Golf Course Management

JUN 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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06.19 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 83 Hill, vice chairman Bob Morris and the late PGA Tour legend Billy Casper. "Molded by Billy Casper, our company is rich in integrity, tireless work ethic and commitment to help oth- ers," Morris said. "These principles provide us with the foundation to advance our courses' businesses, charitable initiatives and golf platforms nationwide." The 24th Reinders Green Industry Conference was held March 13-14 at the Waukesha Expo Center in suburban Milwaukee. Celebrating innovation in the green industry, the conference featured nationally recognized speakers, as well as more than 45 educational seminars covering trends in turfgrass diseases, fungicide chemistry, manage- ment of outdoor athletic facilities and event-based lighting. Awards were given to select customers for their projects and management practices involving innovation. Winners in- cluded Extreme Exteriors (Aquatics/Outdoor Living), Westmoor Country Club (Toro Environmental Stewardship), Twilight Solutions (Landscape Lighting) and David J. Frank Landscaping Inc. (Legacy of Innovation). Northwood Club in Dallas was recently recognized as the Best Country Club in Dallas/Fort Worth in the Elite category and also honored as the Best Course Renovation of the Year by AvidGolfer DFW magazine. The renovation work was conducted by architect Tripp Davis and Associates (TDA). Davis' redesign was called "astounding" and "fantastic," and his work was praised for "keeping the course mostly intact while using subtlety to update the layout." Davis said, "Our approach was to restore the original character found in Mr. (Wiliam) Diddel's greens, rebuild the bunkers to reflect Diddel's style, and reposition bunkers and tees to be more strategically relevant for today's game. To see our work elevate the status of Northwood is very gratifying." Originally designed by Diddel in 1946, Northwood hosted the 1952 U.S. Open, making it one of only three courses in Texas ever to have hosted this championship. Starting in 2016, TDA oversaw an 18-month major renovation of the historic course and revealed a refreshing new look to its membership in April 2018. TDA and builder Landscapes Unlimited restored all tees, greens and bunkers and reshaped most fairways, along with providing new cart paths, drainage and a new irrigation system. TDA introduced Northbridge, a new bermudagrass, which is used over the entire course, with the exception of the bentgrass greens. Yamaha Golf-Car Co. is continuing its sponsorship of the RSM Classic Pro-Am through 2020. Yamaha has been an avid supporter of the RSM Classic, held in November at Sea Island (Ga.) Golf Club, and the Davis Love Foundation for more than five years. "Contributing to the Davis Love Foundation, through the RSM Classic Pro-Am, was an easy choice for us," said Tom McDonald, president of Yamaha Golf-Car Co. "Not only has this partnership enabled us to connect with industry leaders on a more meaningful level, but we've also been able to help grow DLF's collective impact by connecting them to golf initiatives, like the LPGA Foundation's Girls Golf, that directly speaks to their mission. That's been the most thrilling part of all this." Since its 2010 inception, the RSM Classic has raised more than $9 million in donations to propel the mission impact of community-based organizations nationwide. Love says, "Yamaha is a true leader in our industry, and we are excited to continue to work with Tom and his great team, especially as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the tournament this year." Paul King joined Prime Source as its new director of consumer products, leading the new Ike's Farm, Home and Garden brand of products. King has worked for the past 23 years in sales for a large consumer lawn and garden distributor, bringing with him industry knowledge and contacts for the consumer market. Prior to that, he managed a local lawn and garden retail store. Reinders

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