Golf Course Management

FEB 2016

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72 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.16 NATIONAL WINNERS Overall and Public Mark Condos Las Positas Golf Course Livermore, Calif. GCSA of Northern California Private Dave Davies, CGCS TPC Stonebrae Hayward, Calif. GCSA of Northern California International Jason Honeyball OslerBrook Golf and Country Club Collingwood, Ontario, Canada Ontario GCSA CHAPTER WINNERS Private Thomas M. DeGrandi TPC River Highlands Cromwell, Conn. Connecticut Association of GCS Christian Drake Highlands Country Club Highlands, N.C. Carolinas GCSA Rick Slattery Locust Hill Country Club Pittsford, N.Y. Finger Lakes Association of GCS Timothy G. Connelly TPC Jasna Polana Princeton, N.J. GCSA of New Jersey Jeff Reich TPC River Bends Maineville, Ohio Greater Cincinnati GCSA Jim H. Thomas, CGCS TPC Southwind Memphis, Tenn. Tennessee GCSA Thomas Brodeur TPC Boston Norton, Mass. GCSA of New England Public Gary Ingram, CGCS Metropolitan Golf Links Oakland, Calif. California GCSA Josh Heptig Dairy Creek Golf Course San Luis Obispo, Calif. GCSA of Central California Darin Pakkala Crystal Springs Golf Course Burlingame, Calif. GCSA of Northern California Michael Bednar Palouse Ridge Golf Club Pullman, Wash. Inland Empire GCSA Alex Stuedemann TPC Deere Run East Moline, Ill. Northwestern Illinois GCSA Gary Heath Glendoveer Golf Course Portland, Ore. Oregon GCSA Bobby Jaeger Lake Tahoe Golf Course South Lake Tahoe, Nev. Sierra Nevada GCSA Resort Joshua Kelley Hawk's Landing Golf Club Orlando, Fla. Central Florida GCSA MERIT WINNER Public Donald Paul Los Lagos Golf Course San Jose, Calif. GCSA of Northern California 2015 GCSAA/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards His previous jobs at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario, and King Val - ley Golf Club in King City, Ontario, opened Honeyball's eyes to the golf course/envi - ronment relationship. "Working for Dean Baker (CGCS) at Glen Abbey and hosting Canadian Opens gave me the experience of working at a high level, having the quest for perfection, especially when you're dealing with players of that caliber," says Honeyball, a 13-year association member. "At King Val - ley, we worked sunup to sundown. They wanted to put estates on property, so what are you going to do then to mitigate the en - vironment? I always had an affnity for na- ture and its sensitivity, especially water." He is also sensitive to the history of Os - lerBrook, which was a native settlement in the 1600s. OslerBrook has received the On - tario Archaeological Society Award for its work to preserve and recognize the signif - cance of the settlement. "I wanted to be in harmony with those people who were there long before us," Honeyball says. A key to OslerBrook's sustainability initiative is its 52-million-gallon water res - ervoir, which captures snow and rain. Os- lerBrook, situated on 232 acres with views of the Georgian Bay, includes 102 acres for golf. Two years after construction, Osler - Brook became an Audubon Certifed Sanc- tuary. Native grasses are an important ele- ment of OslerBrook, and the entire club has converted to LED lighting. As for pollution control, fertilizer is applied with a walking rotary spreader that prevents the product from being thrown into the pond. Ken Cousineau, executive director of the CGSA, says Honeyball's impact at Os - lerBrook and beyond touches many lives and facilities. "I wouldn't say Jason was the frst to have an environmental focus or passion, but with what he's done — in not only the design and approach the course has taken with respect to layout and construc - tion and work relative to the heritage of the golf course site — that has really pushed Jason to that level where people are looking to him for leadership and advice and sort of a case study on how to approach this end of the industry and make it successful," says Cousineau, adding that Honeyball's engag - ing personality allows him to connect easily with others. You have to be able to laugh and go with the fow sometimes in this line of work, Honeyball says. And that defnitely seems to have benefted his cause. "In our business, you've got to have a sense of humor, because with Mother Na - ture, it's not all in your control," Honeyball says. "There's nothing you can do about that, so just work hard and do your best." Howard Richman ( is GCM 's associate editor.

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