Golf News for Wednesday, February 13, 2013 | Business

Pro-Turf International contracted by Arizona's Terravita Country Club

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Like most private golf clubs in today's struggling economy, Terravita Country Club has searched for ways to trim maintenance costs without negatively affecting the golf experience for its members.

Unlike many private clubs, however, Terravita accomplished that without passing the cost to its membership. Golf course superintendent David Dube contracted with Pro-Turf International Inc. (PTI) to eliminate approximately 7 acres of previously maintained areas of the golf course, without altering the way the course played.

"For instance, we took out about ½-acre-plus in front of teeing areas on several of the holes. In some cases it probably has helped pace of play because players get a better rollout on missed shots."

The PTI team graded and re-contoured the previously sodded areas. In some cases they let Mother Nature just fill in from there, and in some cases added desert native plant material that wouldn't impact play. The end result? Mission accomplished.

"The cost of commodities needed to maintain a golf course - oil, fuel, water, chemicals - continues to rise," said Dube. "By reducing our maintenance costs thanks to this project, we will be able to handle the increase in expenses without having to pass those increases along to the membership."

The membership seems to have taken to the new look of their golf course.

"At first, the members commented about the loss of green areas," said Dube. "But those comments disappeared as the new natural areas have become the norm. In fact, some of the players whose games have been helped by the change now like it much better."

When it came time to choose the company that would do the job, Dube had no hesitation.

"Mark (Doble) and Kip (Wolfe, PTI principals) have the highest level of respect I can give," said Dube. "And I chose them because of the diversity of this job. There was no blueprint for this. It needed ebb and flow, and it needed a company with some flexibility. That's the type of company Pro-Turf International, Inc. is. They can get the job done without building up the fee at every little turn.

"When it is a job with unique challenges that needs to get done on budget and on time, I will always go with Pro-Turf International."

Pro-Turf International, Inc. (PTI) is a unique corporation combining the finest talent available in the golf course and landscape construction industry today. With a combined experience of over sixty years, the PTI team has been involved in several of the most prestigious golf facilities in the country.

PTI provides a wide range of services with the experience to offer consulting, golf course architect selection, design and budget review, project management and supervision, full-line construction, remodeling and complete golf course grow-in maintenance. In short, PTI can simplify the process of completing your golf course or landscape project by providing a reputable package of services.

Partner companies include Key Golf Management which provides course owner/operators with skilled golf course maintenance teams that leverage Pro-Turf International's talent & expertise; BunkersPlus, which does bunker refurbishing; and Solutions 4Earth, which produces the Ultimate Turf fertilizer and other eco-friendly products.

For more information about PTI, visit, or call 1-877-421-1223.

Boasting breathtaking views from every hole and some of the finest bent grass greens in the region, Terravita's championship golf course is a pleasure to play. Designed by PGA Hall of Famer Billy Casper and Greg Nash to capture the views of Black Mountain, The Boulders and other surrounding mountain ranges, it offers exhilarating rounds with five tee boxes.

Terravita has garnered an impressive 1st place ranking in Ranking Arizona -- The Best of Arizona Business Magazine's listing of the state's top 10 private golf courses in five of the past six years.

The member-owned and operated Scottsdale country club since 1998 is financially sound with minimal debt. Significant infrastructure investments have been made since 2007, resulting in excellent playing conditions. Visit

Mike Jamison (407-328-0500, ext. 1