Mark Bostick GC renovated by Scot Sherman, ASGCA

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Scot Sherman, ASGCA, recently oversaw renovations at the University of Florida’s Mark Bostick Golf Course. This comes thirteen years after Sherman and Bobby Weed designed a new $4 million course for the University in 2001. This summer’s renovation included stripping, contouring, and re-grassing all greens with Champion Ultradwarf bermudagrass; reconstruction of bunkers including redesign of many throughout the course; renovation of the team practice area; irrigation upgrades; landscape improvements, and some tree removal to alleviate playability and shade issues. The course closed on May 19 and re-opened for play on August 28.Screen shot 2014-09-24 at 4.50.55 PM

“I am amazed how quickly 13 years has flown by,” Sherman says. “During those years, the University’s course has gotten a lot of use and it was time to make some upgrades – that’s what happens as golf courses age.”

Originally designed by Donald Ross in 1921, the previous 2001 project involved re-routing, re-designing, and replacing everything on-site – including the maintenance facility.

“The quality of the 2001 work allowed this 2014 renovation to be completed quickly, efficiently and economically,” Sherman says. “This summer’s project focused on infusing the layout with updated technology to carry the course through the next couple of decades. The newest turfgrass, bunker sand and irrigation technology have been brought to the site and will help challenge future generations of Gator golfers. The condition of the golf course is certainly better than ever.”

The course has been home to the Gators’ golf teams through five NCAA national championships (including 2001) and 21 SEC championships since 1962. Several prominent golfers have called the course their home including Billy Horschel, Camilo Villegas, Chris DiMarco, Sandra Gal, Lori Garbasz, Mark Calcavecchia, Gary Koch, Andy North and Steve Melnyk.

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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

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