Golf Course Management

MAR 2019

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03.19 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 91 in the rolling foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Saddle Creek features an 18-hole, Carter Morrish-designed golf course and expansive lodge. The course opened in 1996 and has appeared on numerous must-play lists of top courses in California. Stretching more than 6,800 yards, the course winds its way through natural lakes and streams while delivering scenic views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and nearby Yosemite National Park. Seventeen on-site bungalows allow golfers to enjoy a variety of multiround stay-and- play packages. Golf personality David Feherty , who has entertained at GCSAA's Golf Industry Show, was chosen the 2019 Award of Merit recipient by the National Golf Course Owners Association . The award is designated for long-term and significant contributions to the game of golf. "David's history in the industry and his impact on the interest in our sport is remarkable," says Jay Karen, CEO of NGCOA. "An industry like golf needs multiple sources of fuel to keep it going strong, and fandom is a key ingredient. David's ability to bridge golf and popular culture, and his levity and wit, have entertained millions of golfers and fans over the years." Past recipients of the award include Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Arnold Palmer. Todd Eckenrode-Origins Golf Design announced the opening of the golf course at Twin Dolphin Golf Club in Los Cabos, Mexico. Todd Eckenrode-Origins Golf Design was the golf course architect of record, working with major golf champion Fred Couples , on the first Fred Couples Signature Golf Course in the region. Set atop high terraces overlooking the picturesque Sea of Cortez coastline, the par-72, 7,156-yard golf course is interwoven among the dramatic, rugged arroyos, beautiful native vegetation and dramatic rock formations of the native terrain. Ocean views are showcased on nearly every hole, as backdrop to a classic and traditional architecture. Rumpled fairways, natu- rally styled bunkering and short-cut fairway heights throughout add to the uniqueness of this new world-class course. "Our routing focused on two aspects predominately, to maxi- mize the incredible ocean views through orientation, and to best utilize the interest and strategic challenge of the native arroyos in as many varied ways as possible," Eckenrode says, noting that Couples played an integral role in the design of the course. "Fred added great value to the project. He really dove into the construction process early on, taking numerous trips and adding a different viewpoint and perspective to the design, particularly as it relates to approach shots and the visual aspects." The Carolinas GCSA announced that its annual conference and trade show in November in Myrtle Beach, S.C., set a post-recession high in terms of the trade show. A total of 413 booths were occupied by more than 200 companies, bettering the mark of 407 booths in 2008. "Once again our numbers were strong across the board," executive director Tim Kreger says. "We had just a shade under 2,000 people attend, filled nearly 1,300 seats in education seminars, capped our golf championship field at 325 and had another 50 compete in the sporting clays. Honestly, we couldn't be happier from a business perspective, but even more importantly, I feel like everyone who took part was happy too." Kreger says that while education and doing business on the trade show floor remain the chief concerns for attendees, the chance simply to get together with peers was perhaps just as important this year. "You could see it in people's faces and hear it in their conversations. A lot of them needed this event to recharge after what was a tough, tough year agronomi- cally," he says. "We had everything from devastating winterkill, record rains in some areas, wild swings in temperatures and a couple of hurricanes to cap it all off." Saddle Creek Golf Resort

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