Golf Course Management

OCT 2013

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Clyde Nettles took the job at Dallas Athletic Club in 1971 after a successful stint at Oklahoma City G&CC. Taking advantage of on-course housing, Kevin grew up near what is now the ffth tee on the Blue Course. "When you do the work yourself, you have pride of ownership. I can be involved here and have the pride of doing it myself. You get a better product and you are the decision makers when you do that." — Kevin Nettles 56 GCM October 2013 their crew prefer to keep it in-house whenever possible. A case in point was a project to enlarge the lake on the ffth hole on the Blue Course, which they began in the fall of 2011 and fnished up last spring. The lowest outside bid for just the initial work of preparing the dirt and doubling the size of the greenside lake came in at $120,000. But with Clyde piloting his tractor and Kevin overseeing his crew, they fnished the entire job for just about $120,000, saving the club hundreds of thousands of dollars. "Who does that anymore? I mean nobody," says Brent Burkhart, the club's general manager. "I was talking to another local GM about a lake on their property, and the price just to do the dirt work and the enlargement was several hundred thousand dollars. He literally couldn't believe we did it so cheap and that we did it in-house. "We are so fortunate to have Kevin and Clyde here to help us. It's been a great aid to the club and part of the DAC club culture." When the golf team at SMU was looking for a practice facility, the Mustangs settled on DAC, and once again the father-son duo stepped forward to help make it happen. They constructed the four 8,000-squarefoot short-game practice targets, along with 11,000 square feet of practice putting greens — one bermudagrass and one bentgrass — using only a professional shaper from the Jack Nicklaus organization, which had previously renovated both the courses. "When you do the work yourself, you have pride of ownership," Kevin says. "I can be involved here and have the pride of doing it myself. You get a better product and you are the decision makers when you do that." Club board secretary Jason Brown, whose grandfather, Herschel, hired Clyde in 1971, says he never ceases to be amazed by the father-and-son ingenuity and ability to save money for the club. "The fact they maintain two premier Jack Nicklaus courses and the SMU short game training facility in their continued excellence is amazing," he says. "They've saved the club many hundreds of thousands of dollars with their ingenuity and ability to do work in-house." A simpler start Clyde says it was a much simpler time when he started his career in golf course management in Oklahoma in the 1950s. He worked at the prestigious Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club for nearly a decade before coming to Lakewood CC in Dallas in 1961. His initial job interview at DAC started in the afternoon in Brown's offce and continued well past midnight before he decided to accept the job. As was common in those days, the superintendent lived on property, so Kevin

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