Golf Course Management

JAN 2019

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01.19 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 137 product and parts availability to its North American dealer network and customer base. With these add-ons, the total building size upon completion will be 335,053 square feet. The warehouse expansion comes on the heels of a re- cently completed office addition in late 2017, which added nearly 15,000 square feet that doubled workstations and currently houses the company's marketing, accounting and finance teams. KN Golf Links Cam Ranh opened in October. The design was the third in Vietnam for major golf cham- pion Greg Norman , the 2008 recipient of GCSAA's Old Tom Morris Award. Norman and his design team already had crafted a pair of world-class layouts at KN Golf Links — the 18-hole Links Course and the nine-hole Oasis Course. Cam Ranh is a new resort destination taking shape along an 8-kilometer stretch of white sand less than an hour's flight from Ho Chi Minh City. Sun City Hilton Head in Bluffton, S.C., completed a four-month renovation project on its Argent Lakes Golf Course . Sun City Hilton Head director of agronomy Rick Barnes and Troon's senior vice president of golf course development, Ron Despain , oversaw the project, while TDI Golf , a golf course construction company from Stuart, Fla., was the contractor. The project, which launched in June, focused on enhancing the beauty and playability of the executive-length, par-61 golf course. As part of the renovation, course bunkers were regraded, reshaped and rebuilt, incorporating an advanced drainage and liner system featuring Capillary Concrete. This new-generation lining method increases the speed at which water flows through the sand and the lining, minimizing contamination, reducing maintenance and producing superior consistency. The new Capillary Concrete bunkers offer a lifespan significantly longer than those built using traditional bunker construction methods. The new bunkers are filled with "Tour Angle" sand from South Carolina. In addition to bunker enhancements, more than 130 trees were planted throughout the course. Tree species planted include oak, pine, palm and magnolia. Sun City Hilton Head is home to three 18-hole golf courses: executive-length Argent Lakes Golf Course; Okatie Creek Golf Course; and Hilton Head, Hidden Cypress Golf Course. All three courses are open to public play. Château Élan Winery & Resort , the 16th century-styled chateau and full-service winery nestled among northern Georgia's picturesque foothills, selected Troon as its management leader. Featuring two 18-hole championship golf courses and a nine-hole, par-3 short course, Château Élan's Golf Club is open to resort and daily-fee play. The club's Château Course opened in 1989 and was designed by Denis Griffiths. The 7,030-yard, par-71 course winds along three lakes and two creeks, with water coming into play on 10 of the 18 holes. The Woodlands Course, also a Griffiths design, opened for play in 1996. The rolling hills and tree-lined fairways of this stunning 6,735-yard, par-72 course provide spectacular views on nearly every hole. The club's Short Course is located behind the Inn at Château Élan and features beau- tifully landscaped holes varying in length from 100 to more than 200 yards. For nearly three decades, the principals of Key Golf Management , Pro Turf International and BunkersPlus have served golf course owners in the Southwest in various capacities. They will continue to do so, but under one umbrella company. CEO Mickey Brown announced the rebranding of this multi- faceted company under the single name of Pro Turf International . The menu of services includes golf course maintenance, construction, bunker restoration and landscaping. Visit Pro Turf International, www.ptigolf.com. KN Golf Links Cam Ranh Château Élan Winery & Resort

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