf world. While that’s great, it is important to recognize it’s the people we come in contact with daily who sustain us the most. Twenty (20) years’ worth of advertisers who believed in us sharing their products and love of the game with our readership. They sustain us. The team of people who help us put the magazine together and promote us. They sustain us as well. And the readers who look forward to getting their copies whether in print or in digital form– they, too, sustain us. Everyone working together provides us with the sunshine that helps us grow. Sometimes we get WAY too much fertilizer, but it takes one to know one, believe me when I say, that helps us grow. And so, I say a HUGE thank you all for helping us sustain an amazing charitable lifestyle and love for the game after so many challenging years! As the late Charlie Mandel told me once, “The way to keep publishing is, to keep publishing.” Thank You Mr. Mandel, and all who’ve offered your fertilizer over the years.

Founder-Georgia Golf Trail

Contributing Writers: Jay Golden, PGA; Greg Wise, Bob Bolton, Greg Corbo, Elisa Gaudet, Mike Jamison, Mike May, Ron Heller, Rick Styles, Fred Seely, Deb Shuck, JL Quebbeman, Linda Williams-Sieg

Graphic Design: Melahn Cable, Golf Central Magazine is published monthly by: Sand Hill Publishing & Public Relations 1549 Warrington Court, Winter Springs, FL 32708

NEW PHONE: 321.765.7550 E-mail: ©2019 Golf Central Magazine. No portion of this publication may be reprinted without the prior written permission of the Publisher. Editorial contributions are welcome, but Golf Central Magazine assumes no responsibility for unsolicited proposals, manuscripts and photographs. All materials submitted not accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope will not be returned. Mailing, electronic mailing or faxing of contributions constitutes an expressed warrant on the part of the contributor that all material is original and does not infringe on the rights of others. Golf Central Magazine retains all reprint rights and reserves the right to edit any submitted material to meet our specifications for publishing and or use in advertising or promotion. The Publisher and staff are not responsible for any loss or grievance by any person or persons whatsoever, due in any way or in part to the content of this publication. The Publisher reserves the right to refuse to accept any material deemed inappropriate or in bad taste.

Still Growing, Terrie Purdum 2009 North Florida PGA Amateur of the Year 6

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Volume 20, Issue 1 Carolians Golf Central 56 Indian River Golf Club CELEBRA




Cart Girl 16 Tessa Boones






FEATURE 36 Reunion Resort & Golf Club Florida Golf Central 34 The Breakers

Gathe rw create ith legends, treasu red m emor


Fore Your Health 46 Acupuncture Georgia Golf Central 14 Sky Valley Country Club Golf Bachelor 18 Scudder Graybeal


Golf Business 24 Hammock Dunes Club Golf Fore Charity 54 Boca West Foundation Golf Travel 26 St. Enodoc 30 PGA Catalunya Resort Improving Performance 43 Sea Island Golf Performance Centre Leader on the Links 12 Tim Schantz

18 32 Product Showcase 38 Golf History 40 Golf History 50 North Florida PGA 52 Freddy's Fairway Thoughts 68 Turf Life 60 Turf Life 62 Turf Life 64 Turf Life 66 Turf Life


Living on the Links 10 Bella Collina

Stay & Play 20 Edisto Island

W W W . G O L F Photo cou C E N rtesy of T R A Kristen Weaver L M Photogr aphy A G . C O M

Feature Pg 36 Article




Love you


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Special Events 48 Ocala Open

Photo by Greg Corbo

Women in Golf 22 Greta Golden


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leader on the links

Tim Schantz Officially Moves Into New Role as Troon’s CEO Troon President Tim Schantz officially moved into his new role as chief executive officer of the world’s largest club management firm on April 1st, while Troon founder Dana Garmany becomes the company’s executive chairman. Schantz has been with Troon since 1998 and has served as the company’s president since 2017. Prior to becoming president, he was the executive vice president of global business development for the 29-year-old management firm. Schantz has over 24 years of experience in the golf and hospitality industries, specializing in corporate and real estate transactions. Prior to joining Troon, Schantz served as vice president and senior corporate counsel for the Doubletree Corporation, a Phoenix-based lodging and hospitality company. A licensed attorney, Schantz began his career in the California offices of Latham & Watkins international law firm. Schantz received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado Boulder and his Juris Doctor in Law from the University of Kansas. Garmany founded Troon in 1990 with Troon North Golf Club as its flagship property. Under Garmany’s leadership,

carry on Dana’s legacy, create value for

the company as he’ll continue to run

Troon has become the world’s largest

him and the company, and maintain

board meetings and be a presence for

golf management company providing

the feeling that we’re part of some-

Troon in the industry. He is the largest

services at more than 360 locations

thing very special that one guy started

individual shareholder of the company.

around the globe, including manag-

29 years ago,” said Schantz. “Leading

ing 280 golf courses at 246 facilities.

Troon will be a lot of responsibility, but

into the role of CEO,” said Garmany.

Throughout its history, Troon has

it’s something I welcome. There are no

“He is a caring leader and a very smart

earned a reputation for delivering pris-

dramatic changes planned. For Troon

dude. Troon is prepared and positioned

tine golf course conditions, personal-

associates and our facilities, it’s busi-

for a strong future. As for me, I look

ized member services, outstanding food

ness as usual with no big changes or

forward to playing more golf, do some

& beverage experiences and world-class


writing as a hobby and playing with a

retail offerings. “I feel a personal responsibility to 12

Dana Garmany and Tim Schantz

In his new role as executive chairman, Garmany will still be active with

“The timing is right for Tim to move

few bands I am involved with. That really is fun for me.” Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 1

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.

georgia golf central

By Mike May

Sky Valley

Georgia Golf’s High Altitude Escape Do you want to experience a natural high which is legal? Well, then grab your golf clubs, pack your bags and head for the Sky Valley Country Club (568 Sky Valley Way, Sky Valley, Georgia). The Sky Valley CC – – is one of Georgia’s premier destinations for golf, specifically mountain golf. Not only does Sky Valley CC’s average elevation of 3,500 feet make it the highest elevation golf course in Georgia, but it’s also been named Georgia’s #1 rated public golf course. Yes, while Sky Valley CC may be nestled in the northeast Georgia mountains, it’s worth the scenic journey to this destination which is surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest. Not surprisingly, the Sky Valley CC is part of The Georgia Golf Trail, which features 24 golf courses in Georgia. “Sky Valley is like heaven on earth and we in Georgia are lucky to have such an outstanding destination for golfers in our state and for those visiting from the nearby surrounding states,” said Doug Hollandsworth, founder, Georgia Golf Trail. 14

Redesigned in 2007 by Bill Bergin, Sky Valley Country Club’s length from the back tees -- 6,900 yards from the tips – is tempered by the high elevation. Par is 72. If those back tees are too long for you, each hole has four other tee boxes. To give golfers a consistent turf experience, the course now

features bent grass from tee to green. The practice facilities, which include a driving range, target greens, putting and chipping greens, are first class. “Sky Valley is a fantastic layout,” said Steve Heher, head golf professional, Sky Valley CC. “It’s a mountain golf course that winds its way through the

Sky Valley Clubhouse – photo by Lynn Becker Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 1

valley. It features great views from the elevated tees at the 2nd, 8th, 12th, 15th, and 17th holes. Our signature hole is the par-3 15th, which has a 60-foot elevation drop from tee to green.” Heher also says his superintendent does an exceptional job. “Our superintendent Steve Mason has been here since 2007,” added Heher. “He does a great job to keep this course in great shape throughout the year. He and his veteran crew know what they are doing.” When you play Sky Valley, their first-class work is on full display. The greater Sky Valley area is truly as appealing for golfers as it is for nongolfers, especially if you like hiking, fishing, boating, camping, whitewater rafting, mountain climbing, bird watching, and zip lining. Located in Rabun County, Sky Valley also has a strong reputation of producing locally grown food which is why this area is called the Farm-to-Table Capital of Georgia. A winery and vineyards are also in this area. So, when you visit Sky Valley, come with an appetite and a taste for the finer things in life. “We try to utilize local ingredients from vegetables, fruits and proteins,” said Elizabeth Truax, clubhouse manager, Sky Valley CC. “You

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Sky Valley Hole #15 can be assured that each dish prepared offers scrumptious cuisine.” The clubhouse, which opened in 2013, is another big plus at the Sky Valley CC. This building features a natural stone floor-to-ceiling fireplace, glass window walls, exposed beams, and hardwood floors. The clubhouse has an outdoor terrace where guests enjoy the views while dining in a comfortable, casual setting.

It’s fair to say that however long you stay at Sky Valley, it’s never going to be long enough since there’s always something else to do, such as another zip lining trip or a round of golf. Once you and your family visit Sky Valley, this destination will soar to the top of your family’s annual must-visit list. For a tee time or a dinner reservation at the Sky Valley CC, call 706-746-5302.


cart header girl

e n o o B a s es


Where did you grow up?

I’m from Colorado Springs Co. I was raised in Lakeland Fl.

Do you enjoy playing golf? Are there any golfers in your family?

I’ve never played golf, but my grandparents played when I was little.

What is your favorite part of being a cart girl?

Working with all of the great people at The Heights

What is your least favorite part?

My least favorite thing about being a cart girl is being alone and driving in circles and getting bored. Or just sitting in the sun.

If you weren’t a cart girl, what would you be doing? If I wasn’t a cart girl, I would probably be working at a high priced clothing store.

What is your idea of “the perfect date”?

My idea of a perfect date is watching the stars or going to the drive in.

Photo by Greg Corbo

Celebrates 20 Years of Honoring the Hostesses on the Course in Cart Girl of the Month! 16

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

Membership Includes Fly Fishing & Other Non-Golf Activities & Programs

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golf bachelor

Scudder Graybeal Where were you born? Did you grow up there? Born and brought up in West Hartford, CT

Is “acting your age” overrated? I hope so

because I certainly don’t want to act that old!

What do you do for a living? Retired VPSales from The Arnold Palmer Golf Co., and later as a Regional Sales Manager for Tour Edge Golf Mfg.

What would you like to do for a living?

Discover the fountain of youth and then market it!

Aside from golf; what do you prefer for fun and relaxation? Cruises, concerts,

What do you fear the most?

and sporting events.

afraid of crashing!

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

What three people would you most like to play with in your fantasy golf foursome? Tiger, Jack and Arnold

Tell us about your first kiss? That’s a long time ago and I

What are some of your great accomplishments? I made it through life without being fired! A few small amateur tournament victories. Two great daughters. Making many great friends.

Melania Trump

can’t remember.

Tell us something about yourself that only your closest friends know. I can’t putt. What do you find to be the most annoying habit people demonstrate on the golf course? Not being ready to play when it’s their turn.

Name the three most important things to you in this world. My two daughters and my health

Given the choice; would you select love, success, or money to keep yourself happy? Money can achieve love and success, so

Favorite comedian?

I’m not afraid of flying; I’m

Rodney Dangerfield or Don Rickles

Last book you read? A Dogs Way Home Favorite charity to support?

P.D. and Lucy Graybeal

Wyantenuck Scholarship

What else would you like for us to know about you? I feel

very fortunate to have had a long career in the golf industry which is full of great people and where I have made many life time friends.

I guess money.


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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.

Kiva Dunes Golf & Beach Resort, Gulf Shores

stay & play

Article and Photos by Greg Corbo

Escaping to Edisto Island

The Plantation Course provides a unique boutique castaway getaway

Looking for a place to disappear this summer and play the role of “Island Recluse”? If so, we highly recommend an overlooked location in coastal South Carolina for you to power down and disconnect. The trifecta of accoutrements during your escape will be a serene seaside golf course, comfy on-course lodging along with an uncrowded beach. There’s more of course, but the level of activity and interest is entirely on you. Edisto Island (S.C.) is a super quiet beach town with roughly 1,000 fulltime locals free of commercialism and congestion. Situated between Kiawah Island (to the North) and Hilton Head (to the South), The Plantation Course at Edisto is a fantastic option for a convenient Stay & Play package in a private country club like setting without the hassles and headaches of human or automobile traffic. Convenience and proximity to everything, especially the golf course is the big upside here. Guests are never more than 30-yard walk from any villa to the Pro Shop and No. 1 tee thus offering the luxury of leaving your car parked in your own privately covered carport when on campus. Ella & Ollie’s, a full-scale taco bar is also right off your balcony. 20

The Plantation Course is still reaping benefits from the Seashore Paspalum greens they installed in 2006. Deep forest green and blemish-free, the putting surfaces are simply pure and a pleasure to play. The Paspalum survived heavy saturation levels of salt water from Hurricanes Irma and Harvey in 2017. Sitting on roughly 300 acres and measuring

6,130 yards from the back Blue tees, The Plantation Course is no pushover for even long ballers as wind and water put a premium on positioning off the tee. Thirteen of the 18 holes boast water as the clear obvious signature hole is No. 6, a 162-yard par 3, over water to an island green. The back nine twists and turns around lagoons and keeping consistent

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with the theme here, the 389-yard par 4 14th bends left to right with an island fairway. “Friendly customer service, a beautifully maintained golf course with deluxe accommodations that can hold up to any size golf group with everything right in your backyard is what people enjoy most about our setup here,” says Pro Shop Manager Heather Henderson. “We have great pricing all year but offseason and weekday packages offer incredible value as well.” When it’s time, hitting the beach isn’t

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hard to do. Roughly a mile down Jungle Road, you will experience the island pleasures of Edisto offering up rustic beach bars, affordable fresh seafood eateries and eclectic surf shops. A must stop sit and have a pop is Coots Bar & Grill -- an extremely well-priced watering hole perched on a pier over the beach. An just outside the gates of the Plantation Course headquarters is the easily walkable Dockside Bar which sits on the inlet and of course serves up freshly caught local fare that won’t bruise your wallet.

Edisto is clearly off the beaten path which is precisely what people in particular enjoy -- the carefree untroubled isolation of island life and soaking in the tropical surroundings. The Plantation Club is certainly worthy and entertaining enough for several day to day replays and enough reason not to leave the island. “Edisto is a tight knit community and The Plantation Course reflects the same values” said Head Superintendent Curt Sheffer. “We pride ourselves in providing a great experience through a relaxed environment. Behind the scenes is much more frenetic, but the guest won’t be able to tell. That is also the approach we use while striving to provide the best course conditions possible. We want the guest to experience the ‘Edi-slow” way of life.” For more information go to


By Jay Golden, PGA

women in golf

2039 Women’s U.S. Open Champion

Another 350 inch drive

My Daddy is NOT my caddy

In celebration of

the 20th Anniversary of Golf Central Magazine, I would like to announce for the 40th Anniversary, the 2039 Women’s US Open champion... Greta Golden. Let’s start at the beginning. While the protrusion of elbows is commonly felt by loved ones during the third trimester of pregnancy, an obvious swish of her hands was the norm. A full release on a perfect plane which golf enthusiasts would agree would produce a ‘baby’ draw. Disappointed that she could only

swing ‘infant’ toys during her first year, she was given a driver for a birthday present. With a party hat on her head she hit a marshmallow over 5 feet to the admiration and cheering of the guests. One adult called out, “I wish I could hit that straight.” While his loving wife added, “And that long as well!” For the next two years while tennis, soccer and tee ball were fun, her passion was golf. The proof of this was displayed while watching her favorite Disney movie, “Frozen.” As her father returned from work, she abruptly

stopped singing along, jumped off the couch and said the four words that are every golfing father wants to hear. “Daddy, let’s play golf.” Imitating Bubba Watson’s upright backswing while using all the power that she possesses; her longest drive was measured at 375 inches (don’t figure it out it’s an attempt at humor). Greta loves golf and combined with the encouragement of her athletic and intelligent parents; it is a perfect match for her first Major victory. And finally, congratulations to the amazing Terrie Purdum and Golf Central Magazine. We are all looking forward for another 20 years of fantastic success!!! To see Greta’s golf swing... visit: PS... For those interested in being part of “Jay Golden’s Golf Psychic Network,” investment opportunities exist.

Dreaming about golf with grandma GiGi

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By Jesse Thorpe, General Manager and COO at Hammock Dunes Club

golf business


the Private Club


Aerial view of the clubhouse

Innovate and grow or stagnate and die. This could have been the slogan of the private club industry ten years ago. Following the Great Recession, clubs across the country were forced to find creative ways to add more value in order to maintain their membership. Many that struggled to adapt to changing demographics and lifestyles were left without a future.

Today, we’re in a much different indus-

and creating programming that will

try, with more excitement and variety

appeal to a wide variety of ages and

than ever before. Gone are the days of

interests. In fact, we recently opened a

male-dominated memberships focused

new state-of-the-art health and fitness

on golf and long, formal dinners. Private

center with on-demand and personal-

clubs are reinventing themselves to

ized fitness programs, and a completely

cater to dual-income households with

reimagined clubhouse to serve our

more activities for families and a focus

members. From pickleball to croquet,

on health and wellness.

bocce and tennis, our members are

At Hammock Dunes Club in Palm

never left wanting more options.

Coast, Florida, we see health and well-

Here are some of the key opportunities

ness as a key contributor to growth

that we see in the private club industry

and understand that golf alone is just

for driving membership in the future

not enough to attract new members.

and attracting a larger Millennial, Gen X

As such, we are investing millions

and Gen Y population.

into new health and fitness initiatives •

Creative Programming – Hammock Dunes Club is investing much more in youth programming and after school activities. Events such as, “Breakfast with the Bunny” and “Breakfast with Santa,” that cater to the entire family are widely popular. The goal is to plan member experiences that are fun for youth and adults. Face painting, balloon artists and Easter egg hunts drive attendance over the Easter holiday. Other examples include Trivia and Tapas nights, Casino night, movie nights and wine dinners provide something interesting for everyone in the family. Overall, this new programming keeps members engaged and creates a fun, youthful atmosphere that attract others.


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A Reimagined Fitness Center – Health and wellness continues to be a priority for Hammock Dunes Club. The addition of our new state-ofthe-art fitness center and popular new fitness instructor, Walter Sam, proves this fact. The new fitness center is positioned in a prime location on the property, overlooking the pool and oceanfront. With the new fitness center also comes a host of group classes and private instruction. We’ve recently installed a well-known fitness app, MindBody for members to schedule classes for spinning, yoga, weight training and aqua aerobics. And, a new spin studio will be a popular addition for

Aerial view of the croquet field

members and young adults. •

Croquet, Pickleball and Racquet Sports Programs – Why? It’s popular

to 102 players – one of the largest

among retirees, it’s easy to learn and allows for more social opportunities. Hammock Dunes Club boasts one of two croquet fields in the country located right along the Atlantic Ocean. The club is home

The future is bright for the private

in the state of Florida. The club was

club industry and innovation contin-

also named Croquet Club of the Year

ues to be a driving force. Hammock

twice. Croquet and pickleball have

Dunes Club is growing and we invite

taken off in the private club industry,

you to take a look at the experience

creating additional revenue opportu-

we’re creating in Palm Coast. We con-

nities and new ways to keep mem-

tinue to focus on family and fun, and

bers engaged.

welcome you for a visit.

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View over St Enodoc's Church Course towards the sea – photo by Stuart Morley

The Church Course at St. Enodoc: One of the best Value Courses in England’s Top 100

Great debate abounds

year-round amongst golfers and the golf media alike about which the top golf courses in England are, but less often the topic turns to which are the best value courses in a country boasting hundreds of good quality layouts. Whilst all such discussions are of course wholly subjective, there can surely be little argument that 16th Green of St Enodoc, looking out to Stepper Point – photo by Stuart Morley


the Church Course at St Enodoc ( is one of the best value courses in the top 100 golf courses in England? Whilst regularly appearing at the higher end of golf course rankings created by the various golf magazines following assessments by panels that consider such factors as design, location, conditioning and overall impression, a round over the championship links Church Course in north Cornwall will cost just £85 in the peak of summer. And of course, if you fancy a spot of relaxation after work or whilst on holiday when the summer days are long, then a twilight round can be booked

for as little as £55 whilst 18 holes in the winter will also set you back just £55. In one of the latest standings to be released by a golf magazine, Golf World placed the Church Course at a heady number six with a panel of independent assessors taking into account the various factors of design, setting, playability presentation, memorability and consistency. Summing it up, the assessors wrote: ‘Playing over as eccentric and exaggerated piece of links golfing terrain as you are likely to find anywhere on the planet, a round of golf at the James Braid designed Church Course is a full-scale assault on your senses’. Compared to the green fee rates of the top five golf courses in Golf World’s Top 100, St Enodoc is the lowest and indeed over half the price of most of them, therefore offering incredible value for money for the quality of the course. “St Enodoc is extremely proud to be regularly placed so highly in the various golf course rankings as the club and greens staff work hard all year round to maintain the course as well as continually looking at ways to further improve this great course,” comments Simon Greatorex, General Manager at the club. “We certainly like to think that we offer a green fee that is ‘probably one of the best value courses in England’ and look forward to welcoming visitors all year round to take advantage of our great rates and enjoy our wonderful course in its spectacular setting.” St Enodoc Golf Club is located in the heart of Rock, high above the sand dunes of the north Cornwall Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 1

The par 5, 16th hole at the St Enodoc Golf Club in Rock, England – photo by David Cannon coast overlooking the Camel River and the Atlantic Ocean giving the Church Course some of the greatest sea and estuary views of any 18 holes in the world. Founded in 1890, the club is home to one of revered architect James Braid’s finest designs that features blind shots, undulating fairways, tricky greens and an imposing Himalaya Bunker on the 6th hole, which is reputedly the highest in Europe. It is however the 10th that is referred to as the signature hole as it winds its way towards the 11th century St Enodoc Church, where poet laureate Sir John Betjeman lies buried beside his favorite course. In addition to great golf, north Cornwall is a holiday destination offering a wide range of sightseeing opportunities as well as charming seaside towns. Examples of these include the celebrated Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Tate St Ives, featuring local as well as international artists,

The approach to the green on the par 4, 1st hole at the St Enodoc Golf Club – photo by David Cannon and the lively fishing port of Padstow, where the TV chef Rick Stein established his first seafood restaurant. For those who love the outdoors, it is a perfect place for long walks along the beaches of Polzeath and Daymer Bay and the Camel Estuary, which are also ideal for watersports

such as surfing, paddle-boarding, windsurfing and water-skiing. For more information on St Enodoc Golf Club, please visit and for information on St Enodoc golf breaks, click on

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Patriot Golf Day® has become the largest grass-roots golf fundraiser in America – a joint initiative of The PGA of America and the USGA, Patriot Golf Day enlists the support of public and private golf facilities across the country. Funds support Folds of Honor, providing educational scholarships to the children and spouses of service members killed or disabled while serving in America’s Armed Forces.

GET INVOLVED Although the national promotion of Patriot Golf Day is over Labor Day weekend, you can play golf any time of the year to support the families of our fallen and disabled service members. Here are a few ways to get involved.






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PGA Catalunya Resort Celebrates 20 Years of its Iconic Stadium Course

PGA Catalunya Resort,

one of Europe’s finest golf experiences, begins a yearlong celebration to mark the 20th anniversary of its iconic Stadium Course, the No.1* ranked layout in Spain for the last seven years. Since opening to huge acclaim in 1999, the Ángel Gallardo and Neil Coles MBE designed course has been one of the most talked about golf experiences in continental Europe and has consistently won praise and awards including, most recently, the ‘Best Golf Course in Spain’ at the 2018 World Golf Awards. The course provides constant challenges for all true golf lovers, with each hole presenting a different test of skill thanks to a strategic combination of lakes, bunkers, tee boxes and huge greens encouraging player-concentration throughout the round. The superb natural landscape surrounding the course gives players extra golfing enjoyment, especially at the signature 13th hole, commanding wonderful views of the Pyrenees’ dominating Montseny Massif. The pedigree and appeal of The Stadium Course has also continued to attract major tournaments, including The Sarazen World Open in its inaugural

PGA Catalunya Resort Stadium Course Iconic Hole 13 year (won by 2018 European Ryder Cup Captain, Thomas Bjørn) and three Open de Españas, the first in 2000, won by Spanish legend, Miguel Ángel Jimenez.

Course designer, Ángel Gallardo, who calls his course ‘a masterpiece’, said: “The Stadium Course is undoubtedly one of the finest golf venues in

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PGA Olivera – Vista the world, and I am so proud of what we have achieved. I would like to think that when I have passed away, I will be remembered for my role in creating it.” Also home to the Tour Course, PGA Catalunya Resort boasts some of the finest practice facilities in Europe, including The Golf Hub (opened by former Masters Champion, Sergio Garcia, in 2018) an academy that integrates the latest state-of-the-art golf ball tracking system with social gaming experiences to be enjoyed by the whole family. Kicking off a series of functions and events over the coming months, PGA Catalunya Resort’s CEO, David Plana, 30

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PGA Catalunya Resort – La Selval Terrace Villas commented: “We don’t feel 20 years old; we feel 20 years young! Our resort is more vibrant and exciting today than at any point in its history.” Over the next few years, a further €20 million will be invested into new projects on the estate, which will include the creation of a recreational lake, with its own lake club and a variety of water sports, as well as a comprehensive new spa and wellness centre. Among its wealth of current golf, leisure and lifestyle facilities, PGA Catalu-

Sergio Garcia opens The Golf Hub nya Resort boasts two on-site hotels: the five-star Hotel Camiral, where guests can find a consummate luxury experience with several dining options, extensive fitness and wellness facilities, and a comprehensive concierge service, as well as the contemporary and stylish LAVIDA Hotel, opened in 2018. The European Tour Destination is just an hour north of Barcelona, 20 minutes’ drive from the glorious sandy beaches and rocky coves of the Costa Brava and boasts one of the highest concentra-

tions of Michelin starred restaurants in the world on its doorstep. What’s more, Girona-Costa Brava Airport is just 10 minutes from the resort, with BarcelonaEl Prat International Airport (70 minutes) also providing easy access from across Europe, ensuring golfers from the UK and Ireland, Germany, Scandinavia, The Netherlands, France and Italy can enjoy one of Europe’s finest golf venues. For more information visit: * As ranked by PGA Catalunya Resort – La Vinya residential area

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Apple Watch App from GolfLogix Golfers can now get exact yardages, green images, score tracking and hole selection, all on Apple Watch. GolfLogix, the complete gameimprovement app and global leader in GPS and stats tracking technology, has released its latest update on Apple Watch, offering a more convenient alternative to the iPhone. The app is compatible with Series 3 and 4 Apple Watches. “As we head into the 2019 season, we are excited to introduce our industryleading golf GPS application to Apple Watch,” says Pete Charleston, President atGolfLogix. “Now with one glance, golfers will have convenient access to all the information they need to improve their game on the golf course.” Series 3 and 4 Apple Watch users can Play Smarter with: Exact Yardages The standalone GPS functionality in Apple Watch provides accurate yardages to the front, middle and back of greens and pre-mapped data points such as bunkers,layups, and water. Green Images Bird’s-eye views of each green provide the information needed to make smart decisions on approach shots and quickly determine the target and club on AppleWatch. Score Tracking Enter scores between holes or edit scores at any time throughout the round on Apple Watch which then corresponds back to the GolfLogix app on the phone. Hole Selection Switch between holes using the top navigation inside Apple Watch. Enter your score or review your yardage. With the game-changing GolfLogix app now available on Apple Watch, golfers can focus on the game and the things that really matter—hitting their target. Download GolfLogix for Apple Watch through the Apple Store and get a FREE GolfLogix Plus trial!

Tattoo Golf “We started Tattoo Golf in the corner of a garage back in 1999 and from there we’ve grown into an international company with products selling in retail shops from New York to New Zealand” shares Tattoo Golf co-owner Greg Shaw. The Southern California brand offers a unique golf clothing line featuring bold designs and colors combined with some of the most advanced technologies in the market today; some are a poly/spandex blend, while their ProCool material is 100% polyester. All are lightweight, extremely breathable, and feature superior moisture wicking properties. In addition to the men’s and women’s golf apparel, the brand also carries a full line of golf accessories such as divot tools, gloves, club covers, ball markers and more. They also have an impressive collection of golf hats and visors for men and women. And how would Shaw describe a typical fan of the brand? “The typical fan is a golfer who likes to have fun! Golf is a fun game so why not let loose and express yourself with some cool, stylish, and unique golf clothing. We don’t all have to look alike” quips Shaw. Shown here is the men’s OB golf pants, Micro Skull Print golf shirt, and web belt and for the women we have the sleeveless Lucky 13 golf top with a multi-pocket golf skort, all items, except for the belt, are constructed using the ProCool fabric technology and are available online at 32







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Volvik State Pack Limited-Edition Golf Ball Sets Volvik (, known the world over for its high performance golf balls featuring more than 23 vibrant color options, has introduced a unique series of limited-edition State Pack golf ball sets featuring: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, New York, South Carolina and Texas. “Golfers who reside or travel to play golf in these destinations will enjoy using and collecting these keepsake VIVID State Packs,” said Don Shin, president of Volvik USA. “The State Packs make unique collectables or gifts for players on any occasion.” Each VIVID State Pack consists of six premium mattefinish balls in two different colors in each sleeve featuring an iconic image of the state logoed on the ball, as well as on the packaging and the magnetic hat-clip ball marker. The matte-finish, three-piece VIVID high-performance golf balls feature Volvik’s new oversized energy core. Each six-ball State Pack retails at $24.99 and golf shops, resorts and retail outlets can order these collectible VIVID State Packs from their local Volvik sales representatives or by contacting Volvik USA at 407-649-0013. Additional information is available on the company website,





As a woman, we all know how important it is to not only look good, but to feel good during our sporting endeavors. StarBornSkirts has designed golf skirts that make you look stylish, and also keep you comfortable throughout each and every sporting event. StarBornSkirts is an American-made company that launched in August of 2018 off a running company, SparkleSkirts that was started in 2010. SparkleSkirts was created by owner, Leah Powell, who is an athlete herself. Her goal was to create a skirt that allowed anyone to feel confident and comfortable. She absolutely accomplished that. The shorts underneath were carefully designed to provide a non-ride up guarantee, which was successfully patented in 2018. On each leg there is a 6” x 6” pocket that provides space for phones, golf balls, tees, and yardage books. Along with the two pockets in the shorts, there is a 12” pocket in the back waistband that can hold cash, credit cards, and/or your chapstick. StarBorn has a size selection from 2XS-3XL including petite and tall lengths, which provides a comfortable fit for each body style. “I absolutely LOVE StarBornSkirts! They have a very flattering cut and fit really well. Their skirts are the perfect length that’s sporty and professional. With all the fun color options it’s easy to plan a cute outfit. StarBornSkirts are my favorite golf skirts by far,” Ambassador Laurel Gill said. StarBorn loves to give back and has partnered with LPGAUSGA Girls Golf and Nancy Lopez Golf adventures and created personalized skirts to promote their brand. For each skirt that is purchased, StarBorn donates 10% back to Nancy Lopez Golf Adventure Charities, LPGA-USGA Girls Golf and AIM for Handicapped. StarBorn’s mission is to provide a greater selection of skirts that empower women to feel and look good before, during, and after competition while also giving back to others. Visit to find your perfect fit.

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By Mike May

Ocean Course at Breakers

The Ocean Course: Florida’s Oldest & Most Beautiful “The Breakers is the envy

of the golf world.” That’s what appears on The Breakers’ website to describe its Ocean Course (One South County Road, Palm Beach, Florida; www.; 877-724-3188). You would be hard pressed to disagree with that statement, especially now. Thanks to the efforts of golf course architect Rees Jones, the Ocean Course– which opened in 1897 and is Florida’s oldest golf course– has just received a remodel. It’s now in tip-top shape. The mission was to balance preservation while incorporating modernization. The mission was accomplished. Original architect Alexander Findlay would approve of the new modifications by Jones. According to Jones, “every hole has a different little twist and different set of details.” One of Jones’ goals was to remove much of the foliage that surrounded the course which was obstructing sightlines of other parts of the course. It has made a positive difference in how the course looks and plays. Now, you can actually see the buildings and homes in that part of Palm Beach. Jones’ remodel also showcases all new salt-tolerant grass for the tees, fairways and roughs. The green complexes feature expanded un34

dulations. The fairways have been contoured. The wooden bulkheads have a contemporary look. The native landscaping has been enhanced. And, the reverse-osmosis irrigation system has been upgraded. Also, Jones has added is a ‘dogear’ on each green, giving golfers a backstop to aim for in order to bring their approach shots a little closer to the flagsticks. With the many flowering shrubs,

three of the best finishing holes in south Florida. Concluding your round with three pars is impressive. A fascinating discovery took place during the recent remodeling efforts. Rollin Steele, assistant landscape manager at the Ocean Course, found an old Kempshall Flyer golf ball that was made in 1899. For more than 100 years, this ball was on the right side of the 7th fairway. Steele

Ocean Course at Breakers 18th Green complex bushes, and palm trees on the course, it’s one of the most visually appealing golf courses in America and a true delight to play. There are also six lakes and 56 sand- and grassfaced bunkers that add to the course’s subtle degree of difficulty. Aesthetically, the Ocean Course really has 18 signature holes. Every hole can be a portrait on a postcard. All 18 holes have character, charm, and backbone, especially the par-four 6th hole, where you must negotiate a lake on your approach to the green. And, the last three holes are

found the ball while overseeing efforts to plant St. Augustine grass. The Breakers spares no expense in keeping this course in terrific shape – 365 days a year. A local rule helps with beautification: giving golfers free relief from all flowered areas, as well as tropical plantings. At the Ocean Course, please don’t try to save par from the impatience or the petunias! Whenever you play the Ocean Course, you will always benefit from its location which provides a steady and refreshing breeze off the nearby Atlantic Ocean. Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 1

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By Mike May

Jim Barnes: One of Golf’s Great Anglo-American Champions The Winner of the First Two PGAs – 1916 & 1919

As we look forward to this year’s PGA Championship in May, we reflect on the winner of the PGA in 1919 (and 1916) – England’s Jim Barnes. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Barnes’ second PGA victory. Barnes also won a U.S. Open (1921) and an Open Championship (1925) during his distinguished career that generated 21 PGA Tour victories. Barnes is one of 17 golfers who have won at least three of golf’s four professional majors. Besides Barnes, that list includes Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Tiger Woods, Gary Player, Gene Sarazen, Walter Hagen, Tommy Armour, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Raymond Floyd, Lee Trevino, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, and Rory McIlroy. Barnes, an inaugural inductee into the PGA of America Hall of Fame in 1940 and the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1989, stood 6-foot4 and was known as both “Long” and “Gentleman” Jim Barnes. It can be argued that Barnes won the first career Grand Slam – which now includes Sarazen, Hogan, Nicklaus, Player, and Woods -- because he won three Western Opens (1914, 38

1917, and 1919) and two North and South Opens (1916 and 1919), both considered a major at the time. While Barnes never played in the Masters, it wasn’t because he was excluded. He actually was invited to play in the first Masters, but didn’t play. Barnes’ absence may have been because of his age – 47, in March 1934. The last major that he played was the 1932 U.S. Open. He finished 55th. At 44, Barnes played the 1930 Open Championship, where he was sixth. The 1921 U.S. Open at the Columbia (Maryland) CC was historic. Barnes led by four shots after 36 holes and by seven shots after 54 holes. He shot 72 in the final round to win by a record nine shots, a winning margin not surpassed until Woods won the 2000 U.S. Open by 15 shots. Barnes is only a handful of golfers -- Hagen, Hogan, Tony Jacklin, Woods, McIlroy, and Martin Kaymer – to have won the U.S. Open from start to finish. Barnes’ first-place prize money: $500. Barnes was a very steady player. He had eight consecutive top-ten finishes in majors from the 1919 PGA to the 1922 Open Championship. He made the cut in 27 consecutive majors from the

1912 U.S. Open to the 1926 Open Championship. And, from 1920-1930, Barnes played in 10 Open Championships. He never finished worse than T18th. During his prime, golf writer Herbert Warren Wind once referred to Barnes as a member of the “American” Triumvirate, which included Sarazen and Hagen. One of Barnes’ more comical moments took place at the 1924 PGA in French Lick, Indiana. When the official photo was taken of that year’s field, both Barnes and Hagen appeared in the photo twice. Barnes and Hagen ran from one side of the group to the other as they outraced the slowmoving camera. At that PGA, Hagen defeated Barnes in the final, 2 up. Barnes’ golf journey began in one of the most western outposts (Lelant) in England’s most southwesterly county (Cornwall). He was born on April 8, 1886. He played golf at a nearby golf course – the Lelant Golf Links, now the West Cornwall Golf Club, which opened in 1889. It’s the oldest 18-hole golf course in Cornwall. As a youngster, he learned the game as a caddie, later working as a club maker’s apprentice and assisGolf Central • Volume 20, Issue 1

Jim Barnes tant professional at West Cornwall. Barnes’ journey in professional golf started when he moved to the U.S. in 1906. His first club pro job was at the Claremont CC (Oakland, California). His future golf pro ‘pitstops’ were in British Columbia, Washington, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New York, Missouri, and Florida. From 1907-1914, Barnes played lots of tournament golf. From 1909-1913, he won three Northwest Opens, second in the 1912 Canadian Open, and 18th in his first U.S. Open in 1912. At the 1913 U.S. Open at The Country Club (Brookline, Massachusetts), which American amateur Francis Ouimet won in an 18-hole playoff with England’s Harry Vardon and Ted Ray, Barnes finished fourth, after beginning the final round tied for the lead. Barnes’ breakout year was 1916. That year, the PGA of America was founded and conducted its inaugural PGA Championship at the Siwanoy Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 1

County Club (Bronxville, New York). Barnes defeated Jock Hutchison by one hole in the match-play finale. During World War I, Barnes and other prominent golfers played in exhibition matches which served as fundraisers for the Red Cross War Effort. Barnes’ best year was 1919. He won the North and South Open, Shawnee Open, Western Open, and he successfully defended his PGA, last played in 1916. In 1925, Barnes was the host professional for the Florida Open -- held at the

Temple Terrace Golf and CC. The event was labeled the “Greatest Field of Golfers Ever to Play in Florida.” The only wellknown golfer who didn’t play was Bobby Jones. Leo Diegel won the tournament, which had total prize money of $5,000. Barnes’ final major win was the 1925 Open Championship at Prestwick, Scotland. Barnes, then 39, opened with a course-record 70. Thanks to a fourth-round collapse by third-round leader Macdonald Smith, Barnes won the Claret Jug. Barnes’ final round of 72 helped him overcome the five-shot final-round deficit. Sadly, Barnes never played in the Ryder Cup. The rules by the US PGA and British PGA, at the time, prohibited his participation. While Barnes left Cornwall in 1906, he returned twice to West Cornwall -- in 1925 and 1955. In 1955, he played a round at West Cornwall in par with one club, a three iron. On June 16,1964, American touring professionals presented Barnes with an illuminated address which honors him ‘for elevating the standards of golf as Open Champion of the United States and Great Britain and as the First American Professional Champion.’ It was signed by then USGA President Clarence Benedict and 31 touring professionals such as Nelson, Palmer, and Billy Casper. This address is on display at the West Cornwall GC. The memory of Barnes at West Cornwall is alive and well, as one of the club’s most coveted annual competitions is named after him – The Jim Barnes Cup. Barnes died of a heart attack at age 80 on May 24, 1966 in East Orange, New Jersey, where he is buried. “It is great for us to be able to boast a major championship winner, as learning his golf here,” said West Cornwall GC Secretary Gareth Evans. Even though Barnes became a U.S. citizen, he will be forever remembered as one of golf’s great international champions. The roots of this Cornishman remain firmly planted in the turf of England’s West Cornwall Golf Club, one of golf’s most western outposts in England’s most southwesterly county. 1924 PGA


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By Mike May

The Miracle in Miami Years of sweat and hard work

were necessary to transform a mangrovecovered piece of property in Biscayne Bay into what is now Miami Beach’s Normandy Shores Golf Club (2401 Biarritz Drive, Miami Beach, Florida). To see how this course developed from a concept to a reality is nothing short of a miracle. While this golf course opened for play on December 18, 1941, its roots can be traced to the early 1920s when developer Henry Levy and his associates started a massive dredging and landfill project in Biscayne Bay. After completing South Island and renaming it Normandy Isle, to honor Levy’s French heritage, attention then turned to building North Island, later named Normandy Shores, also in honor of Levy’s family French connections. But, it took a little longer for North Island/ Normandy Shores to become a reality, as dredging and landfill efforts continued into the late 1930s. By July 1937, enough progress had been made so that golf course architects Howard Toomy and William Flynn were hired by the City of Miami Beach to build a golf course on Normandy Shores. Con-

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Hole #2 struction took longer than expected because dredging continued and it wasn’t easy growing grass on soil dredged from the bottom of Biscayne Bay. When the course opened a week before Christmas 1941, Edgar Reed, a tourist from Maryland, completed the first round on the 18-hole golf course. He shot 97. Reed’s initial course-record round didn’t last long. The current course record is 60, set by Juan Jose Guerra in 2017. After opening in 1941, the course was later redesigned by Mark Manahan in the mid-1950s. After Manahan’s work, Normandy Shores started attracting some of golf’s greatest names such as Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, and Australian Peter Thomson. It also attracted some of the best local golfers such as Charlie the Blade, Three-Iron Ward, and Stork. In 2008, Normandy Shores GC was renovated, again. Golf course architect Arthur Hills was hired to conduct the renovation. He did a great job. Given the hard work, perseverance, and vision it took to build Normandy Shores GC, this course has earned the distinction of being a member of the Florida Historic Golf Trail. Nowadays, the Normandy Shores GC (www.normandyshoresgolfclub. Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 1

com) is all things to all people. According to Normandy Shores GC’s website, the club promotes itself as being “Your Family Friendly Course,” the home of “Sunday Family Fun Day,” and a place where women and juniors are always very welcome. Clearly, Normandy Shores provides the ‘red-carpet treatment’ to all visiting golfers. “Normandy Shores is fun to play and is a member-friendly layout,” said Trace Allison, head professional, Normandy Shores GC. “We have exceptional customer service. We take pride in in how we treat people. Also, our superintendent keeps the course in tip-top shape.” On the course, water comes into play on 12 holes. On the 6th, 7th, and 8th, water lurks at the back of those three putting surfaces. Don’t airmail those three greens. When you play the 11th, 12th, 15th, and 17th, water protects either the front or one side of the green. Each December, Normandy Shores and the nearby Miami Beach Golf Club are the co-hosts of the South Beach International Amateur, now the 5th largest amateur tournament in the world. Each April, Normandy Shores also hosts the Battle at the Shores, a 16-team intercollegiate golf tournament.

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Mayor Elliott Roosevelt Teeing off at Normandy Shores - December 16 1966 Before playing Normandy Shores, check out the course’s website which contains a PGA Professional Tip on how to play each hole. Here, you can accumulate some local knowledge

before you step foot on the first tee. To reserve your tee time at Normandy Shores, the pro shop awaits your call: 305-868-6502.


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Sea Island Debuts New State-of-the-Art Golf Performance Center Sea Island, a Forbes Five-Star resort on the coast of Georgia, has unveiled an all-new, state-of-the-art Golf Performance Center at the Sea Island Golf Club. The new facility further solidifies Sea Island as home to the finest golf instructional center in the country. The 17,000-square-foot facility features industry-leading technology, six instruction and club fitting bays, a putting studio designed by world-renowned putting instructor Phil Kenyon - who serves as Director of Putting Instruction at Sea Island - a full-service golf club workshop, gym with locker rooms, spacious retail area, and indoor and outdoor meeting and event spaces. “The Golf Performance Center at Sea Island is dedicated to helping players play better and enjoy the game of golf with a holistic, comprehensive approach, regardless of their skill level, from beginning golfers to competitive juniors, touring professionals and everyone in between,” said Brannen Veal, Director of Golf. “This new facility combines the latest cutting-edge technology with the finest teachers in the country, taking what we provide to an even higher level than before.” In addition to Kenyon, the center’s elite team of instructors includes Golf Performance Center Manager and Master Club Fitter Craig Allan, Senior Director of Instruction Jack Lumpkin, Sports Psychologist and Performance Specialist Dr. Morris Pickens, Director of Fitness Randy Myers, and highly


ranked instructors Justin Parsons, Gale Peterson, Jared Zak, and Daniel Gray. The debut of the new Golf Performance Center is part of a nearly $30 million enhancement program at The Lodge at Sea Island. The new 18-hole Driftwood putting course, designed by Davis and Mark Love, opened in 2018, adding a fresh dimension to Sea Island’s legendary golf experience. In November 2018, The Lodge introduced six new cottages with 14 new sleeping rooms, a new oceanfront pool, pool house, extended practice facility and short game area, all overlooking the Atlantic. Capping the program is the redesign and renovation of the Plantation Course, which along with the signature Seaside

Course serves as the site of the annual RSM Classic, a PGA TOUR FedEx Cup tournament hosted by Sea Island touring professional and resident Davis Love III. Love Golf Design is overseeing the renovation, which began in November 2018 and will reopen ahead of the 2019 RSM Classic this fall. The pool, pool house, cottages, and the new Golf Performance Center were designed by Hart Howerton, with interior design by Johnson Vann of St. Simons Island, Georgia. The concept of today’s Golf Performance Center was born when Davis Love, Jr., father of Sea Island touring pro Davis Love III, moved his family to Sea Island in 1977 to teach golf at Sea Island Golf Club, pioneering the idea of offering golf instruction year-round in a permanent location. Over the next decade, what was then known as the Sea Island Golf Learning Center grew, as he taught novices and pros alike. When Love, Jr., died in 1988, Jack Lumpkin, Love’s longtime friend and fellow instructor, assumed leadership of the program, overseeing its progress in size and stature. In 1995, the Center became the first in the country to be recognized by the USGA. Today’s Golf Performance Center is the outgrowth of both men’s vision and talent, helping propel Sea Island into being known as the finest golf destination in the nation. For additional information on Sea Island and the Golf Performance Center, or to book a reservation, please visit www.seaisland. com or call 1-800-SEA-ISLAND. Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 1




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By George W. Engelhard Acupuncture Physician and Massage therapist

to illness and injury. Acupuncture can speed up recovery time from exertion or injury and can help prevent injury.

Energy Replacement L I 4 a major tonic point Acupuncture can also be useful for energy replacement. This is a concept that is difficult to comprehend from a typical Western perspective, but acupuncture is designed to reinvigorate an individual and help with excessive fatigue.

Acupuncture for Athletic Performance Acupuncture is a 2,000-year-old practice that has been used to heal injury and improve athletic performance for its entire history. The early stories of acupuncture chronicle Chinese martial artists who used needles to relieve their pain after being injured. Warriors and soldiers have historically received acupuncture to improve their stamina and endurance. In the modern era, many athletes in professional sports and the Olympics extol the virtues of being treated by their acupuncturist. Acupuncture for Muscle Relief Proprioception is the ability to sense stimuli arising within the body regarding position, motion, and equilibrium. Proprioception measures the angle of joints, the tension on tendons and the amount of contraction of muscles. The proprioceptive system allows the muscles to communicate with the nervous system. Even if a person is blindfolded, he or she knows through proprioception if an arm is above the head or hanging by the side of the body. It is absolutely necessary for any physical activity, athletic or otherwise. Injuries affect proprioception and thus the body’s ability to sense where it exists in space. Acupuncture can restore proprioception, creating a more accurate sense of where one’s body parts are in space. Fatigue, inflammation, strain, tightness, and soreness are eased when acupuncture is applied.

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stiffness Acupuncture can treat pain from sports-related injuries. According to The World Health Organization, “Acupuncture’s effective rate in the treatment of chronic pain is comparable with that of morphine.” Acupuncture has been shown to clinically trigger the release of pain-relieving chemicals like endorphins, which act as a natural and rapid pain reliever with long-lasting effects. Treating the pain directly at the site of the pain can also decrease inflammation, boost the immune system, and increases one’s range of motion. Here’s a list sports injuries and problems acupuncture has and can successfully treat: strains, sprains, repetitive use syndrome, swollen muscles, shin splints, neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, back, hip, knee and ankle pain, frozen shoulder, pulled tendons, torn ligaments, tendonitis, arthritis, bursitis, sciatica, tight hamstrings, muscle/tendon strain, golfer’s shoulder, tennis elbow, weak back, stiff neck, and almost any other ailments athletes may incur.

Acupuncture eases stress and anxiety Nervous before that big tournament? Worried your putting isn’t up to par? Acupuncture’s balancing effect is beneficial for the mind, helping to lower stress and anxiety. Becoming more focused and relaxed will improve your golf game. Nervous about needles?

Acupuncture improves sleep Acupuncture is a safe way to banish sleeping issues such as insomnia and waking throughout the night. Regular acupuncture treatments can help you start each day rested and ready. Almost everyone falls asleep during an acupuncture treatment.

Acupuncture increases awareness Many people find that acupuncture helps them tune into their bodies, minds, and emotions at deeper, subtler levels. Being mindful of yourself and your surroundings is a winning tool that is beneficial on and off the links.

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Chinese Medicine as an Antidote to Overtraining In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang are the two polar yet complimentary opposites, much like the positive and negative aspects of an electric charge. Yin is passive, and yang is active. Health is achieved and maintained when yin and yang are kept in balance. Too much yang, activity and training, without yin, rest and recovery, can lead Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 1

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Congratulations to Jeremy Grab (Daniel Island, SC) on “Grabbing” the 13th Annual Ocala Open Championship at Candler Hills Golf Club. Playing the final 5-holes with birdies, Jeremy posted a winning score of 195, 18-under par for the 54-hole tournament hosted by Florida Professional Golf Tour. TT Crouch (Mount Vernon, Ohio) finished 2nd with 197 (-16) and Colin Monagle (Jacksonville, FL) finished in 3rd with 198 (15). Highlights of the day belong to Jeremy, putting his 5 straight birdie putts on the 5 final holes to drive right-around 2nd round leader TT Crouch to take the championship with an old Ping putter that his dad had given him. “I decided to put it in the bag and give in a try,” Grab explained. “I need something different and that putter felt good to me.” Tremendous job goes out to Rick Hendershot, Florida Professional Golf Tour, the entire staff at Candler Hills Golf Club and On Top of the World Communities for hosting these quality professionals that are getting better each year. Congratulations Jeremy! 48


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By Steve Morris

Chasing a dream!

So, you want to play on the PGA TOUR? After a busy Spring conducting Monday Open Qualifiers for the Suncoast Classic and the Pre-Qualifiers and Monday Qualifier for the Valspar Championship we can share a little insight as to what it takes to play on the PGA TOUR. The first thing you realize is just how deep the talent is out there! These guys can play too! What’s humbling is that these men chasing their dream don’t even have full status on the TOUR or they wouldn’t need to qualify. They come from all over the country in hopes of playing well enough just to get into a PGA TOUR event. It’s not a cheap dream. You have one shot at qualifying and if you don’t post a good score, you’re headed home or back out chasing mini-tour events. Imagine stepping on the first tee of a tough golf course and know that you must shoot 66 to have a shot at getting in! Here’s some examples: Suncoast Classic there were 2 Monday qualifiers due to the demand. 138 players in each field at 2 different sites. Both set up from the tips. 12 players from each site made it into the Suncoast Classic. So, what was the number? It took 5 under at each site plus win a playoff to get in! Medalist at one site shot 8 under, medalist at the other site shot 9 under. That’s 24 players who shot 5 under or better to get into the tournament. Let’s look at the PGA TOUR Valspar Championship. If you have no status, you must pre-qualify for the Monday Open Qualifier. There were two. 126 players in each field. It took 3 under at one and 2 under at the other to make it on to the Monday Open Qualifier. Each site advanced 12 and ties into Monday. Then you’re thrown


to the wolves on Monday! Players with PGA TOUR status who did not have to pre-qualify are there. And it’s surprising some of the names you’ll recognize that are trying to Monday qualify! There were 92 players for 4 spots into the Valspar Championship! What was the number? Three shot 66 and three played off for the final spot shooting 67. Course played around 7400 yards fast and firm. Our Section staff is also privileged to conduct the TOUR Stage One and Stage Two Qualifiers in the Fall. And yes, there is a pre-qualifier for Stage One if you don’t have any status! Entry fees are $2500 + for each stage. Plus, expenses, travel, caddy fees, etc. Again, the talent pool is deep and you are challenged for 4 rounds to advance to the next stage. Have on off week and you go home and wait another year to try again! What is scary is the fact that should you make it to the PGA TOUR you must perform well enough to avoid losing your status in only one season. It’s a power game. They can all rip it 300 yards and get to most of the par 5’s. The difference seems to always come down to making putts. You must learn to go low and keep the pedal to the metal. These players can’t afford to have an “off” season or it’s back to start all over again. Those familiar names you see every week on TV are the best of the best! Like they say, “These guys can play!” Well, we can tell you those who are chasing the dream can play too! You think you got game? Well then you better bring it! Their drive and quest to achieve their status on the PGA TOUR is admirable and we wish them all the best and look forward to perhaps seeing them on TV soon! Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 1

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By Fred Seely

If you were appointed the Dictator of Golf, wouldn’t you ... • … buy some Uber stock because that seems to be the only good way to get to PGA Tour events, given the lack of parking at most stops? • … be happy with the way the PGA Tour’s schedule has changed? Seems like a big event every week, and we’ll appreciate it more in the fall when we used to miss big-time events because we were watching football. And when will other sports — NASCAR, are you listening? — follow the Tour’s lead? • … worry about the LPGA’s future until you figure out that you’re one of the few who seems to care, other than the LPGA? And can you name another very good product that gets so little attention? • … ask The First Tee whatever happened to the good players they were going to produce? It has been 20 years and surely someone would have popped up by now. • … ask NBC why they keep bringing up the idea that the PLAYERS is the “fifth major” when no one else talks about it. Or, if it’s just part of their continuous buttkissing, when will they realize that it makes them looks silly and doesn’t impress the Tour? • … tell the PGA Tour players to quit whining about the new rules. If the rulesmakers say that everyone plays with tennis balls, then go find tennis balls. Please, just shut up. • … start wondering if Matt Kuchar is really the good guy we all think he is. If it was just the Mexican standoff with the caddie, maybe we wouldn’t ask the question, but now he comes off as the bad guy in a dustup with Sergio Garcia, who rarely gets to be the good guy. • … be a bit uneasy when the Florida State Golf Association has to put out a code of ethics. Aren’t good manners supposed to be a cornerstone of our game, just like courses are supposed to have grass? Or have all the bad actors moved to Florida? • … worry that the bad actors indeed have moved in if you live in Florida. There have been several dicey incidents. • … be impressed on the job that PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan is doing with some decisive moves as soon as his one-year honeymoon passed? And wouldn’t you like to whisper in his ear that he’s no longer the players’ pal, and that he’ll learn that the hard way if he keeps being buddy-buddy? • … think it’s time to quit brushing aside the fact that courses are closing, and hardly any are being built? 52

And realize that it’s worldwide, or else why would 53 English courses have closed since 2017? • … feel badly about suspecting that Augusta National hosting both their women’s amateur and the Drive, Chip and Putt competitions just before the Masters isn’t a way to grab more cash while all the merchandise tents are set up? • … ask every PGA pro what he or she is doing to bring non-golfers into the game. And don’t let any of them say “discount lessons.” • … while you’re at it, ask the PGA of America what happened to those “campaigns” to “grow the game” which arrived with lots of noise and which when away like a whisper. • … write a note to Jim “Bones” Mackay complimenting him on his good television work but ask him, pretty please, to talk just a bit slower. • … appreciate the many golf news sites that pop up on your inbox every day? And thank them for giving a lot of out-of-work golf writers a forum. • … be amazed at the presentation of the PLAYERS with its attention to detail and first-rate fan appreciation, and wonder if it isn’t better than the Masters once you get through the near-bulletproof aura that surrounds Augusta? • … be tired of telling media types that Tiger Woods is not an African-American? Or, do they not know that his mother’s home country is in Asia? And aren’t you tired of the Tiger-adoring types who either don’t know the facts (or, probably, don’t care) when they make the guy into something he isn’t? (Case in point: after Woods beat Rory McIlroy, NBCX’s Dan Hicks called him the “maestro of match play” when most of us know that Woods’ record in the Ryder Cup — real match play – is 13-23-3.) • … first admit you won’t succeed, but you would try and get golfers to dress properly, which includes no hats on backwards and no shirttails out unless they’re made that way. • … continue to be amazed that our sports relies so much on volunteers, from the highest level to the weekend blitz, even though it may cost money to volunteer? And can you name another sport that gets this÷ •... while you’re of that, don’t to stay in awe at the charity money that comes out of the tours? And you can’t name another sport, either.

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Boca West Children’s Foundation “Battle for the Kids Foundation Days”

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held the “Battle for the Kids Foundation Days” on April 1 and 2 to raise funds that will be distributed among 23 agencies that serve children throughout Palm Beach County. With this event, Boca West Children’s Foundation has now raised project funding in excess of $7 million, since the organization’s founding in 2010. The 7th Annual Golf Challenge hosted more than 400 golfers, and the concert, called “Battle of the Bands II: The Fab Four and Remember When Rock Was Young” had more than 1,000 attendees. Both events were held at Boca West Country Club. Funds raised at the two events will benefit at-risk children and their families in Palm Beach County. Each day, Boca West Children’s Foundation serves more than 5,000 children. Its volunteers give 45,000 hours of their time annually to the 23 partner agencies with which the organization 54

works. All tickets sold directly benefit the participating organizations. “The Battle for the Kids Foundation Days” offer our community a really fun way to help us support the important work that our 23 partner agencies do for underserved children,” said Jennifer Bate, executive director of Boca West Children’s Foundation. Boca West Children’s Founda-

tion was launched in November of 2010. Its mission is to identify and fund projects assisting children and their families in need in Palm Beach County. Since its inception, Boca West Children’s Foundation has provided project funding in excess of $7 million. For more information, visit, call 561-488-6980 or email

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By David Theoret

Hole #6

Indian River Golf Club – Great Course. Great Value The Indian River Golf Club in West Columbia, South Carolina is fashioned after a Scottish Highlands-style course. The golf course was built by golf course architect Lyndell Young and is part of the Indian River community. Indian River opened for play over 26 years ago and is owned by Sunbelt Golf Development. This 18-hole championship layout offers golfers four sets of tees and can play anywhere from 4,336 to 6,502 yards. With a course rating of 71.9 and a slope of 137 from the

back (Gold) tees, Indian River will give most golfers just about all they can handle. At 5,960 yards (69.4/130), the White tees will challenge most men and still let them leave with a little bit of dignity! Seniors will have a great time at 5,464 yards (66.2/109). Indian River Golf Club is quite unique. As you make your way around the course, you’ll experience over 200 ft. of elevation changes and beautiful views of Lake Frances. Mature oak and pine trees frame the boundaries

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on a number of holes and deviating the slightest off the fairway can quickly bring them into play. You’ll find a lot of mounding on the fairways and their peripheries as well as around the greens. This can lead to the dreaded uneven lie and also make for some interesting up and downs. Many of the fairway bunkers have large lips which limits how far you can advance the ball, making pars a lot tougher.; even the bunkers around the green will be a challenge. But what sets Indian River Golf Club apart from other golf courses in the area are the greens. Massive Tif-eagle greens with lots of undulations, false fronts and a good deal of speed. Before your round, get loose and hit a few balls on the full length driving range. Be sure to hit a few putts on the practice green too, you’ll want to have the speed down before heading out there and putting for real! The last three holes on the front side can make or break your round. Number 7 is the course’s #1 handicapped hole and also its most memorable, with a beautiful view of Lake Frances in the background. In the event you hit it over the green, there’s a bunker that should stop your ball from going into the lake. Two of the final three holes are par threes. Number 16 is a good looking 156 yard par 3 that plays downhill to a very large green with water on the right and devilish bunkers on the left and in back. Hitting the green in regulation is the easy part. Putting across the ridge on the left side is when things start to get interesting. Your round at Indian River Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 1

Golf Club ends with another challenging downhill par 3 that plays 159 yards over a creek. It also usually plays into the wind and a lot longer. The long, narrow green ids fronted by a sand bunker right. A fitting end to a fun round of golf! Inside the clubhouse, you’ll find lots of logoed apparel from top companies as well as a wide assortment of balls and gloves. The Grill is open Wednesday through Sunday and offers up homemade barbecue; some of the best in the area. They also serve a lot of your usual clubhouse grub: burgers, fries, wraps and hot dogs, as well as adult – and kids – beverages. Memberships include all monthly dues, range balls and greens fees and are as low as $935/yr. for a single or $1155/yr. for a family. They also offer senior and military discounts. Last Word: The Indian River Golf Club is a course that will challenge any golfer, regardless of their ability. Course knowledge is everything out here as there are many blind shots.

Hole #3 Knowing the greens and where to approach them is vital as well if you want to score well. It’s a course that relies on accuracy and distance control off the tee, accurate approach shots and a good short game. Miss a green and you can easily be chipping over 10 yards straight up a hill. If you don’t hit it hard

enough, you may find it back at your feet. As management continues to make changes and improvements to the course, these rates are only going to go up, so right now it is a tremendous value. To book your next round or outing at The Indian River Golf Club, give them a call at (803) 955-0080.

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By Greg Wise

Grand Opening in Grand Style March 16th was set

as the Opening Day at the Grand Oaks Golf Academy in Weirsdale, Florida. Grand Oaks Resort is best known worldwide as a Special Equestrian Central, holding nearly 50 events per year. It is also know for Recreational Vehicles, Lodging, dinner at “The Bistro” and indoor Pickleball.


Best of all… Grand Oaks in now known for a tremendous short game practice facility with the opening of Grand Oaks Golf Academy. So, how do you make an impact with a grand opening… by inviting some “Heavy Hitters.” Professional Golfer, John Daly and Golf’s Greater Entertainer, Buddy Shelton, were the guests of Grand Oaks Golf Academy for the opening. Buddy in his incredible style of story telling and trick shot artistry had the attendees pretty spell-bound with this shot making abilities while telling

some outrageous stories about golf that had us all laughing. Next up for an exhibition… Professional Golfer John Daly. Okay… not your typical exhibition. Showing up in flip flops… John kicked off the flip flops and did the show in bare feet. Who says you have to wear golf shoes to play golf. Not John! Although nursing an ailing knee… he brought along re-enforcements that seemed to dazzle the crowd even more than John… if that is possible. Enter to the stage, “Little John…” hitting 275 yard drives… hitting flop shots, small trick shots… just like dad. What an afternoon packed with great fun at a beautiful location. Dan Millstead, Grand Oaks Academy and Turf Manager said, “This has been an incredible project to bring on line.” “It has been a mission of the partners at Grand Oaks to create this property in to a multi-function facility,” Millstead mentioned. With on-site housing, and all of the North Central Florida benefits… this facility should be on your bucket list for a visit. Grand Oaks now has a staff of 3 teaching professionals cover every facet of the game. Create a Grand Experience at Golf Oaks Golf Academy. Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 1

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Ballenisles Country Club Mechanic Frank "Tex" Richardson retired after 52 years

Tex and GM Ryan Walls

BallenIsles Country Club recently honored Frank “Tex” Richardson, a mechanic in the golf course maintenance department, who retired after 52 years of service at BallenIsles on Friday, March 22, 2019. Richardson was honored for his five-plus decades of service by BallenIsles Country Club members and General Manager Ryan Walls at the club’s annual membership meeting on Monday, March 25th. He was presented a retirement check, a crystal service award, a large flat screen television and a recliner to enjoy his retirement. Richardson’s first day at BallenIsles (then known as PGA National Golf Club) was May 29, 1967. He was hired at $1.25 per hour and the golf course equipment he utilized, the walk mower, was manual at the time. A gallon of gas was $0.27 and a loaf of bread was $0.22. Richardson is affectionately known

Tex and Virginia Richardson as “Tex,” after receiving the nickname from one of his co-workers who saw him walk out onto a green wearing his favorite cowboy boots and began calling him “Tex.” Interestingly, Richardson has never played golf even though he’s worked in the industry for 52 years. Richardson and his wife of 52 years, Virginia, were married the same year he began working at BallenIsles (1967). They have four children, the youngest 48 and oldest 51, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Virginia still packs his lunch every day and dinner is ready when he gets home. His plans for retirement consist of 40 more years of staying busy, upgrading and renovating their home, now that he has some extra time. He enjoys watching his favorite television programs on National Geographic and History Channel.



ABOUT BALLENISLES COUNTRY CLUB In 1963 legendary Florida developer John D. MacArthur and the PGA of America teamed up with golf course architects Dick Wilson and Joe Lee to design a championship-caliber golf facility. Over the next ten years, BallenIsles, then called PGA National Golf Club, hosted numerous major tournaments like the PGA Championship and PGA Seniors Championship and was home for the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. The Club was also the host site for the original PGA TOUR Qualifying School and held the inaugural PGA Merchandise Show. When the MacArthur/PGA of America agreement expired in 1973, the Club was renamed the JDM Country Club for John D. MacArthur. For the next 15 years, the prestigious local country club hosted many celebrities and professional golfers and staged many events on the three golf courses on the property. In 1988, the three golf courses and surrounding property were sold by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and renamed BallenIsles Country Club. A multi-year and multi-million dollar plan to develop a private country club community was unveiled. Since the early 2000’s, BallenIsles Country Club has been consistently ranked as one of the Top 100 Clubs in America. A $35 million clubhouse renovation was completed in November 2018, featuring 115,000 square feet of luxurious space; three championship courses with 54 holes of golf; a world-class 22-court tennis complex including an exhibition tennis court and pickleball courts; and a state-of-the-art Sports Complex with a full service spa and salon, fitness center, Pilates studio and resort-style swimming pool. For more information visit 60

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SUPERSpotlight: Josh Newman People sometimes say

I have every man’s dream job. Really? Sure, I get to go to work every day on a golf course and prior to that I sat in the bullpen during Braves spring training games and stood on the sidelines for UCF football games. But as many of my peers can attest it’s not all fun and games. It was a long journey to get where I am today. Looking back, I guess I was destined to work in the golf industry. I grew up in Miami Beach and basically was raised on a golf course, but not like you may think. It wasn’t at a country club, but on 2 municipal golf courses, and it wasn’t playing although my father did his best to push me in that direction. My two earliest memories of a golf course were playing football with my friends on the fairways of a local executive course close to my home while avoiding being chased off by a guy driving a “Cushman” (who knew that would eventually be me). I also remember timing it so I would be walking by the 18th fairway at Bayshore G.C. just in time for my Grandfather to take me to the clubhouse after his Saturday morning round for lunch. After high school I worked in the bag room at Grand Cypress for Director of Golf Harvey Ward (at that time I didn’t know that I was working for an actual golf legend). This was during the heyday of golf in Central Florida. Before private jets became popular. Central Florida was populated with so many PGA pros and at the time Grand Cypress was where they all came to practice. So, I had the opportunity to watch a lot of golf swings. Payne Stewart and Greg Norman spent quite a bit of time there and this is when I think I fell in love with the game. Now I’m a member of the U.S.A.F. and stationed at Grissom A.F.B. in Indiana. And where do I find myself? You guessed it working on the base golf course. We had a nice 9-hole course with two sets of tees, so it played like 18 holes. This is where I got my first 62

taste of golf course maintenance. The course didn’t have an automated irrigation system, but it did have numerous quick connects. So, during the summer I would hook up a roller head and rotate it around the course while hand watering greens and tees. Then it was time to pull cores on greens. Now remember its 1986 so a handful of us would push cores off the greens with upside down landscape rakes scoop up the cores and hand top dress and broom the greens. After 4 years in the service I headed back home to Central Florida ready to pursue my passion and become a club pro. That’s when I took a job on the maintenance crew at International G.C. (which later became Grande Pines G.C. and now is vacation homes). Thinking it’s a paycheck with golf privileges I had my foot in the door to the golf industry. After a few years there I moved on to Ventura G.C. (I actually made my first birdie at Ventura as a teenager several years earlier). This is where I really hit my stride in golf maintenance and found that I was actually really good at it. Following a few years at Ventura I get the news that I’m going to be a

father. Looking for a career type job so I could raise my family, I answered an ad for golf maintenance workers at a new Disney course. Next thing you know I’m working for Joel Jackson finishing up the grow in of the two Bonnet Creek courses. During that time, I realized golf maintenance was more than mowing greens and raking bunkers. Joel Jackson opened my eyes to what an amazing and complex job being a golf course superintendent can be. That’s when my career plan changed and I decided that I wanted to be a golf course superintendent. After nine years at Bonnet Creek I chased the money and transferred to Disney’s Wide World of Sports. The sports complex just opened and was offering lots of overtime. Now I’m working on sports turf and baseball fields. During my years at D.W.W.S. I developed my strong work ethic. How couldn’t I, we would go stretches of months working 70-80 hour work weeks. Now I’m ready to manage my own facility, and I got the opportunity when the City of Apopka hired me to run their Northwest Recreation Complex. Not long after being hired I found that there was much more involved to beGolf Central • Volume 20, Issue 1

ing a manager. Now I had to maintain a 200-acre complex, manage a budget, build a crew and take care of an equipment package as well as ordering all our supplies. Even if it was quitting time I would have to stay late to deal with issues. But now I’m on salary so the long hours weren’t as enjoyable. Two years later I’m working for Robert Sample with UCF Athletics. The five years I spent at UCF really flew by. This is where I really grasped the science behind turf grass management. Robert taught me how to fine tune your agronomic practices and how to manage plant health. But the golf bug kicks in and I am headed to Metro West G.C. with Marriott Golf to work for Jim Kernohan. Jim taught me to take all the knowledge I gained through the years and to focus it on the day to day operation of a golf course. While at Metro West I had to plan schedules around the tee sheet. I also had to deal with the golf staff daily to handle outings and special events. I can still clearly remember when Jim mentioned that I was ready to be a superintendent at my own course. So, chase that dream I did after a quick three months as an assistant at Stoneybrook West G.C. I finally landed my first Head Superintendents job at Twin Rivers GC. Stoneybrook West and Twin Rivers were my first times really being a part of a golf management company and as many of you may know management companies operate a little differently than to what I am used to. Now I had to maintain a course and build a crew while working with a very stringent budget. Jumping ahead a few years I get

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the opportunity to interview for a job with Valleycrest Golf Maintenance (now Brightview Golf Maintenance) at ChampionsGate G.C. I had some apprehension about this based on my past experiences with management companies. I just didn’t know if it would be the right fit for me. But then I met Mike Harbin. Mike is my Area Director with Brightview Golf Maintenance (let me emphasize golf maintenance not management). B.V.G.M. is solely a maintenance company whose focus is on maintenance and is run by experts in the field of golf maintenance. So, after my interview with Mike and learning about B.V.G.M. I was ready to make the change that finds me where I am today. Since joining the BVGM staff at ChampionsGate and with the help and support of Mike and the leaders with B.V.G.M. I have really grown as a superintendent. Now at ChampionsGate, I’m part of a contract company maintaining two golf courses; The Leadbetter Golf Academy, A 9 hole par 3 course, plus a mini golf course and as of January 1st also the 20-acre ChampionsGate Athletic Complex, which is adjacent to the hotel (the Athletic Complex has already hosted the U.S.M.N. soccer team as well as NY City FC of the MLS and AFC AJAX from overseas in our short time maintaining it). Sounds daunting doesn’t it? I guess it could be but despite working for different companies I have never been a part of such a cohesive group working together for one common goal to provide the best golf experience possible. We call it “Making the Gate Great Again”. So, as you can tell I do work a lot,

but my one escape is being a Miami Dolphins season ticket holder. Eight times a year I go down to Miami and watch my Fins play and unwind. And yes, I am an optimist and I know the Dolphins will get back on track in my lifetime (but they better hurry I am 51). Every step along my journey I have learned so much from many different people. Joel Jackson, Robert Sample, Jim Kernohan, and Mike Harbin. Thank You I am a better superintendent today because of you. I am often told to take time off “you will get burned out” (it hasn’t happened yet) or “work to live not live to work”. But this is what I worked my whole life for, and it’s not work if you love what you do. Some people have hobbies for enjoyment, but I couldn’t get any more enjoyment or satisfaction then riding around the property and witnessing people enjoy what I’ve helped provide them. I have seen more sunrises (and a few to many sunsets than I would like) then most people do in a lifetime. There are few things I try to live life by that I feel help me. Always have a good attitude, like I tell my coworkers “we work on a golf course how can’t we have fun while we work”. I also try to accomplish one extra task each day that was planned for tomorrow. And a wise man once told me “don’t let anyone take your joy”. I call this my “Gate Mob” mentality and so far, it has worked for me. So, in closing… I don’t know if I’m living every man’s dream job. I guess that depends on the man. But what I do know is I’m living mine and I couldn’t be more satisfied.


SUPERSpotlight: Juana Diaz

Juana Diaz, Assistant Golf Course Superintendent at Hideout Golf Club, moved to the United States when she was 14 years old from Oaxaca, Mexico. She has been employed at Hideout Golf Club since the year 2000 and as the Assistant Golf Course Superintendent since 2014. Hideout is an 18 hole private facility. During her time at Hideout, Juana is been able to learn English by going to school for two years after work (evenings) and graduated with a GED in 2010. All of this while still working full time. Now, she wants to continue studying to get a bachelor’s degree on Turf Grass Management. Juana has two kids Ashley 17,


and Brayden 13. Both of them are students at CSN Naples, where they excel as top students with a lot of hard and dedication that they learned from their mother. Her time at Hideout started 19 years ago as a laborer, she learned to use all equipment and was very involved in learning all faucets of the golf course. As time when on she became a crew leader, then an irrigation tech for four years and a spray tech for another 4 years. Due to her

excellent work and dedication to the golf course she become the 1st Assistant Superintendent in 2014 and has major aspirations to soon becoming a Golf Course Superintendent. Juana’s road to success hasn’t been easy. Leaving her home country and family at such a young age looking for a better life, she has endured many difficult moments especially at the very beginning of her career. For many years she was doing two jobs to be able to provide for her two kids, but she never wavered from being successful. She never took no for an answer, even though she knew in our industry she was and still is in the minority. She strongly believes that no matter the gender, nationality or race, anyone can achieve her goals and reach for their dreams with hard work and an incredible dedication to whatever you choose to do. Finally, Juana acknowledges that we all need a little help along the way, and she could not be more grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Moe Kent for the opportunity to work at Hideout Golf Club for many years. Also, to the many people that have taught her the ins and outs of golf course maintenance and of course and most importantly to all of her team that helps her accomplish the daily goals maintaining a top-notch golf course year around.

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The pH of this.

The growth of that.

Too much moisture.

Not enough moisture.

Looking out for the environment.

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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.

Hundreds of acres are being dedicated to help reverse the decline of monarchs. –– Photo Credit: Marcus Gray

Golf Courses Work to Save Butterflies

Hundreds of acres are being dedicated to help reverse the decline of monarchs. –– Photo Credit: Marcus Gray

The monarch is North America’s most iconic butterfly, but their population has declined by more than 90 percent over the last two decades. To combat the reduction of monarchs, Audubon International and Environmental Defense Fund have teamed up to launch Monarchs in the Rough ( The program partners with golf courses to restore

monarch habitat and increase awareness of the golf industry’s contribution of helping the monarch challenge. To date, over 450 golf courses have enrolled, committing more than 500 new acres of habitat to the cause. Sites are planted with milkweed seed – the only group of plants eaten by monarch caterpillars and the only ones where the butterflies will lay their eggs. Courses from across the continent are involved, representing 39 US States, Puerto Rico, 6 Canadian Provinces & 2 Mexican States. As the largest monarch program for the golf industry, Monarchs In The Rough also shares information about best practices for native plant establishment and maintenance across regions. Seed distributed by Audubon International has jump-started habitat restoration efforts in a coordinated way not seen before and has empowered golf course superintendents and other interested parties to get involved. In some instances, course plantings are being integrated into larger habitat initiatives off-course with watershed groups, garden clubs and homeowners’ associations. Every acre managed for butterflies on golf courses is highly visible and goes a long way toward increasing awareness of the plight of these polli-

nators. In addition, native bees in these habitat areas will also be bolstered by the diverse plantings that supplement the milkweed by blooming throughout the growing season. Thanks to a $150,000 grant from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, along with key financial support of $100,000 in matching funds from the US Golf Association, Monarchs In The Rough has grown to be a comprehensive habitat restoration program. The grant term ends in November of 2020, so it’s important for courses to register now while funds are available. Join the movement! Seed may be planted in the early Spring as soon as sites can be accessed or artificially stratified in the refrigerator to plant into June. If you miss this planting season, you can wait until Fall. Technical assistance is always available by contacting Audubon International. We’re always investigating opportunities to continue supporting projects. Feel free to approach golf courses near you to find out if they know about Monarchs In The Rough. Follow along for updates on social media by using #MonarchsInTheRough or “liking” the Monarchs In The Rough Facebook page: https://www.facebook. com/MonarchsInTheRough/ For more information, please visit:

Site preparation is key to planting success. Staff at Fox Hills Golf in Michigan broadcast seeds following a prescribed burn. – Photo Credit: Eric Niemur


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