Golf Course Management

FEB 2016

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48 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.16 onship agronomy for many years and now heads his own industry consultancy, Aspire Golf Consulting — was McDonough's frst boss, giving him a job as the assistant su - perintendent at what is now known as TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas in Dallas. McDonough credits Tim Hiers, CGCS, from The Club at Mediterra in Naples, Fla., and one of the frst-ever winners of GCSAA's President's Award, with helping him frst understand the connection between the en - vironment and the job he was doing on the golf course — largely through a presentation he heard Hiers give during a chapter meeting early in McDonough's career. "The things Tim was talking about ... I don't know how many of the young guys re - ally heard him that day," McDonough says. "But that was really his message — that no matter what role you played on the golf course or how old you were, thinking about the en - vironmental impact of our work and sharing the good things that we were doing was part of the job. It was something we had to do." "Peter's the kind of person who just needed a spark. I don't know exactly what I said in that presentation, but I'm glad he found that spark there," Hiers says. He goes on to describe McDonough as "methodical, persistent, practical, diplomatic. He has a vi - sion for where he wants to go and where he wants the industry to go. He takes the long view, and he walks the talk." Come together It wasn't until McDonough came to north-central Virginia to take over mainte - nance responsibilities at the Keswick Club that the importance of the lessons he had learned about environmental responsibility, communications and partnerships came into complete focus. He attributes some of that to geography. In Charlottesville, he found a community that embraced its past — Monticello, the famed home of Thomas Jefferson, is just a stone's throw from the Keswick Club — as enthusiastically as it protected its future. Looking at things through an environmental lens wasn't just an option in this part of the world. It was a requirement. "You have the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Piedmont Environmen - tal Council right here, some of the biggest environmental groups in the country," Mc - Donough says. "It doesn't take long to get the message that we all have to share and we all have a part to play around here." The rest of that awakening to the power of collaboration, he credits to circumstance. McDonough played a key role in the creation of the Virginia GCSA upon his arrival in the state, receiving the chapter's President's Lifetime Service Award for his efforts. The redesign of Keswick Hall's Full Cry included numerous unique touches, including the conversion of an old railroad car into a bridge leading to the tee on the course's 17th hole. Photos by Ashley Twiggs

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