Golf Course Management

AUG 2019

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78 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 08.19 (industry news) redo the lake from scratch." Valdez called on Pro Turf International , an industry leader in golf course con- struction, renovation and maintenance, to fix the problem. "We were very happy with the work Pro Turf did," Valdez said. "They made the lake fit the curvature of the hole without any major renovations on the hole." Earlier this year, CEO Mickey Brown announced that the company had consolidated all its businesses — Key Golf Management, BunkersPlus, Solutions 4Earth and Pro Turf — under the Pro Turf International brand. Knape Profile Products announced the hiring of Jeff Knape as director of business development. He focuses on developing new and unique growth opportunities for the horticulture business. "Jeff has established himself as a leader in the horticulture industry, and we are thrilled to have him on the Profile team," said Jim Tanner, president and CEO of Profile Products. "His extensive experience and knowledge of horticulture will add to our already highly skilled team and will provide our customers with an unmatched experience." Knape has more than 20 years of experience in the consumer lawn and garden and profes- sional turf and ornamental markets. Prior to joining Profile, Knape held a variety of positions with Scotts Miracle-Gro Ponte Vedra Inn & Club , a historic AAA Five Diamond oceanfront resort in northeast Florida, an- nounced plans to fully renovate its 18-hole championship Ocean Course, beginning this month, with completion by summer 2020. The renovation will address all aspects of the course, including greens, fairways, tees, bunkers, irrigation, drainage, grassing, bridges/bulkhead and landscaping, along with substantial improvements to the driving range and practice facilities. While the Ocean Course will be closed during renovation, guests and members will have unimpeded access to the resort's 18-hole Lagoon Course, a 6,022-yard, par-70 design by Robert Trent Jones and Joe Lee. Identified by its mosaic of lakes and lagoons, sprawling oaks and lush landscape, the Lagoon Course presents unique challenges and demands thoughtful, accurate play. Restored and enhanced in 2007 by notable golf course designer Bobby Weed, the Lagoon Course's narrow fairways and fast greens serve as an integral piece of Ponte Vedra Inn & Club's championship golf experience. The Ocean Course has been a corner- stone amenity at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club for more than 90 years. First designed by renowned golf course architect Herbert Strong, the Inn's signature course has undergone two major renovations, in 1940 and 1998. Weed, who led the 1998 Ocean Course renovation, will return to lead the project once more. Isleta Golf Club is a 27-hole complex nestled on the edge of the bosque, a unique cottonwood forest along the riverbanks of the Rio Grande in Albuquerque, N.M. One area of the golf course, however, didn't quite fit the majestic setting. "The No. 6 (hole) lake was giving us problems," Isleta General Manager Ramon Valdez said. "It had been a large bunker, about 50 yards long, but the maintenance costs of keeping it up were too high. So we turned it into a lake, but it just didn't fit properly, and we were having trouble with the lining. So we decided to Polylast Systems announced that Shelly Urish has joined its bunker liner division sales team. Because of her unique experience working for 18 years with GCSAA, including three years as trade show manager of the Golf Industry Show, Urish is expected to change the face of the bunker liner division, the company says, while providing top-notch customer care to golf course management professionals around the world. Polylast Systems manufactures a 100% recycled rubber golf course bunker liner that prevents sand from eroding under heavy rains. Company founder Peter Laurence said, "Polylast Systems was founded on the guiding principles of comfort, safety and enhanced performance for both hu- mans and animals, and we believe that Shelly also shares in our vision, not to mention the quality and integrity in everything she does. Having worked with Shelly over the past few years, we knew this was going to be a synergistic match." In addition to bunker liner, the company provides antimicrobial surface systems for livestock, boats and marine applications, parks and playgrounds, patios and pool decking, roadway repair systems, and more. Urish joins POLYLAST Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

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