Golf Course Management

JAN 2014

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Feb. 1-3 The 2014 GCSAA Golf Championships will be contested at 6 Orlando-area golf courses 55 2.2 Number, in millions, of visitors to Orlando in the past year Total acres, in millions, that greater Orlando encompasses 74° 450 Average daytime high temperature for Orlando in February Hours of education that will be offered at the 2014 Golf Industry Show 350 + 14 3 1.6 68 $ spending generated by tourism in Orlando, in billions Ph.D.s who will be presenting at the GCSAA Education Conference Total attendees and turf experts at GCSAA's frst education program in 1928 Feb. 5 GCSAA recognizes certifed golf course superintendents at Celebrating Certifcation!, 12:30 p.m. in the Orange County Convention Center 22 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.14 The sign outside Belleair Country Club refers to its historic status. dreamed of a winter resort, and he made it come to fruition. Part of the master plan featured the Belleview Biltmore Hotel, a grand palace where guests stayed after arriving by rail (Plant built railroads and steamships). The hotel, now vacant, abuts 2,450 acres of lush golf turf. "Back in the day, the hotel was elegant," says Bill Conway, club professional and director of golf at Belleair from 1962 to 2008. "It was tuxedos for men, long dresses for ladies. The golf course, well, it's stood the test of time. It's not a long course. It has brilliant views from the bluffs overlooking Clearwater Bay. Quite an old, special place." Neiswender, 44, credits his staff, including superintendent Kevin Maguire, assistant superintendent Chase McKeithen, equipment manager Bill Cash, landscape foreman Jeff Benedict and administrative assistant Debbie Darling, for their effort in overseeing two courses that average 25,000 rounds annually. As a 19-year-old, Neiswender was thrust into the business unexpectedly. At the time he was a college student, working at a golf course to help pay tuition, when a major opportunity surfaced. "I actually helped build Sundance Golf Club (now Scotland Yards Golf Club). It was built out of an old orange grove," says Neiswender, who credits superintendents Tony Disano and Buddy Carmouche for educating him in the business. "The superintendent left in 1989, and the job fell into my lap. I had a restricted pesticide license and I learned any way I could, from vendors such as Harrell's, who offered education. That's when it clicked for me." Now, years later, Neiswender serves in part as a caretaker of history at a facility that has been around way longer than most. He credits people such as general manager Ed Shaughnessy for modernizing a facility that helped establish Florida as a place to golf so many years ago. "It's still got that old feel to it here," Neiswender says. "Between the views and the history, I think it's an awesome place to work." — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor And the award goes to É Recipients of three major GCSAA awards were recently announced. Three men earned the GCSAA Col. John Morley Distinguished Service Award (DSA). They are Stephen Cadenelli, CGCS, who served as GCSAA president in 1991; Bruce Clarke, Ph.D., director of the Center for Turfgrass Science at Rutgers University; and Bruce Martin, Ph.D., professor of entomology, soils and plant sciences at Clemson University. Roger Stewart, CGCS, is receiving the GCSAA's President's Award for Environmental Stewardship. Stewart works at TPC Twin Cities. The award is based on environmental contributions to the game of golf, contributions that exemplify the superintendent's image as a steward of the land. Anthony Williams, CGCS, is receiving GCSAA's 2014 Excellence in Government Relations Award. Williams, a 17year member of the association, serves as the director of grounds at Stone Mountain (Ga.) Golf Club by Marriott. The award recognizes and honors an individual, chapter or coalition/alliance that demonstrates outstanding advocacy or compliance efforts in government relations. You can read more about the President's Award, EGR Award and DSA honorees in the February issue of GCM. Finlen earns new title at The Olympic Club GCSAA President Patrick R. Finlen, CGCS, became general manager at The Olympic Club effective Dec. 1. Finlen, who was promoted to director of golf operations earlier in 2013, continues to oversee golf operations at the 45-hole facility. In a letter to club members, The Olympic Club President Dennis F. Murphy said that Finlen was selected for the position because of his "signifcant experience, knowledge, credentials, style and ft with our culture."

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