Golf Course Management

FEB 2016

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66 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.16 TPC Stonebrae features 80 acres of maintained turf surrounded by 300 acres of naturalized open space. Photo courtesy of Dave Davies National Private Dave Davies, CGCS TPC Stonebrae Hayward, Calif. In his youth, Dave Davies, CGCS, was the lead singer for the garage band Pearl Black. "It was the era of Southern rock cover bands," says Davies, who was and still is a fan of bands such as The Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd. "The frst album I bought was 'Johnny Cash Live at San Quentin.' Our band never made a dime." Davies' work on the golf course, though, has people singing his praises. "What he is doing is frst-rate. The work to get his course built, keep it up and running, has made for a living classroom in our industry. If you're going to build a golf course, Dave would be the person you'd want to go to and fnd out how to do it," says Terry Grasso, CGCS, a 28-year GCSAA member from Sequoyah Country Club in Oakland, Calif. "He has been a mover and shaker." TPC Stonebrae is only 9 years old, but the effort to bring it to fruition took decades. The private, gated community in Hayward, Calif., is situated 20 miles south of Oak - land. The golf course, which is at an elevation of 1,500 feet, offers scenic views of the San Francisco Bay. TPC Stonebrae's becoming a reality took more than 20 years of overcom - ing legal challenges and hurdles related to permitting requirements and environmental- impact litigation. "My passion for many of our directives and really our entire environmental approach has been and will continue to be supported by many, many people," says Davies. "Our ownership, our original consultants and, of course, our golf course architect, David McLay Kidd, all played important roles in setting the tone for this project and our future direction. The entire Stonebrae team continues to work diligently toward the successes of their vision. I have been instrumental in setting the tone at times, but it is the daily work of our entire staff that makes it a success." Ways in which Davies and TPC Stonebrae are dedicated to the environment are numer - ous and range from the club's IPM plan to its potable water source that requires daily site T l a F 2015 elga 0

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