Golf Course Management

FEB 2017

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64 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.17 The island of Kau Sai Chau holds Hong Kong's only destination for public golf. Photos courtesy of The Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau CHAPTER WINNERS Mahmud Ayeb Mather Golf Course Mather, Calif. Sierra Nevada GCSA Michael Bednar Palouse Ridge Golf Club Pullman, Wash. Inland Empire GCSA Anthony Benes Old Works Golf Course Anaconda, Mont. Peaks & Prairies GCSA Timothy Connolly TPC Jasna Polana Princeton, N.J. GCSA of New Jersey Jorge Croda, CGCS Southern Oaks Golf Club Burleson, Texas North Texas GCSA Matthew Gourlay, CGCS Colbert Hills Golf Course Manhattan, Kan. Heart of America GCSA Dale Hahn, CGCS TPC Summerlin Las Vegas Southern Nevada GCSA Gary Ingram, CGCS Metropolitan Golf Links Oakland, Calif. California GCSA Mark Kosbab, CGCS Sportsman's Country Club Northbrook, Ill. Midwest Association of GCS Jay Neunsinger Boundary Oak Golf Course Walnut Creek, Calif. GCSA of Northern California Kurt Noonan, CGCS Juniper Golf Course Redmond, Ore. Oregon GCSA Sean O'Brien, CGCS The Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club Sarasota, Fla. Sun Coast GCSA Brandon Reese TPC Louisiana Avondale, La. Louisiana-Mississippi GCSA Jeff Reich TPC River Highlands Cromwell, Conn. Connecticut Association of GCS J. Cutler Robinson, CGCS Bayville Golf Club Virginia Beach, Va. Virginia GCSA Jim Thomas, CGCS TPC Southwind Memphis, Tenn. Tennessee GCSA Carl Thompson, CGCS Columbia Point Golf Course Richland, Wash. Inland Empire GCSA Mark Trenter Chambers Bay University Place, Wash. Western Washington GCSA Jonathan Williams Sewailo Golf Club at Casino Del Sol Resort Tucson, Ariz. Cactus & Pine GCSA MERIT WINNERS Mark Condos Las Positas Golf Course Livermore, Calif. GCSA of Northern California Dave Davies, CGCS TPC Stonebrae Hayward, Calif. GCSA of Northern California Robert Esposo Pacific Grove Golf Links Pacific Grove, Calif. GCSA of Northern California Jason Haines Pender Harbour Golf Club Madeira Park, British Columbia Gary Heath Glendoveer Golf & Tennis Portland, Ore. Oregon GCSA Ron Kuhns Sun Willows Golf Course Pasco, Wash. Inland Empire GCSA Alan Nielsen, CGCS Royal Oaks Country Club Vancouver, Wash. Oregon GCSA Darin Pakkala Crystal Springs Golf Course Burlingame, Calif. GCSA of Northern California Jeremy Payne Napa Golf Course Napa, Calif. GCSA of Northern California More ELGA honorees 1994, is indeed a striking testament to golf course development as a means of environ- mental revitalization. It's also a hub for the sport. As the only public golf facility in Hong Kong, The Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau sees more than 200,000 visitors annually, and its patrons arrive at the exemplar environmental facility in apt fashion — via solar-powered ferries. Through its fleet of golf carts outfitted with solar panels, Chan says the facility is able to reduce its de - pendence on grid power even further. A cornerstone of the courses' sustainability is the self-sufficient irrigation setup. "The golf courses are constructed to effectively collect and store rainwater in reservoirs and re - cycle it as irrigation water for the turfgrass," says Chan, who has overseen the maintenance of The Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau since 2005. "About 70 percent of the North and South courses return rainfall to the reservoir. The newer East Course has been designed with a full closed drainage system, providing 100 percent return through a system of five under - ground tanks and two lakes." The Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau also has its own sewage treat- ment plant, and the effluent is given second life as irrigation for the courses. For Chan, who studied environmental science at Hong Kong Baptist University and earned a master's degree in turf management from the University of Sydney, the great - est challenge she faces in her role at The Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau is keep- ing the turfgrass first-rate year-round given Hong Kong's limited hours of sunlight in winter and spring — which also happen to be the peak seasons for golf. Despite the demands and the island's already remarkable turnaround, her approach remains steeped in stew - ardship, not only for the health of the land itself, but for the benefit of those who make that ferry trip. "Golfers can breathe fresher air here while experiencing healthy surroundings," Chan says. "It reduces the stress of a routine urban life — especially in Hong Kong." Megan Hirt is GCM 's managing editor. Along with the quartet of recipients in the national and international categories, 19 chapter winners and nine merit winners were chosen from GCSAA's 98 affiliated chapters.

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