Golf Architect Rees Jones To Speak At Club Summit On Funding Renovations
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA, USA (May 10, 2016) – Golf course architect Rees Jones, nicknamed “The Open Doctor” for his work on numerous major championship venues, will be a key figure in a panel discussion on club renovations this summer at the Club Summit for Golf, Sports and Spa/Fitness Management. The event, organized by the Club Spa and Fitness Association, the Florida Chapter of the Club Managers Association of America and the U.S. Professional Tennis Association, is scheduled for July 31-August 3 at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla.
Jones will be part of a panel discussion on Tuesday, August 2 from 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., on the topic, “A Case Study: How To Get Club Membership To Buy Into A Multi-Million Dollar Renovation.” Joining Jones on the panel will be Brian Idle, the President of architecture and interior design services firm Peacock + Lewis; and Jason Fiscus, the general manager of Tulsa Country Club, Tulsa, Okla.
“Within the golf course design industry, having the ability to recreate from the existing design has long been just as important as building a new course from the ground up,” Jones said. “Our focus is to create design solutions that help streamline the maintenance process while preserving design integrity and improving the overall player experience. The same model has recently held true for the architectural and social aspects of private clubs as they determine how to remain vibrant and envision new areas of focus while making a concerted effort to attract new and younger members. I look forward to discussing and hearing new ideas at the Club Summit, an important step in the industry’s future.”
The golf course design firm of Rees Jones, Inc. was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in Montclair, N.J. The son of World Golf Hall of Fame architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Rees Jones has designed or redesigned more than 170 courses. Among his redesign work are sites for seven U.S. Opens, eight PGA Championships, five Ryder Cups, one Presidents Cup and East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga., the annual site of the PGA Tour’s Tour Championship. Jones’ venues will be featured this year when the PGA Championship is played at Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower Course) in Springfield, N.J., the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship is played at Sahalee Country Club (North/South), Sammamish, Wash., and the Ryder Cup goes to Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minn. Additionally, Jones completed work a decade ago on The Breakers hotel’s course, now called The Breakers Rees Jones Course. Recently, The Breakers asked Jones to renovate its second course, the Ocean Course, which is now in the planning stages with work set to begin next year.
Jones is one of seven people (also Robert Trent Jones Sr., Byron Nelson, Michael Hurdzan, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Pete Dye) to win the Donald Ross Award (American Society of Golf Course Architects), the Old Tom Morris Award (Golf Course Superintendents Association of America) and the Don A. Rossi Award (Golf Course Builders Association of America).
World Golf Hall of Fame member Gary Player, dubbed “Mr. Fitness” for his lifelong dedication to a healthy lifestyle, will be the keynote speaker on Monday, August 1 from 9:45-11 a.m. Player, a native of South Africa, is the most successful global golfer of all time, with more than 165 professional victories worldwide. He is one of only five men to capture golf’s coveted Career Grand Slam, winning all four of golf’s majors by age 29. He also is the only professional golfer in history to win the Grand Slam on the Senior Tour. In 2015, he celebrated his 80th birthday and the 50th anniversary of his career Grand Slam achievement.
“Rees Jones’ dedication to the quality of private and public golf facilities and the esteemed reputation of his family make him an iconic figure in assuring that clubs can understand how to be more successful,” said Kevin Caldabaugh, the President of the CSFA and the Fitness Director at John’s Island Club in Vero Beach, Fla. “The combination of Mr. Jones and Mr. Player and others participating in our Club Summit offers a fantastic opportunity for attendees to learn from their proven track records.”
“The global experience Mr. Jones has had during his distinguished career, paired with Mr. Player and our other well-versed presenters, is sure to make our conference of club industry professionals one of our greatest opportunities to network and learn how to succeed going forward,” said Jeff Hartigan, CCM, the President of FLCMAA and General Manager/COO of The Oaks Club in Sarasota, Fla.
About the Club, Spa and Fitness Association (CSFA)
Club Spa and Fitness Association, Inc. (CSFA), a not-for-profit organization based in Jupiter, Fla., was founded in January 2007 and represents approximately 300 private clubs and Fitness, Spa and Wellness Professionals in 22 states. CSFA’s mission is to set best practices and maintain superior business and ethical standards for those in the profession and includes an annual national conference, regional education events, an annual trend report, a “Future of Fitness” scholarship with California University of Pennsylvania, an online job bank and affiliation with the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA). Please see www.csfassociation.com for more information.
About the Florida Chapter of the Club Managers Association of America (FLCMAA)
The Florida Chapter of the Club Managers Association of America (FLCMAA) is the professional Association for managers of membership clubs in the state of Florida. With close to 650 members across all classifications, FLCMAA managers run more than 300 country, golf, city and yacht clubs. The objectives of the Association are to promote and advance friendly relations among persons connected with the management of clubs and other associations of similar character; to encourage the education and advancement of its members; and to assist club officers and members, through their managers, to secure the utmost in efficient and successful operations. The Florida Chapter is a subsidiary of the Club Manager’s Association of America (CMAA) and is recognized as the organization’s largest chapter with approximately 10 percent of all CMAA members worldwide. Please see www.flcmaa.org for more information.