Golf Course Management

AUG 2014

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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The scenery alone at Prince Golf Club on the Hawaiian island of Kauai makes for experiences usually seen in watercolor paintings or on the big screen. There is a rain forest on the property. Jungle. Rivers. The waterfall that comes out of a lava tube behind the 13th green (pictured here) by itself is breathtaking. For director of agronomy Derrick Watts, being able to work at a location most others would call a vacation destination is quite the perk. "It is unbelievably beautiful and an architectural marvel," says Watts, a 14-year GCSAA member. "For those who play the course, it is more a journey than a round of golf." Prince GC, on Hanalei Bay in Princeville, may look familiar. More than 50 years ago, its beauty was amplifed in scenes shot on location for legendary duo Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's musical "South Pacifc." If anything, the flm served as a launching point for the island being viewed as the place to be for romance and charm. In his own way, Watts has helped make the golf experience a land of enchantment. Photo courtesy of Prince GC

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