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Golf at Jonathan's Landing

Professionally Speaking

With Neil Lockie, Director of Golf
While there is an element of relief when writing the May Journal entry, the final entry for the 2018-19 season, believe it or not there is also an element of sadness that it’s all over for another season. With a couple Closing Days to finish up, the 2018-19 season is one that will not soon be forgotten and for me it will be remembered as the year of new!

We began with several changes to our golf staff personnel and the arrival of many new faces joining our team for the very first time. As the turn of the year approached and the excitement of opening the Fazio Golf Course grew closer, we had to face the challenge of another staff change. In December Jon Arthur left us and took with him almost 12 years of JL and Old Trail experience. Jon departed with our best wishes but created both a void and huge opportunity. Bryon Burk stepped up to the new role of Member Services Manager and we welcomed Ben Walsh as our new Head Golf Professional at Old Trail. We drew a breath, welcomed the new team and jumped into battle! The Old Trail Clubhouse was now officially open along with our fantastic new Golf Shop and we were ready to officially unveil the new Fazio Golf Course. On January 3rd we had several generations of the JL family strike opening shots to get things going. A wonderfully well attended event was emceed by the Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte and the great fanfare was exceeded by the response that everyone has had to the course renovation. The feedback from everyone has been exceptional and we could not be more pleased with the result. The course has remained busy throughout the season, has drained exceptionally well and simply keeps getting better every day! The new component was filled by the vast number of new Members we have welcomed this season. Once again, we have had a wonderful group of Preview Members, and with so many Sports Member upgrades becoming more and more involved in Club life, we have had a remarkably active season. This busy season was fun and successful and we look forward to more of the same when everyone returns this fall.

While season may be over for many, the summer will keep our staff busy. For the first year in many, we will not have a summer membership but that itself offers an opportunity to host more events and we have a full calendar for the summer ahead. In May we will host the South Florida Senior Open, in June the Florida Amateur Championship, in July the South Florida Pro-Scratch Championship and in October we will welcome a Division 1 Collegiate Event to JL for the first time. We will welcome the girls to Old Trail to play in the Inaugural Jupiter Women’s Intercollegiate. This event will combine some local Florida Schools along with some well known national programs including two Ivy League Schools. Along with some other 1-day events our staff will be kept on our toes and will soon begin planning for your return!

Please note that the summer reciprocal program beings on May 6th and we have another wonderful collection of clubs that will allow you to experience their facility as we welcome their members to see all that we enjoy here at JL. Pick up your reciprocal list in the Golf Shop and let us help you enjoy some of the best golf South Florida has to offer.

Your Golf Staff is ready to play some golf this summer and we welcome the opportunity to join you. Feel free to ask any of our Professional Staff to join you for a game at the Club this summer. We will need to get practicing to see if we can have any impact in this summer’s SFPGA events!

We appreciate all your support this season and wish you a fun, safe and happy summer, wherever you will be spending it.

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