Golf Course Management

JUN 2018

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50 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 06.18 "I'd do it again in a heartbeat — with someone else's money," laughs Michaud, a 39-year GCSAA member who spent his first 20 years in the business as superintendent at the No. 1 public course in New England: Sugarloaf Golf Club, a spectacular gem in the mountains of Maine designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. In fact, it was Michaud's achievements at Sugarloaf, combined by a cavalier statement in a feature article about him, that led to the three men's partnership in the first place. Michaud was renowned in the summer - time for Sugarloaf Golf Club's championship conditioning, and in the wintertime he earned the moniker "Crazy Eddie" for creating snow - boarding parks at American Ski Co. properties across the country, including at Sugarloaf USA. In the feature profile, the past president of the Maine GCSA remarked, "I'd like to get my hands on a 200-acre farm to build a golf course. Something tells me it would be unorthodox." At that point, hunting and fishing pals Myshrall and Lessard didn't know Michaud. But all that was about to change. Myshrall, who had happened upon a 240- acre farm for sale in Auburn, Maine, read that article, declared, "Aha," and called Mi - chaud. e rest is the history of Fox Ridge Golf Club, a four-and-a-half-star beauty of a course that rocks and rolls where 90 dairy cows used to graze. "People say Donald Ross got all the choice pieces of ground in New England," Michaud says. "Well, he missed this one. is was a beautiful spot to build a golf course." e trio's history is filled with highs, lows and myriad emotions in between. Michaud, Myshrall and Lessard quickly became a three-stranded cord, both for their love for the outdoors — attested to by a pro shop that, until recently, was adorned with multiple hunting and fishing trophies — and hard labor. With Horizon Golf owner Myshrall doing most of the design from his kitchen table and the three working dawn to past-dark, Michaud says, "We came in and built, grew in and opened the course in 14-and-a-half months, which is unheard of, even in Florida. Considering the winter, we basically built 18 holes in one summer. "We got open at the end of June 2001 with no clubhouse, and by that fall, the clubhouse was up." e three men give immense credit to the late Ken Anderson, a retired businessman and part-owner of highly regarded e Ledges in Wells, Maine, who became a 51 percent part - ner when funds ran dry. Indeed, Anderson's untimely death in a car Superintendent Ed Michaud (right) and co-owner Dan Horahan of H&F Golf Management share a moment on the clubhouse terrace. The terrace, which overlooks ponds on the golf course, is popular for guests, who can watch golfers walking to the ninth and 18th holes. "It's just so peaceful and quiet. We're only 3 miles from downtown, but it feels like you're out in the wilderness somewhere." — Ed Michaud

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