Golf Course Management

JAN 2014

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Pacifc Gales (Industry news) Seaside VIEWS Plans are under way for Pacifc Gales, an 18-hole golf course with breathtaking seaside views on the southern Oregon coast. Course construction is expected to begin this summer. The land is located on a portion of the privately owned Knapp Ranch in Curry County. The ninth and 18th holes will share a cliffside green. A huge, natural sand dune runs the length of the property, with an abundance of rocky cliffs. One of the best views is of the famed Cape Blanco lighthouse on the westernmost point of Oregon. The course is being designed by Dave Esler, who created the layout at Black Sheep Golf Club, ranked by Golfweek as one of America's best 100 courses. "We feel obligated to do something extraordinary because the site deserves it," Esler says. "On the frst green at Pacifc Gales, you'll be staring at the edge of two worlds, looking into infnity. It's drop-dead spectacular." 166 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.14 Irrigation manufacturer Netafm is supporting troops in Afghanistan as part of the company's Team Netafm initiative by sending "morale packs." Not too long ago, though, Netafm customer service representative Michael Giese was surprised when he received a package from Afghanistan. Giese, who has led a company-wide campaign for the troops at Forward Operating Base Wright in Afghanistan from his offce in Fresno, Calif., received a U.S. fag that had fown above the U.S. military base in Asadabad, Afghanistan. "I've been told by friends in the military that this is the ultimate show of honor and respect," Giese says of the red, white and blue fag. "We'll be displaying the fag with the dignity they deserve." Giese and his fellow employees, along with local sponsors, compiled more than 350 pounds of popular snacks, health care supplies, books, magazines, sporting goods and notebooks and sent them to the troops. Eighty handwritten letters for the troops from students at Fresno's Easterby Elementary School accompanied the care package.

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