GCBAA Earth Shaping Newsletter - Fall Edition

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EARTH SHAPING NEWS Published Quarterly by the Golf Course Builders Association of America

Inside Issue the


President’s Perspective


Executive Director Notes

13 Developers Guide 14 Human Resources 16 Allied Updates 20 Movers & Shapers 30 GCBAA Meetings Calendar




n recognition of his significant contributions and service to the golf industry, the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) is pleased to announce Stephen “Steve” F. Mona as its recipient of the prestigious Don A. Rossi Award. The Don A. Rossi Award is given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the game of golf and its growth and who have inspired others by their example. GCBAA President, Judd Duininck, Duininck Golf, said “The GCBAA membership provides nominations and our Awards Committee, consisting of extremely knowledgeable industry leaders and supporters, brought forth a well-deserving candidate. Steve Mona is the epitome of this award which made it an effortless decision to select and honor such an incredible recipient.” Steve Mona has been an impactful leader in the golf industry for 41 years. Steve first served as tournament director of the Northern California Golf Association from September 1980 to January 1982. He then became assistant manager of press relations for the United States Golf Association (USGA) from January 1982 to June 1993, at which time he became Executive Director of the Georgia State Golf Association. In January 1994, he became the Chief Executive

Officer of the Golf Course Superintendents Association (GCSAA). In March 2008, after 14 years at GCSAA, he assumed his position as Chief Executive Officer of the World Golf Foundation (WGF). In March 2019, he became the Executive Director of We Are Golf (formerly Golf 20/20), which is one of the three divisions of the World Golf Foundation, and in January 2020 became Senior Advisor to WGF CEO Greg McLaughlin, a role he holds today. He also serves as the Director of Governance and Leadership at Club Benchmarking, a role he began in July 2019 and in which he continues today. In his tenure, he has fostered industry relationships, as well as an ongoing global focus. He has promoted, encouraged, and supported the GCBAA and its members. Steve noted his “huge affinity” for GCBAA and is “humbled and honored” to be recognized by the Association. Justin Apel, GCBAA Executive Director, is quoted as saying, “I am thrilled to see the Association honor Steve with our prestigious award. I have had the pleasure of knowing Steve from early on in my career in the industry, and he has always been a mentor and friend and supporter of our members and the game!” continue on pg. 2

Steve Mona has held many remarkable and notable appointments and/or elections in and out of the golf industry: • President of the International Association of Golf Administrators (1990) • President of the Georgia Society of Association Executives (1993) • President of the Kansas City Society of Association Executives (2000) • Chairman of the Lawrence, Kansas Business/Education Partnership (1997-1998) • World Golf Hall of Fame Advisory Board (1998-2007) • Golf 20/20 Executive Board (1999-2007) • National Golf Foundation Board of Directors (1999-2009), Secretary/Treasurer (2005-2009) • National Minority Golf Foundation Board of Directors (2000-2001) • Lawrence, Kansas Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (2002-2004) • The Environmental Institute for Golf Board of Trustees (2003-2008) • American Society of Association Executives Board of Directors (2004-2007) • United Missouri Bank Advisory Board (2004-2007) • LPGA Commissioner’s Advisory Council (2006-2007)

inducted into the Tri-Valley (San Francisco Bay Area) Sports Hall of Fame. He was named the 2008 Distinguished Service Award Recipient by the International Association of Golf Administrators (IAGA). In the Fall 2018 issue of Golf Inc., he was selected to the magazine’s “Most Powerful People in Golf” list for the 18th consecutive year. In 1999, Golf Digest listed Steve as one of the golf industry’s “Most Powerful People in Golf”. Only one person younger than Steve Mona, Tiger Woods at No. 2, was ranked higher at that time. In 1997, the Kansas City Society of Association Executives named him as the “Association Executive of the Year”. He was inducted into to the National Black Golf Hall of Fame in 2021 for his accomplishment of establishing a permanent African American exhibit at the World Golf Hall

of Fame in St. Augustine, Florida. A native of New York, Steve received a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from San Jose (CA.) State University in 1980. He resides in Ponte Vedra, Florida with his wife, Cyndi. They have three children, Kin, Stephen and Meredith, and seven grandchildren, Lincoln, Mia, Cooper, Pace, Micaela, Ivori and Calvin. The Don A. Rossi Award will be given at the 2022 GCSAA Conference & Trade Show to be held in San Diego, California on February 7, 2022, during the GCBAA Opening Reception at the Marriott Marquis Grand Ballroom. For those interested in attending the award presentation, details will be available this month by visiting www.gcbaa.org, or contact the GCBAA executive office at (402) 476-4444.

The extensive list of his accomplishments under his leadership and ongoing professional career is extremely impressive. In 2008, he was


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BOARD MEMBERS Chris Caccavale Caterpillar Inc. (Secretary) Wayne Deker The Toro Company Kevin Grieder Sunbelt Rentals, Inc. Chris Hill Course Crafters LLC Greg Hufner Total Turf Services Pat Karnick Wadsworth Golf Construction Company (Past President) Matt Lohmann Wadsworth Golf Construction Company John McDonald II McDonald & Sons, Inc. (President Elect) Jon O’Donnell Heritage Links Manny Pina Ewing Irrigation Rick Shriver HARCO Fittings Jason Sloan Frontier Golf Blake Thomas Regency Wire & Cable Jon Truttmann Hunter Industries (Vice President) Tom Works Landscapes Unlimited, LLC (Treasurer)

s we reach the end of my term as the president of the GCBAA, I can say they were truly a unique couple of years. I wanted to take a moment to thank all our members, our dedicated Board of Directors, committee chairs, Foundation Board, our staff that were so flexible, and creative over the past two years. Together, we all rose to challenges, and I am truly proud of the way we worked together, collaborated, adapted, and continued business and networking through video conferencing, to be able to keep moving the organization forward. Reflecting on the past couple of years, a few terms come to mind: resilience, optimism, growth, adversity, persistence and most of all, stability. This membership has held their heads high, and continue to work through a pandemic, labor and supply chain shortages, inflation, and so much more. Our association is strong today because of the diversity and commitment you all have shown and continue to provide. Golf, thankfully, remained an open sport during the pandemic, allowing us to revisit what the game of golf looks like for all ages, all levels, and all interests. We have all been blessed with strong business results in our industry. Eight years ago, I ran for the Board of Directors and though the vision has changed some over the course of time, the general purpose for the organization remains the same. In 1993, I attended my first GCBAA meeting at the Golf Industry Show (GIS) in Anaheim, CA. In well over two decades, I have seen this association grow, become diverse, and have witnessed first-hand how impactful we are to this industry. In my tenure as president, we have created and implemented a strategic focus, enhancing our vision on budgeting and planning. We have expanded our education opportunities and continue to grow our impact within that area. We recently presented a construction panel at the Golf Inc. Strategies Summit in LaQuinta, CA with leading industry experts; Jason Sloan, GCBAA Certified Builder Frontier Golf; Dave Linngren, GCBAA Charter and Certified Builder and Golf Irrigation Contractor Landscapes Unlimited; John Marman, GCBAA Charter Associate Member West Coast Turf; and Jon Truttmann, GCBAA Charter Associate Member and GCBAA Vice President of Hunter Industries. Justin Apel, GCBAA Executive Director moderated the panel discussion. We not only held 12 virtual education sessions at the 2021 Virtual GIS but will also be hosting 13 sessions (8 inperson and 5 virtual) at the upcoming GCSAA Conference and Trade Show (CTS). These efforts would not be possible without the dedication and volunteers of our GCBAA Membership; so, hats off to those that are helping present and represent this membership. In late September, Shelly and I were able to join Justin at Whistling Straights for the 43rd Ryder Cup. What an amazing and exciting event to be part of. Go Team USA! Shortly after the Ryder Cup, we attended the ASGCA Annual Meeting/75th Anniversary Celebration. We visited with many fellow members and collaborated with many ASGCA leaders. The industry overall is thriving in these exciting times! I was honored to host the GCBAA Executive Fall Board Meeting at our company ranch house in Rapid City, SD near Mt. Rushmore. We were able to budget for the upcoming year, develop strategic plans, including an exciting initiative to enhance your membership with more details to come as this project progresses. We welcomed and were thrilled to have GCBAA Foundation President, Ellen Davis, and her husband,

Jeff Davis, attend the meeting and update the Executive Board members on the momentum and initiatives that the Foundation leadership is achieving. It was a unique location with wonderful collaboration, networking and unity. For those who see this trip on next year’s summer auction, just ask those who attended about the experience. Get your bid ready and remember as Dennis says “It’s for the kids”! The GCBAA has not increased its membership renewal rates since 2015. We at the GCBAA are not immune to the rising costs either, so in 2022, the leadership has chosen to increase those costs, helping your association adjust to the rising inflation and material/labor costs in the industry. We have also adjusted the board size beginning in 2022 from 15 to 13 board members. Both items are strategically important for the future of the association and the alignment of our growth and success. Certified Builders, Certified Renovation Builders and Certified Golf Irrigation Contractors are working on 2022 recertification packets. The GCBAA Board of Governors will be meeting at the upcoming GCBAA Winter Meeting in February 2022 to review and discuss all packets. Over the past couple of years, I have been part of welcoming many new members. I have met almost on a weekly basis with the GCBAA Staff and have been able to keep in touch and maneuver through these difficult times with the membership via virtual events, including a virtual 2021 GIS happy hour. I have represented the GCBAA at the GCSAA GIS Prayer breakfast, participated in two “Katrek and Maginnes On Tap” XM radio interviews. GCBAA launched a new logo in the Fall of 2020 adjusting to a new era with the reflection of the momentum and strategic planning of the association. Also under my leadership, we updated our Cost Estimating Guide Tool and launched Version 7 in March 2021. We successfully held the 50th Anniversary/Summer Meeting in Asheville, NC this past August and I was honored to present O’Brien McGarey with the prestigious Perry O. Dye Award. I was proud to assist with the check presentations to our wonderful and amazing Partner Programs and thank you all for your participation in these programs, helping maximize the funds given back to your association. We have lost many fellow members over the past couple years as well; I’d like to take a moment to remember them for their dedication and love of this industry. We would not be where we are today without them. All of the association’s accomplishments have been a great team effort and it has been my honor to lead that team as the GCBAA President. Thank you for this opportunity and you should be very proud of the association’s achievements. I also thank each of you for your adaptability and dedication to the association and your fellow members. I am proud of the way we have worked together to adapt in our businesses. We have communicated more than ever, despite missing our important in-person events, and together we have achieved some notable successes. I said it in my initial nomination letter when I ran for the board and will repeat again, part of the vision statement at Duininck Companies still rings true to me personally, that being “to use our God given talents to be leaders in the areas where we work…….treating all we encounter with love, dignity and respect”. It has been a joy and an honor to serve all of you as the president of the GCBAA the past two years. I look forward to continuing to serve as immediate past president and assisting, and it is with great honor that I pass the gavel to John McDonald, II of GCBAA Charter Member and Certified Builder, McDonald & Sons, Inc. on February 7, 2022, at the upcoming GCSAA Conference & Trade Show (CTS). Blessings to each of you as we prepare for what appears to be another prosperous year for our industry. Sincerely,

GCBAA and Foundation Leadership at the Fall Executive Board Meeting held at Duininck Ranch in Rapid City, SD (not pictured Tom Works and Pat Karnick)

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e are at the end of the year sprint! While traveling to industry events is not like it used to be, getting to see each other and the ability to network face to face is an experience no one will take for granted again. Since our Summer Meeting in Asheville, the GCBAA has been ramping up for the GCSAA Conference and Trade Show. We are also busy working with our industry partners and focusing on club operators, managers, and owners. While the renovation construction market remains solid and new challenges with labor shortages, material availability, and inflation costs, we educate decisionmakers on the importance of early planning, clear communication, and realistic expectations of construction timelines and costs. The Fall G C B A A Executive Board Meeting was held at the Duininck Ranch in Rapid City, South Dakota. Fellow Executive Board Members, as well as GCBAA Foundation President, Ellen Davis, were able to focus on plans for the Association for 2022. From preliminary budgets to strategic planning, your leadership charted a bright future with ambitious and attainable goals for next year. By now, you have received notices of two essential adjustments to help our Association grow and prepare for the future. First, the GCBAA Board of Directors has adjusted the size of the Board of Directors for 2022 to 13, down from 15. The biggest reason for the change is the research done on the benefits of small board sizes. While there are benefits of large boards, the opportunities of smaller group settings far outweigh the negative. The more difficult but necessary change is the adjustment of your membership renewal rates. GCBAA President Judd

Duininck did a fantastic job summarizing the Board's decision and the need for the organization to adjust. Since the last increase five years ago, the organization has weathered difficult times and has prioritized a balanced budget and remains committed to keeping costs to our members as efficient as possible. Looking ahead, we see many opportunities and investments we can make into our future that will ultimately benefit you and the entire golf construction industry. We are prioritizing our marketing strategies and strategic direction to be a solid voice for our allied partners and educate them on solutions that can be brought to any project so long as our members are involved early on in the planning process. We know you have success s t o r i e s where you helped solve a problem and saved valuable time and m o n e y . We will be showcasing these case studies and encourage you to contact us with stories that we can share with the industry. Take time to read about our involvement in the annual Golf Inc Summit in California. GCBAA Members presented current and essential information to owners and operators addressing problems we know you all face. I was honored to join fellow members on stage and moderate the discussion. The team of GCBAA Certified Builders Jason Sloan (Frontier Golf) and Dave Linngren (Landscapes Unlimited); suppliers John Marman (West Coast Turf) and Jon Truttmann (Hunter Industries) provided a 360-degree view of the challenges the industry is facing. In addition, the discussion included the creative solutions for owners to consider making their projects successful. I would like to personally thank a few


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Justin Apel

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR people for their dedication and support to the organization. I proudly display the surprise gift from the Board and staff above my desk to remind me each day of the journey of my involvement with GCBAA. The support of fellow board members, committee members, and staff is why we can celebrate 50 years as an Association and my 15 years of service. As I enter my 16th year, the members volunteer countless hours to support the GCBAA and our Foundation. Thank you to Kevin Grieder, Blake Thomas, and Pat Karnick for their GCBAA Board of Director's service. Additionally, I would like to thank Tom Shapland for his service as President of the GCBAA Foundation and look forward to his continued work on the Foundation. Fortunately, as a member-driven association, we will find new roles for these outstanding individuals for their continued involvement. Finally, a sincere thank you to the duo of Pat Karnick and Judd Duininck. Pat will move away from board responsibilities as Past-President while Judd moves in as Immediate Past-President. I am constantly humbled by the years of service leadership roles tax on individuals. Under the leadership of these two, the Association is positioned for success. The progressive thinking and open-minded discussions have allowed the GCBAA to respond proactively rather than reactively. On behalf of the staff and entire membership, thank you for your service and continued support! Stay safe and healthy, and Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Cheers to 2022!

Justin Apel



Ellen Davis


BOARD MEMBERS John Holmes Atlas Turf International Limited Jimmy Kirchdorfer ISCO Industries Bill Kubly Landscapes Unlimited, LLC Rick Lohman The Toro Company Allan MacCurrach III MacCurrach Golf Jon Truttmann (Board Liaison) Hunter Industries

t is hard to believe that it is 4th quarter and time for an updated note from your Foundation President! While I was serving on the Board of Directors, I was aware of the Foundations efforts and mission. The foundation has had significant success with programs at municipalities around the country, additionally with unique partnerships supporting The First Tee Chapters at a local level, and finally support with programs by the Wadsworth Golf Charities program; Links Across America. As we grow our alignment with LPGA/USGA Girls Golf Program, it is incredible to see how impressive the numbers are, not only serving younger boys and girls collectively but also serving more girls proportionately than any other youth program. We are proud of that statistic! As you all know, the GCBAA Foundation announced our commitment and large investment into the future of Sticks for Kids Programs and the growth of the game by purchasing a full container with 1700 clubs and bags from Clover 4 Sports in China. The clubs will consist of 42” Junior set (RH) 7 pcs 48” Junior set (LH) 8 pcs 48” Junior set (LH) 8 pcs 54” Junior set (RH) 8 pcs

340 qty 680 qty 340 qty 340 qty

The bags will include our GCBAA new logo, Sticks for Kids logo as well as “Make Golf Your Thing” logo. We are thrilled with the quality and look of these exceptional clubs and excited to get them in the hands of our youth. Delivery for the clubs and bags is targeted for December 2021. Due to the ongoing pandemic and the holidays approaching quickly; countless ships have become stuck on the ocean or in port just waiting for their turn to dock and unload. Thus, delivery is more than likely pushed out to the 1st quarter of 2022. Staff has advised that the office continues to get a few new grants and maintenance grant applications every week. We are excited to receive these and continue to support. Lastly, I had the privilege to join the Executive Committee at their fall board meeting October 11th to the 14th at the Duininck Ranch in Rapid City South Dakota. Trust when I tell you that your staff and board are hard at work discussing budgets, events, fundraising and investing in our association’s future! On behalf of the GCBAA Foundation we wanted to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

Ellen Davis

Tom Shapland Shapland Golf Consultants Doug York Ewing Irrigation

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he GCBAA and Foundation Board of Directors are pleased to announce an increase in the partnership with GCBAA Charter Member Sunbelt Rentals. Sunbelt Rentals has agreed to make a higher donation to the Foundation based on the rental volume of GCBAA members, retroactive to the beginning of 2021. Previous years the calculation was based on a percentage utilization rate that has been adjusted to recognize the support GCBAA members provide to the program. The charitable donation is available to GCBAA members even if they have a separate agreement with Sunbelt Rentals. If you are

a current Sunbelt Rentals customer or would like information on becoming a customer and helping support the program, please contact either the GCBAA executive office or Sunbelt Rentals’ primary contact, Kevin Grieder: kevin.grieder@sunbeltrentals.com As North America’s premiere equipment rental company, Sunbelt Rentals is committed to delivering the equipment, service, and expertise your projects require. Backed by a vast network of North American locations, 24/7 support, and an empowered team of rental experts, we are poised to quickly deliver readyto-work equipment when and where you need it. Our highly-diversified product mix includes an expansive offering of specialty equipment to serve the golf course construction industry, including the largest fleet of turf-tire tractors, hydraulic dump trailers, Helac power tilts, and 4-wheel dumpers. As an industry leader, Sunbelt Rentals has proudly supported the GCBAA for more than 10 years and offers benefits to its members. At Sunbelt Rentals, we work hard to make it happen for you!

Foundation President Ellen Davis (Left) presented with a check from Kevin Grieder (Center) at the GCBAA August Summer Meeting Awards Dinner in Asheville, NC. GCBAA President Judd Duininck (Right)



ith COVID-19 forcing the event to be delayed a year, the 2020 Ryder Cup was successfully hosted at Whistling Straights Golf Course in Kohler, Wisconsin, September 24-26, 2021. United States of America team captain Steve Stricker and European team captain Padraig Harrington did a phenomenal job representing the game along with their

fellow countries. Congratulations to the PGA of America and all participants! GCBAA President Judd Duininck and his wife Shelly were joined by GCBAA Executive Director Justin Apel for the event. Pictured below at Opening Ceremonies, GCBAA joined other allied guests for practice rounds, opening celebrations, and the tournament.

GCBAA Executive Director, Justin Apel, Shelly Duininck, and GCBAA President Judd Duininck at the 43rd Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony.

American Society of Golf Course Architects ANNUAL MEETING


SGCA celebrated its 75th Anniversary in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 3-7. GCBAA President Judd Duininck and Executive Director Justin Apel joined ASGCA members for the events, including the annual Donald Ross Award Dinner honoring Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore. The GCBAA thanks the leadership of Chad Ritterbusch and outgoing President Forrest Richardson, who have worked alongside our members and staff during the challenging times over the past year. Congratulations to incoming President Jason Straka and all ASGCA Members in celebrating their 75th Anniversary! GCBAA Earth Shaping News | Fall Edition 9


Board of Directors!


e are pleased to announce the results of the 2022 Board of Directors election. Newly elected to the board is Mike Garbs, Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. Re-elected to the Board are Chris Caccavale, Caterpillar; Chris Hill, Course Crafters LLC; Matt Lohmann, Wadsworth Golf Construction Company; Rick Shriver, HARCO Fittings; Jason Sloan, Frontier Golf; Jon Truttmann, Hunter Industries; and Tom Works, Landscapes Unlimited LLC. Their two-year term will begin on February 7, 2022. The GCBAA Executive Board will be selected at the upcoming Winter Board Meeting. Remaining GCBAA Board of Directors are Wayne Deker, The Toro Company; Judd Duininck, Duininck Golf (President); Greg Hufner, Total Turf Services; John McDonald II, McDonald & Sons, Inc. (President-Elect); Jon O'Donnell, Heritage Links; and Manny Pina, Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply. We want to especially thank Kevin Grieder, Sunbelt Rentals and Blake Thomas, Regency Wire, for their service on the Board of Directors these past couple years. With their advocation, leadership and guidance, GCBAA continues to thrive and forge ahead in aligning with industry efforts, goals, and accomplishments.

Chris Caccavale

Chris Hill

Jason Sloan

Jon Truttmann

Matt Lohmann

Mike Garbs

Rick Shriver

Tom Works



he Golf Course Builders Association of America joined fellow members and industry professionals at the annual Golf Inc. Strategies Summit in La Quinta, California, October 26-28. With over 80 presenters, 25 education seminars, and countless networking opportunities, the event was an excellent opportunity for the GCBAA to help educate attendees on the challenges and solutions facing the golf construction industry. GCBAA Members Jon Truttmann (GCBAA Vice President & Director of Golf Irrigation, Hunter Industries), Jason Sloan (GCBAA Board Member

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& Director/Project Manager Frontier Golf), John Marman, (GCBAA Board of Governor & VP of Sales and Marketing, West Coast Turf), Dave Linngren, (GCBAA Certified Builder & Project Manager, Landscapes Unlimited), and panel moderator Justin Apel, (GCBAA Executive Director); hosted a discussion on realistic Scheduling for Golf Course Renovation Projects. COVID's impact on construction has been significant. In addition, attendees gained a better understanding of the current market conditions from a builder and supplier perspective. Discussed were issues facing the market, including labor and material

shortages and insight into how to properly plan and execute a successful project at their course. Careful planning, bidding, scheduling all are important ahead of execution, and attendees learned the value of calling upon builders and suppliers early in the planning stages of their upcoming project.

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To enroll, you must be a current GCBAA member and will need to log into your GCBAA account and click on the Michelin Partner Program icon on the dashboard, scroll to the bottom to "Click Here to Register". If you do not have your login details, please contact Justin Apel or Mychelle Thompson. For current pricing, please contact information@gcbaa.org. 12 GCBAA Earth Shaping News |Fall Edition






he future depends on what you do today.” These words of advice from the admired leader of India, Mohandas Gandhi, were of greater issues than building golf courses, although for those responsible to develop and build well it is an unrelenting truth. What you do now sets the foundation for the next generation of your company. Here are three ideas to consider as you plan for a bumper 2022 and beyond: Improve your access to labor supply. Golf course builders are working in the halo of a capital surge into many clubs and golf facilities. New members and increased participation – in terms of rounds played and the proportion of Americans playing golf – are the source of considerable growth in available capital for long-deferred golf course projects, remodels, renovations, and touch-ups. Most builders are awash in requests, emails, and phone calls seeking quotes and contracts for golf course construction. Here's the catch…it is easier to land new business than it is to adequately source the labor necessary to do the work. Several options that may help you to increase and improve your access to capable, teachable workers: 1. Former team members represent the low-hanging fruit for you. If you have not maintained connectivity with these who worked with you before; restart those connections. When communicating with past teammates emphasize your current projects and the enthusiasm they bring. 2. Hire a veteran. Not since the wind-down of Vietnam have so many veterans been mustering out of service.

Explore www.recruitmilitary. com and contact the outplacement officers at military posts near you and your upcoming projects. Beside the fact that this is the right thing to do, you will hire people who know how to turn up for work, execute as instructed, and want to move forward with their lives. 3. Online recruiting tools expand your reach. Most builders rely on the staples of LinkedIn, Monster, Indeed, and Facebook while overlooking Craig’s List, Google for Jobs, CareerBuilder, and Dice. Reach further. Improve your access to funding. As the economy cools, new projects may favor builders with staying power. Prepare ahead of need to ensure that you: 1. Have a dependable line of credit. This will enable you to hold your team together between mobilizations and contract negotiations. This capability also enables you to watch for high-margin work while passing or deferring less profitable opportunities. 2. Anticipate the next slowdown. Avoiding being overleverages or overextended by working with your bankers and financial advisors to right-size ahead of a dip. Most GCBAA members are in the business based on their love of construction work, being outdoors, and / or the creativity imbedded in the work. Some are not strong financial people. Shore up your financial- and business-acumen to ensure another great decade or more for your company.

Improve your communications and technology capabilities. Maintaining meaningful contact with past clients and possible or pending clients is essential for keeping your deal pipeline full. Be ahead of the curve by addressing the following needs: 1. Update your website. This is a luxury most builders have put off during the downturn. Freshen up your appearance and update the team and project images your show. 2. Use more video to show who you are and what beautiful work you do. Most golf course architects have tremendous visuals…collaborate with them to increase your folder of photographic images and video representations of your teams at work. 3. Construct a communication plan that keeps you on the minds of your customers. This a monthly - at a minimum – contact from you or your company to keep your name and brand on the minds of your customers. There is nothing worse than losing business because someone making a decision forgot who you are. One need not be a revered “mahatma” or holy man to see into the future. It is only necessary to lay the foundation for a great success. Henry DeLozier is a Principal and Partner at GGA Partners, a trusted advisor to private clubs, resorts, and residential communities since 1992. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Audubon International. Contact Henry at hdelozier@globalgolfadvisors.com.

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t first glance, this might seem like an odd time to be discussing employee disciplinary measures. The economy and workforce are still being affected by and recovering from COVID-19 and many businesses are struggling to hire and retain employees. In fact, many businesses have faced permanent or temporary closures as a result of the current unemployment rates, the disrupted supply chain, and rising cost of wages. However, in addition to looking forward to a more hopeful future, this is a crucial time to ensure employers are implementing or practicing proper disciplinary practices with their employees. By setting clear and fair standards now, employers will be better able to correct employee misbehavior and maintain workplace harmony in this ever-changing world. After all, the goal of workplace discipline is to counsel and change an employee’s conduct or productivity. First, before addressing any employee misconduct, employers should review their current policies and practices. Typically, this would include the review of the employee handbook, which should clearly outline the expected code of conduct for employees and the sort of disciplinary actions that will be taken in the event of a breach of such code. If employers find themselves without a handbook, or with a very outdated version, they should consider creating or updating their handbooks and ensuring each employee has a copy. Creating a handbook and distributing it to employees helps provide clear, articulable standards for employee and employer conduct in the workplace. Of course, not every handbook will look the same, as the contents will depend largely on the type of business involved. However, generally speaking, every handbook should include a general explanation of actions that will be taken by the employer in the event of employee discipline. For 14 GCBAA Earth Shaping News |Fall Edition

example, if an employee is late to work consistently, the handbook should spell out the actions that employer will take to address the situation. Perhaps the employee will receive a written warning from his or her immediate supervisor, and if the tardiness continues, then employee will be required to have a meeting with higher management and will receive a written reprimand, etc. Just as important as updating (or creating) an employee handbook, employers should ensure that they are actually implementing the procedures required therein. It does the employer no good to have the document if they fail to follow the procedures required. Another important consideration when it comes to employee conduct is to carefully and thoroughly document everything that occurs in the disciplinary process, effectively leaving a “paper trail.” For example, when employers first learn of or witness the employee’s misconduct, the employer should make a written documentation of the alleged misconduct and file it in the appropriate employee file. This document can include information such as a description of the alleged misconduct, the relevant date, any potential witnesses, the policy or law violated, etc. In addition, any meetings, interviews, reports, or correspondence with the employee engaging in the alleged misconduct, the witnesses to the misconduct, or any other relevant person should all be properly documented and stored. This documentation can occur in the form of a recording, a transcript, minutes, notes, etc. Keeping a correct and updated paper trail of the actions taken to address the employee discipline cannot only assure any processes are being correctly and fairly followed, but it will also provide transparency for all parties involved. Employers may also find it helpful during these meetings or interviews to

have another person present, mainly to reduce any sort of liability in the event an employee would claim some sort of employer misbehavior occurred in the meeting. This additional person could be a human resources director, a supervisor, or some other trusted person. Employers should ensure that confidentiality is maintained. Conducting a meeting in a private office, for example, can provide a better sense of security to the employee. Any written disciplinary action should be provided to the employee. Employers should also ensure the contents of the meeting are not discussed with parties who should not be receiving the information. Workplace camaraderie and morale will suffer if employers allow or incite gossip around these issues. Even though correcting employee conduct/productivity may be difficult for employers, thinking through these issues and formulating a procedure that is clearly outlined for both management and employees before the issue actually arises will be extremely beneficial for all parties involved. Not only will the procedure help facilitate an open, equal, and fair work atmosphere for employees, but, if drafted correctly and employers actually adhere to the policy, it will also protect employers from allegations of discrimination or wrongful termination. Editor’s Note: This article is not intended to provide legal advice to our readers. Rather, this article is intended to alert our readers to new and developing issues and to provide some common sense answers to complex legal questions. Readers are urged to consult their own legal counsel or the authors of this article if the reader wishes to obtain a specific legal opinion regarding how these legal standards may apply to their particular circumstances. The authors of this article, Jack L. Shultz and Sarah J. Kniep can be contacted at (402) 434-3000, or at O’Neill, Heinrich, Damkroger, Bergmeyer & Shultz, P.C., L.L.O., P.O. Box 82028, Lincoln, NE 68501-2028, jshultz@ohdbslaw.com and skniep@ohdbslaw.com.



Price Escalations




t started with the toilet paper. That’s a sentence I never expected to write, but COVID-19 changed everything. Particularly the ability to predict the costs of goods. Before the pandemic, most contractors and suppliers had a fair understanding of material availability and pricing. They could forecast with some degree of certainty. But due to ongoing supply-chain disruptions, labor force shortages, and increases in purchases, the cost of goods is more volatile than ever. From August 2020 to August 2021, the cost of building materials increased on average 23%. With the current shipping backlogs and persistent manufacturing problems, it’s not crazy to anticipate continued volatility for material pricing and availability. Because of this volatility, contractors and suppliers are challenged with not only trying to bid projects accurately, but also trying to protect themselves in case of sudden price escalations. So, how do they do this? One of the best ways to mitigate risks associated with price increases—and really all risks for that matter—is by taking a proactive approach and drafting a well thought out contract. Too many times contractors and suppliers blindly default to a form contract without considering what the contract says or how the contract applies to the specific project on hand. While form contracts are great starting points, there are real world factors or risks that need to be accounted for when finalizing the terms. For the purposes of this article, the clauses we’re going to examine focus on mitigating risks associated with price escalation. These clauses include: (1) price structure; (2) price escalation; (3) change order procedures; and (4) notice requirements. The pricing structure of a contract is the key to understanding who bears the risk of price increases. In traditional fixed-price contracts, the downstream entities usually bear the risk. In these price structures, the downstream contractors have to be diligent in understanding the project schedule as well as the forecasted market availability and pricing for the goods needed to perform its work. One miscalculation or unforeseen market event could take the profit margins from black to red, quickly. Conversely, traditional cost-plus contracts shift the risk of price

increases to upstream entities, like owners or higher-tier contractors. The problem with this price structure is many owners and upstream contractors won’t agree to it, especially nowadays. These two price structures, however, can be modified, and should be modified. For example, to alleviate owner concerns about cost-plus pricing, contractors could agree to a cost-plus with a guaranteed maximum price. This affords contractors some protection for price escalations while simultaneously providing owners assurances that the costs won’t get out of hand. But what about fixed-price contracts? Price escalation clauses are another great tool to mitigate risks for sudden price escalations, especially in fixed-price contracts. The three main types of price escalation clauses are: any-increase escalation; threshold escalation; and delay escalation. Any-increase escalation clauses allow contractors to increase the contract price for any increase in goods or materials. Threshold escalation clauses only allow an increase in the contract price if the cost increase in goods and materials reaches a certain threshold, usually a percent of the original cost. Typical delay escalation clauses only afford a contract price increase if there is a delay in completing the project, the delay was not caused by the contractor or its subcontractors, and the delay caused an increase in costs. These escalation clauses are seemingly straightforward, but the devil is in the detail. That is to say, the mechanism and procedures for how the parties determine price increases is crucial. Who determines there was a price increase; what if there is a disagreement on the requested price increase; or when and how frequently are prices determined? All of these are questions that should be addressed with some degree of particularity to avoid costly disputes. Another set of clauses that affects contractors and suppliers’ risks associated with price increases are change-order procedure clauses. One of the most popular phrases in contracts and the construction industry is “time is of the essence”. Consequently, contractors and suppliers sometimes skip over the contractual formalities when there are changes to the contract, all in order to keep the project moving. The problem is this opens the door to a ton of litigation. A common

example is when the costs of materials suddenly spikes, but the contractor doesn’t timely relay this information upstream. The contractor purchases the materials and then notifies everyone. Inevitably, whoever this price increase is passed onto balks and argues they never agreed to the price increase. Now, instead of the project moving forward, there’s a price increase dispute that can sour relationships and potentially result in termination or abandonment. To avoid this scenario, contractors should pay attention to the procedures for requesting a change order for the contract price based on price escalation and follow it closely. A best practice for this is to communicate early and often about potential changes. Don’t wait until the last minute. Lastly are notice clauses. These clauses are akin to change order clauses in that they are procedural in nature, but if followed correctly, they should provide clear and effective communication about a variety of matters, including potential price escalations. Effective notice clauses will identify the medium for notices, the identity of persons being noticed, and the template in which notices should be provided. Additionally, following notice provisions help promote documenting communications, which can be extremely helpful should any disputes arise. In the end, there is a variety of contract provisions contractors and suppliers can use to mitigate risks associated with unforeseen price escalations. To do so effectively, contractors and suppliers should dedicate time to critically analyze their contracts for each job, and consider which clauses will work the best. Contracts aren’t one size fits all documents. They’re nuanced and require collaboration and forward thinking. Editor’s Note: This article is not intended to provide legal advice to readers. Rather, this article is intended to alert readers to new and developing legal topics and promote critical thinking about hypothetical legal issues. Readers are urged to consult their own legal counsel or the authors of this article if the reader wishes to obtain a specific legal opinion regarding how the matters discussed in this article may apply to the reader’s particular circumstances. The authors, Adam L. Robertson and Wesley M. Walker, can be contacted at (713) 850-4200, or at Andrews Myers, P.C., 1885 Saint James Place, 15th Floor, Houston, Texas 77056, arobertson@ andrewsmyers.com and wwalker@andrewsmyers.com.

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Improving tee conditions requires looking at tee size, location, grass type and growing environment – among other considerations. In many cases, multiple issues need to be addressed to get the best results.


ith the large increase in play that many golf courses have experienced over the pas t couple of years, the subjec t of tee condition has jumped to the forefront. Tees that used to per form reasonably well are suddenly s truggling to recover from play and tees that t ypically s truggle are barely hanging on. This has lef t many courses wondering how to help their tees per form bet ter. Making tees larger is one solution but improving growing environment s and using bet ter grasses are also impor tant par t s of the equation. Courses should have a holis tic plan if the goal is to improve tee conditioning. Simply making tees larger may not fully address the issues or deliver the desired result s. Finding the right size for all the dif ferent teeing areas on a golf course has always been a challenge. The American Societ y of Golf Course Architec t s (A SGC A) of fer a rule of thumb that the total teeing area for a course should be 0.15- 0.2 square feet of usable teeing space per annual round. That space should then be allocated according to how play is spread across the dif ferent teeing locations, with additional area on par-3 holes or for tees in dif ficult growing environment s. Another approach to es timating the appropriate size for tees is to 16 GCBAA Earth Shaping News |Fall Edition

allocate 100 usable square feet of teeing area per 1,000 rounds of golf played. For a golf course that averages 30,000 rounds annually, the A SGC A approach would sugges t a total teeing area bet ween 4,500 6,000 square feet. Alternatively, allocating 100 square feet of usable space per 1,000 rounds would yield a total teeing area of 3,000 square feet. Where exac tly a course fit s in this range depends on many fac tors and it is impor tant to recognize that neither of these approaches is designed to provide an exac t figure, they of fer a s tar ting point that can be used to evaluate current teeing area and build a plan for improvement. While adequate size is arguably the mos t impor tant charac teris tic of healthy tees, and perhaps the easies t to improve, courses should not forget about growing environment s. A wellbuilt tee, even an oversized tee, will s till s truggle in a poor growing environment. Two of the mos t common issues related to the growing environment for tees are sunlight and air movement. If one or both of these critical element s is seriously limited, the tee is bound to s truggle. For this reason, tree management is of ten a key component of any success ful plan to improve tee condition. Another impor tant par t of maintaining success ful tees is the grass t ype. Planting a grass that

is not well suited to the climate, amount of play or localized growing environment s will lead to poor result s. A grass that can handle traf fic well and recover quickly is impor tant to help ensure the bes t conditions possible. In the nor thern s tates, this is mos t likely creeping bentgrass. Perennial r yegrass is a commonly used grass in the nor thern s tates because of it s rapid germination at mos t times of the year. However, when a course relies on r yegrass for divot recover y on tees there is of ten a c ycle of germination followed by decline. Courses in the southern s tates are mos t likely to choose either bermudagrass or zoysiagrass for tees. Divot and traf fic recover y are not usually concerns during the summer in southern s tates because warmseason grasses are growing rapidly at this time of year. Divot s are, however, slower to recover during cooler times of the year because warm-season grasses are not at peak s trength. This can be problematic for southern courses that see lot s of play during the shoulder seasons or winter. Because of the heat in summer, southern courses really are limited to warm-season grasses as the foundation for their teeing areas – but there is an option to overseed if necessar y for adequate divot and traf fic recover y during the shoulder seasons or winter. Taking a closer look at tees and what they need to be success ful is probably long overdue. The massive increase in play over the pas t several years has simply shined a light on long-s tanding issues. Building new tees, expanding tees, conver ting tees to more suitable grasses, and improving growing environment s are all improvement s that can be made at a reasonable cos t and of ten deliver a quick return on inves tment when you consider the improved playing conditions and golfer satis fac tion that come with healthier tees.



Heat Exposure



n October 27, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) for heat injury and illness prevention in outdoor and indoor work settings. The ANPR does not have any immediate effect on the agency’s current enforcement policies, but is seeking comments and information from potentially affected industries about the extent and nature of hazards of exposure to heat in the workplace. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, since 2011 there has been an average of 38 work-related deaths per year from exposure to environmental heat. The annual numbers can vary widely depending on a number of factors. During the period of 2011 to 2019, there was a high of 61 deaths in 2011 and a low of 18 in 2014. OSHA estimates that 50-70% of outdoor fatalities occur in the first few days of working in warm or hot environments due to insufficient time for the body to acclimate to the heat, but injuries and illness can affect workers indoors as well. Although there is no current standard enforced by OSHA

at the federal level, the agency has acted against employers under the “general duty clause” which requires employers to provide employees with a place of employment that is free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees when there is a feasible method to abate the hazard. There are currently three states that have standards for heat exposure—California, Minnesota and Washington. California’s Heat Illness Prevention Standard requires employers to provide training, water, shade and planning for employees when the temperature reaches 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Minnesota’s standard applies to indoor environments and Washington’s applies to outdoor environments. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has put out a recommended standard for heat-related illness prevention and provides employers with guidance on

how to prevent it in the workplace. The comment period for the ANPR closes on Dec. 27, 2021, and NCA is asking members of the club community to provide us any observations, interventions, or protocols they currently use as examples of how seriously we take heat exposure in our workplaces. For clubs, the primary areas of concern, though not an exhaustive list, are groundskeeping, pool staff, instructors of all types, outdoor servers, and kitchen staff. As we move into an election year, we anticipate the focus shifting away from legislation on Capitol Hill to action within federal agencies in the form of rulemaking. We are particularly concerned about potential regulations coming out of the Department of Labor on a number of issues and the Environmental Protection Agency as it relates to the Navigable Waters Protection Rule or Waters of the United States. If you would like to provide your input, please feel free to contact me at trauger@nationalclub.org. Joe Trauger is NCA’s vice president of government relations.

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Returns In Person



he waters have been choppy and the path uncertain but the club industry has emerged stronger and more resilient. In this new landscape, the Club Management Association of America (CMAA) World Conference and Club Business Expo returns to its in-person format for 2022. Club management professionals from around the world will chart their course for San Diego, CA, February 2923, 2022, and gather again together at the only event focused on the business of running a club. Held annually, CMAA's World Conference offers club management professionals an unparalleled educational experience. From access to stellar business and industry experts, networking opportunities in interactive forums, and the latest innovations at the Club Business Expo, the event paves the way for the continued advancement of the club industry. The two-day Club Business Expo, Monday, February 21 and Tuesday, February 22, provides an opportunity to explore products and services offered by more than 270 companies showcasing industry leading trends and innovations. Attendees can research and secure solutions for their biggest challenges and meet face-toface to discuss potential purchases. Nearly every product and service that a club management professional could purchase for his or her club is showcased in the Expo. Five General Sessions will be offered daily and showcase leading business and brand professionals including business growth expert Jeff Havens; basketball legend, 18 GCBAA Earth Shaping News |Fall Edition

broadcaster, humanitarian, and survivor Bill Walton; futurist and transformative tech pioneer Nichol Bradford; and brand builder and “Chief Troublemaker ” Dustin Garis. More than 60 concurrent sessions will be presented by industry and business experts including holistic leadership strategist and former director of executive recruiting at Google, Ginny Clarke and retired principal of Columbine High School, Frank DeAngelis. These sessions will explore the complex challenges facing today’s club management professionals – recruiting and hiring talent in a competitive market; using technology to improve member service; meeting and exceeding unprecedented member interest and demand; and more. In 2021, CMAA pivoted to present its World Conference and Club Business Expo virtually utilizing the latest remote event technology. Building on that success and continued member interest in remote education, CMAA will offer a 2022 virtual registration option that provides access to six, live daily general and education sessions for club management professionals who cannot attend in-person. Beyond the education sessions, club management professionals will have the opportunity to connect formally and informally during a full slate of activities in San Diego. The Networking Event will be a one-ofa-kind evening on the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter, an iconic San Diego attraction. Start the week with The Club Foundation Golf Tournament at the Coronado Golf Course and stay fit with the Club Love Fun Run/Walk along the

waterfront. Wrap up the week at The Club Foundation After Dark. The connections made at the World Conference and other CMAA events are invaluable. As we’ve all faced significant challenges over the past eighteen months, our professional networks have become instrumental in our ability to adapt and thrive. The CMAA World Conference and Club Business Expo presents an opportunity to create, reconnect, and rekindle your professional connections. For the latest information and full schedule of events, please visit cmaa. org/conference/. Founded in 1927, the Club Management Association of America (CMAA) is the largest professional association for managers of membership clubs with 6,800 members throughout the US and internationally. CMAA members contribute to the success of more than 2,500 country, golf, athletic, city, faculty, military, town, and yacht clubs. The objectives of the Association are to promote relationships between club management professionals and other similar professions; to encourage the education and advancement of members; and to provide the resources needed for efficient and successful club operations. Under the covenants of professionalism, education, leadership, and community, CMAA continues to extend its reach as the leader in the club management practice. CMAA is headquartered in Alexandria, VA, with 42 professional chapters and more than 40 student chapters and colonies. Learn more at cmaa.org.



Culture of Change


he 2022 World Golf Expo-WGE is back on track and the organizing team has already fired its engine to plan for a totally new show that is in sync with the changed business environment. To reflect the new business parameters and paradigms that are beginning to shape the business landscape that is emerging, the Organizers have decided to work on a thematic platform that best represents the days ahead. The theme that has been selected for the World Golf Expo 2022 is “THE CULTURE OF CHANGE!” The journey ahead in planning for WGE 2022 is filled with many unknowns – the future is not going to be what we originally thought it would be. Numerous practices that the world has grown accustomed to over the years will be turned on their heads. Coping with these upheavals is not going to be a simple task and quick fixes are not going to get the job done. The great management guru, Peter Drucker once wisely counselled when he said, “The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday's logic.” What Drucker said is profound and speaks for itself. As we look ahead in these trying times, we must learn to accept that there are no old roads to new directions. Our minds are like parachutes – they work best when open! This will form the ethos of our plans as we work towards mapping out the shape and direction of WGE 2022. To help set the tone for WGE 2022, it is important to recognise the hugely changed environment that most businesses will have to conduct themselves in and this includes the multi-billion golf industry in Asia. Prior to the onset of the global pandemic, the golf industry was in a relatively healthy state with all sectors reporting growth trends. The golf club industry, made up of over 5000 golf clubs in the Asia Pacific region were all experiencing steady increases in rounds played and general revenue generated. The club equipment manufacturers including those who supply golf apparel and accessories also saw steady growth in their respective sectors. Activity on the construction of new golf courses, especially in Vietnam was humming along at a steady pace. According to the R&A, the governing body that overlooks the state of

golf in the world, the number of golf courses under development, under planning and under construction in Asia and the Middle East numbered over 153. A number of these projects have either been slowed down or rescheduled due to the pandemic. There is no denying that the golf industry has been affected by the pandemic, but it does not mean to say that the industry is down and out. Far from it – golfers are still playing, and equipment sales have been at a steady high. All the positive indicators are there but the golf industry needs to be cognizant of how other industries have been affected. The golf industry cannot adopt an attitude whereby it feels that the industry will return to its pre-pandemic heydays. Many things have changed in the past two years, and it will continue to keep changing until a full adjustment is made. The changes that are expected will be sweeping and, in many regards, it will be technology driven. The dates for WGE 2022 have been set and the mega event will be staged from November 12 – 16, 2022. The venue will be the sprawling multi-billion-dollar Mission Hills Golf Resort in Haikou, Hainan. The organising team behind WGE 2022 is made up of the Mission Hills Group, ASIAN GOLF and the AIT Events Company Limited. The events to be included under the WGE 2022 umbrella will include the following: • World Golf Expo Trade Exhibition 12 to 14 November • World Golf Expo Summit - 14 to 16 November • Global Golf Awards - 16 November Aside from these three major events, there will be a few other activities which are currently in an advanced planning stage. Details should be forthcoming before December 2021. “As a team, we are pulling out all stops to ensure that WGE 2022 is the biggest and best show of its kind – we need to think big to help boost the industry to a fast start and to make up for all the lost time,” declared Tenniel Chu, Vice-Chairman of the Mission Hills Group and Chairman of the WGE 2022 Organising Committee. “Our peers in the industry have been forced into a state where face to face contact has been totally curtailed in most cases and being in the people business, it is imperative that we provide a safe and solid meeting space for everyone to come together and work towards getting our industry into top gear and moving,” Chu said. He went on to explain that the global pandemic has had both a destructive and disruptive effect on many businesses and the golf industry was not spared this devastative impact. “It is no use to lament over what has

happened but to take positive lessons learnt and move ahead to build a stronger business that is embedded in firm bedrock that can withstand future shocks to our industry.” In the move to rebuild, WGE 2022 has adopted “The Culture Of Change” that is seen to be a revolutionary theme which is ideal for the industry’s comeback. “We believe that this is a perfect platform upon which to build a business get together that will help share new thoughts and ideas to help us build an even more robust and resilient post pandemic industry,” said Mike Sebastian, CEO of ASIAN GOLF and the executive producer of WGE. “Basically, we are looking at inculcating a whole new vision for a new era because many of the pre-pandemic business practices have been more or less voided by this sudden disruption,” Sebastian pointed out. According to him, the disruption has brought about a paradigm shift where digital technologies will play an increasingly larger role in the day-today operations of all aspects of the golf and golf club industry. In keeping with the general theme, the WGE 2020 Trade Exhibition is being designed to serve as the industry’s window to golf equipment, apparel and golf accessories. The company organizing the exhibition has a twenty-year track record in organizing and staging large trade shows and exhibitions in China. Frank Xu, the CEO of AIT Events said, “We have had extensive experience in staging golf shows in China for many years and we are delighted to be part of WGE to help organize a show of international stature.” In the coming weeks, the speaker lineup and programme for WGE 2022 will be announced and the official website will launch for delegate and exhibition registration by November 1, 2021. “If there is one golf industry event that industry professionals should attend, WGE 2022 is it,” exclaimed Chu. “Not only have we gone to great lengths to produce the best event in the best in the industry, but we will also work on a terrific programme that will ensure excellent entertainment, food and networking opportunities,” Chu added. World Golf Expo – Spearheading A Paradigm Shift For Golf! World Golf Expo 2022 (WGE 2022) – The Total Golf Show! www.worldgolfexpo.com www.asiapacificgolfgroup.com Frank XU AIT Events Tel: +86 185 1083 5370 Email:frank@ait-events.com GCBAA Earth Shaping News | Fall Edition 19


Former Golf Course Builder Leads Sod Farm INTO 20TH YEAR OF BUSINESS



uperior Turf, Inc. in Tifton, Georgia has grown from 75 acres and 3 employees in 2002 to 25 employees and nearly 700 acres of production throughout South Georgia, making it one of the largest producers of turfgrass in the state. Owner Drew Veazey explains that the past 20 years of work have been busy. Veazey started working in the turf business when he was just 15 years old. He worked for Ray Jensen with Tifton Turf in Georgia for a while before venturing into the golf industry. He traveled around and built about 10 golf courses throughout the Southeast including venues in Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, Pinehurst and Alabama. Veazey went to college at Lake City Community College in Florida, which is where many turf and golf professionals learned the business. One of the first courses Veazey worked on was at Treyburn Country Club in Durham, NC while working for golf course architect Mike Riley from Atlanta. He also worked with Bill Bergin and Rees Jones and eventually held an internship under Randy Waldrum at the Golf Club of Georgia in Atlanta in 1994. Veazey shared that the coolest golf course he helped build during that time was the Auburn University Club in Alabama. That last course motivated Veazey to switch from golf construction to sod farming full-time. “After that, I entered into the turf business a little bit and eventually went out on my own in 2002 when I started Superior Turf,” Veazey said. Though he’d been a farming kid since his parents grew cotton and peanuts in Georgia, he was the first family member to work in the turfgrass industry. “I had built my contact list up of superintendents and architects and I’d had a couple of people ask me if I’d ever thought about getting into the turf business. The turf business was booming and doing pretty well. My family came from a background in farming and my brother was in the golf course construction business at the time.” Veazey felt inclined to bring a better product to the market and started by growing Certified 419 Bermuda. He said this was around the same time that the golf industry started demanding Georgia Certified sod so that’s when they stepped into the business. Major Projects Superior Turf, Inc. supplied a lot of Latitude 36® Bermudagrass to the Robert Trent Jones trails in Alabama. They also supplied a big job at the 20 GCBAA Earth Shaping News |Fall Edition

Grand Hotel in Mobile, Alabama last year. “We just got finished with the number one golf course voted by Golf Digest, the McLemore Club. We put Latitude 36 on that in North Georgia,” Veazey said. Superior has sent sod overseas to Egypt, Africa, the Bahamas and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. “We just completed a big project at a golf course in Santo Domingo with Latitude 36 this past year.” Superior grows several turfgrass varieties, including CitraBlue® St. Augustine, EMPIRE® Zoysia, Innovation™ Zoysiagrass, Latitude 36® Bermudagrass and NorthBridge® Bermudagrass. EMPIRE was the first proprietary grass Veazey started growing about 8 years ago. Superior also grows Emerald Zoysia, Meyer Zoysia, Certified 419 Bermuda, common centipede, Santee® Centipede, fescue in the fall, Floratam St. Augustine and TifTuf® Bermuda. Veazey said they cut anywhere between 10-17 loads of sod per day, Monday through Friday. Of their sales, he estimates 75% are for athletic fields and the landscape market and about 25% for golf courses. Superior has a store near Dawsonville, Georgia called Superior Turf Atlanta Outlet where they drop sod and sell to homeowners. They also sell several pallets at a time to landscapers from this outlet. Veazey said like most sod farms in the area, they ship turfgrass into Atlanta every night. They have two employees at the outlet store, one is a sales guy and the other helps with deliveries. Industry Changes and New Varieties Veazey said there are a few notable changes in the sod industry over the past 20 years. “I think the demand for certified grass is a must and Georgia has a very good certification program. The golf industry has changed to so many different varieties now. It’s hard to keep up with the various changes from one year to the next.” He said the universities develop so many new turfgrass varieties that it can be hard for sod farmers to keep up with sometimes. Veazey said each year he tries to explore the new varieties coming out. Currently, he has three on his desk that he’s deciding between. He said he’ll probably only do one of them and pass on two others just depending on what they are. “We look at what the varieties are set up for. Are they set up as homeowner varieties or golf course varieties? We decide on whatever we feel like meets our demand. Are these good varieties to send overseas and do they have drought tolerance? That’s a big thing when we ship grass overseas since most of it is for resorts or places on the ocean where they have brackish water so those are the varieties that we look at,” he said. He said they also look and see what the golf course industry and superintendents are saying since they’re in the field every day and see what their needs are. Veazey said they’re normally looking for a bermudagrass that can withstand

high traffic or has good shade tolerance. Another way Veazey said he’s seen the industry change over time is through the enhancement of automated sod cutters. “We can cut different size pallets and different shapes of grass; from slabs and super slabs to mini rolls and big rolls. That’s definitely changed and we can get more out the door with less help than we used to.” They also supply washed sprigs for turfgrass installations. Veazey has a top-quality sod washing mechanism set up at the farm so he can prepare and ship washed sprigs to customers. Superior Turf, Inc. has been open to trialing new turfgrass varieties in their early stages. Veazey said that the new turfgrass varieties are focused on water conservation aspects. “We have a chance to test them and see how drought tolerant they really are. I think we’ve saved water on the farm. These new varieties grow slower, so we can mow less, have fewer fertilizer requirements and water less.” “We have to try new varieties or we can’t keep up with the changing aspects of staying up with the golf industry. Usually, these new varieties are good for about 10 years and then we move on to something else,” Veazey said. “We have to stay on the cutting edge of trying new stuff, that’s just a part of what we do in the industry.” Superior Veazey said that it’s been a remarkable experience growing Superior into the turfgrass business it is today. Currently, their farms stretch from Tifton down to Ashburn, Georgia. Veazey is married and his wife Wanda worked as a Pre-kindergarten Administrator in Tifton and just recently retired last year. Wanda and Drew have two daughters. Their youngest, Abbey, is currently taking classes at Valdosta State University. Their oldest daughter, Jamie, just graduated with her Master’s Degree from Kennesaw State University and accepted an agricultural communication teaching position at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Veazey is a proud father and sod farmer. He looks forward to continuing his farm operations into the 20th year of operations next year supplying landscape contractors, builders, golf courses, parks, schools, universities, municipalities and homeowners throughout the South Georgia area and beyond with premium quality turfgrass sod. Learn more about Superior Turf, Inc. online here. To learn more about the proprietary turfgrass varieties they’re growing click here. Sod Solutions has helped successfully develop and release to the market over 20 different turfgrass varieties over the past 27 years including Palmetto® and CitraBlue® St. Augustine, EMPIRE® and Innovation™ Zoysia and Celebration®, Latitude 36® and NorthBridge® Bermudagrass. The company is based in the Charleston, SC area. For all media inquiries or for hi-resolution photos, contact the author Cecilia Brown at cecilia@ sodsolutions.com.



Riekstins, Vitek to Senior Leadership


Brian Vitek


Jake Riekstins

INCOLN, NE – Landscapes Unlimited has promoted Jake Riekstins and Brian Vitek to senior leadership positions at the 45-years-young company specializing in development, construction and renovation of golf courses, country clubs, communities and resorts, as well as sports fields. As Chief Development Officer, Riekstins leads Landscapes Unlimited’s strategic planning process, translating initiatives into meticulous execution. He also oversees relationships with key external stakeholders, partners and clients to drive business growth. Previously Business Unit Manager and Project Manager for the south region, Riekstins supervised projects’ start-to-finish quality assurance. Prior to joining Landscapes Unlimited nearly five years ago, he managed complex golf course development and construction projects in Canada and China, including creation and implementation of agronomic programs. Riekstins is a graduate of the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada)

with a degree in agriculture and a longstanding member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. Vitek ascends to Chief Operating Officer with ultimate accountability for Landscapes Unlimited’s regional teams’ project planning, scheduling, budgeting, efficiencies, work quality, environmental compliance and other plan adherences. His responsibility extends to developing processes for construction, irrigation, landscape superintendent and other crews. A 23-year Landscapes Unlimited veteran, he assumed various hands-on roles, including Vice President of Construction, Project Manager, Project Superintendent and Foreman. Vitek holds a degree in landscape horticulture from Colorado State University. “Jake and Brian epitomize the unparalleled professionalism, expertise and culture Landscapes Unlimited brings to every project,” says John Pugliese, CEO of Landscapes Unlimited. “They assemble and oversee trusted, world-class talent that results in delivering golf courses and sports fields on time, on budget and to rave reviews.” The promotions exemplify Landscapes Unlimited’s modern-day evolution. Combined with significant institutional knowledge and technology advancements to the designbuild process and other integrated project deliverables, the company is helping to shape the future of how golf courses and sports fields are conceived, built and managed. “Landscapes Unlimited is a change agent, from championing grand initiatives that shift paradigms to supporting strategic adjustments that tweak field deliverables,” says Riekstins. “Like no other, we plan with a focus

on efficiency, procure with a focus on value, train with a focus on engagement and build with a focus on quality to create operations and developments founded on excellence.” “We are in a people business,” says Vitek. “It is with great pride that our regional development and construction teams blend systematic, creative, objective, agile and pragmatic methods with a perfectionist mindset – all to provide tremendous value to our partners that meet their desired goals.” About Landscapes Unlimited Forty-five years young, family ownedand-operated Landscapes Unlimited is the recognized leader in golf course development, construction and renovation. This claim is backed by its regionalized experts implementing modern-day best practices and technological advancements though trained expertise, fiscal prudency and a culture promoting unwavering success. Its building thousands of famous golf courses includes major tournament and PGA Tour event hosts as well as revered local layouts of various shapes, sizes and budgets. Landscapes Unlimited’s involvement with four First Tee chapters demonstrates a strong commitment to grow the game and business of golf. It also excels at building sports fields for professional teams, colleges and municipalities. Sister company Landscapes Golf Management is one of America’s five largest and most trusted operator of golf courses and country clubs across 20 states. More information: www.landscapesunlimited.com, 402.423.6653

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ALSEY, Ore. (September 21, 2021) – DLF is proud to have recently presented Dr. Stacy A. Bonos, professor of plant biology, current director of the turfgrass breeding program, and associate director of the Center for Turfgrass Science at Rutgers University, with its 2021 Excellence in Research award. Dr. Bonos has been on the faculty at Rutgers University for 20 years, co-developing over 250 coolseason turfgrass cultivars. Thanks to her meticulous breeding efforts, significant advancement has been accomplished in turfgrass science related to disease resistance, wear tolerance, and cool weather active growth.  Her substantial partnership with DLF has been crucial in the development of new turfgrass cultivars that deliver superior performance with less resource inputs.   Sean Chaney, vice president of professional turf sales for DLF U.S., was thrilled to present the award to Dr. Bonos in-person while touring

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the Rutgers Plant Science Research Extension Farm in Adelphia, N.J. “We would like to recognize and thank Dr. Bonos and her colleagues for all they have done for the industry, as well as for DLF and its Seed Research of Oregon brand,” said Chaney. “We value our partnership with her team at Rutgers University and look forward to future varietal developments.” The DLF Excellence in Research award, delivered to many research partners over its history, helps recognize the significant impact and progress made to date in turfgrass breeding, and celebrates the continued collaboration between DLF and public turfgrass research programs. About DLF DLF was founded in 1906 and is the global market leader in the research, development, production, and distribution of turfgrass and forage crop seed. DLF is owned by 3,000 Danish seed growers and has subsidiaries or sales offices in 22 countries around

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Golf Saudi & Atlas Turf




ctober 26, 2021, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: A joint venture initially agreed between Golf Saudi LLC and Atlas Turf International in 2019 to develop the region’s first internationally licensed golf and sports turf farm in Saudi Arabia has received its foreign investment license from the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Investment (MISA) and commercial registration from the Ministry of Commerce

and will operate in Saudi Arabia as a limited liability joint venture company - Atlas Turf Arabian Agricultural Company. Atlas Turf Arabia will develop and distribute some of the world’s most climatically adapted turf species throughout Saudi Arabia, starting with Platinum TE™ Paspalum in the first instance, with both Bermudagrass and Zoysia to follow in due course. “Atlas Turf Arabia will serve as a vital link in the supply chain framework in Saudi Arabia, fulfilling the objectives of Vision 2030, by providing access to turf grass solutions for Saudi-based organisations who require it,” commented Majed Al Sorour, CEO of Golf Saudi. “Golf Saudi is committed to not only securing the very best turf solutions for its own needs but to also do so by the most socially and environmentally conscious means possible. By owning and operating 24 GCBAA Earth Shaping News |Fall Edition

our very own state-of-the-art turf farm, via Atlas Turf Arabia, means that we are able to not only source product sustainably but also create new job opportunities for Saudi Nationals to operate the site locally, which is a key objective of Golf Saudi’s Social Agenda.” The Social Agenda is proof of golf’s growing impact on the people of Saudi Arabia, as Golf Saudi looks to create additional educational and employment opportunities within the Kingdom. By also offering sustainable turf solutions to projects outside of golf, including other sports federations and organisations, as well as infrastructure and landscaping projects, Atlas Turf Arabia will continue to add further employees to its overall headcount in the months and years ahead. Several of the leading golf and landscaping projects in Saudi Arabia have secured their grass supply from Atlas Turf Arabia and the turf farm will harvest the first order of turf in Q4 2021. Atlas Turf Arabia will also work closely with GEO Foundation, the international non-profit that for the last 15 years has been entirely dedicated to accelerating sustainability and climate action across golf. In partnership with GEO, Golf Saudi has developed national and regional strategies to maximise environmental sustainability from initial land evaluation through to construction methodology and the Turf Farm will follow a similar sustainable pathway to certification to ensure an environmentally sustainable legacy.

John Holmes, president of Atlas Turf International said: “The establishment of Atlas Turf Arabia and the opening of our first turf farm in Saudi Arabia is the culmination of our mission to provide high quality, sustainable solutions for turfgrass projects worldwide. We are incredibly proud to play our part in not only working with new customers and supplying unique projects across the Middle East but to also create a positive and long-lasting legacy through the creation of new jobs and training opportunities for Saudi citizens. This is just the first step in Atlas Turf Arabia’s journey to create a regional team capable of achieving its long-term and sustainable vision for the future of turfgrasses, not just in golf but other unique projects too.” Research and Development will form a cornerstone of the turf farm’s operations with Atlas Turf Arabia looking to utilise modern scientific practice to further develop a range of saline and drought resistant turf grasses, which can also survive and grow in arid conditions and high temperatures. For further information on Atlas Turf Arabia and the newly established join venture, please visit either www.golfsaudi.com or www. atlasturf.com. For further information please contact: Fredrik Jonsson Account Director, Performance54 E: Fredrik.Jonsson@performance54.com T: +971 (0) 54 555 9094


About Golf Saudi Golf Saudi facilitates uptake and participation in golf through the delivery of world-class facilities, operational excellence and the implementation of industry best practice to position the Kingdom as an exceptional golfing nation. Combined with grass roots training and education programmes that introduce people to the game at the earliest opportunity and with the greatest ease, Golf Saudi is committed to delivering a dynamic national development programme that transforms the golfing landscape. Twitter: @Golf_Saudi Instagram: @Golf_Saudi Facebook: @GolfSaudi

About Atlas Turf International Atlas Turf International is the source for the highest quality turfgrasses around the world including, warm season, cool season and native grasses. Extensive experience in the golf industry, knowledge of worldwide distribution channels, relationships with the leading turf experts, and alliances with the world’s premier golf associations give Atlas Turf an unparalleled position in the global turfgrass market. More than a supplier, Atlas Turf collaborates with clients to provide complete grassing solutions from selection through grow-in. Twitter: @atlasturf Instagram: @atlasturfinternational Facebook: @atlasturf


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New Team Member



ountain View Seeds is proud to announce the addition of Tony Ramirez (tramirez@mt viewseeds.com; 541974-2464 ) to the MVS Sales team. Tony comes to us with 6 years of sales experience and 10 years in the seed indus tr y. Tony's primar y goal is to par tner with cus tomers to grow and maintain professional relationships and sales. Prior to Mountain

View Seeds, he worked as a sales representative, both internationally and domes tically for OreGro Seeds. A firs t generation college graduate, Tony received a Bachelor ’s of Science in Business Management earning Magna Cum L aude honors. In his spare time, Tony enjoys camping, fishing, and spending time with his family. We are excited to have Tony be par t of our team.

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Receiving Substantial Upgrades




HICAGO, Illinois – Northmoor Country Club – Chicago’s portfolio of prestigious private clubs designed by legendary architects includes the 27-hole Donald Ross designed Northmoor Country Club, where Duininck Golf and Tyler Rae Golf Design are joining forces to remodel the White Nine. Northmoor’s primary project goals are to solve drainage issues and raise the elevations of portions of the White Nine course, especially in the flood-prone areas. Rae’s plan to address these issues require strategic realignments of several playing corridors, leading to a completely revamped routing of the White Nine. “We really get to highlight some of the

(previously hidden) ridges and rolls of the land,” Tyler says. “We’ll shine a new light on the White Nine that will elevate it’s caliber to the level of the Blue and Red courses.” Tyler Rae brings an energy and “hands on” efficiency to his work, something Duininck Project Manager Paul Deis greatly appreciates. “Tyler is fun to work with and always incorporates a unique artistry in his design that leaves his clients with visually appealing and strategically enhanced golf holes. We, like Tyler, care about our clients and want to make sure they get what they want on every level.” To that point, Tyler will be personally shaping the greens on the White Course, something Northmoor’s Project Coordinator, Brian Chasensky says was key to his hiring. “His greens and the new water features will give us a completely new, challenging, fun and fair golf course that lives up to the expectations of the club.” “We’ve worked together extensively over the years,” Tyler says, “and that relationship paired with Duininck’s expertise and professionalism always produces a final product I am proud of.” Northmoor’s

ownership has been greatly impressed with the collaborative chemistry, something Brian felt merited specific mention. “From day one it seemed like we had all been working together for months. Everyone and I at Northmoor are thrilled to have such talented and organized professionals here for this project.” Northmoor’s membership will soon benefit from these complementary partnerships, receiving a course that not only resolves major issues, but is creatively enhanced to elevate the visual appeal, strategy, and maintainability of the White nine. “The course will play like its brand new, but look like it’s been here for 100 years,” says Brian. “Which is exactly what we want.” About Duininck Golf: Duininck Golf is part of the Duininck Companies established in 1926 based in Prinsburg, MN. A member of the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA), Duininck Golf has completed new course, renovation and irrigation installation projects throughout the United States working alongside many well-known golf course architects, many who are members of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA). With offices in Minnesota, Texas and Georgia, Duininck Golf has the resources and regional expertise to provide uncompromised service and attention to detail to its clients.

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Granbury TX Toll Free: 888 221-0422 Phone: 940 686-2700 randy@tritexgrass.com www.tritexgrass.com

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Tifton Turf, Inc.

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HAROLD BENSON May 17, 1938 – November 9, 2021

Harold Carlton Benson, 83, of Tifton passed away Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at Tift Regional Medical Center. His funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 13, 2021, in the Chapel of BowenDonaldson Home for Funerals with Elder Paul Thomas and the Rev. Rodney Owens officiating. Mr. Benson was laid to rest at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Stevie Arrington, Darrell Benson, Gary Benson, Bobby Benson, Ben Benson, Zackery Benson and Prue Benson served as pallbearers. Born May 17, 1938, in Worth County, Mr. Benson was the son of the late Winfred F. Benson and Frances Esther Sumner Benson. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Sue Clements Benson; five brothers, Eugene Benson, Marvin Benson, Charles "Dick" Benson, Donald Benson and Edgar Leroy Benson; and three sisters, Merle Underwood, Louise Williams and Mary Jo Arrington. He was the owner of Benson Construction Company and Vanceville Turf. Mr. Benson is survived by four sons and two daughters-in-law, Ricky Carlton and Tammy Benson, James "Jimmy" and Susan Benson and Joe H. Benson, all of Tifton and Gregory Paul Benson of Ashburn; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Marie and Jaime Morris, Ben and Beth Benson, Jacob Prue Benson, Kayla Benson Stout, Savannah and Ty Montoya, Zackery and Katy Benson, Abigail and Jesse Freeman and Rachel Benson; and four great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Morris, Stirling Morris, Paisley Benson and Blakely Freeman. Memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, SW GA Regional Office, 2402 Tift Avenue, Suite 102, Tifton, GA 31794; or a charity of choice. You may offer condolences to the family at the online guest registry at www.bowen-donaldson.com. Services for the Benson family were under the care and direction of Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals.

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CHARTER MEMBERS ACC Golf Construction ADS/Hancor, Inc. Aspen Corporation Boyd Irrigation, Inc. Bryant Taylor Gordon Golf Caterpillar, Inc. Clarke Construction Group Duininck Golf Dye Designs International Eagle Golf and Landscapes Products Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply Fleetwood Services LLC Forward Group Glase Golf, Inc. Greenscapes Six HARCO Fittings Hartman Companies, Inc. Henderson & Company, Inc. Heritage Links Hunter Industries Hydrema U.S. ISCO Industries Landirr, Inc. Landscapes Unlimited, LLC LASCO Fittings Inc.

GCBAA MEETINGS CALENDAR Leemco Inc. MacCurrach Golf McDonald & Sons, Inc. MCI Flowtronex Medalist Golf Mid-America Golf & Landscape, Inc. Mountain View Seeds NMP Golf Construction Corp. Profile Products LLC QGS Development, Inc. Rain Bird Corporation - Golf Division Regency Wire Ryangolf Corporation Shapemasters, Inc. Southeastern Golf SportZmix - Waupaca Sand & Solutions Sunbelt Rentals Tee-2-Green The Cart Path Company The Toro Company United Golf, LLC VM Golf Services Wadsworth Golf Construction Company West Coast Turf XGD Systems, LLC DBA TDI Golf

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