MVC names new golf course superintendent
Maggie Valley Club named Michael K. DeVane to the position of golf course superintendent. He brings more than 20 years experience in the field of turf grass management, course maintenance and business.
Some of his projects to enhance the Maggie Valley Club’s golf course include improvements to subsurface drainage, fairway drainage, tree removal and reconstruction of bridges.
DeVane joins Maggie Valley Club after serving as golf course superintendent at Balsam Mountain Preserve, Wade Hampton Golf Club and Sapphire Lakes Country Club. During his time at Balsam Mountain Preserve, he oversaw the complete construction of the course, including the early phases and complete grow in of the course. Balsam Mountain is an Arnold Palmer-design club and was named No. 11 best new private club in America by Golf Digest in 2008. As assistant superintendent at the Tom Fazio-design at Wade Hampton Golf Club, the course was ranked No. 2 in the state and No. 37 in the country.
“I am honored to be here and my crew and I will be working very hard to provide a great golfing experience,” said DeVane. “This winter, we will have a construction company here to install some drainage around a number of our greens to help with drainage issues along with some fairway drainage. Throughout the season we will be addressing the problems with the bunkers by cleaning out contaminated sand, edging and applying new sand. Another project will be the removal of some trees and underbrush that block essential sunlight and air movement around some of our greens.”
“Mike is an asset to our team,” said Jay Manner, general manager of the Maggie Valley Club. “He brings an extensive knowledge of turf grass management from construction and installation to redesign, bunker renovations, and overall project management. Course maintenance is a top priority for us. We’re looking forward to the club’s future as we celebrate our 50th anniversary year.”
For information, call the pro shop at 926-6013.