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W W W . G O L F C E N T R A L M A G . C O M

October 10 - 16, 2019

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

The Pursuit Of

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


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Having just turned 59, I thought I knew it all, learned all the lessons of life (the hard way) and would have by now realized my purpose in life. A few years after starting Golf Central Magazine I joined Tuscawilla Country Club (or TCC as we call it in “the hood”). As luck would have it, this is also how I met the brilliant 95-year-old Dr. Frank D. Rohter, a.k.a. “Ironman Rohter.” Dr. Rohter is a Professor Emeritus and charter faculty member at the University of Central Florida (UCF) where he taught from 1968 to 2006. He also taught at the University of California- Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Florida State University (FSU). Years ago, we did a feature on Dr. Rohter and his brother Norm. The

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boys from Chicago were regular fixtures at the club. Sadly, Norm passed a few years ago, and his charming, quick-witted and fun-loving ways are sorely missed.

Dr. Rohter was introduced to Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics in 1953.

Since then he has been interpreting and sharing these ethical studies. I was privileged to enjoy one-on-one “date nights” at the club where we discussed his work and joked about being mistaken for Anna Nicole Smith and her husband. Dr. Rohter shared Aristotle’s hard to comprehend concepts in his first book, “Happiness and Aristotle’s Truisms” and boiled them down to three areas: 1) The purpose of life; 2) The pursuit of happiness and; 3) Virtues and free will. For those of us who enjoy golf, our happiness is being on the course. For some it’s teaching golf, for others it’s lowering their score, and those with true purpose maintaining the course. For me it’s been publishing Golf Central and living the turf, travel, and philanthropy lifestyle. People need a purpose in life and having direction gives meaningfulness to their being. I am currently reading Dr. Rohter’s second book, “Aging with Happiness”. Let’s see how this sh$t turns out. If you would like to learn more check out his YouTube channel is: 6

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Volume 20, Issue 4 19th Hole 34 Del Frisco's Caddylands Golf Bachelor 14 John Pasquale Carolinas Golf Central 28 The River Club Cart Girl 32 Erica Fetchko Celebrity Corner 12 Jonathan Butler

Departments 26 Golf History 30 LPGA 48 Product Showcase 52 Freddy's Fairway Thoughts 54 South Florida PGA 56 South Florida PGA 58 North Florida PGA 62 Turf Life 64 Turf Life 66 Turf Life 68 Turf Life

Fashion Forward 22 Nancy Lopez FEATURE 36 SPECTRUM+ at Reunion Resort












Georgia Golf Central 10 Chestatee Golf Club


Golf Bachelorette 16 Anna Lesher Golf Fore Charity 24 Joy on Childhood Golf Travel 18 Ireland 50 PerryGolf Living on the Links 46 Belleview Place Stay & Play 38 Georgia State Parks 40 Plantation on Crystal River 42 Bay Hill Club & Lodge







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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.

By Mike May

georgia golf central

Making Memorable Moments (and Putts) in the Mountains The latest golf club to join the Georgia Golf Trail is the Chestatee Golf Club. Located in Dawsonville, Georgia, the Chestatee GC (777 Dogwood Way, Dawsonville; www.chestategolfclub. com; 706-216-7386) is situated among the north Georgia mountains and sits along the shore of Lake Sidney Lanier, one of the most beautiful lakes in the southeastern U.S. While Chestatee is surrounded by the north Georgia mountains, the club is less than a 30-minute drive north of the Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta. The Chestatee GC is a semi-private club and is the first planned golf community along Lake Lanier. The homes are inspired by turn-of-the-20th Century architectural styles found in

the South and along the East Coast. At Chestatee, golfers enjoy access to a beautiful and very well-maintained 18-hole championship golf course, which features some well-designed holes influenced by water and the mountain-like terrain. Designed by award-winning golf course architect Denis Griffiths, the Chestatee Golf Club is one of the South’s most picturesque golfing destinations. This 18-hole, par-71 golf course has been given a 4 ½ star rating in Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play.” With access to five different tees, Chestatee plays as short as 4,947 yards from the red tees and as far as 6,877 yards from the black tees. At 6,065 yards, the white tees are an attractive option for most players, especially if you like short par fours,

as there are five of them on the card. “The Chestatee Golf Club is a peaceful place in a par-loving piece of paradise,” said Doug Hollandsworth, Founder, Georgia Golf Trail. Three of the more intriguing holes at Chestatee GC are the 1st, 8th, and 17th. The tee shot on the 1st – a leftto-right dogleg par five -- is struck from an elevated tee to a spacious landing area. A solid drive will give some players a chance to reach the green in two, which brings eagle into the equation. The par-four 8th plays more than 400 yards from four of the five tees, so pars are a cherished commodity at the 8th. The ‘Signature Hole’ at Chestatee is the par-three 17th hole. From the tee, the 17th provides golfers with a spectacular view of the Chestatee River.

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Chestatee Golf Club hole 16 According to head pro Todd Gilgrist, Chestatee is a joy to play and every round finishes on a high note. “Chestatee is a great mixture of holes that never is boring,” stated Gilgrist, “I love standing in the 18th fairway and looking uphill to the multi-tiered green and seeing the clubhouse and the American flag in the distance.” Keeping the Chestatee GC in great shape takes a commitment to excellence by the superintendent and his crew. “I feel that you must have the ability to adapt to whatever Mother Nature throws at us is most crucial,” said Jeff Losee, superintendent, Chestatee Golf Club. “No spring, summer, fall, or winter are ever exactly the same. The weather in Georgia can vary so greatly, from tropical storm systems from the Gulf (of Mexico) to extreme heat and drought conditions, sometimes within a month of each other. I also must say that I’ve been extremely lucky to have had a great crew of employees that take pride in the job they do and, without their hard work, our course conditions would not be what they are today.” Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 4

The Georgia Golf Trail Presented by While the Chestatee Golf Club provides golfers with a place to play golf, there are also places for visitors to sleep and eat. Overnight guests can sleep at the Nightfire Lodge and can dine at the Heron Grille. Besides golf, there are also facilities for swimming, tennis, hiking, and biking. One of the appealing aspects of playing the Chestatee Golf Club is that there are other Georgia Golf Trail courses in the greater north Georgia moun-

tains for you to play, as well. Some of those other north Georgia courses and resorts to visit include Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa, Innsbruck Resort and Golf Club, Sky Valley Country Club, Old Toccoa Farm, Amicola Falls State Park Lodge, and the Unicoi State Park Lodge. For complete information about playing the Chestatee Golf Club and Georgia Golf Trail travel packages, please call 1-833-877-6988 or access 11

Grammy Award Nominated Artist Jonathan Butler On Favorite Golf Courses Around the World

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L.A. based Grammy® AwardNominated Global Recording Artist and Avid Golfer Jonathan Butler is releasing the new single, “Do You Know The Way To San Jose” from his latest album Close To You, which marks the South African singer/songwriter’s 23rd album. The single was the most added track last week at the Smooth Jazz format.

With an accomplished career, awards, accolades, and musical firsts that took the singer/songwriter from South Africa to America, building a worldwide audience along the way, Jonathan found renewed fulfillment when he recast his perspective and welcomed a renewed sense of adventure and more time for his biggest passion: golfing. Butler’s blossoming love affair with golf caught him by surprise. He’s only been playing slightly more than a year, but he’s smitten and plays almost daily, often with other musicians as he tours around the world. “I’m not sure how golf took over, but it attached itself to me. I can go out on the golf course in any part of the world and have ‘guy time.’ I’m completely taken over by this little white ball. I’m so at peace and calm when I’m out there and so relaxed after playing, which I never thought would be the case since I’ve never been a sports guy. I wasn’t trying to find another passion, but it actually found me. Golf has become my saving grace and has given me a look inside me. It’s amazing how much it’s given me,” said Butler, who would love to share his top 5-10 courses and what makes them so unique with your readers.

Butler’s new album Close To You is a tribute to the hallowed pop canon of Burt Bacharach (music) and Hal David (lyrics). The 11-song project features 10 Bacharach/David gemstones from the mid-60s to early 70s (including vocal versions of “The Look Of Love,” “Walk On By,” “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again,” “This Guy’s In Love With You” the first single “What The World Needs Now Is Love,” plus instrumental versions of “Do You Know The Way To San Jose” and his new smooth jazz single “I Say A Little Prayer,” as well as one original composition, the ebulliently autobiographical “Cape Town.” The title track, “Close To You” is a family affair featuring the touching violin introduction of Jonathan’s new wife Nadira Kimberly (Hidden Figures, The Voice) and the return of daughter Jodie Butler on vocals.

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Jonathan’s favorite golf courses in the USA: 1. Woodland Hills golf course in Woodland Hills, CA 2. Spanish Hills Los Angeles, CA 3. Colorado Springs golf course at the Broadmoor 4. and I love playing at different courses in New Jersey and Hawaii 12

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Caddylands golf bachelor

Where were you born? Did you grow up there? New Jersey, yes!

What do you do for a living? Caddie and part time landscaper.

Aside from golf; what do you prefer for fun and relaxation? Go to the beach, surf, body board.

Whom do you most admire for their inner and outer beauty? My mother, Michele.

Tell us something about yourself that only your closest friends know. I have a broad knowledge of the most random things.

What three things would you need to survive on a deserted island? A water purifier, a beautiful woman, and a radio.

Who would you like to have with you on the same deserted island; and why?

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My close friend Frank Scalora because we think alike and would be a good team.

What do you find to be the most annoying habit people demonstrate on the golf course? When they ask me for a yardage after each person hits. Like the number changes because one golfer hit it bad.

What three people would you most like to play with in your fantasy golf foursome?

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Tiger woods, Jack Nicklaus, and my father.

What are some of your great accomplishments? I graduated NJCU in 2004. Also, starting my own business John Frank Landscaping and Snow Removal.

Favorite comedian? Andrew Dice Clay

Favorite television channel? Investigation Discovery

Favorite charity to support? St. Jude

What else would you like for us to know about you? Love to hike, take out my canoe, fishing and going on adventures. I love being outside and one with nature.


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I was born in Mansfield, Ohio and grew up in a small town called Ashland, Ohio. (also known as Amish country)

What do you do for a living?

I have quite an amazing yet demanding job as I am pursuing my dreams as a professional golfer. I currently play on the Symetra Tour and working my way towards the LPGA. I live and love the game of golf! It means hours of practice and hours of strengthening but I would not have it any other way.

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

If not on the course I can usually be found in the gym; I love the challenge of the workouts and the results. I also love the water - paddle boarding, kayaking or just being on the boat with my family and friends - such great fun. I am also very spontaneous and enjoy last minutes trips just about anywhere. And of course, watching my beloved football and being at sporting events!

Anna Lesher

Where were you born? Did you grow up there?

What golf apparel do you like to wear?

I love the feel and fit of Lulu Lemon; Of course, my Nancy Lopez Golf apparel and Nike apparel.

Whom do you most admire for their inner and outer beauty? USA Soccer player Alex Morgan

Steak, chicken, or seafood?

I LOVE seafood - especially Blackened Salmon.

Tell us something about yourself that only your closest friends know. I have to pump gas and have the music volume in even numbers.

What three things would you need to survive on a deserted island?

1. Rope 2. My first pocket knife ever from Girl Scouts 3. My Pittsburgh Steelers Polamalu Jersey, of course!

Who would you like to have with you on the same deserted island; and why?

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

When people start walking ahead of you and you haven’t hit yet. 16

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My twin brother Connor because he is never a dull moment and brilliant. We love being adventurous together.

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By Dove Jones

golf travel

In Praise of

Ireland’s Parkland Courses In the past few years

while the cost of playing the great links courses of Ireland has risen dramatically, it hasn’t caused there to be more tee times available – in fact, it seems to be just the opposite. Tee times at the highest rated links courses have become harder to obtain and require trip planning further out. After The Open Championship returns this month to Royal Portrush and Northern Ireland and with the successful Irish Open at Lahinch earlier in July in the Republic of Ireland you can expect this trend to continue. While a trip across the Pond to play the linksland is a bucket list item for many avid golfers don’t dismiss the experience of adding parkland courses to your itinerary. Not only are the layouts worthy of your time, the warm Irish welcomes, flowing Guinness and Craic you also came to enjoy on your journey are especially genuine at these Clubs. And your wallet will appreciate the savings. On a recent trip to Ireland I was excited to visit a handful of parkland courses that had long been on

Enjoy a tranquil round at PGA National Slieve Russell 18

Killeen Castle GC – Host venue of the 2011 Solheim Cup my radar – Killeen Castle, Glasson, Westport, Galway Bay, Slieve Russell, Concra Wood and Ballycastle. If you’re heading north from Dublin airport, Killeen Castle GC host venue to the 2011 Solheim Cup is a great day out and a short ride from the airport. This Jack Nicklaus-signature design course is a long test of challenging holes that plays around the storybook Castle. Situated in County Westmeath, about the middle of Ireland, Glasson Country House Hotel and Golf Club is a perfect stop on day of arrival or before

departing – either from Shannon or Dublin airports. It is one of my favorite new discoveries, not long but with a collection of memorable, challenging holes that feature panoramic views over Lough Ree. Family-owned there is loving pride in every detail of the course, hotel and especially the restaurant, where you’ll enjoy one of the best gourmet quality meals of your journey. The charming town of Westport in County Mayo on Clew Bay is a great place to tuck into as a base to explore some of the well-known links courses,

Westport GC has a glorious view of the pilgrimage mountain Croagh Patrick Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 4

Everything goes better with a freshly poured pint of Guinness!

Lofty’s Bar is an institution at Westport GC but be sure and take time to play its own course – Westport GC. It plays under the watchful eye of Croagh Patrick, a famous mountain known for its pilgrimages and has views across the Carrow Beg River to town. Famous for its music don’t leave town without popping into a few of the numerous pubs to sample the sounds – maybe even sing along! Along with golf, Craic, Guinness and music – the Irish also do fresh seafood better than anywhere and some of the most amazing seafood chowder and mussels I’ve had the privilege of sampling are found at Cronin’s Sheebeen Pub in Westport. Celebrated in many of those famous Irish songs, the city of Galway is home to a wonderful seaside parkland course – Galway GC. With stunning views over Galway Bay and dotted with gorse

Ireland has fabulous fresh seafood

Glasson GC features gourmet and casual dining

Amazing seafood chowder at Sheebeen’s Pub, Westport

Delicious Irish Coffee at Clew Bay Hotel

bushes, you might think on arrival you are going to play a links layout. Even though it features parkland turf, you won’t be disappointed and with the ever-present wind and multiple hazards it will challenge every level of golfer. In Northern Ireland, I had always heard that Concra Wood Golf & Country Club was well worth the visit and it is highly rated among Ireland’s best layouts. Now I know why. I knew it played around a lough but what I Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 4


Concra Wood is surrounded on 3 sides by Loch Muckno

The first 5 holes at Ballycastle play around Bonamargy Friary ruins didn’t realize is that the course is on a peninsula with the waters of Lough Muckno surrounding it on three sides. The greatest surprise was the elevation on the peninsula affording the clubhouse some of the most magnificent views over the lough and providing challenges throughout the routing. Not too far away, PGA National Slieve Russell GC offers a 7,000-yard championship quality routing around over 50 acres of loughs in a pastoral setting. It is one of only eight designated PGA National Courses in the world. A bit of a split personality, Ballycastle GC has a start of five parkland holes around the ancient ruins of Bonamargy Friary before it crosses back across

Galway Bay GC is a seaside course with plenty of gorse 20

the road and climbs up and down a steep hillside with thirteen linksland holes. “Hidden Gem” is a much over used idiom but in this case it holds true. It is located just on the outskirts of Ballycastle and is a perfect compliment to its more famous neighbors, Royal Portrush, Portstewart and Castlerock links. Game of Thrones fans will especially appreciate the scenery.

The point is while there are several dozen “must play” links around the Ireland coastline, there are scores of lesser known parkland gems with distinctive charms all their own. While you’ll no doubt remember each and every shot, good or bad, the memories you’ll truly cherish on return are those of the Irish people you met that became lifelong friends. Members at these clubs are likely to invite you for a game and a pint and share captivating stories and a laugh along the way. This is truly the definition of “Craic” the Irish way. I hope on your next or first visit to the Emerald Isle wherever you visit you sample at least one parkland treasure. Please visit for all the places to play on and off the course.

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Chicagoland ‘’Open Kettle’’ Golf Tournament On a sunny Wednesday morning Sports giants and Energy Professionals came together in a Chicagoland ‘’OPEN KETTLE’’ Golf Tournament supporting a fundraiser for kids. Energy Professionals, LLC, a national leader in helping organizations reduce energy costs and reach energy sustainability objectives, just came back from a golf tournament which they attended to boost funding and benefit the Midwest Chapter of the Joy in Childhood Foundation, supported by Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins. Don Lee Beebe, head coach for Aurora University and former wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills, Thurman Lee Thomas,

simple joys of childhood to kids battling

President of Prosperitus Group and

hunger or illness. Since its inception

former running back for the Buffalo Bills

the Foundation has granted more than

and Miami Dolphins, and Cedric Cebal-

$20 million to hundreds of national and

los, President of the Cedric Ceballos

local charities across the country to sup-

Foundation and former small forward

port children’s health and hunger relief.

for the LA Lakers and Miami Heat, joined

“We know that kids are the window

Energy Professionals for the 1st Annual

to our future. Their health and well-be-

Chicagoland “Open Kettle” Golf Tourna-

ing are critical to our hope, outlook and

ment. Energy Professionals was also a

opportunity for years to come. I can’t

Diamond Sponsor for the event.

express enough my gratitude that these

Since 2006, the Joy in Childhood Foundation has been bringing the

fine athletes and business men – Don, Thurman, and Cedric – put aside business matters to support an organization

doing so much to positively impact and uplift children and their families,” said Jim Mathers, President and CEO, Energy Professionals. “While we take great pride in helping companies conserve and save on their energy, being able to support organizations doing God’s work, such as the Joy in Childhood Foundation, is one of the many reasons why we do it what we do.” “Our mission is to help kids feel like kids, even on their most difficult day,” said Kari McHugh, Joy in Foundation Executive Director. “The support of high-profile figures such as Don, Thurman and Cedric and companies like Energy Professionals, gives us that much more incentive in what we do to support kids through some of their most difficult challenges. We couldn’t be more elated and grateful for their participation.” The Joy in Childhood Golf Tournament was a huge success! The Energy Professionals CEO Jim Mathers pulled in the “closest to the tee” trophy and helped raise a ton of money, $80,000 to be exact, to support The Joy in Childhood Foundation.


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golf history

Capital City Country Club is located in the City of Tallahassee in Leon County. In 1913, George B. Perkins organized the Florida Hills Country Club, on land he owned in the southwest portion of Tallahassee. Perkins had secured the services of Herbert H. Barker, a professional golf expert to lay out new golf links. Barker was a noted golfer from England who had won several amateur

Capital City Country Club

golf tournaments, including the Irish Amateur Open in 1906. He moved to

America where he served as head professional at Garden City (New York) Golf Club from 1908 to 1911. Barker is credited with several original golf course designs in the United States.

The 9-hole golf course was com-

pleted in 1914 and received much local, state and national acclaim. In 1924, the Tallahassee Country Club was incorporated, and purchased the golf course property from George Perkins. The Tallahassee Country Club remained a 9-hole golf course for nearly two decades.

In 1935, the Tallahassee Country

Club gave the property to the City of Tallahassee, with the provision that course ownership would revert back to the original members of the Tallahassee Country Club, should the City become unable to maintain it. That same year, the City of Tallahassee applied for and received a federal WPA grant for the expansion of the golf course to 18 holes.

Albert W. Tillinghast, one of Ameri-

ca’s most renowned golf course architects, stopped in Tallahassee later that year, to inspect the golf course as part of his work with the PGA. Tillinghast reviewed and commented on plans for 26

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both the nine new holes and the existing

nine holes. Construction began in 1936

includes an 18-hole, par-72 golf course

and was completed within a few years.

featuring four sets of tees playing from

at 1601 Golf Terrace Drive in Tallahassee

In 1956, the City leased the golf

The Capital City Country Club

Northeastern United States. Capital City Country Club is located

5,200 to 6,500 yards. The golf course at

and for more information visit their web-

course and most of the property back

Capital City Country Club is very spe-


to the Club for 99 years. That same

cial and unique to the State of Florida.

year the Club assigned its lease to the

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By David Theoret

The River Golf Club in N. Augusta –

A Memorable Golf Experience

Set along the banks of the Savannah River, The River Golf Club in North Augusta, SC is a semi-private facility that opened for play in 1998. The facility is conveniently located across from downtown Augusta, GA, just across the Savannah River. Shortly after the course opened, Golf Digest named it a top five new course nationally. Ever since that time, The River Golf Club has continued to enhance its reputation with improvements to the club. In 2002 they hosted a US Open qualifier and were the host site of the mini tour championship in 1999 and 2000. As you make your way around the course, you’ll see the evidence that the property was once an old rail yard as tracks and trestles dot the landscape. The layout winds its way around several lakes with plenty of wetlands, water hazards and, of course, gators. The River Golf Club was designed by internationally acclaimed golf course architect Jim Fazio and features lush fairways, great bunkering and terrific Mini-Verde Ultradwarf Bermuda greens with plenty of subtle slopes and lots 28

of undulations. They’re as fast as any greens you’ll find in the area. The River Club has several holes that you’ll remember for a while. Number 6 is an interesting hole. From the Blue tees, the hole plays 357 yards. Your tee shot is a short carry over water, and is best played up the right side, avoiding the fairway bunker and trees on the left. A couple of bunkers guard the front side of the green, so you’ll need to carry your approach shot on to it. The green is two-tiered so check your distance and make sure you’re on the right level. With a good tee shot, Number nine is a reachable par 5. At 464 yards from

the Blue tees, the best line off the tee is down the left side, that will take the water on the right side out of play; at least for now. A good drive will leave a long iron or hybrid into the green. Miss the green to the right and you’ll most likely find the water; there’s room left if you want to bail out. Sand also guards the front of the green on both sides. Birdies – or better – are within reach! At 324 yards from the Blue tees, Number 16 is a short par 4. There’s water down the right side and you’ll have to cross it twice on your way to the green. The hole is best played with less than driver off the tee, which sets up

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a short pitch shot into a large green set at an angle. It will take two well played shots to have a chance at par or better. The railroad trestle on the right side adds a nice touch. Number 17 is an intimidating par 3 with water all around the green. The hole plays 142 yards from the Blue tees, slightly downhill to an island green that is set at an angle. There’s also a bunker middle right that catches its fair share of balls. Par is a good score here. After your round, be sure to stop by The River Golf Club’s restaurant located inside the clubhouse. Sit back and reminisce with your playing partners about shots that were and shots that could have been. You’ll find a good selection of domestic and imported beers and adult beverages as well as a wide selection of clubhouse food: salads, sandwiches, burgers and wraps. They also make a great Monte Cristo; turkey, ham and Swiss cheese on white bread, that’s dipped in batter and grilled to a golden brown and then dusted with powdered sugar and served with raspberry preserves. It’s absolutely delicious. In addition to a great golf course and full-service restaurant, The River Golf Club also offers accommodations that are second to none. Accommodations at The River Golf Club include three cottages, Cypress, Palmetto and Sweetbay. Cypress and Palmetto have four bedrooms each, with two full beds and a private bathroom and shower in each room. Sweetbay has eight bedrooms, each with one king size bed, a private bathroom and shower. Wireless high speed Internet is available in all cottages along with televisions in each bedroom and the living room and full kitchens. There’s also Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 4

a washer and dryer in each unit in case you packed too light. It’s a short walk to the course, clubhouse and practice facility and the deck and back porch overlook the lake and the eighteenth hole. As a guest at The River Golf Club cottages, you’ll be treated like a member with preferred tee times and complimentary range balls as well as member privileges such as free bottled water and towels and merchandise discounts. The cottages can be booked up to two years in advance, with priority given to returning guests. The River Golf Club offers several membership plans designed to meet the needs of anyone. Junior, Senior, Individual, Family, Out-of-Town and National plans are available. Each membership offers unlimited greens fees, priority tee times, practice range privileges, and complimentary handicap services as well as many other benefits. There are also no minimums or assessments. During Masters week, the River Golf Club is a favorite and hosts guests from all corners of the world. They consistently provide outstanding course conditions and service. One of the most appreciated aspects of The River Golf Club is the pace of play. By scheduling only an appropriate amount of play during this time, they are able to ensure a proper spacing on the course. Your Masters package at the River Golf Club includes green fees, carts, taxes, range balls, tee packages, course yardage book, beverage cart service, breakfast and lunch. The River Golf Club is the perfect place to host a golf event, corporate outing or banquet. Large outings are usually held on Mondays so that the course will remain open for our members. They also

offer banquet packages meeting room rentals, and in-house catering. They also have an upstairs room that is a great spot for business meetings; followed by a round of golf! Whether you’re looking to warm up before your round or spend some quality time on the practice range, The River Golf Club has some pretty impressive practice facilities. They offer a full-length driving range where you can hit every club in the bag. You can practice your short game on the chipping green and putt to your heart’s content on one of two practice putting greens. It seems that a lot of golf courses have given up on trying to compete with the big box retail stores when it comes to golf apparel. But the River Golf Club wants to help you look your best when you step to the first tee. Their pro shop offers golf apparel from classic apparel companies such as FootJoy, Cutter and Buck and Adidas, as well as newer companies like Under Armour and Bald Head Blues, and many more. The River Golf Club combines a spectacular layout with a fun and fantastic setting to create a golf facility that is friendly and enjoyable. With five sets of tees, the course is playable for golfers of all abilities and was designed with golfers in mind. When combines with their cottages, The River Golf Club is a “hidden gem” as far as golf travel packages go and could be the perfect location for either a family stay or corporate retreat. For more information, give them a call at (803) 202-0110 or visit their website at For information on Masters Week or cottage rental information, contact Director of Golf, Chris Verdery at 29

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Tavatanakit Captures First Professional Title

Less than two months

since turning pro, Patty Tavatanakit (Bangkok, Thailand) is now a Symetra Tour champion. The UCLA alumna fired a sizzling bogey-free, 7-under par 64 this afternoon on the Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort to win the Donald Ross Classic by three strokes at 13-under overall. “I feel like I’m living a dream, just to play golf and not think about anything else,” said Tavatanakit, who entered the final round two shots back of the lead. “My mental game has got a lot stronger and knowing there is more golf ahead gives me the vibe to stay calm, that the rest will take care of itself. I’m happy to win and the hard work is paying off.” A seven-time tournament winner and two-time Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) First Team AllAmerican selection for the Bruins, Tav-

Patty Tavatanakit atanakit finds the winner’s circle in just her third career start on the Symetra Tour. Her previous finishes of tied for 14th at the Island Resort Championship and solo second in the Prasco Charity Championship have Tavatanakit on the fast track to climbing the Volvik Race for the Card standings. Furthermore, the victory is the bookend of a week that started with Tavatanakit setting an 18-hole tournament scoring record of 11-under par

61 in the final round of the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic. She recorded the bogey-free performance as a tournament sponsor exemption. “When I was deciding to turn pro, I told myself to just commit,” Tavatanakit said. “So far, so good and I have no regrets. I like my job and love this sport more every day. I like the feeling of getting something when you have to work hard for it. I’ll be doing this for a long time and am glad to

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have finally made the decision to turn pro, stick to it. That is what helped me play so solid lately.” Hometown/Resides: Bangkok, Thailand/ Sherman Oaks, California Birthdate: October 11, 1999; currently 19 years, 9 months and 2 days Qualified for Symetra Tour: Finished T84 at the inaugural LPGA Q-Series to earn Symetra Tour status for the 2019 season NOTABLE QUOTES Perrine Delacour (-9, 3rd) on her 8-under par 63 finish for solo third: “I was really happy with my round, played really good. Going 8-under par on this course is pretty good because you have to be so patient. Definitely a lot more confidence in my game, even though I already had plenty and confirms a lot of things. Happy with how I came back after struggling in the first round.”

Patty Tavatanakit

Min Seo Kwak (-8, T4) on shooting a bogey-

Michelle Piyapattra (-8, T4) on her final

free, 8-under par 63 today: “This morning I went to the hotel for breakfast then to the range and forgot my golf bag. So, I went back to the house to get it and didn’t have much time to practice after that. I tried not to make the mistakes like the previous two days, just do better. I’m now excited for Rochester.”

round and the mental hurdle she battled: “I had a good start with a good birdie stretch, but at the end struggled. The quadruple bogey on No. 13 from yesterday was still in my mind. I chunked it off the tee so definitely wasn’t going over and managed to par today, which was better. My putting has been pretty good lately.”

cart girl

The best new Clubhouse is a chip shot away. The new Nicklaus Clubhouse features panoramic views of the 18-hole, fitness center, locker rooms, and retail pro shop featuring Jack Nicklaus apparel. American-regional fare, farm-to-table elements, craft cocktails and signature-aged bourbon, all await you at Traditions restaurant. With our beautiful open-air kitchen and commanding views of the green, you’ll love the food and the atmosphere.

Where did you grow up?

were given a choice?

No way! I love wearing the skirts, polos, and golf shoes. My boss has great style and lets us decide what we want to wear for our uniform, so we aren’t limited to the same shirt and skirt everyday… we are able to express our personality through our outfits!

The small town of Westminster, Maryland.

Which group of people did you associate most with in high school? My fashion girls! We were all in the same program and were inseparable.

What is your favorite sport to play? Favorite to watch?

What is the funniest thing you’ve ever seen on the golf course?

My favorite sports to play are golf and volleyball! My favorite to watch is hockey… Let’s Go Bruins!

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

Erica Fetchko

I love to play golf! My 3 brothers and my father play, so I am just trying to get good enough to beat them.

What do you feel makes this club special?

The staff, members, and guests make this club feel like home. I am so fortunate to work around and with the most amazing people every single day.

If you weren’t a cart girl, what would you be doing?

What hobbies do you enjoy?

I love to cook, go to the movies, check out new wineries and breweries, and spend the day at the beach. Anything on the water and adventurous! Jet skiing, deep sea fishing, or surfing… and then check out the local seafood restaurant for food and drinks after.

Favorite comedian? Joe Rogan

Favorite type of movie?

Who knows… definitely not having as much fun as I do at this job.


What is your memorable moment working as a cart girl?

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Meeting some of my favorite celebrities!

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So hard to pick just one! I had a group of guys bet with each other that whoever lost had to eat a box of dog treats… The guys ate the entire box and said they tasted like Fig Newtons.

Favorite charity to support?

What else would you like for us to know about you? I am a firm believer that pineapple does belong on pizza and the staff at Reunion calls me “Snacks”.

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Score a Steak with Dinner at Del’s

Hit your last hole-in-one at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, located on International Drive in Orlando, Florida, is at the heart of entertainment and perfectly situated near some of Central Florida’s best golf courses. With two floors that include two bars, four private dining rooms and a picturesque patio, Del Frisco’s Orlando boasts over 400 seats looking out to the popular International Drive area. Del Frisco’s is an award-winning restaurant, known for its prime steak, fresh seafood and genuine hospitality. The Orlando restaurant serves dinner daily to offer guests a retreat from the summertime heat with refreshing menu items and specialty drinks. The full menu offers the finest quality and selection of meats and seafood, with prime beef as its namesake. Acquired straight from the Midwest, the restaurant’s beef is USDA prime, cornfed beef. Del Frisco’s has continued to source their quality beef from the same provider for more than 20 years. The restaurant’s bartenders are known for serving up some of the best cocktails around, an award-winning assortment of fine wine, as well as beer selections for guests to indulge in. Recognized nationally for its awardwinning cuisine and wine offerings, Del Frisco’s Orlando offers full-time 34

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sommeliers that can assist guests in selecting the perfect bottle of wine to accompany their meal. To celebrate summer, Del Frisco’s Orlando offers its Summer Prime Pair every day through the end of September. The special includes a salad, side, and 8 oz. filet, paired with Del’s infamous Jumbo Lump Crab Cake. It’s the perfect way to kick back and relax after a day of golf. The next time you’re in Central Florida, Del Frisco’s Orlando opens its doors with an invitation to enjoy an upscale menu amid a thriving atmosphere. It is just steps away from the shopping and entertainment district, Pointe Orlando, and is only a few miles away from Shingle Creek Golf Club and Orange Tree Golf. This location promises the same signature elements and topnotch experiences as its sister locations in New York, Philadelphia, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Washington DC, Charlotte, Denver, Boston, Las Vegas, Atlanta, San Diego and Los Angeles. Score a steak with dinner at Del Frisco’s Orlando, and enjoy one of the hottest places in town. Address: 9150 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819 Hours: Monday-Thursday 5-10 p.m.; Friday 5-11 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday; 4-10 p.m. Happy Hour: Monday, Tuesday 4-7 p.m.; Wednesday 4-close; Thursday-Sunday 4-7 p.m. Menu Link: dinner/

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service platform with Prism IPTV, Internet and Voice Only at Reunion Resort will you have access to 3 PGA Golf courses: Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus. Plus: + 5 Pools and exclusive Water Park + 7 Resort Restaurants + Fitness Center + Tennis Center with Pro-Shop + Bicycle rentals + Children’s camp and activities + Mini-Golfing + Shuttle services within Reunion + Resort Spa This truly is contemporary resort living… reimagined! Visit a designer model home today at SPECTRUM+ and for more information: Sales Gallery: 7689 Traditional Blvd, Reunion, FL 34747 (407) 573 - 8287

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Affordable Golf Getaways Skip the exorbitant country club fees and celebrate National Golf Month by inviting friends and family to the most picturesque Georgia State Park fairways. Golfers of all experience levels are invited to swing their drivers on the top ranked courses of Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club, Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa, George T. Bagby State Park & Lodge and Little Ocmulgee State Park & Lodge. Booking a tee time couldn’t be easier with an online registration option and affordable package deals on all four courses.

Little Ocmulgee State Park & Lodge Guests can make their mark on Little Ocmulgee’s Wallace Adams Golf Course while staying in the newly renovated lodge. Extensive renovations to the lodge reflect the latest design trends in the hotel industry, including wood-look vinyl floors that create a rustic feel, luxurious linens, updated refrigerators, walk-in showers with modern glass walls and luxurious European-style

bath soaps and shampoos. Golfers are able to enjoy the natural seclusion of the classic 18-hole course and later relax in peace in the alluring lodge suites. Built with a classic design and located in a pristine setting, the course caters to any playing style and is suitable for golfers of all ages and abilities. Players can take on this straightforward course with no hidden water hazards or secret sand traps. One round is all it will take to see why golfers around the Southeast continue to hail Wallace Adams Golf Course as one of their favorite courses in Georgia. Take advantage of this course and lodge by reserving the Stay & Play Package which includes: • Round of golf for two guests • Cart rental • On-site lodgings Don’t wait long to book a stay during National Golf Month because there won’t be rooms for long. Reserve a spot today at

Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club With expertly placed mounds, water hazards and plenty of sand bunkers, Georgia Veterans Memorial Golf Course has been rightfully ranked as a challenging course. Experience jaw-dropping lake views on the inspiring Denis Griffiths’ designed course located in the middle of Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park – just a two-hour drive from Atlanta. The course facilitates a full-service clubhouse complete with food and beverage service for any golfer needing a quick break and refreshment. Guests can grab their clubs and choose from a variety of economical stay and play packages that allow for guests to enjoy the resort amenities and the fairways to the fullest. For golfers who are feeling the full force of the National Golf Month excitement, the All in the Bag Package is available Sunday through Thursday where golfer will be able to play to their hearts content. This package includes: • Unlimited golf for two per night

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George T. Bagby • Cart rental for two • Accommodations in a guestroom, villa or lakeside cabin • Breakfast at Cordelia’s restaurant For those with just as much enthusiasm but looking for a weekend stay, Blackshear has The Break Away Package, which includes: • Two rounds of golf per night • Cart rental for two • Preferred tee times (when reserved in advance) • Lodging accommodations Upgrade to The Break Away Plus Package and receive everything included in The Break Away Package along with a two-hour bicycle rental or a two-hour kayak or canoe rental to keep those nongolfing friends and family entertained. If guests would like added morning refreshments before beginning the exquisite course, the Tee & Coffee Package is the way to go. This package includes: • Two rounds of golf per night • Cart rental for two • Preferred tee times (when reserved in advance) • Guests choice of accommodations • A full country breakfast for two at Cordelia’s Visit www.lakeblackshearresort. com to book a celebratory National Golf month experience.

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa Venture up to the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains to tee off on the majestic Brasstown Valley Golf Course – unsurprisingly named as one of the top Georgia courses to play. Just two hours north of Atlanta, golfers can bask in the Denis Griffiths’ designed golf course that winds through wildlife preserves, ponds and streams framed in by the picturesque mountains; the perfect place to Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 4

Lake Blackshear

Brasstown Valley

the Premier Golf Package offering • Two rounds of golf per day • Lodging accommodations • Dinner and breakfast for 2 With options for every golfer available, come honor the month of golf on a course where guests can have a breathtaking view at every hole. Book a stay at

George T. Bagby State Park & Lodge observe National Golf Month. With five sets of tees, golfers of all skill levels will be able to enjoy the 18 holes of championship Scottish linksstyle golf. The facility offers full practice options, a fully-equipped Pro Shop and customized special tournaments. Golf lessons and clinics are also available through the Director of Golf, Steve Phelps, PGA Professional. Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa features four enticing golf packages. For guests who want to golf to their hearts content, there is the Unlimited Weekday Golf Package, available Sunday through Thursday and offering: • Unlimited golf for two per night • Lodging accommodations Look no further to find the perfect weekend getaway then the Weekend Golf Package, including: • Two rounds of golf per night • Lodging accommodations Those looking for an early morning start can choose the Classic Golf & Breakfast Package to receive: • Two rounds of golf per night of package stay • Lodging accommodations • A delicious morning breakfast for 2 The resort’s most popular package is

Secluded along the shores of Lake Eufaula, come experience championship golf on lush green fairways ribboned by long Bahia rough at Meadow Links Golf Course - located within the George T. Bagby State Park. This ideal golf destination has been ranked as one of the nation’s best affordable public courses and named the “Best Value Course in the U.S.” by the Golf Channel’s Morning Drive. Golfers can play along the gently rolling contours of the countryside thanks to the architect, Willard Byrd, who designed the course to reward players with unique challenges and memorable views. Behind the 10th hole, two large pecan trees and an old pear tree crown a hill where golfers can stop to relish in one of the finest views in the South. A full-service pro shop featuring golf accessories and snack bar is also available on-site for any golfer needing a pick-me-up before continuing their game. Book the Stay & Play package to experience the best value at the park. This package includes: • One round of golf for 2 • Cart rental • Accommodations at either the lodge or cottages Learn more about this golf destination at 39

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Scoop Some Scallops This Summer at Plantation on Crystal River and West 82° Grill Will “Cook Your Catch” Crystal River scalloping season runs July 1-Sept. 24, 2019

Scalloping season commences on July 1 this year in Crystal River and Plantation on Crystal River, a hidden gem on Florida’s Nature Coast, is offering guided and non-guided scalloping deals packed full of value. Guided scalloping package rates start at $796* for midweek stays for two guests and includes: • Two-night stay in a garden or water view deluxe room, patio room or golf villa • Guided scalloping tour including mask, snorkel and fins with one of the area’s top captains • Souvenir bag with mesh scalloping bag, scallop recipes and water • Chef-prepared cook-your-catch from the day’s harvest (scallops or fish) for lunch or dinner and serve with two sides** • Breakfast daily For those bringing their own boat, rates for the unguided package begin at $516* for mid-week stays for two guests. This rate includes ramp launch, trailer storage and seawall tie. Seawall tie is first come-first serve. A popular activity for families, scalloping is like snorkeling, but with the simple addition of a mesh bag for storing the harvest. Most scallops can be found in the shallow grass flats of the Gulf of Mexico that range anywhere from three to six feet deep. Only two to three inches in length and located inside a fan-shaped shell, the scallops can be easy to spot with their 30-40 bright blue eyes, but provide a good chase, since all those eyes 40

help them detect predators. Once daily scallop limit has been reached, they can be prepared by the hotel for a delicious cook-your-catch meal. Guests are asked to help protect the precious waters by not putting empty scallop shells back in the water. If guests choose not to book a scalloping package, guests can still have their scallops cooked**. For just $14.95 per person, the chef at West 82° Bar & Grill will prepare guests’ shucked scallops during lunch or dinner one of four ways: scampi style, au gratin, sautéed in lemon butter or Chef’s choice. The meal also comes with two sides. For more information on Plantation on Crystal River, visit or call 800-632-6262. The eco-friendly Plantation on Crystal River is surrounded by the natural springs of King’s Bay and more than 25,000 surface acres of pristine lakes and rivers, as well as wildlife refuges and state parks. On site, the Plantation features a full-service family-oriented dive and tour operation marina, 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space, 18-hole golf course, 9-hole executive course, Aveda spa, delectable dining and inviting accommodations. Guests have the unique opportunity to swim with the manatees, rent a pontoon or Jon boat, relax by the riverfront pool, enjoy a game of croquet on the manicured lawn, or hire a guided fishing charter. With more than 1,600 feet of seawall, overnight guests can tie up their boats at any of over 80 spaces. A golf school and SCUBA certification classes are also available to guests of the hotel. *Price listed is for two people, two-nights mid-week with a guide in a Garden View room. Weekend pricing with/without guide also available. Subject to availability. Resort fee, taxes and gratuities not included. **For meals, scallops must be shucked, cleaned, stored on ice, and delivered to the dining room a minimum of 2 hours prior to dinner or lunch reservation.

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Bay Hil Hole #17

New “Perfectly Palmer” Opportunity Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge

on the PGA TOUR along with a full daily breakfast and a custom suite of is excited to announce a new premiere amenities curated only for Perfectly experience for 2019: Perfectly Palmer. Palmer participants. During the The package offers discerning guests round, lunch will be provided at the the opportunity to spend two nights Champion’s Turn halfway house. Postin The Lodge at Bay Hill and to walk round, after enjoying the atmosphere in the footsteps of Tiger Woods, Rory in the champions’ locker room where McIlroy and Palmer himself with a full Palmer spent so much time, guests can round of golf on Bay Hill’s legendary head to our Bay Window restaurant Championship Course, site of the PGA and enjoy an included cold beer, nice TOUR’s Arnold Palmer Invitational wine, Ketel One or complimentary presented by Mastercard. Guests will AriZona Arnold Palmer beverage. enjoy one of the most beloved stops Later, guests may relax with a signature cocktail in Bay Hill’s storied Members Lounge, a neighborhood pub where VIPs gather and which is exclusively accessible to members and guests of Bay Hill Club & Lodge. As an option, the Perfectly Palmer experience is further enhanced by our partners, such as the class-leading Ship Sticks service, which offers “white glove” transport of golf clubs Members Lounge 42

from a home or office directly to Bay Hill at a rate specially tailored to Perfectly Palmer guests. Finally, as part of the Perfectly Palmer experience, guests will receive a complimentary keepsake gift of official Arnold Palmer merchandise, a touchstone for the incredible memories that will be built among the halls and fairways of one of the world’s most authentic golf destinations. Management has set aside a limited number of Perfectly Palmer packages for each week of the opportunity, available now through January 15, 2020. Rates begin at $330+tax per person*. Reservations are accepted on (888) 4229445 or can be made at We invite anyone in search of a legendary golf experience to contact us for more information. Our friendly staff members are ready to answer your questions and to help organize the experience of a lifetime. *Based on double occupancy; applicable taxes not included. The introduction of the Perfectly Palmer package coincides with the “90 for 90” campaign, celebrating 90 Years of Arnold Palmer with 90 incredible Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 4

moments from his life shared across media over 90 days, one per day leading up to what would have been his 90th birthday on September 10 of this year. Look for it online via our social media channels (below), on GOLF Channel, and listen for Arnold Palmer “90 for 90 minutes” on SiriusXM. Located in Orlando just minutes from downtown and area attractions, Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge is the site of the PGA Tour’s Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, hosting some of the world’s best golfers each March. The 70-room property features 27 holes of golf with a Golf Academy, a newly enhanced driving range and a new world-class twoacre short game facility. In addition to golf, Bay Hill offers a fitness center; four Har-tru and two DecoTurf tennis courts; a heated Jr. Olympic-size pool; three dining and lounge locations; and ample meeting and banquet space. For reservations or membership information, call (888) 422-9445 or (407) 876-2429. For more information or for image requests, please contact Leigh Anne Huckaby: (407) 876-8003 • lhuckaby@ Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 4

The Lodge at Bay Hill


grip it & sip it

creamy & luscious

™º¡¶ chardonnay 42% monterey county

40% sonoma county

18% santa barbara county

Ripe stone fruit and steely minerality

Baked apple, citrus, and a supple texture

Grilled pineapple, tropical fruit, and exotic spices

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 Chardonnay. 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 Picking decisions were made with ripe flavor in mind. Maritime influences in the evening tempered the afternoon’s warm sun, allowing for a long hang time and resulting in fully developed and concentrated flavors. Fermentation took place entirely in stainless steel tanks with minimal intervention, and lees stirring created a velvety mouthfeel. All of the wine underwent 100% malolactic fermentation and was aged on French oak for further depth and roundness.


Combination of stainless steel tanks and aging on French oak



total acidity

tasting notes Smooth, opulent layers of pineapple and lemon peel are heightened by sweet smells of honey, almonds, baking spices, and subtle custard notes. The full flavors are highlighted by succulent acidity and a clean, mineral-driven finish.

5.3 g/L

residual sugar pH

3.0 g/L


Please enjoy our wines responsibly. © 2018 Meiomi Wines, Acampo, CA


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Clearwater’s Hidden Paradise Belleview Place has been a popular residential choice for golfers who enjoy the private resort lifestyle and its ideal location atop a 35-foot bluff near Clearwater. In addition to mid-rise luxury condominiums, the community also offers two-story carriage homes. Prices start from the $700,000s. Belleview Place will feature a total of 100 mid-rise condominium residences and 26 carriage homes. The condominium buildings, six-stories over two floors of parking, present beautifully appointed, spacious residences ranging from 1,724 to 4,144 square feet with two or three bedrooms. The twostory carriage homes offer two-story maintenance-free living with 2,142 to 3,306 square feet of living space, private elevators and two-car garages. Residences’ interiors feature open floorplans with expanses of glass to enjoy views that can include Clearwater Harbor and/or the Belleair Country Club’s two championship golf courses. The initiation fee for a golf and social membership at the Belleair Golf & Country Club, steps from to Belleview Place, is included with the purchase of a residence. “The history, architecture and social aspects of the original Belleview Biltmore Hotel on this site were the inspi-

Katie and Greg ration for Belleview Place. We are creating a community that recreates that unique sense of place with its unique history, nature’s beauty and shared interests among residents,” stated JMC CEO J. Michael Cheezem. “Buyers appreciate the combination of JMC’s quality residences with all the

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benefits of an established country club lifestyle at the Belleair Country Club,” added Sales Director Claudia Emery. The Belleair Country Club features two Donald Ross-designed championship golf courses, a full-service restaurant and bar, a resort pool, a full fitness center, tennis, pickle ball, a marina and

calendar full of social activities. In addition to access to the Belleair Country Club, Belleview Place residents can enjoy the amenities at the Belleview Inn, the restored lobby and 35 guestrooms of the original Belleview Biltmore hotel. The Inn offers a resortstyle pool, a fitness center and social event spaces as well as an event lawn. JMC has developed several high-end Tampa Bay area communities including Ovation, Rowland Place, the Bellamy and Victoria Place. For sales information contact the Belleview Place Welcome Center, 275 Belleview Boulevard, Belleair, FL 33756 or call 727-469-7070 or visit Sales Center hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon until 5 p.m., or by appointment. Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 4

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Tour Edge Introduces Three New HL4 Iron Sets

Devant Sport Towels’ Caddyshack Line

New HL4 line designed to be the leader in custom fit performance value Tour Edge, Golf’s Most Solid Investment, today announced the launch of three new Hot Launch 4 iron sets; the HL4 Iron set, the HL4 Iron-Wood set and the HL4 Triple Combo set. HL4 is the fourth release in the award-winning Hot Launch series from Tour Edge founder and master club designer, David Glod. HL4 features a complete lineup from driver to irons, all designed to fill a niche as the best technology and performance at a mid-tier price point. The new premium performance clubs will be available nationwide and globally on August 1st. All HL4 custom fit orders will ship with Tour Edge’s unprecedented 48-hour delivery guarantee in the continental United States. For more information:

Devant Sport Towels, manufacturer and distributor of custom sport towels, is highlighting their Tribute to Caddyshack Collection. Pop culture artist David O’Keefe’s brilliant caricatures are flawlessly replicated using Devant’s Hi-Def Sublimation process. Evidence that the Tribute to Caddyshack Collection towels are a fan favorite is in the growth of the collection since its initial launch nearly eight years ago. Now comprised of seven different designs, the three newest towels to be added to the collection feature Judge Smails, Spackler and an updated Cinderella Story design. “These towels are fun and eye-catching,” said Pat Gallagher, Product Manager at Devant Sport Towels. “The images are unique and creatively thought out. David O’Keefe does a spectacular job recreating the characters from the movie Caddyshack.” The 16” x 25” towels are a super-absorbent cotton/poly blend and come with a solid black Lock ClipTMattachment to use on golf bags or carts. They are sold at golf retailers and at Devant’s website for a suggested retail price of $24.95. To see Devant Sport Towels’ full collection visit

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Quest in Sydney Harbor

PerryGolf Celebrates 35 Years Of Making Golfers’ Travel Dreams Come True PerryGolf, a leading provider of golf tours and cruises to over 30 of the world’s most memorable destinations, is celebrating its 35th year in the golf travel business. PerryGolf arranges all aspects of travel for groups of men, women and couples including tee times, lodging, sightseeing, local transportation and airfare. The company offers Custom Tours, Escorted Tours and Golf Cruises to many of the world’s most memorable destinations including the British Isles, New Zealand & Australia, South Africa, the Mediterranean, South America, Baltics, and Southeast Asia. The company offers VIP Golf Coaches with Concierge Drivers for groups touring the British Isles. PerryGolf is an Authorized Provider of Guaranteed Tee Times on the Old Course, St Andrews, and is also an Authorized Provider of attendance packages to The Open. Gordon Dalgleish, who co-founded PerryGolf in 1984 with brother Colin, is proud of how PerryGolf has earned a reputation of utilizing innovation to thrive in an industry that has seen its ups and downs. The company is always on the cutting edge of innovation that 50

leads to greater enjoyment and convenience for its traveling customers. “We are pleased with how our company has evolved over the years in an ever-changing golf and travel industry,” said Dalgleish. “Our No. 1 goal – providing the ultimate travel experi-

ence for golfers wishing to experience some of golf’s greatest venues – hasn’t changed. Some of our methods of providing those experiences, however, have changed over the years. We are constantly innovating, as we remain cognizant of our customers’ needs.” One example of the company’s evolution is the focus in recent years on the combination of great links golf and cruising. PerryGolf is now the industry

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Play Golf in Scotland and attend the 150th Open at St Andrews leader in providing golf cruise packages that include play on some of the world’s top courses. Some of those packages include attendance at The Open. Six departures to the British Isles are on the PerryGolf cruise schedule for 2020 and 2021, five of which include rounds on the famed Royal Portrush Golf Club, host to The 148th Open this week. Two of those cruises include tickets to The 149th Open at Royal St. George’s and The 150th Open at the Old Course, St Andrews. PerryGolf Cruises sail throughout the year beginning with South Africa and New Zealand & Australia in January and February followed by the British Isles including attendance to The Open plus the Mediterranean and Baltic Sea during the spring and summer. At the end of the year, PerryGolf cruises the Arabian Gulf each November plus South America for the first time in December 2020. PerryGolf’s cruise partners include Azamara® and their three 690-guest ocean liners Quest, Pursuit and Journey plus the unique hotel barges of European Waterways whose exclusive-use vessels for parties of 8-18 meander their way along the rivers and canals of the Scottish Highlands and England. Another example of PerryGolf’s Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 4

evolution as a cutting-edge provider of golf travel can be found in the company’s proprietary golf travel research tool. PerryGolf’s website features QUICK QUOTES℠, the industry’s only true online trip calculator which produces an instantaneous quotation. “Virtually everyone considering a custom tour like ours will begin by researching their options online. We did a complete redesign with that visitor in mind who particularly appreciates being able to get a price before they engage a sales agent.” said Dalgleish. “It’s quick. It’s simple. Visitors to our new site will be impressed.” PerryGolf remains the industry leader for custom land golf trips to such iconic courses as the Old Course, St Andrews. A PerryGolf travel expert, who becomes the group’s personal concierge, handles details for the entire trip, from golf tee times and caddies to sightseeing, dining reservations and ground transportation. PerryGolf has been working with St Andrews Links Trust longer than any existing tour operator. As an Authorized Provider, PerryGolf has access to specific Old Course inventory by early June of the preceding year, and can provide a choice of confirmed starting times on the Old Course for clients who

wish to have PerryGolf create them a customized golf trip to Scotland with guaranteed play on the Old Course. Another example of the PerryGolf’s innovation was the introduction of luxurious VIP Golf Coaches and Concierge Drivers in 1998. The company used a Mercedes chassis, originally designed to accommodate 20 passengers, and completely reconfigured both the interior and storage to provide an ideal environment for groups of 8 to play, relax and sightsee. It began with spacious leather armchairs, each with its own armrests and facing a table. Since then, the vehicles have evolved with different sizes but always include the current amenities any traveler would reasonably anticipate. The vehicles are equipped with a refrigerator stocked with soft drinks and bottled water and include an ample storage area. The Concierge Driver will meet you at the airport upon your arrival and return you to the curb for your departure. In between, he will take care of everything from handling your golf equipment and luggage to caddie arrangements, dinner reservations and sightseeing suggestions. Those interested in international golf travel are encouraged to visit 51

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By Fred Seely • Can we start talking about too much spectator noise at PGA Tour events? You know, the kind fueled by those $10 beers? The players are quietly complaining, knowing that going public might stir up on-course animosity. Yes, tournaments need the concession money, which means there may not be much of an effort to calm things down.

• It's now expected at the new Sawgrass Country Club clubhouse will come in at 65,000 square feet. It not the biggest in the neighborhood: the TPC Sawgrass building across A1A is 77,000 square feet.

• Our clubs don't have the luxury of a waiting list and, these days, not many do. Can't be more than a dozen in Florida. For those who do, take this idea from Baltusrol, the big-time tournament site in New Jersey. Each year they stay in touch with the wait list folks by having a tournament for them.

• Read your entry forms closely before you send them out. A southern city recently got a female applicant for its amateur championship and the committee admitted they had no recourse but to accept her, as there was nothing to indicate it was a men's event. But, there wasn't anything about a yardage allowance for ladies, so she'll have to play the tips, too. We'll update when they play the event.

• The PGA Tour pretty much gets what it wants around Northeast Florida but they stepped into the wrong nest when they put up a huge cell tower on the land where they're building their new campus. The tower is very close to a neighboring private school's “lower school” campus in Ponte Vedra and that stirred the parents who pay big bucks to send little Trevor and Kaitlen. A petition got over 600 signatures, citing “possible health risks;” country commission meetings drew big crowds. The Tour pulled the usual strings (politicians, etc.) but the noise continued, so they've now decided to “pause” activating the tower for a year. • The First Tee's fundraiser at the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse brought in a record $110,000. That was $27,000 more than last year. The theme was “Taste of The First Tee” and chefs from over 15 local clubs prepared dishes. • PGA pro Rhonda Ferguson is now teaching at the teaching facility at the World Golf Village. She was operating the River Bend Golf Club in Green Cove Springs, which now has closed as the state will run an expressway through that property. The golf course has been around for some 50 years and originally was named Reynolds Golf Club after the big Reynolds family development. In recent years, the once-popular resort town has fought a losing battle of not being near an interstate and has settled in as a quiet retirement area. Yes, the powers that be in college golf are watching Tori Moulton, who last month won the First Coast Women's Amateur, the biggest (and just about only) women's event in the Jacksonville area. Her 7270—142 was two ahead of a strong field. Mouton is a rising sophomore at The Bolles School, the private Jacksonville high school which is an athletic powerhouse.

Sawgrass Country Club continues its major support of the Jacksonville Area Golf Association Scholarship Trust, which awards college scholarships to students with affiliations with JAGA clubs. Sawgrass leaders last month presented a check to the Trust for $12,925. On hand for the presentation were (from left) General Manager C.W. Cook, JAGA president Randy Nader, a Sawgrass member, JAGA director Ray Gottschalk and Director of Golf Ron Philo. Since 1974, JAGA has awarded approximately $1.8 million in scholarships to approximately 375 students. Currently, there are 25 students receiving benefits from JAGA. • Former PGA tour staffer Ward Clayton is one of the producers of the move “Loopers: The Caddie's Long Walk” that's showing in theaters around the country. Several country clubs also have paid to have a private showing for their members. The documentary is narrated by comedian Bill Murray and includes interviews with numerous players and caddies. • Tim Tebow doesn't play much golf, but he lives on a golf course and just upgraded. The famed athlete/public speaker likes his privacy and several years ago paid $1.4 million for a home in Glen Kernan, an ultra-exclusive Jacksonville development halfway between the city and the beach. He since became engaged, and now is moving to a $2.99 million, 8,300 square foot place overlooking the 11th green. Brother Robby will have the old house to himself (and his 7 handicap). • Almost every course has a goose problem. Nothing seems to work, not the “Goosenator” device, nor border collies, nor oiling the eggs. Killing them has been out of the question in these politically correct times. Developers in Denver tried another tackthey've argued that the goose poop is a health hazard, and a judge agreed. To make it more palatable to goose lovers, they promise to donate the goose meat to the needy.

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Garrett Giles of Palm City is glad he waited out a three-hour rain delay. Giles almost left the South Florida Junior PGA Championship to play in a recreational basketball game because he didn’t think the golf tournament would get finished Thursday and the scores would revert to 18 holes. When play finally resumed, Giles made a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to rally from a two-shot deficit and win the Boys 16-18 division. Giles shot a 3-under 68 on the Fazio 2 Course at Boca West to finish at 5-under 137 “I had no idea what the greens were going to be like after the delay, but when I saw one of my partners hit it 8 feet past the hole, I played a lot more break and didn’t hit it as hard,” said Giles, a senior at Martin County High. “It’s by far the biggest tournament I’ve won.” That partner, Jude Kim of Plantation, three-putted the last hole for a double bogey to finish at 4-under after a 69. Kim had birdied the last three holes before the delay. Andie Smith of Hobe Sound shot 73 to win the Girls 16-18 division by two shots at even par. Gloria Nip of Port St. South Florida PGA Hosts Senior Series Pro-Pro at the Country Club of Coral Springs


Giles, Smith Win South Florida Junior PGA Championship, qualify for National Junior PGA Lucie had a 71 and finished second at 2-over 144. The winners and runners-up each qualified for the National Junior PGA Championship in July at Keney Park Golf Course in Hartford, Ct. “The delay gave me time to think about what I had to do on the last hole,” said Smith, a sophomore at The Pine School who has committed to Duke. “At the same time, you could also get ahead of yourself. I’m happy to qualify for the tournament in Con-

necticut.” Nip is no stranger to the national stage, having won the National Drive Chip & Putt and finished runner-up at Augusta National. Considering she just turned 13, this was another impressive performance for the home-schooled Nip. “Winning the Drive Chip & Putt is still my best accomplishment, but this means a lot,” Nip said.

South Florida PGA Hosts Senior Series Pro-Pro at the Country Club of Coral Springs Playing in their first-ever South Florida PGA Section event since joining the SFPGA, the North Palm Beach Country Club duo of Allan Bowman, PGA Director of Golf and Chris Dachisen, PGA Assistant Golf Professional won the 2019 Senior Series Pro-Pro at the Country Club of Coral Springs. After getting off to a fast start, making birdies on each of their first six holes, Bowman and Dachisen never looked back, carding a 12-under 59 to win by one stroke over Tony Kelley, PGA Assistant Golf Professional at the Island Country Club and JC Anderson, PGA Director of Instruction at the Club at the Strand. Bowman, Dachisen, Kelley and Anderson finished with 12 and 11 birdies apiece, respectfully. The event featured 52 professionals aged 50 who joined together in teams to compete in an 18 hole better ball format. Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 4



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By Jackie Hobson

South Florida PGA Celebrates Three National Award Winners The South Florida PGA is proud to announce three of the PGA of America’s national award winners reign from the South Florida PGA Section. Judy Alvarez, PGA Director of Instruction at Monarch Country Club (Palm City) has been awarded the Patriot Award, Scott Kirkwood, PGA Director of Golf at Ocean Reef Golf Club (Key Largo) has been named Merchandiser of the Year (Private) and the South Florida PGA Section has won the Herb Graffis Award. The Patriot Award annually recognizes a PGA member who personifies patriotism through the game of

Judy Alvarez golf and demonstrates unwavering commitment and dedication to all who have served the United States. Alvarez has been teaching golf to people with disabilities and veterans since 1990 and has been involved in Folds of Honor, PGA HOPE and Salute Military Golf Association. Alvarez has helped to establish six PGA HOPE programs in South Florida, impacting more than 500 veterans in the region. Additionally, Alvarez hosts a free golf clinic for veterans once a week, provides year-round adaptive golf programs and has been an advocate for golf and the impact the game can have on veterans. Throughout her career, Alvarez has taught more than 10,000 veterans and students with disabilities the game. “I’ve always felt compelled to share with local organizations what I do and how the game of golf can help to benefit our veterans,” said Alvarez. “My goal is to provide a safe environment for a veteran to let their guard down, relax, feel safe and enjoy the experience. Ultimately it 56

is about their accomplishments.” The Merchandiser of the Year, private category is presented to the PGA member who has demonstrated superior skills as merchandiser in the promotion of golf. Kirkwood of Ocean Reef Club and Vice President of the South Florida PGA has dedicated his time to creating a shopping experience for each customer that comes through the golf shop, prioritizing relationships between customer and associate as well as uniquely offering products that branch beyond golf. “I am honored to be recognized as the Merchandiser of the Year for the private sector,” said Kirkwood. “At Ocean Reef, we make it a priority to offer nothing but the best, most positive experience for our members and guests when they visit the golf shop.” The Herb Graffis Award is designed to recognize a PGA of America Section for extraordinary contributions in the area of player development. By prioritizing youth, diversity and the military, the South Florida PGA aims to impact more lives in south Florida through the game of golf. In junior golf, the SFPGA offers yearround programs for all ages, impacting more than 9,300 youth golfers over the past 12 years. In 2007, seven events were conducted for 250 participants and in 2018 over 150 events were administered for over 1,700 participants, an increase of 700 percent. In addition to extensive junior golf programming, the SFPGA Foundation has impacted more than 12,000 lives through junior

Scott Kirkwood golf, charitable gifting and scholarships. “This award is a testament to the tireless effort of South Florida PGA members who strive to grow participation and enjoyment in the game of golf every day at their facilities throughout the section,” said Geoff Lofstead, Executive Director of the South Florida PGA. “It is also a testament to our Section and Foundation board of directors for providing the direction and resources that have made growing the game a primary initiative of section staff. It is an incredible honor to be recognized on a national level, amongst the great work being done by the 41 PGA sections around the country.” The PGA of America annually recognizes 11 PGA Professionals and one PGA Section. Alvarez and the South Florida PGA will accept the Patriot and Herb Graffis Award during the 2019 Annual Meeting in West Palm Beach this November and Kirkwood will be recognized as Merchandiser of the Year during the 2020 PGA Magazine Merchandiser of the Year Conference prior to the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando this January.

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North Florida Section Chapters Crown Their Champions

Matt Borchert

Christian Bartolacci

The North Florida Section consists of four Chapters. Three of them

CC. Hayes Farley, San Jose CC shot 4 Hayes Farley

have now completed their Chap-

Championship. Matt Borchert, Isle-

ter Championships for 2019.

worth capped off his victory in a 4-way

In the Southwest Chapter, Christian

sudden death playoff which included

Bartolacci, West Florida Golf Tour,

Rod Perry, Crane Lakes Golf & CC, Greg

cruised to a 10 shot victory! He finished

Koch, Ritz Carlton Orlando and Jason

an impressive 12 under for the 36-hole

Hrynkiw, Oceanside. All finished at

championship. David Hronek, Char-

2 under for the 36-hole event. Nick

lotte Harbor National finished second

Frontero, Tee It Up, took the Senior

at two under. Ken Powell, Buffalo

Championship title. Dan Kutz, Coun-

Creek, took the Senior Champion-

try Club of Orlando defeated Rashad

ship title. Joe Ferreira V, Gator Creek,

Wright, Hawk’s Landing in a sudden-

claimed the Assistants title. Thank you

death playoff to claim the Associates

to the fabulous Ritz Carlton Mem-

title. Thank you to the team at Grand

bers Club in Sarasota for hosting.

Cypress for an excellent experience.

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The Northern Chapter Championship was hosted by Deerwood

under to claim the title by two shots over William Rehberg, Deerwood CC. Susan Bond, Ponte Vedra Beach took the Senior title at two under. Hayes Farley also won the Assistants division over William Rehberg. Thank you to the members and staff at Deerwood for a great experience! Mother Nature was not kind to the West Central Chapter! Their championship was washed out. A special thank you to the staff at Belleair CC for their efforts to overcome a real weather challenge. Some holes were played but just couldn’t get it in. It has been re-scheduled at Belleair CC in August. Let’s hope Mother Nature is in a better mood!

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Twin Dolphin, Built with the Natural Environment in Mind The Twin Dolphin Golf Club, designed by Fred Couples, is a Par-72, 7,156-yard course located in Los Cabos, Mexico. The guiding principles of the Fred Couples design team included “not moving a lot of dirt around” and letting the three dominant on-site arroyos help guide the design strategy. As Fred Couples stated, “Let’s make it like God left it here.” Each hole was intentionally designed to blend seamlessly with the land around it. Twin Dolphin Golf Club is an Audubon International Signature Sanctuary Course. The Audubon International Signature Sanctuary Program was created to recognize developments such as Twin Dolphin, 60

Twin Dolphin #2 which choose to integrate natural

environmental planning program

environmental and sustainable

and management plan with various

principles into the design and long-

stakeholders to ensure the future

term operations of their property.

management of the course includes

In doing so, the design balances the

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needs of the golfer with the protection

practices in the long-term stewardship

of the environment. Based on the

of the property.

environmental framework provided by

The design team incorporated con-

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term management of the property. They hired a full-time Sustainability Manger, Alonso Ortiz, to oversee the development and permitting of the property. The golf superintendent, Russell Hewitt, who will oversee the long-term success of the property said, “Environmental stewardship is very important to us, especially with the National Marine Preserve status of Santa Maria Bay and its Blue Flag beach certification.” In order to best protect the natural environment, conserve water, reduce waste, limit chemical use, and provide clean and safe water, Twin Dolphin followed Audubon International principles and the following was incorporated into the design and management plan for the property:

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• An on-site reverse osmosis/desalinization plant was constructed for nonpotable golf and landscape irrigation purposes • An on-site wastewater treatment facility recycles the water back into the irrigation system • Clubhouse and Red Doors, unique on-course amenities that bring the clubhouse experience onto the course, were designed to maximize natural cooling • Precise water management and state-of-the-art sub-surface drip irrigation, allowing the Golf Course Maintenance team to reduce water inputs • Judicious selection and use of fertilizers and pesticides based on an ecological risk assessment • An effective irrigation management program • The location of the maintenance facility was specifically selected in an easily accessible area far from protected natural areas Prior to construction, a sensitive clearing plan was established, grading from the center lines out to the perimeter of each golf hole and leaving the surrounding native landscaping intact. A buffer was left on the perimeter of each hole to protect native desert vegetation along

the course periphery. The ongoing planting of natural and native flora throughout the property continues to provide natural habitats to various species. A few of the species that were maintained, replanted and preserved along with a few interesting factoids are listed below.

• Pitahaya Dulce - also known as dragon fruit • Cardon – the largest cactus in the world • Pitahaya Agria – bright red, golf ball sized fruit, historically used to prevent scurvy

• Palo Adan – the bark can be cooked and used on cuts/abrasions

• Viejitos (“old man cactus”) – fluffy white tufts of hair

• Damiana – medicinal purposes for problems with the nervous system and as a diuretic

• Cholla Pelona – eaten by cattle because it has small and few spines

• San Miguelito – a vine that grows to 25 feet in length, seeds float and eaten by birds

of the Twin Dolphin Golf Club’s ac-

• Torote Colorado (“elephant tree”) – bark used for dye, twigs used to make tea • Lomboy – missionaries once used the bark to tan hides

Audubon International is quite proud complishments and dedication to the program. To learn more about how your property can become certified in the Audubon International Signature Sanctuary Program please visit https://

By Melanie Bonds

Kicking it Up a Notch at the

Dr. Bruce Clarke

The Deep South Turf Expo

claims “Braggin Rights” about our Keynote Speakers this year. In addition to an outstanding line-up of education for the conference, we will present three keynote speakers. Two are stalwarts in the industry and one a young man who wants to “make a difference, one yard at a time.” We are indebted to BASF for sponsoring our speakers this year. Dr. Bruce Clarke of Rutgers, Center

for Turfgrass Science and an Extension Specialist in Turfgrass Pathology at Rutgers, is an icon in the industry. His research has focused on the identification and control of biotic and abiotic diseases of cool-season turfgrasses. This has involved the use of field studies to assess pathogen dynamics, as well as controlled environment and greenhouse studies to ascertain the relationship between environmental stress, cultural management, and disease development. He has also conducted research on disease forecasting and detection systems, and the identification of disease resistance in turfgrass germplasm. Dr. Clarke says, “The principal goal

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of my outreach program has been the development of best management practices for the control of turfgrass diseases such as anthracnose, dollar spot, gray leaf spot, and patch diseases caused by root- and crown-infecting fungi. My research findings have been utilized by turf managers in North America, Europe and Austral-Asia to improve disease control and turfgrass quality, while reducing chemical inputs through the use of improved disease management strategies. As Director of the Rutgers Center for Turfgrass Science, I am also responsible for providing leadership to foster internationally recognized research, undergraduate, graduate and continuing professional education, and outreach programs in support of the turfgrass industry.” A native of Cresskill, New Jersey, Clarke earned his undergraduate degree in forest management and his Ph.D. in plant pathology from Rutgers. In 1982, Clarke joined the faculty as an assistant extension specialist in the plant pathology department. He was named director of the Center for Turfgrass Research in 1994, after one year as interim director. Under Clarke’s guidance, the Rutgers program has become a center of scientific and educational excellence. “Dr. Clarke has that uncanny ability to relate to and connect with whomever he meets,” said James A. Murphy, Rutgers University extension specialist in turfgrass management. “His communication skills are outstanding in all situations: one-on-one, small groups or large audiences. He can communicate with persons of any background, and he is just as effective listening as he is speaking.” On the podium with Dr. Clarke is Dr. Beth Guertal. Dr. Guertal is professor of turfgrass and nutrient management in Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 4

Participants of Raising Men Lawn Care the Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences, and was named the Auburn University College of Agriculture’s first Rowe Endowed Professor. Dr. Guertal has taught various turfgrass and educational subjects in Cuba, Argentina, Spain, England, Mauritius, China, New Zealand and Canada. More importantly she has worked extensively with turf managers in the southeast and knows her audience. Beth is the current President of the Crop Science Society of America, and as such she helps to lead all turfgrass scientists in the nation. In her 25 years at Auburn she has taught turfgrass management to many undergraduates, and also advises graduate students. She currently teaches Soil Fertility to all students in Crop Science. She will speak on “Fertilizers Demystified: Debunking Common Myths and Setting the Record Straight,” discussing various fertilizer facts, myths and perceptions in the presentation, with welcome interaction from the audience. Rodney Smith, Jr. will present a session that is just downright good for the soul! Hailing from Alabama, Rodney has received national recognition with his program to provide service to those unable to care for their lawns. He just finished a 50-state tour where he mowed Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 4

lawns free for veterans. “It was a way of showing my gratitude for their service. I am also thankful to Delta Airlines who sponsored my trip to Hawaii and Alaska.” Rodney relished hearing the vets’ stories, whether it was World War II, Korea, Vietnam or Afghanistan and believes all veterans deserving of a helping hand. More importantly, Rodney encourages others, especially youths, to get involved and mow yards for free for the elderly, disabled, single moms and veterans as an outreach and way of giving back. He is making a difference! One lawn at a time! To find out more about Rodney’s nonprofit, Raising Men Lawn Care, go to his web site at Keynote, Dr. Beth Guertal, with Dr. David Han examining research plots in Auburn While we are beefing up our program with these amazing keynote speakers, the Deep South Turf Expo is planning some additional entertainment this year. The Deep South Four Ball Tournament will be reprised and held on Monday at The Preserve and on Tuesday at Fallen Oak. While teams are battling it out over the Four Ball tournament at Fallen Oak on Tuesday in the two day tournament sponsored by Beard, Greenville, and John Deere Golf, the Preserve Golf Club will host our Scramble Tournament as it has for the past four years. AmeriTurf will

sponsor the tournament and Redox will provide drinks for both tournaments. Following the Scramble at The Preserve, whether you golf or not, we are inviting everyone to come out in the late afternoon to attend a Tail Gate Picnic that is being planned by our partners, Aqua-Aid, Beard, Greenville Turf & Tractor, Jerry Pate Turf & Irrigation, John Deere Golf, Ladd’s, Residex and Simplot. The food promises to be amazing and a good time will be had by all! Lest we forget, in addition to the golf there will be the Skeet and Trap Tournament on Tuesday as well, and we have provided some new venues for the Sports Field Tour. The Tour will begin at historic Beauvoir, where attendees will have lunch and take a tour of the extensive grounds. Following that they will travel to Biloxi High School where they will view the baseball, softball and football fields. The tour will end at Shuckers Stadium in time for everyone to take part in the Tail Gate at The Preserve. We are really excited about our program this year! Registration for exhibitors and attendees is open on-line at Make plans now to attend. Getting together with friends and colleagues in Biloxi in the Fall is always a special time for our industry. Don’t miss it! 63

Three new hires for Servicing rapid growth across US market demands extra representatives. Rapid sales growth across the US market has forced Capillary Concrete, the global leader in bunker and turf management, to boost its team of representatives serving American clients. Three new hires have significantly increased the company’s ability to support clients across the United States. Greg Nichols is Capillary Concrete’s new Sales and Installation Manager for the Northeast of

Mark Patterson America, and also covers Florida. Nichols, originally from upstate New York, graduated from SUNY Canton and has been in the golf course construction industry working with architects, contractors and superintendents specializing in bunker maintenance products since 2007. He is based in Tequestra , Florida. Mark Patterson, Sales and Installation Manager for the Southeast, lives in Alpharetta, Georgia, just north of Atlanta. He is a thirty year veteran of the golf industry, working as a superintendent and a director of golf and grounds at many different clubs. Patterson holds a BS degree in plant and soil sciences from Mississippi State University andhas built several high profile clubs in the southeast including Champions Retreat GC in Augusta where he was director of construction and superintendent. With more than 24 years in the turf industry, Scott Grego’s love 64

Scott Grego for golf began when he worked for his uncle on Dundee golf course in Michigan as a teen. This led him to his turfgrass management degree at Michigan State. His internship led him to Dominion Country Club in San Antonio and eventually he became superintendant of the golf course. After seven years, he transitioned into the sales industry selling chemicals, fertilizers and equipment, leading to his recent appointment at Capillary Concrete’s Sales and Installation Manager for the Central US. “Our growth and future projections have provided us the opportunity to hire a leading sales staff to match our leading bunker liner and turfgrass management applications. We are excited to bring the team together to make another huge impact for us in the near future,” said operations manager Travis Chivers. Capillary Concrete is a patented sports-base drainage and sub-sur-

Greg Nichols face irrigation material. It is strong, environmentally sound and easy to mix and install. It has the ability to drain enormous amounts of water and store them for a slow and later release, still keeping a minimum level of moisture by the scientific principle of capillary action, which is the ability of a liquid to flow in narrow spaces, in opposition to the gravitational force. Capillary Concrete is the only sports base material that can remove water and replenish moisture at the same time, essential in presenting the best sports surfaces, park turf areas, equestrian sports fields, volleyball courts, etc. Capillary Concrete was developed by Martin Sternberg, a Swedish golf professional, course superintendent and entrepreneur. The company is partly owned by Swedish golfing legend Annika Sorenstam. The product has been installed on over 400 golf courses around the world. For more information visit Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 4







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• Charlton has earned a $1,000 scholarship and is planning to attend the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in journalism. His father, Daniel Charlton, is the superintendent at Evanston Golf Course in Skokie, Ill.

GCSAA Announces Garske Grant Winners The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) has awarded its 2019 Joseph S. Garske Collegiate Grants to Jaden Kervern, Karley Warner, Gabriel Campion, Henry J. Cella, Jonathan Charlton, Anna Disselkamp, Sydney McCleary, Maggie Taylor and Abbie Wooten. Established in honor of Par Aide company founder Joseph S. Garske,

tend the University of Louisville to

Palm Beach (Fla.) Country Club.

major in English and studio art. Her father, Aaron Disselkamp, CGCS,

• Warner has earned a $2,500 scholarship and is planning to attend

Martin, majoring in animal sci-

Tyler Warner, is a sales manager at

University of Arizona to major in

Andersons, Inc. in Spencer, Tenn.

business/pre-law. Her father, Joseph McCleary, CGCS, is a GCSAA AARetired member in Centennial, Colo.

• Taylor has earned a $1,000 scholarship and is planning to attend

philanthropic organization of GCSAA.

Juniata College to major in politics/

For 16 years, the program has helped

international relations. Her father,

children and stepchildren of GCSAA

Frederick N. Taylor III, CGCS, is

members fund their education at an

superintendent at Mankato Golf

accredited college or trade school

Club in Madison Lake, Minn.

with one-time, one-year grants. There are nine grants awarded for a total of

• Wooten has earned a $1,000

$12,000. Grants are based on com-

scholarship and is planning to

munity service, leadership, academic

further their education through the Garske grants,” said GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans.” “We wish these students, who are part of the GCSAA family, the best of luck as they pursue dreams.”

Kervern has earned a $2,500 scholarship and is planning to attend Florida State University to major in political science. Her father, George


• McCleary has earned a $1,000 scholarship and is planning to attend the

vironmental Institute for Golf, the

help the children of our members

Country Club in Louisville, Ky.

ence/veterinary science. Her father,

pany and administered by the En-

time supporter Par Aide, we are able

is the superintendent at Standard

the University of Tennessee at

by the golf course accessory com-

“Through the generosity of long-

scholarship and is planning to at-

Kervern, is the superintendent at

the Garske grant program is funded

performance and a written essay.

• Disselkamp has earned a $1,000

attend Oklahoma State Univer-

• Campion has earned a $1,000 schol-

sity to major in plant biotechnol-

arship and is planning to attend Ohio

ogy and improvement. Her father,

State University to major in biology.

Jared Wooten, is superintendent at

His father, James Campion III, is

Stillwater (Okla.) Country Club.

director of golf courses and grounds at NCR Country Club in Dayton, Ohio.

“Par Aide is proud to be able to give something back to superintendents

• Cella has earned a $1,000 scholarship

and their children,” said Dan Brown,

and is planning to attend the Uni-

Par Aide sales and marketing man-

versity of Notre Dame to major in fi-

ager. “Golf course superintendents

nance. His father, Luke Cella, CGCS, is

have a tireless dedication to the game

the executive director of the Midwest

of golf, and we want to honor them

Association of GCS in Lemont, Ill.

and their families for their efforts. Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 4


David Levin

David Levin is currently the Direc-

is a graduate of Rutgers turf grass

believes in building a staff that enjoys

tor of Turf Care and Grounds at The

management program in 2000. He has

working together and realizes it takes

Palencia Club, Saint Augustine Florida.

been a superintendent since 2004. He

a team effort to be successful. David

David started in the industry in

consistently tests the soil, water and

enjoys helping others in the indus-

Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1994. He

tissue prior to making applications on

try become successful and learn. He

has worked at 11 golf courses over

the golf course and contributes this

looks forward to going to work each

the years including Merion Golf Club

to his success in the industry. He also

day and hopes each time a golfer plays

and Huntingdon Valley CC. David was

the notice an improvement in condi-

nominated 2017 superintendent of the

tions. He also focuses on creative ways

year by the North Florida PGA, East

to be more efficient with labor to get

Central Chapter for his work at The

as much done as possible without over

Country Club of Winter Haven. David

working his team.


Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 4

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

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






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