Golf Course Management

MAR 2015

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Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando. He qualifed for and completed the golf course operations program at Lake City Community College (now called Florida Gateway Col - lege), then went to work for Hall. "Yeah, there are a lot of young fellas who have worked with me, done a lot of great things, but I'm not sure it was because of me," Black says. "What they may not fully appreci - ate is how much they got from Dan Hall. He's the godfather. I'm just one of the offspring." Naturally, this family tree of superinten - dents all clustered in the Naples area invites some key comparisons. Such as, who's the snappiest dresser? "That'd be me," Black deadpans. And the best player? "Me! Of course, that doesn't make me Quail West is a 36-hole facility featuring a pair of Arthur Hills-designed layouts — the Preserve (pictured here) and the Lakes courses. Drew Rogers, a former Hills protégé, will lead the upcoming renovation work. like Mark and Matt Schaffer (superintendent at Merion GC) and a few others, the Latshaws — they really demand a lot of their assis - tants and managers. It becomes sort of a way of life. You live and breathe the golf course. It's intense. It's demanding. But at the end of the day, the dynamic is fatherly. These assis - tants work hard because they're treated well, and that's a super motivator. They go on to do good things because they've been trained to succeed. "I've always wanted to work directly with Mark because I've worked directly with so many of these guys who come from his farm, so to speak. Now I fnd myself with the chance to work directly with Mark, and I couldn't be more delighted," Rogers says. 'Just one of the offspring' Black may embody the business in his cor - ner of the world (he has been a GCSAA and Everglades GCSA member for 34 years), but he wasn't born to the profession. Black was "fortunate enough" to work for someone who was born to the job: Dan Hall, the longtime superintendent at Imperial Golf Club in Na - ples and himself the son of a superintendent. Black, a native of Lake Wales, Fla., got his frst taste of golf course work at Arnold Palmer's Call (toll-free) 866-469-1242 or visit | ©2014 Schiller Grounds Care, Inc It all starts with healthy turf RYAN. The name you trust. For over 50 years, superintendents have trusted our sod cutters for their quality, durability and performance in turf renovation and management. That same legacy of excellence extends to all of our other turf renovation equipment, including our Lawnaire ® and Renovaire ® aerators and our Mataway ® overseeder/dethatcher. For your course, trust the company with proven turf renovation expertise. Trust a RYAN. m e y o u t r u m e y o u t

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