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50 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.17 Polishing an oceanside gem Through prudent planning, clever budgeting tactics and some lucky nods from Mother Nature, the renovation of a renowned Florida course came in on time and with funds to spare, allowing for some added bonuses. When I inquired about the open superintendent position at Riomar Country Club in April 2014, I was unfamiliar with the facility and the city of Vero Beach, Fla., altogether. Upon set - ting foot on the grounds, though, I quickly realized the quiet beach town was home to one of Florida's best kept secrets. In 1919, Herbert Strong elegantly laid out Riomar's original nine holes over natural rolling sand dunes. Back then, Riomar was the only golf course from Palm Beach to Daytona Beach — about 75 miles in any direction. The club has seven holes on the Atlantic Ocean, and two more and a driving range with views of the Atlantic. Heck, even my office had an ocean view. Riomar is steeped in tradition, made up of members who value understated elegance and friend - ships within their club. One of the most exciting aspects about the job opportunity at Riomar was that the club was looking into the possibility of renovating the course, which had gone largely unchanged since its beginnings. Despite boasting those seven holes on the ocean — more than any other course in the state of Florida — continuity, the effects of time, and a few agronomic issues were major drivers to renovate. PJ Salter AT THE TURN (renovation) Ocean's seven: Riomar CC's seven holes on the Atlantic are the most of any golf course in the Sunshine State. An objective of the recent course renovation work was to accentuate the property's seascapes. Photo by Jared Blais