Greg Holden of the Clear Lake Golf Course in Onanole, Man., has been named the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association/Bayer Superintendent of the Year for 2017.
The CGSA/Bayer Superintendent of the Year award recognizes a member of the CGSA who has held the position of golf course superintendent for a minimum of five years and who has distinguished her or himself through dedication to the profession, performance as a golf course superintendent and contributions to their profession and their community.
“Greg Holden is probably known as the most adventurous golf course superintendent and truly one of the most vigilant of the environment,” said CGSA president Jim Flett.
“I had the privilege of calling Greg to inform him of winning this award and with this being Greg’s final season as superintendent at Clear Lake Golf Course before retiring, what better way to add to his already astounding career,” added Flett.
As the CGSA/Bayer Superintendent of the Year winner, Holden will receive registration in the 2017 Can Am Cup in New Jersey, including all travel and hotel costs and two all-access” registrations to the Canadian 2018 Golf Course Management Conference in Quebec City Feb. 26-March 1, including four nights accommodation and transportation costs.
He will also receive a tour of the Bayer Environmental Science research facility and bee care centre in Clayton, N.C., a trip for two to the Pinehurst Resort, and asite visit from a Bayer specialist to discuss his needs to design a $10,000 complimentary plant protection package for the golf course.
Holden has been a CGSA member since 1999 and was the president of the CGSA in 2010.
He collects up to 10,000-plus litres of used cooking oils from shops and resorts around town to make bio-diesel to run seven pieces of equipment.
Holden has experienced many adventures throughout his life thus far, from being a cameraman on a six-month journey crossing the Pacific Ocean on a rafting expedition from Ecuador to Australia, co-owning and operating the Mooswa Resort with his wife Linda in Riding Mountain National Park for 15 years.
He also operated a small organic farm on his property, prior to stepping into his current position as superintendent at the Clear Lake Golf Course.
His career began back in 1993 when he got the opportunity to work for the Clear Lake Golf Foundation.
At that time, they were in the process of submitting a bid to Parks Canada to run the golf course in Riding Mountain National Park.
Holden was instrumental in the writing of the environmental section of that bid that ultimately won them the contract to operate the course for Parks Canada over a 25-year period.
Holden has won or been a part of several awards, including the Eco Network Environmental Stewardship Award and he was a finalist for the 2009 Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award.
He was the Manitoba Golf Superintendents Association (MGSA) Superintendent of the Year Award winner in 2012 for his outstanding contributions to the industry.