Golf Course Management

NOV 2014

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60 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 11.14 knew each other from their superintendent days in Indiana, while Gray also had a rela - tionship with Pete Dye that began in the 1960s at Crooked Stick Golf Club. (Dye and Tom Fazio are the course designers at PGA Golf Club, while Jim Fazio designed the nearby PGA Country Club.) Bishop reached out to Gray, saying, "Dick, we need your help." Gray, a 28-year member of GCSAA who designed The Florida Club and was instru - mental in making improvements to Jupiter Hills Club and Loblolly Pines, was retired when the call came, but listened intently. He understood the situation at PGA Golf Club, yet saw this situation as a unique opportunity to put an exclamation point on his career by bringing PGA Golf Club back to glory. PGA Golf Club general manager Jimmy Terry, a PGA member, eventually joined Gray, the club's new director of golf courses and grounds, three months later, but it took an epiphany. Terry and his wife, Rose, were a little surprised by what they saw upon their frst visit. Rose even said to Jimmy, who was general manager at TPC San Antonio and TPC Harding Park at the time, "Would you rather just go home?" While contemplating the question, he saw a group of PGA apprentices walking across the street from the PGA Education Center, fol - lowing a checkpoint. For Terry, it was a call- ing. He made the decision right there that if offered the job, he would take it, as he saw it as a means to give back to the organization that has given him so much throughout his career. "The big thing is that I want my associa - tion's golf courses to be the best they can be," Terry explains. Terry and Gray had never worked together prior to PGA Golf Club. The two have dis - tinctive personalities, but their chemistry is readily apparent. Terry is a tall Texan who makes you feel at home. Gray, with a straw cowboy hat always in tow, is an entertaining straight shooter. Together, they have facilitated a dramatic comeback. The changes over 18 months are stunning. Greens, which once suffered from ring around the collar — literally — are now manicured. Fairways and tee areas, which once were thin and stressed, are now lush. Overgrown vegetation has become pictur - esque scenery. "We kind of see things through the same set of eyes," Terry says with pride. "The things I see and think are important are also things he sees and thinks are important. And if we are on opposite sides, we fgure things out." Early dividends All of this is part of a three-year plan that Terry and Gray have established. Gray is quick to admit that it will take a few growing sea - sons to get everything as pristine as he would Top: Dick Gray (left) and Jimmy Terry (right) have combined to right the ship at PGA GC. Bottom: Gray installed "No!" signs on the course to keep golfers from venturing into sensitive areas. And it's working.

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