Golf Course Management

FEB 2016

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70 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.16 International Jason Honeyball OslerBrook Golf and Country Club Collingwood, Ontario, Canada GCSAA Class A superintendent Jason Honeyball may have received the ultimate com- pliment. Before he purchased OslerBrook Golf and Country Club in 2014, the owner, Bill MacWilliam, asked Honeyball whether he would be his superintendent. Otherwise, no deal. "I'd never seen anyone more dedicated than he is," MacWilliam says. "We are tourna - ment-ready on a day-by-day basis." Honeyball accepted. After all, he had been on site at OslerBrook since its inception, even living in a motel during construction. Today, OslerBrook doesn't look exactly as its architect Graham Cooke remembers it, and that's a sign that Honeyball has put his stamp on the place. "This is not the OslerBrook that was there when I fnished the golf course," Cooke says. "He (Honeyball) added layers and layers of interest. I'm just amazed at how he's brought it to life. He's sort of an artist. He takes every hole, tries to give it a special distinction. He likes to create that natural look, very native look. It's got a great expression." For someone who thought he'd be a marine biologist before he got hooked on the golf industry, Honeyball has made quite a statement. In 2009, he became the frst Canadian superintendent to be recognized as an e-par Environmental Management System profes - sional. A year later, Honeyball received the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association (CGSA) Environmental Achievement Award. In 2013, he earned the prestigious Gordon Witteveen Award from the CGSA for an article he wrote that focused on sustainable de - sign and management by means of a stormwater management design incorporated into a closed-loop system. Honeyball, 44, also is an inventor. He devised Draingarde, which addresses water-re - lated issues for superintendents by preventing contaminants from affecting the water source. The pond that fronts the 17th green at OslerBrook on a picturesque day. Photo courtesy of Jason Honeyball " H i t l 2015 elga 0

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