By Design – Issue 64, Winter 2023

11 DIGEST • Drew Rogers, ASGCA, and Mike Gogel, ASGCA, talk about what is required to evaluate and enhance greens. • John Fought, ASGCA, discusses designing holes along southern Utah cliffs and the importance of site visits. Here are links to other recent “Tartan Talks,” now featuring over 50 episodes: In the latest podcast from Golf Course Industry’s “Tartan Talks” series, Kipp Schulties, ASGCA, talks about working in south Florida following the Covid boom. “The golf business is as busy as I have ever seen,” said Schulties, noting a lot of the private clubs he works at are full, have waiting lists and are making a lot of money. “They are all wanting to do projects, however, there just aren’t enough contractors and resources to go around to support them all.” Schulties, who largely works in Florida, has completed five or six projects in Florida each year since 2014. “The contractors don’t have enough staff and resources to keep up with the intense demand for golf at the moment,” he said. “Because of that, we’re having to bid our projects out earlier – the drawback with this is that pricing for labor, products and services fluctuates so it’s harder to lock in prices. It’s crazy right now, we’re bidding for projects for them to start in 2025 and 2026!” Listen to the full “Tartan Talk” at “ The golf business is as busy as I have ever seen” Kipp Schulties, ASGCA The ASGCA has announced Executive Director Chad Ritterbusch (pictured) plans to retire from the position he has held since 2004. Ritterbusch will stay in his current role until a successor begins in the second half of 2024. ASGCA has started its search for a new Executive Director, who works with the ASGCA Executive Committee and Board of Governors, and helps oversee the programs of the ASGCA Foundation. “ASGCA is grateful to Chad for his leadership and the time, caring and commitment he has shown,” said ASGCA Immediate Past President Brit Stenson. “He has put together a great team of staff members who will continue their good work on behalf of ASGCA.” Ritterbusch said: “I am so grateful to ASGCA and put a lot of prayer into a decision that I ultimately felt was best for my family and many others. I feel it’s best for ASGCA, too, as it can seek a new leader with fresh ideas, able to tackle a golf landscape that has changed a great deal since I was tapped to lead 20 years ago. And now is a good time for a gradual transition, as ASGCA is very healthy and has such strong volunteer leaders and staff.” A complete job description can be found at Those interested in applying can also send questions to Inquiries will be accepted until March 15, 2024. ASGCA begins search for new Executive Director