Golf Course Management

JAN 2017

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58 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.17 out the planning and approval phases — in- volved every step of the way. While most of Riomar's members are seasonal, many don't head north until the beginning of June, so for the first two months of the renovation efforts, I offered a weekly lunchtime tour to interested members, taking them around the course and showing them the different stages of construction and establishment, pointing out challenges and resolutions along the way. Additionally, at the end of each week, I'd send out an email update that included photos of the most recent work. A plan pays off It never ceases to amaze me what can be accomplished on a golf course over the course of one summer. In Riomar's case, the course was torn down, reconstructed and reopened in that span of time. Reflecting on the proj - ect, I think three things made it happen so smoothly: planning, support and luck. We had a great team, and we did our homework. Membership voted overwhelmingly to move forward with the project, and gave us all the tools we needed to succeed. And we couldn't have asked for better weather — dry to move dirt, and then wet to grow in the new grass. And about that unit-price-based contract: It allowed Riomar to complete all work at a substantial savings to budget, and in turn, the club was able to commission Superior Golf Concepts to complete all of our wish list items. Nov. 1, 2015 saw an opening day that set a new club record for rounds of golf. Con - sider this gem polished! PJ Salter is the director of agronomy at Riviera Country Club in Coral Gables, Fla., where he has worked since Feb - ruary 2016. He was the superintendent at Riomar Country Club from 2014 to early 2016. He lives in Miami with his wife, Lisa, and their daughter, Tallulah. Born and raised in Detroit, PJ moved to Florida after graduating from Michi - gan State University in 2005. He is an 11-year member of GCSAA, and serves on the board of directors of the South Florida chapter. Leo Feser Award CANDIDATE This article is eligible for the 2017 Leo Feser Award, presented annually since 1977 to the author of the best superintendent-written article published in GCM during the previous year. Superintendents receive a $300 stipend for their articles. Feser Award winners receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Golf Industry Show, where they are recognized. They also have their names engraved on a plaque permanently displayed at GCSAA headquarters. Seaside splendor: Riomar CC is so named because of its location between the Indian River ("rio") and the Atlantic Ocean ("mar"). The 98-year-old private club was built the same year the city of Vero Beach was incorporated. Photo by Jared Blais

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