Lessons from a Challenging Year


What all clubs can learn about risk management and disaster recovery from the floods, hurricanes and wildfires that disrupted many properties in 2017.

Silverado Resort Damaged by Wildfire after PGA Tour Event

By | October 10, 2017

Just hours after completing its hosting duties for the Safeway Open tournament on October 8, the Napa, Calif., property evacuated guests and staff as a wildfire blew through hole No. 5 and ultimately “caused significant damage” to the property. The extent of the damage has not yet been determined. Jeff Sanders, Tournament Director of the […]

Wildfire Smoke Affects Central Oregon Golf Courses

By | August 30, 2017

The Milli Fire now measures more than 21,100 acres, affecting air quality and visibility. “[It’s not so] thick that you can’t see your hand, but sometimes in the mornings, I can’t see the trees on the back of the [driving] range, which is about 350 yards away,” said Rob Malone, Director of Golf at Aspen […]

Golf Course Fires Get Out of Control in Illinois, California

By | September 7, 2016

A controlled burn of a swampy area at Bittersweet Golf Club in Gurnee, Ill., by employees grew to several acres, and several regional fire departments extinguished the blaze. In Mission Viejo, Calif., a golfer at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club accidentally started a 20-acre brush fire when his golf club struck a rock and produced sparks. Though the fire was ruled unintentional, investigators will decide if the golfer will face consequences.

Adams Springs GC at “Ground Zero” of Wildfire

By | September 23, 2015

John Berry, General Manager of the Cobb, Calif., golf course wrote a firsthand account of the fire’s effect on the property, which left the pro shop and Club Room in “rubble and ashes.” The golf course owner plans to rebuild and reopen the property.

Wildfires, Smoke Affect Golf Rounds in Washington

By | September 8, 2015

Thick smoke, ash, and heat are keeping golfers away from courses north of Spokane, Wash. Dominion Meadows GC in Colville, Wash., was down by 1,500 rounds in August due to smoke obscuring visibility and poor overall air quality, but the falloff was offset by brisk season-pass sales.