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It Ain't Easy

Volume 20, Issue 3

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

Ringo sang, “It Don’t Come Easy, You Know It Don’t Come Easy.” If it was

Mike Coonan, Becky Galloway Senior Correspondent: Rick Harris, Sr. International Correspondent: Dove Jones

easy everybody would be doing it. The Eagles even implored us to “Take

Regional Partner: Doug Hollandsworth, Founder-Georgia Golf Trail Contributing Writers: Jay Golden, PGA; Greg Wise,

It Easy.” Yet it takes a country song like, “This One’s for the Girls” from

Bob Bolton, Greg Corbo, Elisa Gaudet, Mike Jamison, Mike May, Ron Heller, Rick Styles, Fred Seely, Deb Shuck, JL Quebbeman, Linda Williams-Sieg

Martina McBride to put into perspective what it’s like dealing with trials

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and tribulations women endure, from standing their ground to living

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The 21st of this month is the 17th anniversary of Shannon Coates as a member of the tribe. Thank goodness I’ve had Shannon by my side. Shannon is not just my editor but like family, a confidante, a visionary, and so much more. We have been called the dynamic duo and our magical teamwork has allowed the magazine to grow to where it is today. What’s amazing about Shannon is she does this while also juggling roles as an amazing wife, Woman’s Club volunteer, volleyball mom (now that really ain’t easy) and, well, you name it. All while dealing with “profes-

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sionals” in the industry, from PR and advertising agencies to others who feel they want or need to be involved. Featured on our cover this month is Maggie Valley Club and Resort, a Troon managed property, in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. Learn more on pg 36. Also, we are featuring our very first Golf Bachelorette, Courtney Simonsen (pg 16). E-mail me your nominations for next month’s golf bachelorette.

On a bittersweet note, I have learned happy memories help offset

the sad ones. My sister Tammy’s passing last month combined with the impact of others whose lives impacted me over the years that I have lost made the past several weeks difficult for me. Surrounding yourself with the people you love helps you to carry on. And, that, my friends, is the best and ONLY way to “take it easy”.

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Volume 20, Issue 3 Departments

Bionic Gloves Golf Bachelor 14 Bret E. Benjamin FEATURE 36 Maggie Valley Club & Resort Florida Golf Central 40 Ron Heller Fore Your Health 56 Dr. Kerry Solomon 58 Medterra CBD 60 Acupuncture

26 Grip It & Sip It 28 Golf History 50 North Florida PGA 52 Freddy's Fairway Thoughts 54 Product Showcase 62 Turf Life 64 Turf Life 66 Turf Life

Georgia Golf Central 24 Georgia Golf Trail


Golf Bachelorette 16 Courtney Simonsen


Golf Business 30 John Ritenour 32 ING Spring Conference Golf Fore Charity 10 Florida Governor’s Cup Improving Performance 22 Bella Collina Leader on the Links 20 Rob Strano Special Events 12 U.S. Women’s Open Stay & Play 42 World Golf Village 20 Inn on the Lakes 20 RTJ Golf Trail

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Tennessee Golf Central 18 Fairfield Glade Young Guns 34 Madison Toney


Pg 36

Governor DeSantis Supports the First Tee Florida Chapters through Inaugural ‘Florida Governor’s Cup’

First Tee President Greg McLaughlin and First Tee of Palm Beach alum Savannah Mansueti

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis served as host at the inaugural Florida Governor’s Cup on June 3, raising approximately $500,000 for the First Tee, a nonprofit youth development organization dedicated to helping young people build character and life skills through the game of golf. The event took place Monday, June 3 at the Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City, Fla., bringing together members of the Florida Legislature and the Executive Branch for a 27-hole Ryder Cup-style event. Executive team won the inaugural competition, 14-10. Proceeds from the charity golf event will allow the First Tee to expand and deepen its impact in the state of Florida through grants to chapters, training and education and college scholarships. 10

First Lady of Florida Casey DeSantis, Martin Mansueti (dad), Savannah Mansueti, and Governor Ron DeSantis “I was honored to serve as the host of the inaugural Florida Governor’s Cup to benefit chapters of the First Tee throughout the state,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “The mission of the First Tee aligns perfectly with our goal of creating more opportunities for young Floridians from all walks of life to be successful. I am proud of what we accomplished this first year and look forward to future Governor’s Cups with the First Tee to benefit our leaders of tomorrow.” “With support from the Florida Governor’s Cup, we’re able to fund programs state-wide so we can reach more young people and help them develop into leaders in their communities,” said First Tee President Greg McLaughlin. “We look forward to partnering with the Governor for years

to come and having a lasting impact in the Florida communities we serve.” Florida is home to First Tee’s headquarters in St. Augustine and 12 chapters: Central Florida, Clearwater, Greater Ocala, Lakeland, Miami, Naples/ Collier, North Florida, Northwest Florida, Sarasota/Manatee, St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay and the Palm Beaches. State-wide, the First Tee is reaching more than 16,000 young people annually at more than 125 program locations, with support from 1,700 volunteers. Additionally, First Tee has been introduced to more than 1,100 schools and youth centers, reaching thousands of additional kids throughout the state. For more information about First Tee and its mission, visit Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 3




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special events

By Dove Jones

Charleston, SC is credited with being the site of the first golf society in the United States dating back to at least 1786. So, it is fitting that the USGA brought the 2019 Women’s Open Championship to this historic golf city at the Country Club of Charleston in awarding the first $1 million winner’s check to Jeongeun Lee6. The action wasn’t the only thing hot in town. Temperatures climbed above the 100-degree mark during the practice rounds, cooling off to the balmy

Long hitting Lexi Thompson finished second. (sic) 90s over the tournament rounds. Americans Lexi Thompson and Jaye Marie Green gave chase in the heat throughout the week and into the final round, but in the end, it was all Lee6 winning by 2 at 6-under par over the Seth Raynor classic. Superintendent Paul Corder had the course in magnificent condition which maintained its meddle without going over the line, even in the extreme heat conditions. Set along the Ashley River with

the historic city of Charleston across the water as the backdrop to the range, the layout shared honors with the pros as a star of the week. It is where, under the tutelage of legendary pro and teacher Henry Pickard, Beth Daniel honed her Hall of Fame game. A second shot golf course that is fairly generous off the tees with minimal rough, it’s defense is having to be in position to get close to the pins on the seemingly benign but The 18th green on the storied Seth Raynor classic design that has stood the test of time.


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As picturesque a range as you’ll ever find with historic Charleston in the background. subtlety difficult well-guarded greens, as much by false fronts as by bunkers. There are no weak holes on the course, but the stand out is the par3, 11th. A reverse Redan par-3 on the scorecard that even elite players and pros would take a bogey 4 and be happy and feel like they stole one when walking off with a par. Case in point, Sam Snead once carded a 13 there in the 1937 Tournament of the Gardens Open. Miss the dance floor left or right and you’ll find yourself in a bunker well below the putting surface – hit it short and the false front will return your ball like a pinball machine. With the men turning even the longest par-4’s into drives and short irons, it is a treat to see the women playing these iconic layouts as they should be played and spotlighting great ball striking that mere mortal golfers can relate to. In addition, with men’s tournament single-day ticket prices climbing close to or over the $100 mark, taking the family to a women’s tournament offers great value for money and most feature active areas to involve junior golfers in the game. To find a women’s tournament, professional or amateur, coming near your location visit or For information on historic Charleston and its many public and resort courses visit Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 3

The event featured multiple “fun” zones for junior enthusiasts to enjoy time off the course.


Bionic Gloves golf bachelor

Given the choice; would you select love, success, or money to keep yourself happy? Success and Money will never be enough without love.

What three people would you most like to play with in your fantasy golf foursome? Tiger Woods, Freddy Couples, Tania Tare

What are some of your great accomplishments?

Caddie in 2018 US Open at Shinnecock Hills, Caddie in 2018 Valspar Championship, Topgolf Tour Championship 2017 Contender, BA in Investment Finance from UNF

Relaxed evening at home, or nightclub and cocktails? Life is about a happy balance of both.

Favorite comedian? Where were you born? Did you grow up there?

Jacksonville, Florida. Born and Raised.

Is “acting your age” overrated?

I plan on staying as young as possible for as long as possible.

High school group you hung out with the most; nerds, jocks, stoners, preppies?

Tell us something about yourself that only your closest friends know.

I make my eggs in the Microwave.

What do you find to be the most annoying habit people demonstrate on the golf course?

Not understanding proper etiquette for pace of play.

Jim Carrey. Took overacting to a new level.

Favorite charity to support?

PUSH America. “People Understanding the Severely Handicapped”

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

“Draws and fades, peaks and troughs. It’s not how you play, its how you conduct yourself.”

Advanced Classes with the Glasses. Point Guard, Quarterback, Short Stop as a Jock. Popped Collars with the Golfers.

What do you do for a living?

Pro Golfer/ Caddie.

What would you like to do for a living? Pro Golfer/ Caddie/ Actor.

Aside from golf; what do you prefer for fun and relaxation? Hammock and a Cold Beverage

Steak, chicken, or seafood?

Steak Fajita. Spicy Chicken Sandwich. Seafood Gumbo.


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Steak, chicken, or seafood?

Seafood 110%!!! Sushi is my world. If you are ever in the Daytona Beach, FL area, I would recommend Fancy Q Sushi and Thai… and ask for Simon! They have amazing sushi and an incredible atmosphere.

What do you find to be the most annoying habit people demonstrate on the golf course? Taking too many practice swings. 1-2 is plenty.

Name the three most important things to you in this world. 1. My family and friends 2. Country music 3. Uber

What do you fear the most?

Not being able to please everyone. I am such a people pleaser.

What three people would you most like to play with in your fantasy golf foursome? Where were you born? Did you grow up there? I was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but grew up in Minnesota and went to college there.

Is “acting your age” overrated?

Definitely. I hope I act like a 23 year old for the rest of my life.

What do you do for a living?

I am the Membership Coordinator for the LPGA Amateur Golf Association. I get to work with 12,000 members who are passionate about the game of golf and strive to make the game better for women every single day.

What would you like to do for a living?

What are some of your great accomplishments?

One of my greatest accomplishments is learning how to speak Mandarin Chinese. I’ve traveled to China a few times and took it upon myself to learn the language. I really enjoy traveling and would love to go across the pond again if given the opportunity.

Relaxed evening at home, or nightclub and cocktails? Night Club. Viva Las Vegas.

Favorite charity to support?

Host my own talk show.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

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

High school group you hung out with the most; nerds, jocks, stoners, preppies?

Aside from golf, I love being on the water– ocean or lake. Also- you can find me on any dance floor.


Toby Keith, Cole Swindell, and George Strait.

I didn’t necessarily limit myself to one group. I played 3 sports and participated in other activities as well. I was actually voted Class Clown my senior year.

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Two Fairfield Glade Golf Courses Top Five 2019 Best Courses You Can Play in Tennessee

Fairfield Glade is pleased to announce that Stonehenge Golf Course has been ranked #4 and Heatherhurst Brae Golf Course #5 as Golfweek Magazine’s “Best Courses You Can Play in Tennessee.” Each year, Golfweek Magazine ranks golf courses state-by-state. Stonehenge Golf Club has placed in the top five for the past eight years and this is the third year in a row to have the Brae course at Heatherhurst included on this prestigious list. This is the 22st year of Golfweek’s rankings. Golfweek has golf course raters who travel the world play-


ing and ranking courses each year. Stonehenge Golf Course gets its name from walls of native stone found throughout the 6549 yard, par 72 layouts. Natural rock outcroppings come into play on several holes, with a 15 foot layered stone retaining wall running along the left and rear of the signature downhill par 3, 14th hole. The course is proud to feature bent grass tees, greens and fairways and hosts the Tennessee Senior State Open, Tennessee Golf Association Father-Son Championship and the The Golf Capital

of Tennessee Women’s Open. The Brae Course at Heatherhurst, named for the Scottish term for a hillside by a body of water is a 6,499 yard par 72 layout designed by Gary Roger Baird. The front 9 provides the most challenge, including the 4th hole which requires two forced carries over Otter Creek to a green perched on top of a beautiful stacked stone wall. The back 9 is unique in that it has three par 3’s, three par 4’s and three par 5’s. The par 5 10th hole is the signature hole playing 562 yards downhill to the green positioned at the edge of beautiful Lake Dartmoor. The Brae is the only course in the area to feature Zoysia fairways that provide unmatched fairway conditions. Fairfield Glade is home to five beautiful championship golf courses and is open to the public for an amazing golf experience. To book a tee time at any of Fairfield Glade’s five golf courses, you may call Central Tee Times at (800)6248755. Golf package information can be found on the Fairfield Glade web site: For more information please contact Jeff Houston, Director of Golf at 931- 456-5724.

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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.

leader on the links

Rob Strano A leader has to wear many hats and that is certainly true of Rob Strano. You have probably seen him on The Golf Channel or as the host of his own golf TV show The Golf Kingdom. But those two places are just a couple of many spots he holds down in the game of golf. He is top coach, former tour player, instructor to the disabled, works with wounded warriors, TV show host, entertainer, leader and influential speaker. Rob is a native of St. Louis, MO where he grew up at the same country club as 1968 Masters Champion Bob Goalby and touring professionals Jay and Jerry Haas and Frank Connor.

ing full time on tour and began the

Deaf children to swing the club! Rob

At the age of six he began playing

Strano Golf Academy in Destin Florida

is widely considered one of the top

and was aided by a putting green

at Kelly Plantation Golf Club. Rob

putting instructors in the country and

his father installed in the backyard

coaches’ players of all levels includ-

has designed his own patented put-

of their home. Rob played tourna-

ing several Touring Professionals from

ting training aid, Fuzion Dyn-A-line,

ments on the three major US Tours

the PGA/LPGA Tours and mini-tours

which has been an incredible success

(PGA, Nike/Nationwide/Buy.Com and

as well as the top boys and girls high

at helping players execute a better

USGT/Jordan) and had five first place

school players in the panhandle of

stroke and make more putts (www.

finishes and competed for over 15

Florida. Rob is a 5-time honorable and collaborated

years. He also earned his reputation

mention Top 50 Youth Golf Instruc-

with Eyeline golf on the memory band

as one of the “nicest players on tour”

tor by US Kids Golf and his nationally

putting system for their putting rail.

by donating a significant amount

recognized junior golf program pro-

of his time to share his expertise at

duces numerous tournament winners

as an official Golf Channel Academy

numerous charity events and outings.

throughout the year. Rob also devel-

and he has made numerous appear-

oped a national Deaf youth instruc-

ances on shows such as Morning

In 2003 he retired from play-

tion program and

Drive, School of Golf and Champions

for 15 years the

Tour Learning Center. His fun and

United States

entertaining live segments on Golf

Deaf Golf Camps

Channel led to his own TV show The

have been con-

Golf Kingdom which can be seen

ducting events in

live on regional TV and streamed on

sign language at

demand. The show features viewer fa-


vorite segments like Build It, Pop Cul-

events. He is the

ture, It’s Just Hot Air and Time to Rise.

only professional


In 2015 his academy was selected

Rob also is a sought-out speaker

in the world

for companies and organizations

actively teach-

and his messages leave the audi-

ing golf to Deaf

ences entertained and motivated.

kids in the United

When asked what message means

States. These

the most to him it is “A rising tide

events have taken

lifts all boats” and Rob explains

place in over 25

his philosophy of doing everything

US cities and

he can to make everyone and any-

Rob has taught

one better whether it is on the golf

over a thousand

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georgia golf centtral

By Mike May

Lake View

Geographically diverse destinations and visually stimulating sights and scenes. Those descriptive phrases are the best way to summarize the appeal of playing golf at any of the 20+ golf courses along the Georgia Golf Trail which stretches from the Sky Valley Country Club in north Georgia to the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa along Georgia’s southeast coast. “The diversity of golf destinations is the strength of the Georgia Golf Trail which features numerous golf op-

portunities that range from mountain golf to coastal golf, and everything in between,” said Doug Hollandsworth, founder, Georgia Golf Trail. “And, throughout the state, you’ll find some world-class resorts like Callaway Gardens & Resort, Chateau Elan Golf Club, and the Jekyll Island Club Resorts.” The best way to highlight the dynamic diversity of the Georgia Golf Trail is to provide an editorial snapshot of my best memories along the Peach State’s many pathways to Old Man Par:

Little Ocmulgee State Park & Lodge (McRae, Georgia): The Wallace Adams Golf Course reminds its visitors of what the nearby Augusta National Golf Club looks like. This golf course is dominated by loblolly pines which divide many of the fairways from one another, especially on the back nine. And, the pine straw beneath the trees is maintained in a similar way as the internationally known course that hosts the Masters each April. While standing on the tees of the 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 10th, 11th, 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th holes, the only thing missing are the cameras from CBS and thousands of patrons.

Callaway Gardens & Resort (Pine Mountain, Georgia)

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At Callaway Gardens & Resort, there are two 18-hole golf courses: Mountain View and Lake View. The signature hole at Lake View is the par-three 10th hole, which features an island tee and a serpentine bridge which crosses part of Mountain Creek Lake. This is a selfie ‘hot-spot.’ A birdie at the 10th is a memory maker. As you transition from the 10th green to the 11th tee, you’ll pass a rustic looking two-story building that is the original golf clubhouse at Callaway Gardens & Resort. While Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 3

The bridge across the top of the waterfall takes you to the 5th tee at the Creek at Hard Labor State Park it’s still an operational facility, it’s been transformed. On the top story is a fine dining option – The Gardens Restaurant. Down below is a snack shop for golfers. The signature hole at Mountain View is the par-five 6th, where the tee shot and the approach shot to a raised green are played over water. It usually takes three shots to reach the green. To play the 6th at Mountain View, it helps to be a shotmaker.

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa (Young Harris, Georgia) The 1st hole at Brasstown Valley

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is an attention getter and demands maximum concentration. The tee shot at the first is struck from a raised tee to a fairway which sits well below the tee box. There is a carry, but it’s not as long as it looks. It’s a tee shot which you will want to hit well since the hang time will be significant. Tee it high and let it fly!

Creek Golf Course at Hard Labor Creek State Park (Social Circle, Georgia) The most memorable hole at The Creek is its signature hole – the parthree, 14th hole. Here, the backdrop

behind the green is worth a photo or two. The backdrop is a water wheel and a bridge that makes it one of the most peaceful and picturesque backdrops along the Georgia Golf Trail. It’s worth noting that Golf Digest Frugal Golfer has listed The Creek as the “4th sweetest deal in the USA.” The Creek awaits your arrival. You now have great reasons and an incentive to make a trip to the 20+ courses along Georgia Golf Trail -- this year and beyond. If it’s your first visit, I can guarantee you that it won’t be your last.


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Dark plum, savory edge, black tea leaves, fleshy texture

Bright red fruit, baking spices, cranberry, creamy viscosity

Bing cherry and strawberry, earthiness, mid-palate weight

From the dense fog and brilliant sun, to the high winds, cool coastal air, and diverse terrain, the California Coast presents many challenges. And yet it’s still one of the best winegrowing areas for producing world-class Pinot Noir. Each of the vineyards chosen for this wine offers the best expression of its respective appellations, carefully blended to achieve balance, complexity, and richness of flavor.

growing season The 2017 growing season was definitely unique. Average winter rains made for healthy vines throughout the coastal regions going into spring and early summer. Bud break was a few days later than 2016, but with no frost events, the growing year was off to a great start. Warm, sunny days followed during fruit set and the growing climate was classic: cool mornings with warm, sunny afternoons and no dramatic heat events. A July heat wave signaled the crop to ripen. Harvest began in orderly fashion, but record-breaking heat and low humidity in September pushed speedy picking for blocks that were at optimum Brix. The heat wave was followed by a cool period and even a bit of rain that elevated sugars back to optimal Brix. Extended hang time through much of the latter portion of September into October allowed us the luxury of picking mature fruit with great flavor and developed tannins.

winemaking During fermentation, both punch-downs and pump-overs were used to ensure balanced extraction of flavor, aromatics, structure, and color. We aged on 100% French oak to allow the sweet and structural influences from the oak to mingle seamlessly with the rich fruit and ripe tannins. The result is an evocative wine that is well balanced, richly flavored, and deliciously complex.

tasting notes


A rich garnet color with a ruby edge, the wine opens to reveal lifted fruit aromas of bright strawberry and jammy fruit, mocha, and vanilla, along with toasty oak notes. Expressive boysenberry, blackberry, dark cherry, juicy strawberry, and toasty mocha flavors lend complexity and depth on the palate. The well-integrated oak provides structure and depth seldom seen in Pinot Noir.


Meiomi Pinot Noir has a consistent profile of supple tannins, silky texture, and balanced acidity that makes it the perfect wine to enjoy with a wide array of food. It pairs particularly well with tomato-based pasta dishes, thin-crust pizza, grilled lamb, and turkey.

6 months on 100% French oak 13.7%

total acidity

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October 10 - 16, 2019

Maximize Your Play Time

The best golf destinations cover a lot of ground beyond the 18th green. French Lick Resort is the golf getaway with more to love. We have 45 holes of golf, including championship courses by legendary designers Pete Dye and Donald Ross. Add in hundreds of ways to win at the casino, casual and fine dining plus other amenities, and the numbers are on your side for an epic golf trip. French Lick Resort brings it all together with golf, food, fun and gaming at one unforgettable destination. For groups of 8 or more, give our golf group sales manager Alex Whiteman a call at 812-936-9300 (ext. 7227) to get the ball rolling.

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golf history

By Mike May

Fort Myers Country Club

A Historic Course with Star Power

Hole #4 today

Fort Myers, Florida

is the original home of the ‘rich-and-famous,’ well before that term became affiliated with places like the Hamptons, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills. Yes, back in the day, Fort Myers was the winter getaway for the men and their families whose last names were Ford, Edison, and Firestone, as in Henry, Thomas, and Harvey, respectively. As you would expect, there’s also a certain amount of star power affiliated with the Fort Myers Country Club (3591 MacGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, Florida), as it was designed by one of golf’s most famous architects, Donald Ross, who was hired at the urging of Edison. Construction of this golf course began in 1916 and it opened for play in November 1917. James B. McGovern, one of Ross’ associates, oversaw course construction. It’s worth noting that while Edison was influential in getting Ross hired to design the golf course, he was not an avid golfer, but he and Ford did play in the 1920s. For the most part, Edison felt that golf had “too much walking.” Edison’s wife, 28

Mina, also played golf on occasion. Other prominent people who have played this course include former major championship golfers Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Jock Hutchison, Horton Smith, ‘Babe’ Zaharias, and Arnold Palmer. In 2014, the Fort Myers Country Club – nicknamed “The Fort” – was given a major facelift by accomplished golf course architect Steve Smyers, who treated this project as if Ross worked alongside him. Smyers successfully replicated what Ross had designed back in 1917. He also made a few course changes to reflect the expectations of today’s golfers. In the end, Smyers pulled off

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an amazing duplication. Ross would have been pleased with the efforts of Smyers and his team. The most significant changes were the addition of six water hazards that are now filter marshes disguised as lakes. Today, this 18-hole, par-70 golf course has six sets of tees that range in length from 4,300 yards from the forward tees to 6,600 yards from the back tees. As you would expect of a golf course that has been the site of so many ‘star sightings’ over the last 100 years, the Fort Myers CC is one of the 53 golf courses on the Florida Historic Golf Trail. As a tribute to golf’s roots, walking is permitted at the Fort Myers CC. The course also strongly supports the growth of junior golf in the area. “Here, we encourage walking 365 days a year and our prices are affordable throughout the year,” said Rich Lamb, head golf professional at the Fort Myers CC. “We also host many high school golf matches each year and we have lots of kids’ activities throughout the year.” Regardless of the time of year, the Fort Myers CC is forever in tip-top shape, thanks to the efforts of superintendent Aaron Mills and his crew. While the sun shines throughout the year, the weather in Fort Myers remains a daily mystery as southwestern Florida deals with

high temperatures, intense humidity, a ‘rich-and-famous’ experience by takpowerful thundershowers, and intense ing a tour of the Edison & Ford Winter hurricanes, which can be crippling. Estates: 20 acres of historic buildings “At times, Mother Nature is our and gardens. It’s less than a mile’s drive friend and sometimes our foe,” admitfrom the golf course. The most poputed Mills. “For instance, the rainfall is lar destinations at the Winter Estates not always consistent. In May 2018, we are the Edison Botanic Research Lab had more than 13 inches of rain and in and the Edison Ford Museum. Decades May 2019, we had less than three inches. ago, the Edisons, Fords, and Firestones As for hurricanes, they take months to were neighbors. Did Mrs. Edison recover from and sometimes years.” ever have to borrow a cup of sugar Mills says he and his team must from Mrs. Ford or Mrs. Firestone? be strategic with their time on the To experience “The Fort,” call the course, which hosts more than pro shop – 239-321-7488 – to secure 50,000 rounds of golf a year. a tee time. A descendant of Henry “Our work on the golf course starts Ford, Thomas Edison, or Harvey Fireat 5:00 am, when the golfers are still stone might answer the phone. asleep,” added Mills. “Once the sun rises, my Fort Myers Yacht and Country crew works around the Club Clubhouse -Courtesy of State golfers on the course.” Archives of Florida After completing play at the Fort Myers CC, stop for a snack at The Edison Restaurant where three of the favorite menu items are the Edison House Burger, The Bright Idea Burger, and the 1 (Very Big) Meatball and Spaghetti for 2. After dining, enjoy

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By Bevrlee J. Lips

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Keeping the Course Open: An Interview With John Ritenour

Upheaval is the enemy for golf courses and country clubs. With hurricane season for 2019 started, owners and managers must consider whether or not they’re ready for what chaotic weather conditions might do to the consistent delivery of golf and services to their clientele. Before a serious event hits is the best time to consider risk exposures and take care of any holes that may exist. Insurance Office of America Co-founder John Ritenour is a central Florida leader who has seen the threats from both sides—as one of the founders of the third largest privately held insurance agency in the U.S. and as an owner of Alaqua Country Club. Here, this seasoned leader shares insights from behind the scenes.

With hurricane season upon us, are most golf course owners and managers prepared? Most people don’t think about wind and hurricane damage in central Florida. However, we’ve had several events over recent years and have learned lessons from each one. For example, there are limits on tree damage that most owners have no idea exist or they don’t understand them completely. Most think that, if a hurricane comes through and blows all the trees down, there will be clean up and reimbursement for replacing the trees. There’s not. There is a sublimit, typically $50,000, which doesn’t go a long way toward tree damage and it doesn’t clean up many trees. Alaqua had hundreds of trees damaged in one event, which came out of my pocket, so having a reserve set up for things like that is important. A typical country club owner or manager doesn’t think about that too much. They think of reserves for roofs, furni30

John Ritenour with 2018 IOA Golf Classic winner, Ruixin Liu ture upgrades, and the like but don’t think of golf course upgrades that have limited coverage. When major damage to the course takes place during a hurricane, you’re looking at very low coverage limits. It’s good to be educated on what is covered, what is not covered, and what your limits are so that you understand those things that must be self-insured.

What can you do to bridge the gap?

There are ways to endorse and to buy up, but it’s pretty expensive and most people don’t understand their wind deductibles and how they come into play. Typically, it’s per hurricane and the wind deductible is 5% of building values. So, a $5 million-dollar building with a 5% deductible means you’re looking at $250,000 per incident. There is some limited coverage on tees and greens, but by far, it is not a covered peril where you’ll be made whole. The purpose of insurance generally is to make you whole after a loss. As the owner of a golf course, there’s nothing you can do to make yourself whole in the wake of a hurricane, storm, or flood loss.

Is self-insurance the key? Yes, that and having the appropriate reserves so you can get your golf course back open again generating revenue as quickly as possible.

Are there special considerations by location? Each region will have its own unique exposures. For example, wind events along the coast bring up salt water. Getting the turf back into shape when that kind of exposure has occurred is difficult, and the damage is not covered. Flood insurance is not for the course itself but for the buildings. No standard carriers that write packages on golf courses are willing to take the risk because there’s too much exposure for what they’d be able to charge.

How do you make sure you’re prepared then? Interviewing an insurance broker for their knowledge of the golf business is the most important thing. For example, IOA’s principles own Alaqua, which has forced them into understanding what is covered and what is not. We understand the ups and downs of not only owning a golf course but also insuring a golf course. No one will know it any better than us.

What’s the bottom line? To stand strong in the face of any weather condition, know what your coverages and your limits are, and know that you’ve got the right reserves. Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 3

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By Greg Wise

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GolfING in Sebring, Florida The 29th Annual International Network of Golf (ING) Conference took place in Sebring, Florida in May with one major goal in mind: Building relationships. Golf businesses of all types discussed their new equipment or service with Media Representatives in a unique one-on-one meeting format, allowing them the opportunity to sit face-to-face and describe their products directly with the media. On the second day of the event, there was a “Demo Lab” hosted by Sun ‘n Lake Golf Course community. We were able to try and evaluate the equipment and services being offered. Of course, the spotlight of the conference centered on Golf. The US Golf Challenge (by Tito’s Vodka) ING National Qualifier played at Highlands Ridge North Course would send the winning duo to the USGC National Championship in Myrtle Beach Sept. 12-13. The “Durland Cup” competition at Sun ‘n Lake was on Wednesday. The scramble event had players fighting for the names to be placed on the Durland Cup in honor of a past Media Giant. The Conference Banquet was the biggest hit of all with the recognition of long-time members of the International Network of Golf, Jan Stephenson, LPGA Hall of Fame Member and Dennis Walters, PGA of America and Trick Shot Artist. Both Jan and Dennis were inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame during U.S. Open Week. Awards were also given for best Social Media posts during the event Social Media Posting Winner Greg Wise (Golf Central Magazine) with ING President John Glozek


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with the hashtag #INGSEBRING… as well as other media accomplishments. Host site of the 30th Anniversary ING Spring Conference was also announced at the end of this year’s conference, and the Philadelphia – King of Prussia will be the site of the event in 2020. More details to follow about location and dates if you would like to attend. Just maybe… one of the activities with the event will be a race up the 72 stone steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art… to win the Media “Rocky Balboa” Award. LOL… have those ambulances ready. See ya all in Philly. Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 3

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By Madison Toney

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When it comes to golf, I am a complete novice. It is a game that my family has loved for generations, and I am just now joining the ranks. It was a focal point of my mother’s childhood and a pinnacle of her relationship with her father. She would often tell me about her fond memories of hitting a bucket of balls after school at Dubsdread Golf Course as a girl. She learned to play on that course and that is one of the reasons I have chosen to begin my golf education at Dubsdread. I may be coming to the game later in life than when she began, but I am still very excited to carry on the tradition of golfers within my family. I have been an athlete all my life but have never played a sport similar to golf. Nevertheless, I am prepared and glad to take on the challenge of learning this sport which has been so fulfilling for my family. This game represents more than just a physical activity for my family, it represents generations of quality time spent together. I cannot wait to hit the green this summer. I recently graduated from the University of Florida with a major in English, so be on the lookout for more stories.


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By David Theoret

The Maggie Valley Club & Resort has always been known for its southern hospitality. But did you know that this golf resort has some of the most spectacular mountain views in North Carolina?

Spectacular Views Spectacular Golf

This a hidden treasure of a golf resort can be found between the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains at an elevation of 3,000 feet. Its year-round temperate climate makes it a great getaway for golfers and avid outdoorsmen and women. In addition to a 6,500-yard mountain-style championship golf course that will challenge the most seasoned golfer and delight a beginner, The Maggie Valley Club offers several amenities. You’ll find a driving range, short game area and putting green where golfers can hone their skills before taking on the links. There are also tennis courts, walking trails, a yoga and fitness studio, hot tub and a heated swimming pool. Numerous hiking and biking trails, rafting, fishing and zipline adventures can be found nearby. Attractions such as the Biltmore Estate, Deals Gap, Cherokee Indian Reservation and Great Smoky Mountain National Park are just a short drive away. For many, the draw to Maggie Valley Club is the golf course, where golfers can enjoy playing one of the most scenic golf courses in North Carolina. The course is truly a tale of two nines, as the names suggest. The front Valley Nine is relatively flat and plays along the floor of the mountain valley. The back Mountain Nine features elevations that rise and drop over a total of 800 feet. Both courses offer wonderful panoramic views of the valley and beyond. Maggie Valley has a number of memorable holes. The 3rd hole is a par 4 that plays 430 yards from the White tees. It’s a dogleg left that can be cut down if you can clear the large tree on the left at the corner of the dogleg. Be warned, there’s water all


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the Maggie Valley Club excels. What sets the Pin High Bar & Grille apart from other country clubs is the atmosphere you find when you step through the down the left side. A good drive will

think. Number 17 is an interesting hole.

leave a long iron or hybrid into a green

You can’t see the green from the tee, just

that is protected in front by bunkers on

a bunker at the bottom of the hill about

either side. Par is a good score here.

200 yards away. Hit the fairway from the

From the White tees, the par 3, 9th

tee and you’ll have a short pitch shot

hole plays uphill and slightly longer

into a green that slopes away from you.

than the 165 yards advertised on the

A front pin can be tough to get close to.

scorecard; a little over 170 accord-

Number 18 is a great finishing hole. It’s a

ing to my rangefinder. The green

par 5 that plays 489 yards from the White

slopes slightly back to front so just

tees. A creek crosses the fairway about

select the right club and hit it. You

270 yards out and continues up the right

won’t know how close you are to the

side towards the green. The green is defi-

pin until you get up to the green.

nitely reachable in two; if you have to lay

The last three holes of the Mountain

up, beware of the bunkers that dot the

Course are a lot of fun. Number 16 is

rough on either side as you approach.

a 360-yard par 4 that doglegs slightly

Low scores are possible on Number 18.

to the left and plays uphill; way uphill.

Many golf and country clubs are de-

Find the fairway bunker on the right at

fined by their dining, one area in which

the bottom of the hill and this hole

door. It could be described as “Casual Elegance,” an ambience that makes all who enter fell comfortable and welcome. Those looking for a relaxing restaurant in the area will want to check it out. Enjoy large-screen televisions and a fireplace inside while enjoying your favorite adult beverage from their fully stocked bar. Or step outside to their covered veranda with views of the first tee and enjoy the cool mountain breeze. As far as the food is concerned, the Pin High Bar & Grille will exceed your expectations. Pin High supports local farmers and uses the freshest ingredients to produce meals that are as tantalizing to look at as they are to enjoy. Their everyday clubhouse menu includes both typical fare and a few unique dishes, such as

just got a lot tougher! A good drive will leave a mid to long iron into a well undulated green protected on the left side by a single bunker. The green slopes back to front and there’s a lot more break there than you might

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an Elk Burger with or without Smoked

adorned with modern furnishings and

Gouda. Their Nacho Appalachia appe-

stately amenities. All of this for one low

tizer is made with Elk chili; both are truly

price, but you’ll need to call for details!

gie Valley Club on a regular basis is

delicious. Thursdays thru Saturdays,

Other stay and play packages are avail-

to become a member of this truly

Maggie Valley runs dinner features; dur-

able that include thigs like admission

unique resort. You’ll have unlimited

ing our visit choices included a Shrimp

to the Biltmore Estate and other local

access to the golf course and all of

and Grit Cake appetizer, Potato Crisp

attractions. Daily fee golf rates range

the resort’s amenities including the

Salmon and a YabbaDabbaDoo Ribeye

from $45 to $79 plus tax depending

tennis courts, fitness center, dining

steak, cut as thick as you like. Their

upon the season and include an elec-

rooms and pool. You can take in all of

desserts are incredible, including Mo-

tric cart. Group rates are also available.

the breathtaking views of the sur-

cha Pecan Ice Cream and Oreo Cheesecake, which is anything but typical.

Maggie Valley Club & Resort is the

at Maggie Valley are proven winners. Another way to experience Mag-

rounding mountains, or just sit back

perfect place to host weddings and

and relax in the clubhouse. There’s a

special events. Whatever the occasion,

lot of value in becoming a member

everything that the Maggie Valley Club

you’ll be surrounded by the beauty

at the Maggie Valley Club & Resort.

has to offer, but the most popular are

and splendor of the Smoky Moun-

their well-priced stay and play golf

tains, gorgeous rhododendrons and

packages. One of these is the Buddy

other native flora. Whatever the event,

need a lot of elevation change to

Package, which includes 2 night’s lodg-

Maggie Valley’s culinary staff will see

make it a fun, memorable golf course.

ing in an upscale, fully equipped, two

to it that of all your needs are met

This course provides just enough to

bedroom/two bath condo, 3 rounds of

quickly and efficiently. The culinary

keep things interesting and makes

golf per person (greens and cart fees in-

staff will help you put together a

you think about what club to hit. The

cluded), complimentary range balls and

meal that meets your every desire…

greens may not be as fast as others in

overnight bag storage. You’ll also re-

and your budget! Because of its loca-

the area, but the undulation in them

ceive a 10% discount on Pro Shop mer-

tion, many companies hold corporate

makes them every bit as challenging.

chandise or at the restaurant as well as

meetings at Maggie Valley and take

access to the Fitness Center, outdoor

advantage of the meeting space that

Maggie Valley Club & Resort has to offer.

pool & hot tub. Each privately-owned

is available and use golf and other

For more information, visit their website

condo is extremely comfortable and is

amenities for team building. Events


There are several ways to enjoy


All in all, Maggie Valley proves that a mountain golf course doesn’t

This is just a snapshot of what the

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By Ron Heller

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“Oh’ Ronnie Boy”

A Father’s Lament and the Tears that Follow Nearly fifty years ago at Sweetwater CC in the Orlando area, a father took his three year old son onto a fairway on a hot Sunday afternoon; and after placing a cut-off iron in the young lad’s hands, the father began to show the boy how to hit a golf ball. Needless to say the scenario was played out many times after that first encounter so that both father and son played together many times. It wasn’t important how well each played; it was the camaraderie Ron II walking the course at 12

Ron Heller (a writer for this publication since its first years) and his son, Ron Heller II, have played many times over the years; always the son trying to best his older stronger father at first. Then, upon adulthood, the boy periodically gets the best of his now aging father. Soon, the boy, now a man out drives his father but the scores still reflect the father’s experience and play. Then the day comes when the next generation becomes dominant; the son outshines the old man in every way. Is there sadness; not hardly? In the song ‘Danny Boy’ the father dies before his son returns from war. The lyrics final words are filled with sadness when you envision a son bending down telling his father, now in his grave, how much he loved him. Every Irishman weeps from the sentiment when the song is sung; every human feels the tenderness of the moments forever lost. Yes, the golf will end but the traditions will carry on; and the ‘magical’ moments will live on in

Ron II at 5 years old the corners of the mind. Ron Heller has enjoyed playing golf with Sam Snead, Gary Player and many of golf’s greatest but the rounds he enjoyed most were with his son especially when his son achieved his first hole-in-one and his double eagle. “Oh’ Ronnie Boy”. Ron II playing with his father and friends at 22

that was important. Many years later this father and son still enjoy each other’s company in golf; the game for a lifetime: How fortunate each father is when successive scenarios are played out again and again. The mournful song; “Oh’ Danny Boy” is heart wrenching and stunning in its universal appeal to the soul of our being; a father that will never see or experience his son’s presence again. Each father should cherish the moments with his sons and daughters for each Father’s Day may be his last. 40

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World Golf Village Introduces Seasonal Stay & Play Packages The World Golf Village

in St. Augustine, Florida has launched its 2019 Summer Golf Packages. These new golf packages offer guests exceptional golf experiences at remarkable values and include: green fees, cart fees, and range balls for the award-winning King+Bear Golf Course and The Slammer+Squire Golf Course - the only resort golf courses in the world designed as a collaboration between Hall of Famers Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen.

Play All Day Golf Package The Play All Day Package offers guests unlimited golf on either the Slammer+Squire or King+Bear golf courses along with lunch, range balls, and 50 percent off admission to the World Golf Hall of Fame. Rates for this package start at $109 per person.

Slammer & Squire #4

Florida Georgia Residents Package

Family Golf Package

This new golf package offers Florida and Georgia residents 18 holes of golf with cart and complimentary range balls on either golf course. Rates start at $69 per person. Guests must show a valid Florida or Georgia driver’s license or state-issued identification card upon check-in.

World Golf Village’s Family Golf Package provides free golf after 3 PM at the Slammer+Squire and King+Bear for children (ages 17 and under) when accompanied by a paying adult.

7 Day Double Play Package This package enables guests to play both courses within seven days and save. This package includes one round of golf at the Slammer+Squire and King+Bear, and complimentary range balls at both courses for $149 plus taxes per person.

The Day Tripper Package

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This package offers a round of golf at either the King+Bear or the Slammer+Squire, complimentary range balls and lunch available before or after the round. Rates for this package start at $109 plus taxes per person. Golf packages are available through September 30, 2019. Stay and play packages, which include onsite lodging, are also available. For more information, visit or call 904-9406088. Troon’s Honours Golf division professionally manages the club operations at the World Golf Village Resort. Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 3






By Greg Wise

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Inn on the Lakes, Sebring, Florida Relaxation, Good F ood and Great Golf


There aren’t to many hotels that truly take an interest in Golf, unless they are right on the golf course and that is their main business. But I have found one location that truly knows the value of golfers visiting an area. The Inn on the Lakes in Sebring, Florida is that place. They promote golf in association with the “Citrus Golf Trail” and “Visit Sebring.” They’re not a franchise… although they run their hospitality business as if you were family. At least that is the feeling you will have while you are on site. The staff if friendly, prepared, and empowered to make your stay with the Inn on the Lakes an experience you won’t forget, instead of just a place to stay. “Referrals drive our golf business,” stated Philip Hatfield, owner with his wife of Inn on the Lakes. “We feel that if you put your faith with us to plan your golf vacation, we are going to create the greatest experience for you.” There are golf courses that can be booked as part of your stay from Avon Park to the North and as far South as Lake Placid. Although in the Sebring area, there are some magnificent golf courses just minutes away from Inn on the Lakes. While I was on location, I met 3 different groups that were there playing golf on a golf package program. All had the same response, “What a wonderful service to have someone concerned locally, that knows golf… knows the condition of the courses and whether there are any maintenance issues during our time in Sebring.” If you are planning an individual get-away or maybe you’re a group leader setting up an outing… consider the Inn on the Lakes in Sebring and your plans just became a lot easier. Inn on the Lakes, 3101 Golfview Road, Sebring, FL 33870 – (863) 471-9400

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By Greg Wise

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On the Trail of Health, Wellness and Golf Visiting Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail continues to be a creative experience for all golfers of all levels. The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail has amassed itself as 468 Holes of golf, covering 11 different venues throughout Alabama, with 26 different courses. This was the largest golf course construction project ever attempted. In 1980, two important things were on the mind of Dr. David Bronner, CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama. First, how to effectively diversify the assets of the state’s pension fund; and secondly, how to help the state of Alabama. With that in mind, he borrowed a page from the movie Field of Dreams and Bronner decided to “build it and

within a year of each other, we found 3 distinctively different styles of golf courses. These are not cookie cutter designs. All partake of the natural topography. Each was extracted from the land, not imposed on it. We had the opportunity to play 3

Nature plays into the beauty of the Fighting Joe Course at the Shoals

Junior golf is a vital part of the Hampton Cove Operation The eighteenth fairway is a risk/reward proposition. Take the longer way, away from the water… or take on the challenge at Hampton Cove

No sand bunkers create a real impact on shot placement at Hampton Cove – River Course they will come.” Not the famous baseball diamond in a cornfield, but a truly dazzling collection of public golf courses in the state of Alabama. Bronner’s idea was to use a vehicle like golf to boost tourism, attract retirees, and spur economic growth within the state. His vision was to take it on in grand scale. With this major undertaking to bring the first 8 major venues on-line 46

sites of the 11 locations that comprise the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail recently. The Hampton Coves course, just outside Huntsville; Fighting Joe course at the Shoals Resort, just outside Florence; and The Lakes and Links courses at Grand National Resort in Opelika, near Auburn, Alabama.

Golf on the Trail These are not “manufactured” courses. These courses were designed

to measure 4,700 yards and as long as about 8,200 yards from the tournament tees, with as many as 12 tee boxes in-between. The courses offer a tremendous amount of flexibility.

RTJ Golf Trail at Hampton Cove River Course, Highlands Course and the Short Course Hampton Cove in Huntsville is the northern gateway to the Trail. Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 3

is truly unbelievable for the rolling terrain and beautiful vistas. Although a true short course, there is a challenge around every corner of this course. Save time to test your short game. Possibly the rationale behind Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is that no one talks about or remembers the easy courses. What truly connects in a golfer’s mind is that one brilliant shot that helps to conquer a tough hole.

Off the Course Not too long off the tee is the true test of a golfer facing water again on the left. A short approach shot must be on target to score well A 54-hole facility with terrain that drastically changes from one side of the property to the other. We played the River Course during our stay. The design is unique. Not one sand bunker exists on this track. The River is aptly named with water on 16 of the 18 holes. The River is built on former soybean fields and is part of the flood plain of the Flint River. What makes this course unique is the oversize greens that carry a tremendous amount of undulation, which is the compensating factor of no bunkers. The final hole on the River Course is unique within itself. As you arrive at the tee you are faced with a simple 135-yard shot to a very narrow but long green. Now throw in a ravine that if you miss the green anywhere right or long, you can kiss a golf ball away with a nearly 100 drop to the Tennessee River

So many adventures await the visitors to all the regions on the Trail.

The eighteenth hole, Par-3 along the Tennessee River. Don’t miss it right

RTJ Golf Trail at Muscle Shoals The Shoals is home to two 18hole championship courses and lies between the Wheeler and Wilson dams on the Tennessee River.

Fighting Joe and the Schoolmaster. We played Fighting Joe, named in honor of General Joseph “Fighting Joe” Wheeler - the only Confederate General to attain the same rank later in the United States Army. Fighting Joe course at The Shoals was the first Trail course to break 8,000 yards. And it seems like you feel every one of those 8,000+ yards whether you are playing from the tips or not. The uniqueness of this entire course is that when you are playing on hole… you really see nothing (or very little) of any other hole on the golf course. This made for an incredible experience of shot making within a confined space although very generous for fairways and landing areas… it still Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 3

The Wilson Dam on the Tennessee River is the view from the 360 Grill

Looking down from the 360 Grill at Shoal Marriott

gave off a strange sensation that you had the entire golf course to yourself.

RTJ Golf Trail at Grand National The Links, The Lakes and The Short Course By all reports, Grand National, was the single greatest site for a golf complex Robert Trent Jones, Sr. had ever seen. Built on 600-acre Lake Saugahatchee, 32 of the 54 holes meander along shores. We had the opportunity in our short visit to play all 3 courses. The Links is the grand-daddy of the 3 courses at Grand National, the eighteenth hole, a par-four is said to be one of the toughest finishing holes on the Trail. The Lakes with twelve holes hugging the shore of the lake is the most scenic courses that you will find. The Short Course at Grand National

A tour inside the FAME Studio where the Greats of Entertainment have been recorded with that special “Shoals Sound” and the unique Singing River atmosphere

While you are in the Muscle Shoals area, make sure you save time to visit the FAME – Recording Studio. Home of the Shoals style of music. Imagine standing in Studio A, where Aretha 47

The first hole on the Links course at Grand National is a true test of placement The Lakes Par-5. A true test of Risk/Reward. How much do you cut off to make it in 2?

The true challenge is golf is to “Go for the Flag.” Be careful where you aim Franklin recorded her breakthrough hit… I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You. And yes, the original piano and organ used in that song are still used today. Great Southern Cooking. So many places to eat along the Trail, but finding the local flair is a true hit for most. Just ask a local where they eat… and you are going to find some great food and Southern Hospitality. As a part of Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones’ Golf Trail, they have also established Hotel and Resort accommodations to make it very convenient for the golfers. In Muscle Shoals we stayed at the Marriott which was adjacent to the Wilson Dam… this modern facility offers an incredible Spa Experience for the traveler to relax and be pampered with a massage or salon treatment. Eating at the resort is an experience. Wander in to Swampers Bar and Grill just off the lobby and for a more conventional meal. Or just a short walk from the lobby and an elevator ride 200 feet up to the 360 Grill. A revolving restaurant that offers breathtaking views of Florence and the Shoals area. Soak in the 48

sights and prepare for the next day. My little challenge to you is when you are dining in the Renaissance tower, pay attention to the 101-degree mark on the top of the windows. Look across the Tennessee River and that is the location of the RTJ Golf Trail at the Shoals. Our final evening during our stay was at the Grand National Marriott also on the Trail. A brand-new Marriot facility with all of the amenities. Spa, oversize Pool and pool deck. Har-Tru tennis courts and just minutes away from the Grand National Golf Courses. Grand National is just minutes away from Opelika and Auburn giving you easy access to a quaint smalltown atmosphere or right next door is the hustle and bustle of the college town and Auburn University. Would I come back to Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail? You bet! After playing at 3 locations I am already planning the next trip to expand that reach. Maybe I’ll get one of the flags from the trail with all 11 location and just check them off as I complete the Trail . Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 3

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North Florida Section Hall of Fame Inductees 2019 Kemn Juhn, PGA

The North Florida PGA held its annual Celebration of Members and Awards at Reunion Resort on June 9. This gala event featured our Section Award Winners and acknowledged all of our Chapter Award Winners as well. The best of the best was presented to the audience of their peers and family. Truly a special evening. It was with great honor and pride that two PGA Members were inducted into our Hall of Fame! Our inductees were Ken Juhn, PGA and Mike Bender, PGA. Ken Juhn is a true inspiration for the veterans of our country. Ken has conducted adaptive programs for veterans for many years. His unique experience provides veterans an outlet to enjoy not only the game, but their lives as well. Ken has conducted these clinics every Friday in the Tampa area year-round. Every Friday! Ken has also been active in the Section for many years as a tournament player and leader. He is truly a “hall of famer”! Mike Bender has the reputation as one of the best instructors in the country. His most famous student is Zach Johnson. However, Mike and his staff at his academy have instructed many of the country’s best players. He has authored many books, along with numerous instruction articles in the major publications. He has been featured at National seminars. He has always given back to his Section and the game. 50

Mike Bender, PGA

He has been an inspiration to many college golfers thanks to his program to help them with scholarships as well as skills. We are proud to call him a “hall of famer” as well! Congratulations to all of our award winners and nominees! Tournaments season is now in swing and our Stableford Championship was hosted by Atlantic Beach Country Club. Baxter Reeves, Oceanside CC edged out Rod Perry, Crane Lakes Golf & CC by a single point! Perhaps we have a new young challenger for Mr. Perry? It was an exciting couple of days of golf at Atlantic Beach. Thank you to the entire Atlantic Beach team for making is special. Thank you to the members of Atlantic Beach for the privilege. Our Pro Pro Championship was hosted by The Grasslands. Again, another exciting finish with a 3 team playoff! Greg Koch, Ritz Carlton Orlando and Ryan Gray, Golden Ocala took the title with their playoff victory over Rod Perry/Nick Frontero and Charles Raulerson/Keith Kulzer. Thank you to Steve Knott and his team for the usual exception service. Thank you to the members for the privilege. A special thank you to Adam and his team for getting the course ready under challenging weather conditions! Grasslands is our host for the TOUR qualifier and they always deliver! Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 3

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By Fred Seely

The new flagstick rule is imperfect, as well all know, and here's advice from former PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman: “Make the flagstick an integral part of the hole. It should be part of the cup so it stays in all the time.” This would have numerous positive effects: • It would be the same for everyone. • The pin would always stand straight up. • The hole wouldn't be damaged by people dragging the pin out. • The green wouldn't be damaged by the people who carelessly toss it down. • For spectators, they would always see the hole's location. Now, if the pin is out, they have to guess. • One intent of the new rule was to speed up play, which it hasn't. Leave the pin always in, and it will. It's hard not to like Peter Kostis, who obviously loves golf and doesn't insult our intelligence by trying to be funny, or by talking down to us. But, as we all know, and as they kid him around CBS, sometimes things don't come out quite as clearly as he would like. Such as, during the PGA Championship, speaking of Tiger Woods: “He has to be somewhat more aggressive but be cautious where he chooses that aggressive route.”

Lot was made of Jon Rahm watering the trees during the PGA. It got some airtime on TV and my pal said that was really what they should call “live streaming.” Lost another course in the Northeast Florida area. It's lately been known as Deerfield Lakes, but most would know it as West Nassau. It was a public course out in the country. Owners now will try to turn it into an RV park. Grumbling in Gainesville about the lack of golf success on the men's team at the U. of Florida. The boys tied for 11th in the Southeastern Conference tournament, then failed to qualify for the NCAA Championship with a tie for ninth in the regionals. Not what's expected there, not at all. One of the Florida's oldest courses will get an $8 million renovation this summer. It's the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club's Ocean Course, designed by Herbert Strong in 1928 and featuring what some thing was the first island green in America. The work will be overseen by Bobby Weed, who renovated the course about 20 years ago. The latest was spurred by the loss of the course's greens starting late last year and a lot of subsequent work failed to bring them back. Sports gambling continues to spread and casinos are starting to see increased action on golf. So, how should you bet? We asked a casino operator who gave this advice: play the head-to-head bets and do other bets at your risk. “Head-to-head isn't complex. Bet one to beat the other, if you like the odds. Betting on a tournament winner is difficult with the quality of today's fields and the sharps stay away from that. It's easy to get yourself in a bad position, too. Say that you like Koepka at 10-1. You make that bet but then you decide to back it up with Woods at 12-1. One bet certainly will lose, so your best payout isn't either 12-1 or 10-1. It's 6-1, if Woods wins, because you've lost Koepka.” The battle of the bucks is back on again, though few care. The USGA boosted its U.S. Open purse to $12.5 million, proclaiming it was the biggest payout of any major. A few at the PGA Tour offices were miffed because a) some think The Players should be considered a major and b) The Players purse this year was $12.5 million. Since the Tour wants its event to be the best at the pay window, expect a $13 million payout in 2020.

One of the nation's top golf writers, Adam Schupak, and wife Kristen (she's a PGA Tour employee,) showed they can play the game by winning Jacksonville's Couples Championship recently. 52

The World Golf Village might be the biggest disappointment in Florida real estate. Over 30 years, a prime location next to I-95, a county with excellent schools....and still not the anticipated activity. There's one indicator that points to a change: the two big real estate companies in the Village, Coldwell Banker and Davidson Realty, have over Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 3

Former PGA Tour executive Duke Butler III stays busy in golf by running local tournaments in the Jacksonville area. Butler and family recently conducted the local Family Championship at the renovated Jax Beach Golf Club. He's here with with wife (and PGA Tour executive) Sheila McLenaghan, daughter Sadie and son Duke IV.

80 agents between them. Remember Andrew Giuliani? Is that name sort of familiar? He's the son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani who decided he was going to make the PGA Tour and got a lot of publicity before fading out, as so many have done. Today? He works in the

White House public relations department, has regained his amateur status and this summer won the New York City amateur championship.

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Wilson C300 Forged Gun Metal Irons For golfers, the performance, feel and aesthetics are the main consideration for why they choose the clubs they want in their bag. Already featuring a strong list of irons for all types of players, Wilson Golf is slated to add a new version to its existing C300 Iron line that addresses all of these points – the C300 Forged Gun Metal Irons. Produced in a stealthy mirrored gun metal finish, the new look C300 Forged Gun Metal Irons feature the same soft 8620 Forged Carbon Steel construction for the ultimate feel and responsiveness. Consistent with the original C300 Forged Irons, the Gun Metal irons will also feature five power holes in double row configuration on the sole for supreme forgiveness and an expanded sweet spot, while an additional Power Hole on the toe instantly adds yardage and accuracy. The new C300 Forged Gun Metal Irons will have no Power Holes on the topline, while the Power Holes will be found on the 3-8 irons. The new irons will come with Lamkin Crossline White grips, and KBS Tour 105-gram steel stiff shaft for a mid-launch trajectory or the Fujikura Pro 85-gram graphite shaft. The C300 Forged Gun Metal Irons are priced at $999.99 for a stock set that consists of 4-GW.


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Devant USA Woven Towel Show your patriotism year-round with Devant Sports Towels’ USA Woven Towel. Perfect for Memorial Day or Fourth of July, this towel is a summer favorite. The towel features an American flag color palette, complete with white stars at either end of the towel against a blue background, red and white vertical stripes up and down the length of the towel and ‘USA’ written in white in the middle of the towel. The USA Woven Towel is 16” x 24” in size and is made of super-absorbent 100% Bloom Collection cotton yarn. This towel comes equipped with a solid black Lock Clip and grommet attachment to conveniently secure to your golf bag. The USA Woven Towel sells for $19.95 each. They are available at pro shops nationwide or at www.

Bag Boy Freestyle Travel Cover Bag Boy is the industry leader in travel covers. Take your golf clubs on vacation and pack them safely and confidently with Bag Boy’s new Freestyle Travel Cover. The Freestyle Upright Wheeled Travel Cover makes traveling a breeze from an upright push to a tilted pull, with six smooth-rolling wheels providing complete mobility. When not in use, the travel cover can be easily folded and placed inside the included compact storage bag. The durable 600D polyester material along with additional padded support makes for maximum club protection. The Freestyle Travel Cover includes a large main compartment and an external accessory pocket. Equipped with 4 lift-assist handles, this travel cover is very user-friendly and easy to navigate. It is designed to securely fit most golf stand and cart bags. This travel cover is customizable and is able to be embroidered. The Freestyle Travel Cover is available in 3 different color options and sells for $209.95 at pro shops and retailers nationwide or at

Bag Boy Nitron Push Cart The revolutionary new, one-step open Nitron™ Push Cart, unveiled earlier this year, is the easiest opening and closing cart in the golf industry. Its one-of-a-kind technology is unprecedented and what sets it apart from all the other carts in the industry. Its air-powered auto-open function creates air pressure, which pushes the cart open and pops the front wheel out in just seconds. With most carts, it is a multiple step process where the user must not only manually flip open the cart and the wheel, but also clip, snap and tug pieces into place. It can be complicated. Not to mention the task of folding back down post-use. However, folding the Nitron back into a compact, ready-for-travel or ready for storage size is effortless: it folds up in a simple, 1-step process. The Nitron also features TOP-LOK® Technology, a patented bag-to-cart attachment system designed to securely lock a Bag Boy or Datrek bag onto a Bag Boy push cart, preventing the bag from twisting or turning and eliminating the need for cart straps. Abundant storage is offered with the scorecard console and extra-large accessory bag. As with most Bag Boy push carts, the Nitron has a premium handle-mounted parking brake and is easily assembled without tools. The Nitron is available in 8 different color options and sells for $229.95 at pro shops and retailers nationwide or at

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By Dove Jones

fore your health

Eye Health – A Key to Better Golf

Dr. Kerry Solomon For the first time in decades – 2018 was pretty much a non-golf year for me. Not because I was hurt physically, but because I couldn’t see where the ball was going. I had extreme cataracts and it just wasn’t fun (or fair) asking my playing partners after every shot – “Did you see where my ball went?” Enter, Dr. Kerry Solomon, South Carolina’s top LASIK and cataract surgeon and a very avid golfer to the rescue. In two weeks and two very simple operations lasting under 10 minutes each, he corrected my far vision and eliminated my cataracts giving me 20/15 vision and my love of golf back again. Not too long ago cataract operations required a hospital stay and people were cautioned to let them “cook” or “get ripe” to a certain level. With the marvels of modern medicine, cataract surgery is a simple out patient procedure and the new lenses don’t allow the regrowth of cataracts so there is no reason to wait when they start to develop. With the healthy lifestyle regime, people are not only living longer, but also, living actively into their late seventies and beyond and there is no reason to let cataracts spoil the adventure. If you notice that you are having trouble following the ball flight or seeing the ball land on the green, not to mention having difficulty driving at night with headlights forming a distracting halo, it’s time to see the eye doctor. In the past the surgery was a true in-patient operation and the fact that you are awake during the procedure sadly has put some people off getting the most from their leisure. While some procedures may vary from physician to physician, you are basically required to use a combination of eye drops proceeding and after the operation for about a month. The procedure itself involves numbing drops to the eye and usually an oral anesthetic to relax you. 56

You are awake but there is absolutely no pain or even discomfort. It’s a bit like watching a lava lamp as the cataracts are banished and the new lenses inserted. It is strongly suggested if you need both eyes corrected that you have the operations at least a week apart. The only restriction after surgery is to limit lifting, carrying heavy objects and bending over so as not to put undo pressure on your eyes. I drove from South Carolina to Orlando for the PGA Show the next day after my first eye was corrected with no problems.

Golf is fun again, for my playing partners and myself. Looking forward to seeing you on the links !!! Dr. Kerry Solomon lives in Mt. Pleasant South Carolina with his wife and two children. He is a mad keen golfer with a 10 handicap. A past president of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, he is a partner in Carolina Eye Care and an adjunct professor at MUSC (Medical University of South Carolina). For more information on Dr. Solomon and cataract and LASIK options visit Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 3

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Medterra CBD Adds U.S. Open Major Champion Lucas Glover to Ambassador Program Medterra CBD, one of the leading global CBD brands, expands sports and fitness capabilities with major investments in the golf industry by partnering with Worldwide Golf Shops, the parent company to Edwin Watts, Roger Dunn, and some of the most well-known and established golf retail stores in the United States. The growing startup has also signed US Open Major Champion Lucas Glover, 4-time PGA tour winner Charley

Lucas Glover Hoffman, and Morgan Hoffman as part of their sports ambassadorship program. To further expand their expertise, Medterra hired former Nike Director of Sales, Greg Moore, who has 25 years of golf industry experience to serve as their VP of Sales for the Golf Division. “We are seeing an increase in the use of CBD in golf athletes and our companies share core values around transparency and are second to none in customer service and expertise,” said Al Morris, CEO of Worldwide Golf. “We’re thrilled that Medterra has found a true partner in Worldwide Golf as CBD becomes more popular and we continue to expand into the golf industry,” said Medterra CBD CEO and co-founder Jay Hartenbach. Major pharmacy chains were the first national retailers to carry CBD and the industry will start to see more golf and sports-related retailers following suit. Worldwide Golf will be rolling out Medterra products nationwide this month to offer consumers CBD solutions such as Medterra’s MedOil CBD 58

Tinctures, Good Morning CBD Soft-Gels, and CBD Rapid Cooling Cream. A key decision in choosing Medterra was the award of the U.S. Hemp Authority Certification Seal, which recognizes outstanding companies that have met the stringent standards laid out by the hemp industry for quality and safety. The use of CBD for training and recovery is becoming increasingly popular within the golf community and beyond. Medterra is proud to be represented on the PGA Tour by Lucas Glover, Charley Hoffman, and Morgan Hoffman, all of which have seen the benefit of using Medterra’s CBD Rapid Cooling Cream, MedOil CBD Tinctures, Good Morning Capsules, and Dissolvable Sleep Tablets as part of their daily regimens. “The use of Medterra’s high-quality CBD products help get my energy up, stay alert and focused round after round. As a Tour Professional, I can trust Medterra’s THC-free products because they are certified by the U.S. Hemp Authority,” said Charley Hoffman. “We’ve seen fantastic results with these athletes using Medterra products and it’s the next big step for us as a company to move into the golf industry supporting such high caliber ath-

Lucas Glover letes,” said Hartenbach. In addition, Medterra will be participating in their ambassador’s philanthropic initiatives such as Morgan Hoffman’s Foundation, which focuses on leading the race to find a cure for muscular dystrophy (MD). These initiatives are just the beginning of Medterra CBD’s significant investments in the golf space and sports industry overall. Their mission is to inspire, educate, and enable the golf consumer to perform at their highest potential. For more information, please visit

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Are you stuck for what to get your loved ones for their special day? Why not get them something that will help them with their aches and pains? Why not get them something that will help them improve their golf game? Why not get them something that will help them in a natural way?

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Acupuncture eases stress and anxiety Nervous for that big race? Worried your serve 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 athletic performance across the board.

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 to Alleviate Pain 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 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 liga60

ments, 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.

5 ways acupuncture boosts your health and well being: Acupuncture strengthens the immune system Studies have shown that acupuncture enhances immune-cell function in the body. Specifically, it helps the brain increase the body’s level of T-cells, the cells that destroy bacteria and harmful viruses in the body, even days after a session. By safeguarding against sickness, you’ll miss fewer workouts and perform better. (Start boosting your immunity right now with this two-minute acupressure routine.)

Acupuncture speeds recovery time In addition to accelerating the healing process, acupuncture helps your body bounce back from intensive exercise. For instance, a 2008 study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine discovered that participants who received acupuncture for muscle soreness 24 and 48 hours after they exercised to exhaustion reported significantly less pain than those who did not receive the treatment.

Acupuncture is a go to treatment for PTSD. Acupuncture improves sleep Ditch the Ambien. 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 to hit the weights, punching bag or that hot yoga class you’ve been meaning to try.

Most people fall asleep during an acupuncture treatment. We call it “napping with needles.” 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 golf course. I’ve been an acupuncture physician for 7 years and a massage therapist of 42 years. So, body work and stretching are usually part of the treatments I give. My goal with every patient is to help them to the best of my ability and do it as quickly as I can. Quite often, I can help someone in one or two sessions. For more information please visit my website: Or phone me at 407-340-0822. Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 3



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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.

SUPERSpotlight: Sean Wilson Design, the campus at OSU/OKC began building a 4-hole teaching golf course. It was going to have different bentgrasses on each green and each hole would have different irrigation systems, and so on. I became very interested and enrolled in the golf course classes. While attending school, I continued to play more golf and I also started working at The Greens Country Club in Oklahoma City. The superintendent there was a GCSAA certified superintendent and taught the golf classes at OSU/OKC. This combination of events led to my current passion for both: the Turf and the Game. After graduating college, Michelle and I (with 4-yr old daughter Presley) decided to take a gamble and moved to Dallas where I started my first job as a superintendent on “The Presidents Course” at Brookhaven Country Club. Michelle had to give up a career that

was going well and start over in retail in Dallas. Being around golf wasn’t new to Michelle, her father (Ken Ward) was a very accomplished, avid golfer (he held the course record at a local course in Oklahoma). Her Dad had a funny story from high school when he asked her mother (Sherry Palmer) out on a date hoping she might be related to Arnold (she wasn’t...LOL). During my early years playing, Ken was instrumental in helping me become a better golfer and understanding the basics of the game. These were the events that started our life together and we’ve been living the ”Turf Life” ever since. Over the last 22 years, we’ve moved 3 times to different cities and different courses, spending

My path to becoming

a golf course superintendent was like many indirect one. I first earned an Associate Degree in Fine Art, with the intention of teaching as a career. As I continued to work on my undergrad, I quickly decided teaching wasn’t for me and shifted my focus to “Graphic Arts”. It wasn’t long before I came to the realization that I wanted something more. I went home and talked with my wife Michelle, and after a while we decided I would go to OSU/OKC for a degree in Landscape Design. I didn’t really start playing golf until after high school, spending my youth playing football and baseball. I did however, start to develop an interest for the game in my teens while spending many hours tagging along with my Dad while he played with his buddies at the local municipal course. While at school for Landscape 62

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most of our vacations going to the GIS and The Masters year after year. Landing my first superintendent job in Dallas (although working under a Director) let me quickly begin working towards my goal of becoming a Certified Golf Course Superintendent. After spending about a year and a half on each of the three Brookhaven Courses, it was time to leave Dallas and be on my own. So again, we packed up and moved to Austin, TX where I became the superintendent at Lakeway Golf Club. Lakeway was a 36-hole club situated on Lake Travis. After two years there I completed my goal of becoming a Certified Superintendent. I believe the combination of the Fine Arts and Landscape Design degrees, helped me in so many ways to grow my golf maintenance career. The “Attention to Detail” needed in balancing color/ space and the science of growing grass helped me to fine tune my craft. The golf course and turf is just another canvas to work on. The Lakeway Courses were where I was able to use my art background in another way, painting logos on the course for tournaments. My first logo was a waving American flag and the words “We Remember” for the first anniversary of 9/11. Shortly after that I was asked to paint the logo for the Kinkos Fed Ex Classic at the neighboring course, The Hills Country Club. I then painted a 45 foot golden bear for Jack Nicklaus’ helicopter to land on when he arrived for the opening of the Flintrock Course at The Hills. (Jack signed a picture of the helicopter on the giant golden bear). After four years in Austin, we moved to our current home in Katy, TX (Houston). I have been at The Club at Falcon Point for 15 years now. I have completed a greens renovation from bentgrass to Bermuda in 2005, with several greens complexes redesigned. In addition, I completed bunker renovations in 2005 and 2018 and continue to paint logo’s for multiple events, primarily our annual Member/Guest, “The Gauntlet”. All of early logos were done freehand, but Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 3

after a couple of years doing the Falcon Point logo, I was able to get a stencil. The freehand one’s took about 12+ hours to complete! Another great part of my job is to be able to GIVE BACK: for the last three years I have designed and built very elaborate putting courses for a charity event called Marlen’s Putting for a Cure, which has raised around $100,000 for Dystonia research. I first got involved with the local GCSAA chapters while at Lakeway, serving on the board and also becoming Vice President before I moved to Katy. After just a couple of years in Katy I was elected to the board of the South Texas GCSA. I served 9 years on the board (serving as President in 2013). I’ve been fortunate enough to win awards and be recognized

by my peers (Superintendent of the Year 2002 Central Texas GCSA and our highest honor given here in South Texas GCSA, The Sonny Dubose Memorial Distinguished Service Award 2017). The most rewarding part of being a superintendent is the way golf industry gives back. Our South Texas Chapter’s annual Scholarship Tournament raises over $30,000 a year for children of STGCSA members. I really enjoy being involved in the local chapters, giving back time to an industry and profession that has given me so much and has allowed me to meet people from all over the world. I currently serve as a GCSAA voting delegate for South Texas. Michelle and I attended our “21st” National GCSAA Convention in San Diego this year. 63

Better Water Quality for The Future of The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek Audubon International’s Signature Sanctuary Program is a certification program to help landowners and managers follow comprehensive sustainable resource management principles when developing and managing properties. The Signature Sanctuary Program starts where minimum environmental compliance leaves off, offering a “beyond compliance” approach that continues through construction, the grand opening, and long-term management. In addition to minimum certification standards, each project is given the opportunity to work towards three different levels of certification (bonze/silver/gold). A great example of this “beyond compliance” mentality is The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek, an Audubon International Silver-level Signature Sanctuary, the only one in the state of South Carolina. The Club is set on John’s Island adjacent to the Kiawah River and Briar’s Creek. Lowcountry vegetation flourishes throughout with a large wetland running the length of the Rees Jones-designed course. The inland holes skirt fresh and saltwater wetlands while winding through magnificent stands of ancient oaks with eight golf holes along the ocean side. It is a typical day for staff to see otters playing in the creeks, which feed the

wetlands that eventually feed into the Atlantic Ocean. Kyle Bibler, Golf Course Superintendent, also emphasizes the natural beauty of the course. “Maintaining the grounds of Briar’s Creek according to the guidelines of our Natural Resource Management Plan has ensured a very healthy environmental community. Almost daily, members comment about how running across deer, otters, bald eagles, turkeys, and other wildlife contribute to their enjoyment of our facilities. The ability to provide so much interaction with nature is one of the things that sets our facility apart from most. We as a staff and membership are very proud of all the accomplishments we have achieved and look forward to continuing to be good environmental stewards of this incredible corner of the world.” Although this sensitive setting is quite lovely, the course’s irrigation needs have been a challenge from the beginning. Irrigation water is stored in the 51-acre lake, as well as in several smaller lakes, which are fed by rainfall and supplemented by a well that pulls water from an aquifer 2,300 feet below ground. However, the inferior quality of the irrigation water was causing a significant buildup of salt in the soil, and this required in increasing the amount of fertility adjustments to cope with

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this problem. Annual droughts, coupled with inferior well water available for irrigation, resulted in a decision by the club to ensure better quality water for their future, and in 2009 the club completed their Reverse Osmosis (RO) water treatment facility. Reverse Osmosis is a water treatment system that removes contaminants from water by forcing it under pressure through a semipermeable membrane. Located at the golf course’s maintenance facility, the RO plant treats 500,000 usable gallons of water daily. Not only was the decision to build the plant of huge agronomic importance to the golf course, but it was also significant for the health of the irrigation lake. As the lake has risen to capacity, all the vegetation

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neering Companies. Additionally, with the increase of homes on the property, Briar’s Creek also constructed a sewage treatment facility a few years ago to treat and dispose of all wastewater in an environmentally sound manner. All sewage water is treated in-house and then sprayed over 13 acres of spray fields surrounding

the maintenance facility. Audubon International is quite proud of the Golf Club at Briar’s Creeks accomplishments. To learn more about how your property can become certified in the Audubon International Signature Sanctuary Program please visit https://


Turf Science Hunter Swisher

Starting a company presents enormous challenges for a 24-year-old entrepreneur. It’s even more difficult when launching a product and technology to an industry like turf, where relationships span decades and large chemical companies dominate the market. Hunter Swisher is the Founder and CEO of Phospholutions, Inc., a company founded on the belief that more efficient nutrient use can provide value for the end-user and the environment. The company launched its flagship product in 2017 called RhizoSorb, a patented soil amendment to improve nutrient retention and promote root growth. The technology behind RhizoSorb was developed at Penn State University, where Swisher licensed two patents and launched to market before graduating with his undergraduate degree in Plant Sciences. Swisher grew up in State College, Pennsylvania, the home of the Nittany Lions and a world-renown turfgrass program. His interest in Plant Sciences started in high school, where he had the opportunity to take classes such as botany and horticulture. It was a no-brainer to stay in his hometown and attend Penn State. Swisher discovered the technology developed by one of his professors while a sophomore in college and decided to pursue the opportunity while balancing research in a lab and a full course load. At the same time he 66

realized the potential in the technology, the university launched the Invent Penn State initiative, which is focused on supporting entrepreneurship and economic development within the Commonwealth. Swisher received support from a variety of resources before graduating in 2016. He was recognized as Top Entrepreneur within the University, Pennsylvania’s Foremost under 40, and currently sits on the Advisory Board for the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program at Penn State.

RhizoSorb will become an increasingly important tool for superintendents across the country, but specifically in Florida where stricter regulations on fertilizer use and demand from the public increases the pressure for the industry to cut back on inputs. RhizoSorb works by soaking up and controlling the release of fertilizer in the root zone to minimize leaching, optimize plant uptake, and stretch each fertilizer application further throughout the season. The product also has shown a significant impact on promoting root growth in warm season grasses; further improving water and nutrient acquisition. RhizoSorb is only the beginning for Phospholutions. The company is focused on developing solutions for capturing and recycling phosphorus back into production as an enhanced efficiency fertilizer. This means the core chemistry of RhizoSorb can be used to pull phosphorus from sources of pollution and redeliver the nutrients back to the soil as a controlled-release fertilizer. In three short years, the company and Swisher have seen great success. More than 50 golf courses and athletic fields across the east coast in over a dozen states are using RhizoSorb. The company recently announced a round of investment of $1.5 million co-lead by Maumee Ventures, the investment subsidiary of The Andersons, Inc., and 1855 Capital, a Penn-State focused venture fund. The end goal for Phospholutions is to produce a more sustainable future for fertilizer.

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