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Golf at Jonathan's Landing

Professionally Speaking

With Joe Downey, Director of Golf

The last Journal of this season! As this marks the end of the season, it comes with some sadness knowing that we will be missing some of your faces around the Club this summer. While some of our Members will be filtering out throughout the month, the courses will be rocking through Memorial Day. June 1st marks the beginning of summer which will offer the staff time to reflect and rejuvenate in preparation for the Fall. It also brings great opportunity for projects to be completed and ideas to be implemented that might be difficult in our busiest months.

One of the key items on the list for this summer is for the Village course to be re-rated. The USGA requires recognized golf courses to be re-rated every 10 years and for the Village, the time is now! Come June, the Florida State Golf Association team will come to tackle this task. It will certainly be intriguing to see if there are any changes to its difficulty since 2011. Also this summer, we are slated to revamp our club repair offerings with new equipment that will be arriving. This will give us the ability to accommodate most club repair requests in house, where previously they were outsourced. We are extremely excited to add this to our list of offerings. Among other projects, we will also be gearing up our operation for the new Match Course and Practice Facility opening.

When we dive into our summer maintenance schedule, in order for the most effective aeration and fastest recovery, bringing cart traffic back to a standard volume will be of much assistance. Play in the Village is still at a peak and with over a year of single cart usage of personal carts, the course has taken on more than it ever has. Understanding that most of the golfing Membership here has been vaccinated, we are requesting that groups begin to pair up on carts. Come June 1st, we will be requiring groups to comply with this request.

Back in December, we were presented with the opportunity to host the Golf Channel at Old Trail while they filmed an episode of Playing Lessons from the Pros featuring PGA Tour player and Masters Champion Charl Schwartzel along with Phil Mickelson’s longtime caddy Bones McKay. They utilized holes 15, 16 and 18 of the Fazio course. The weather was perfect and the golf course presented itself in pristine conditions for the footage. Make sure to mark your calendar and tune into Golf Channel on Tuesday, May 4th at 7:00pm to catch JL on national television! It’s sure to be quite exciting to see our beautiful Club featured in such a light!

On top of summer projects and preparation, the Professional Staff will be fine tuning their games for the summer tournament schedule ahead. We are fortunate enough to have support towards our entry fees into these events from the JL Tournament Fund and are very eager to dive into some competition. In addition to the competition, participating and representing Jonathan’s Landing in our local PGA Section tournaments acts as a fantastic networking vehicle for the JL Professional. Normally, we’d be holding our end of season Pro-Am this month which is the biggest beneficiary to the fund, however, due to the current circumstances, we are unable to do so. Many have still reached out about making personal donations and we thank you very much for your generosity.

We appreciate all your support this season and wish you a fun, safe and happy summer.
 
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