Golf Course Management

AUG 2018

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08.18 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 75 sistance to cooperators, and product support for end-users in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah and Idaho. Williamson attended the University of Kentucky, where he developed novel and innovative strategies for management of the black cutworm on golf course putting greens. He earned his Bachelor of Science in agronomy/ turfgrass science and a Masters of Science from Ohio State University. Most recently, Williamson was a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a position he held for the past 20 years. Prior to that, he was an assistant golf course superintendent and a research scientist with TruGreen. "Chris has nearly 30 years of experience in the turf and ornamental industry and has always strived to provide relevant and practical solutions to growers and managers," says Mark Welterlen, vice president of research and development for PBI-Gordon. "He comes on board at a time when PBI-Gordon is developing and expanding its insecticide portfolio. By tapping into his extensive expertise in entomology, we'll be providing even more solutions for the golf and lawn care industries." Troon was selected to manage Champion Hills Club , a private golf club in Hendersonville, N.C. Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Champion Hills is a member- owned club and will be managed by Troon Privé, the private club operating division of Troon. Although the club and the community's property owner's association are separate entities, the club's general manager will have oversight over both business operations. Champion Hills is the centerpiece of the 730-acre Champion Hills residential com- munity, and Dana Schultz, a 19-year veteran of Troon, was recently named as the club's new general manager. The Tom Fazio-designed, 18-hole, par-71 golf course opened for play in 1991 and is ranked by Golf Digest as one of the top private courses in North Carolina. The course is located at an elevation of 2,500 to 3,000 feet, allowing for year- round play while providing four-season beauty. In May, a little more than 12 months after the official unveiling of the renovated West Course at the Wentworth Club in Surrey, England, Ernie Els , a four-time major winner, World Golf Hall of Famer and chief architect of the modernization of the course, spoke ahead of this year's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club. "Obvi- ously, this club and this golf course have always had a very special place in my heart, right back to the start of my career. But I must say, the sense of pride for us as archi- tects of this renovation, seeing the course presented the way it is, makes it even more special than before. The new look debuted last year. We'd heard it was in incredible shape, and I just really wanted to see it for myself. It's great to be back," Els, GCSAA's 2018 Old Tom Morris Award recipient, said. "The whole strategy, the core shot values, the construction and the look of the greens complexes, the bunkering, literally everything is now just as we envisioned." IMG is providing pre-opening, marketing and management services to the Atalayoun Golf Resort located on the Mediterranean in Nador, Morocco. The Atalayoun Golf Academy, which opens this summer, includes a state-of- the-art performance center, full-scale driving range with re- alistic target green complexes, short game center and a challenging par-3 course that runs alongside the lagoon. Led by a team of PGA Golf Professionals, the Academy will not only offer the ultimate golf-learning destination, but will be focused on integrating and developing golf within the community and finding and nurturing Morocco's golfing talent. Club Car , manufacturer of golf and utility vehicles and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, renewed its commitment to the National Club Association 's (NCA's) corporate partner program to support the growth of the private club industry as an executive partner. As a producer and supplier of small-wheel, zero-emissions electric vehicles, Club Car helps private clubs streamline their operations and maintenance tasks. With new technology platforms available, the company can also deliver an in-car course entertainment system to enhance the experience for club members and their guests. Club Car prides itself on cutting-edge engineering, superior attention to detail and a strong customer focus, which has helped it remain at the forefront of the private club industry for 60 years. "Their long history as a leader in their field illustrates their continuing innovation and ability to positively impact private clubs," NCA President and CEO Henry Wallmeyer says.

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