Mike Cole, General Manager of Golf at Stone Mountain (Ga.) Golf Club, was named Marriott’s Golf Professional of the Year and Mark Salisbury, Superintendent of Starr Pass Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz., was recognized as Golf Grounds Manager of the Year. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grand Cayman was named Golf Property of the Year.
Marriott Golf has announced its annual awards for golf excellence across its portfolio of properties. Mike Cole, General Manager of Golf at Stone Mountain (Ga.) Golf Club, was named Golf Professional of the Year; Mark Salisbury, Superintendent of Starr Pass Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz., was recognized as Golf Grounds Manager of the Year; and The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands has been named Golf Property of the Year.
Cole was recognized as an individual who consistently performs and exceeds in areas of sales and profit, supplier program compliance, rounds improvement, leadership in staff development, sales and marketing initiatives, and customer loyalty. With Cole leading the golf operations, the club enjoyed a significant increase in both rounds played and revenue, as well as member participation and programming. Additionally, Cole helped implement several course enhancement projects that led to improved overall golfer satisfaction, while the property also served as a host venue for PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) programming, an introductory golf program for military veterans with disabilities. Consideration for this prestigious award is based on performance excellence for current and previous years.
“Since assuming the General Manager of Golf position at Stone Mountain Golf Club, Mike Cole has been instrumental in the reinvigoration of the golf club and its programming,” said Claye Atcheson, Vice President, Marriott Golf. “It’s an honor to recognize Mike as our Golf Professional of the Year.”
Salisbury is responsible for maintaining the 27 holes of championship golf, located at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa. Under Salisbury’s guidance, the property achieved top ratings for course conditions, as its commitment to environmental stewardship is always a top priority. Salisbury’s team consistently demonstrates a high degree of quality through environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, water conservation and water quality management. Some of the criteria for this award includes: overall turf grass condition, successful large scale renovation or construction projects, member and guest satisfaction scores, employee satisfaction scores, loss prevention efforts, staff development, financial management, and continuing education with active pursuit of certification from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.
“We have some of the finest golf course superintendents in the world, and Mark Salisbury deservedly joins an elite group of award winners,” said Robert Waller, Senior Director, Grounds, Marriott Golf. “Mark’s commitment to maintaining an immaculate golf course, while utilizing eco-friendly course maintenance practices, is both impressive and refreshing.”
To earn Golf Property of the Year, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grand Cayman has exceeded customer expectations, earned exceptional retail presentation and revenue per round, and displayed a commitment to philanthropy, backed by its golf charity event which generated more than $70,000 during the 5th Annual Ritz-Carlton Invitational. Some of the award criteria include: performance excellence for current and previous years in various categories including golf sales, round improvements, turf grass conditions, innovative program development, customer satisfaction, and personnel training & leadership.