GCM’s Industry News Digest: April 2021

The latest golf course product and industry news, curated for golf course superintendents and other turf industry professionals.


Golf industry news April 2021
Editor’s note: The GCM team will be doing our best to maintain an up-to-date feed of announcements on this page. If you have news you think belongs here, please email editor Megan Hirt.


Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Ingersoll Rand Inc. has entered into an agreement to sell its specialty vehicle technologies segment, Club Car, to the global private equity firm Platinum Equity. The transaction is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2021. “Club Car has a long history of leadership in golf, utility and consumer low-speed vehicles, and we look forward to nurturing their core business and supporting the diverse needs of the company’s customers,” says Tom Gores, chairman and CEO of Platinum Equity. “We are excited to partner with the Club Car team and support the business as it executes on its strategy of operational excellence and ongoing, profitable commercial growth.” Read more.

Target Specialty Products will host the next installment of its Turf Fuel Master Class series on Thursday, April 15 at noon Eastern. The free webinar, “More Than Just Nutrition: Turf Troubleshooting,” will be an interactive discussion led by Target Specialty Products proprietary products manager Mark Jull. Register for the webinar.

Capillary Bunkers has hired Cory Blair as its new sales and business development manager for the southeastern United States. Blair’s territory will extend from Arkansas in the west to the Carolinas in the east and include Georgia, where he is based, Tennessee and Mississippi. Blair is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in agronomy and soils. “As someone who worked on golf courses for a number of years, I like being able to help superintendents,” Blair says. “I see Capillary Bunkers as an Everyman product. Although it’s high-spec, it is still affordable to little mom and pop courses, because they can install it in-house as resources allow.”

Monday, April 12, 2021

Golf course architect Forrest Richardson, who is the current president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, has announced that Jeffrey A. Danner, ASGCA, has joined his design firm as senior golf course architect. Known for decades as Forrest Richardson & Associates, the firm will transition to Richardson | Danner Golf Course Architects and operate from two offices, in Phoenix and Northern California. “It’s a goal we’ve had for several years, to bring the right person aboard,” Richardson says. “There’s strength in having two golf course architects coming together to build upon a shared passion that golf must be fun, inclusive and sustainable. It’s especially effective when one golf course architect is older and has ‘seen it all,’ and when the other is experienced, but younger, with a fresh perspective. Jeff fits the bill perfectly.” Read more.

Troon has been selected to manage three Southern California golf courses owned by Garden Grove-based Sanyo Foods Corp. of America: Yorba Linda Country Club in Yorba Linda; Lomas Santa Fe Country Club in Solana Beach; and Tustin Ranch Golf Club in Tustin. Yorba Linda CC is set in the rolling hills of north Orange County and features a Harold Rainville-designed course. The golf course at Lomas Santa Fe CC, located 20 miles north of San Diego, was designed by William Bell. Tustin Ranch GC features a Ted Robinson-designed course that’s the centerpiece of the Tustin Ranch community. Read more.

The National Golf Foundation published insights on the impact of increased remote working on the golfing habits of non-retired core golfers. Read more on NGF’s “The Q.”

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Beginning March 5, 2021, Patrick Husby, superintendent at Navesink Country Club in Red Bank, N.J., ran 4 miles every four hours for 48 hours in the David Goggins 4×4×48 Challenge, with the goal of raising money for the GCSANJ Foundation, the charitable arm of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of New Jersey. A 16-year GCSAA member, Husby (on the left in the photo below, with GCSANJ Foundation president Tyler Otero) raised $16,200 from 150 donors throughout his community and the local golf community. The challenge is inspired by retired Navy Seal David Goggins, and Husby completed it March 7, with supporters able to follow his progress on Twitter.

Patrick Husby

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

16 GCSAA members recently achieved Class A superintendent status:

  • Jose Alvarez, Fort Washington Country Club, Fresno, Calif.
  • James N. Armstrong, Glade Springs Village Property Owners Association, Daniels, W.Va.
  • Collin J. Cannon, Grand Forks (N.D.) Country Club
  • George Chavez, Pelham Bay and Split Rock golf courses, The Bronx, N.Y.
  • Ryan D. Emerich, Vesper Country Club, Tyngsboro, Mass.
  • Patrick M. Hagan, Waccabuc (N.Y.) Country Club
  • Justin F. Hunt, Mission Hills (Kan.) Country Club
  • Shaun D. Marcellus, Wanumetonomy Golf and Country Club, Middletown, R.I.
  • Aaron Motl, Lincoln Golf Course, Grand Forks, N.D.
  • Steven Murphy, Ole Miss Golf Course, Oxford, Miss.
  • Kevin W. Nash, Greystone Golf Course, White Hall, Md.
  • Emmett Reilly, Quit Qui Oc Golf Club, Elkhart Lake, Wis.
  • Ryan Sloan, Brockville (Ontario) Country Club
  • Kyle Stirn, Baker National Golf Course, Medina, Minn.
  • Jacob R. Talley, Tipton (Ind.) Municipal Golf Course
  • Zachary M. Tolleson, Rock Creek Golf Club, Fairhope, Ala.

Two GCSAA members recently completed Level 1 of the association’s Equipment Management Certificate Program:

  • Glenford Downey, Okanagan Golf Club, Kelowna, British Columbia
  • Chris Richardson, Skaneateles (N.Y.) Country Club

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The new Stillwater community and golf club near Jacksonville, Fla. — set to open in late 2021 — will feature revetted pot bunkers made possible by EcoBunker’s synthetic bunker edging system. Synthetic grass tiles are built on top of each other to create a layered effect, and the end product is a fortified bunker that reduces wind-based erosion. “Revetted bunkers are exceptionally rare in warm-season grass environments,” says Richard Allen, inventor and CEO of EcoBunker. “The extreme nature of these climates means that bunker faces can easily be destroyed by heavy rain. Our product helps solve that problem.” The 18-hole Stillwater course was designed by Bobby Weed.

Revetted bunkers Florida

Target Specialty Products has launched Turf Fuel INFINITE, a soil surfactant and stress management system. Turf Fuel INFINITE combines Diuturon, a patent-pending surfactant, Templar, a plant stress technology, and four other companion polymers, which the company says enables turf managers to take control of soil hydration and plant health like never before. The product will be available in late April 2021 on a state by state basis as regulatory approvals are granted.

Troon has been selected to manage Esplanade Golf & Country Club, a private club and community in Naples, Fla. Troon Privé, the private-club-operating division of Troon, will manage golf course agronomy as well as the club’s resort-style amenities, food and beverage operations, membership marketing, and more. Esplanade Golf & Country Club features an 18-hole Chris Wilczynski-designed golf course that was named one of the “Best New Courses in America” by Golf Digest in 2014. Evan Fisher, a seven-year GCSAA member, is the golf course superintendent at Esplanade Golf & Country Club.

Esplanade Golf Country Club

Monday, April 5, 2021

Redwood Canyon Golf Course in Castro Valley, Calif., has achieved designation as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Superintendent Justin Brasseur, an eight-year GCSAA member, spearheaded the initiative. The 18-hole public course’s environmental efforts include providing extensive native acreage; reducing irrigated areas to conserve water; establishing buffers around water bodies; providing wildlife habitat for indigenous species; and conducting extensive water quality testing. Learn more.

The USGA announced Philadelphia Cricket Club will host the ninth U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, May 25-29, 2024. Match play and stroke play will be contested at the club’s Wissahickon Course; the club’s Militia Hill Course will serve as the stroke-play co-host course. The Pennsylvania club was originally scheduled to host the 2020 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball before the championship was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. GCSAA Class A superintendent Dan Meersman, a 21-year association member, is the director of grounds and facilities at Philadelphia Cricket Club.

Prime Source has hired Jeremy Moore as Southeast territory manager. Moore has over 20 years of experience in the turf and ornamental industry, previously working in sales for TruGreen, Scotts Lawn Care and Quali-Pro. He holds a bachelor’s degree in ag-business from North Carolina State University and will be based in North Carolina.