Cypress Golf Management’s course maintenance subsidiary Cypress Golf Course Services (CGCS) signs another deal in the wonderful state of Georgia. Dekalb County GA and CGCS have signed a 5 year deal to oversee the renovation and ongoing maintenance of the Sugar Creek Golf Course located in Panthersville, Georgia. The facility consists of an 18 hole golf course, clubhouse, driving range and tennis courts.

The course was built in 1976 and has been closed for almost two years and will be undergoing many improvements to include renovating greens and bunkers, driving range, tree work, replacing and repairing bridges around the course and cart path repairs. Cypress will oversee the renovations and manage the course when it is ready to be opened to the public.

“Scott Zakany head of CGCS and Cypress President John Fogel worked for over a year on this contract and are happy to see the details finally falling into place. The Dekalb County staff has been very diligent and great to work with. We look forward to making Sugar Creek a gem for Dekalb county and their citizen to play” said Cypress CEO Bill Stine.  Renovations on the property are set to begin soon.

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) – Another 300-yard drive into the back of the range, Andre Lacy is a chip off the old block.

“He was a long hitter, he was a long hitter, and lots of times people would just watch him hit the ball and he could hit it, he could hit it,” said Lacy.

Lacy learned the game of golf from his grandfather, former PGA pro Jim Dent, one of the few African-American golfers on tour in the 80’s. He was known for hitting the ball deep and he got his start right here at the Augusta Municipal golf course.

“I’ve seen him out here more than I would on TV,” said Lacy.

Just a few years ago, this course, the one that first allowed black players in Augusta, was ready to close down. A move that would effectively have erased history for black golf pioneers like Jim Dent.

“They talked about selling the course, they leased it out, that didn’t work, that only lasted 3-4 months, and people just left,” said Ira Miller, GM at Augusta Municipal.

Miller led the new management to bring the course back. He said in the days of segregation, most of the black caddies at Augusta National would drive a few miles over to Augusta Municipal after work so they could play golf.

“I think it was great that they had a place to play and a matter of fact, most of the caddies that caddied at Augusta National they played golf here. This is where they learned to play golf,” said Miller.

Today, Lacy is trying to carve his own path to the PGA, hitting ball after ball on the same grass as his grandfather. To him, the Augusta Municipal is much more than just a golf course.

“Words really can’t describe it, I work here, I work on my professional career here. I wanna do everything I can to keep the course going as well, it’s important to our community,” said Lacy.

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Golf Course Maintenance

(AUGUSTA,GA) Member Tim Martin has played at the Patch for years, he says the course is now on a roll.

“This course is in the best shape that it’s ever been in the greens keeper and his staff have just done a tremendous job,” said Martin. Golf Course Maintenance

Martin isn’t alone in praising The Patch, (AKA) The Augusta Municipal Golf Course.

“We probably have the best green right now short of the masters and it’s improved a tremendous amount,” said Earnest Workman walking to the 10th green.

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Flipping through a red photo album, John Fogel’s chuckle grew louder each time he turned a page. Inside the book were before-and-after photos of the greens at Augusta Municipal Golf Course, starting in early-2014 and going through the present.

Golfers make putts on the practice green at the Augusta Municipal Golf Course. The course has 82 members. MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFFMICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Golfers make putts on the practice green at the Augusta Municipal Golf Course. The course has 82 members.

“You can’t help but laugh a little about how far this place has come since 2014,” said Fogel, president of Cypress Golf Management, which was put in charge of improving the course on July 1, 2014. “It’s remarkable. The Augusta community has really embraced what we’ve done and it’s amazing to see how proud people have become of this course. Many people have golfed here for years, and hearing their compliments is what makes everything worthwhile.” Read more

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Golf Course Superintendents Association of America event focuses on key industry topics

Lawrence, Kan. (Jan. 19, 2016) – Leaders of top golf organizations will join together from 3-4 p.m. Feb. 10 for “CEO Roundtable: Issues and Answers” at the 2016 Golf Industry Show in San Diego. Organized by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and presented in partnership with the National Golf Course Owners Association, the annual Golf Industry Show (GIS) is golf course management’s largest trade show and education conference.

The CEO panel will include chief executive officers Rhett Evans of the GCSAA, Peter Bevacqua of the PGA of America, Jay Karen of the National Golf Course Owners Association, and Jeff Morgan of the Club Managers Association of America. Geoff Shackelford, a contributor to Golf Digest and the Golf Channel, will moderate.

The program will allow these leaders to share their organizations’ specific insights on key industry challenges, including water use, player development and delivering profitability. It will also give the golf industry the opportunity to showcase how allied organizations are working together to strengthen advocacy efforts with governmental policy makers and communicate with golfers of all ages.

“We want to take a look at the key initiatives and challenges that are affecting the golf industry and demonstrate that the leading organizations are committed to working together for the long-term success of the game,” said Evans. “We can’t meet our challenges in a vacuum, and we have to understand each other’s concerns and work together to be successful.”

The 2016 GIS, set for Feb. 6-11, will carry the theme “Everything Under the Sun” and will include the GCSAA Golf Championships, followed by four days of an innovative education conference and trade show at the San Diego Convention Center. The nearly weeklong event is designed for the association’s 17,500 members, golf facility owners and managers, and the industries that market to those facilities.

More than 500 exhibitors are expected, with most coming from the four sectors of equipment, turf applications, golf carts and accessories. The GIS also features marquee events with entertainment, networking and recognition of award winners and industry leaders, including Herbert V. Kohler, executive chairman of Kohler Co., this year’s recipient of the Old Tom Morris Award.

“This is truly the place to be if you are in the golf course management field, as a golf facility owner or an industry partner,” said Evans.

The show is being held in San Diego for the third time in seven years. It was also held in San Diego in 2010 and 2013.The next events are scheduled for Orlando in 2017 and San Antonio in 2018.

The GIS is presented jointly with the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA), along with supporting organizations: the Golf Course Builders Association of America, the American Society of Golf Course Architects, the National Golf Foundation and the United States Golf Association. For more information, visit www.golfindustryshow.com.

About GCSAA and the EIFG
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management, and since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit EIFG at www.eifg.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

About the Golf Industry Show
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) presents the Golf Industry Show annually. It is an innovative trade show designed for the owners/operators of golf facilities, and the professional members of the golf course and club management industries. Featuring the GCSAA Golf Championships and the GCSAA Education Conference, as well as the largest exhibit floor in the industry, the event combines education, networking and solutions for golf course superintendents, owners/operators, general managers, chief operating officers, architects and builders.

The Golf Industry Show is presented jointly with the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA), along with supporting organizations: the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA), the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), the National Golf Foundation (NGF) and the United States Golf Association (USGA). The 2016 event will be held Feb. 6-11 at the San Diego Convention Center. Visit www.golfindustryshow.com.

Source: GCSAA.org