Golf Course Management

FEB 2019

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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44 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.19 Top: Pacific Grove (Calif.) Golf Links has taken multiple steps to be a sound contributor to the envi - ronment. It has done a dunes restoration project and manages a protected natural freshwater pond as part of its efforts. Photo courtesy of CourseCo Middle: Riverside Golf Club in Grand Prairie, Texas, is the only Texas facility in CourseCo's stable. So far, that is. The company is open to looking at po - tential partners that match their core values in Texas and beyond. Photo courtesy of Jay Clements Bottom: Wildlife is abundant at Palouse Ridge GC, where ongoing projects such as a bee pollination area are being planned to be added sometime this year. Photo courtesy of Todd Lupkes "I grew up in this area and appreciate the natural beauty of the landscape," Esposo says, "and working for CourseCo is all about the landscape. I like what they do. They show they really care. I'm on board with what they believe." The future In six years, CourseCo's stable of properties doubled. Is expansion on the way? Cur- rently, CourseCo properties are located in four states: California, Oregon, Texas and Wash- ington. The first CourseCo-managed facility was Riverside Golf Course in Fresno, Calif. "Growth is exciting because it creates new opportunities and career advancement for everyone on our team," says Lance Merrihew, CourseCo vice president for sales/marketing. "We look at growth as an opportunity to work with clients who share our core values, and when we find them, we usually remain partners for a very long time." Whatever is on the horizon, Sharp emphasizes the important role that superintendents will play anywhere CourseCo goes. "Winning the President's Award is extremely reward - ing, but it's really our superintendents who have earned the award," Sharp says. "They have done the work that reflects our core values. We know we are stewards of these large pieces of land, and it's our duty and responsibility to conscientiously maintain them." GCSAA Class A superintendent Jay Neunsinger at Boundary Oak Golf Course in Wal - nut Creek, Calif., is honored to be part of it all. "It's really a privilege to work for a company that believes in the environment and communities we serve." Howard Richman (hrichman@gcsaa.org) is GCM 's associate editor. President's Award winners For a complete list of all the former winners of GCSAA's President's Award for Environmental Stewardship, go to http://goo.gl/xC5tmV.

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