Golf Course Management

JAN 2019

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72 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.19 AT THE TURN (career) Tony Taylor, CGCS A superintendent abroad A turf manager who made the leap to the Asian golf market 20-plus years ago shares lessons in perseverance and management learned through a different lens. In the early '90s, I was working as the superintendent at e Links at Spruce Creek in Sum- merfield, Fla., when, one day, the photo on the cover of GCM caught my eye. It was a scene from the golf course construction boom in Asia, and I learned from the article that there was a golf development upswing happening in most of Southeast Asia. In ailand, there were more than 80 golf courses being built or in the planning stages within a roughly 200-mile radius of Bangkok, a city of over 5 million. is fact piqued my interest, and I wondered, "Who's going to take care of all these courses?" Little did I know that I'd soon be smack in the middle of the action. I'd started my career as a golf course superintendent in northern Florida after graduating from Lake City Community College (now called Florida Gateway College). I did a stint in Texas for ClubCorp, and eventually settled in west-central Florida as a superintendent at Innisbrook Resort, where, from 1982 to 1985, I honed my skills in high-quality golf course maintenance. In 1992, a friend of mine who worked at a neighboring course was offered a position for the grow-in and maintenance setup of a course in ailand. He turned it down because he had a young family at the time, but he recommended me for the job, as I had recently completed a construction and grow-in project in Ocala, Fla. After a bit of research, discussions with my men - tors and thinking back to that GCM article, I decided to take the plunge. I signed a six-month contract to work on Barrington Golf Club in Kanchanaburi, ailand. Twenty-six years later, I am still in ailand, and I have also worked in Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Hong Kong, India and Japan. In those years and those coun - Be open to learning from those who have a history with any site that's new to you. The par-3 second hole at Panorama Golf Club in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. The planting and maintenance setup of the 18-hole course was among superintendent Tony Taylor's first jobs in Asia. He returned to work at the club as senior superintendent in 2009. Photos courtesy of Tony Taylor

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