19th Hole: Jared Stanek

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Jared Stanek (Photo: Stephanie Collins)

Jared Stanek (Photo: Stephanie Collins)

Jared Stanek

Superintendent // Toscana CC, Indian Wells, Calif.

After 18 holes, what can I get you? How about a soft seltzer with a slice of lime? Maybe a Pellegrino. You have to retire my drinking jersey in the rafters; I haven’t had a drink in quite some time.

Tell me about your family. I’ve got two sons, 6 and 8, Ashton and Logan. They’re awesome. They’re great helpers around the golf course, around the home. They’re great dudes. I love being a dad.

What would you like me to know about Toscana? These two courses are amazing. Jack Nicklaus designed both of them. We have a desert 18 called the North Course, with a real lush but desert palette — lots of agave, cactus, ocotillo, bougainvillea. Our South Course is a lot more traditional — big bunkers with white Augusta sand, date palms, roses. Two different courses with a different feel but that Nicklaus style. A lot of the holes favor his power fade.

How long have you been there? It’ll be two years. I started in February 2020, when it was a different world. Four weeks after I started, we closed the club. Now we’re adapting, and the club is in a good spot. It was a really interesting way to start a new job, a new challenge, and then have that wrenched in after you start.

What was the last game you played and how did you do? We had our superintendent scholarship tournament, a four-man scramble, and we shot 18-under 54 and took home the hardware. That was two weeks ago. We’ve got bragging rights over all the HiLo GCSA: Matt Balesteri, Indian Wells Golf Resort; his head golf pro Derek; and Jeff Stephenson, our Nutrien Ag Solutions sales rep. All great golfers. Matt is incredible, he used to be a golf pro.

What teams do you root for? I’m a proud (University of) Wyoming Cowboy, I support all things Wyoming Cowboy. And I’m a Denver Broncos fan; the majority of people from Wyoming root for Denver sports teams — Rockies, Avalanche, Broncos — but I’m Wyoming till I die.

What’s the best thing about being able to claim Wyoming as your home state? Well, not a lot of us can — it’s the least populated state in the country, but it’s such a special place. If you love the outdoors, the Big Sky Country … there’s something about Wyoming. You can drive for miles and not see anyone. Good people, there’s a sense of community there. There’s only five of us there. You have to be kind to one another.

Fill in the blank: I wouldn’t be at this point in my career without ________. You know, I never worked for him, but Rick Mooney (vice president of Shore Lodge | Whitetail Club, McCall, Idaho). He’s a guy I’ve called a couple hundred times in moments of crisis, and he always has his own unique way, his unique wisdom, of giving me just what I need. He’s always been a mentor.

As interviewed by Seth Jones, Oct. 13, 2021.

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About the Author: Seth Jones

Seth Jones, a 25-year veteran of the golf industry media, is Editor-in-Chief of Golfdom magazine and Athletic Turf. A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Jones began working for Golf Course Management in 1999 as an intern. In his professional career he has won numerous awards, including a Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) first place general feature writing award for his profile of World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman and a TOCA first place photography award for his work covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In his career, Jones has accumulated an impressive list of interviews, including such names as George H.W. Bush, Samuel L. Jackson, Lance Armstrong and Charles Barkley. Jones has also done in-depth interviews with such golfing luminaries as Norman, Gary Player, Nick Price and Lorena Ochoa, to name only a few. Jones is a member of both the Golf Writers Association of America and the Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association. Jones can be reached at sjones@northcoastmedia.net.

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