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TurfNet on Tour 2016: Jorge Croda

My aims and intentions in Europe...

Posted in Introduction 25 July 2016 · 2,351 views

So why am I doing this?  For more reasons than one would probably expect.


My family is originally from Colderu' in the North of Italy. My grandfather immigrated to Mexico in 1883 to help bring Italian knowledge of agricultural practices to that country. Having the opportunity to explore the roots of my ancestors is a great privilege. Italy and Spain have some of the richest history and culture in the world and I am looking forward to exploring and learning more. I am also excited to soak up the sun and sea!


My wife has been in Europe this summer working on her masters degree in education.  I planned my visit to coincide with the end of her studies so that we can enjoy some time in Europe together. I will be in Europe for a little over two weeks. 


I am interested in building relationships internationally to increase my knowledge about golf from all possible aspects and use that knowledge to grow the game of golf. In Italy I will be visiting Northern Italy, Milano, and Florence in the Tuscan region. In Spain I will be visiting Barcelona and Costa del Sol (Club de Golf Valderrama, Finca Cortesin, Real de Sotogrande, Real Club de Golf Las Brisas, and a few others) I have connected with superintendents from courses in these areas and have plans to visit with them and tour their courses.


I have a strong belief that learning about other cultures is a key to building stronger relationships, both personally and professionally, which leads to stronger business.  During my visits I hope to learn about how the culture of different people and regions influences the superintendent profession, and on a larger scale, the golf industry.  Water conservation, sustainable development and renewable energy are integral to the future of the golf industry.  These countries face unique challenges in these areas and have a depth of knowledge that I can learn from.


Roberto Cruz with me after I received my CGCS certificate.


My assistant, Roberto, and the phenomenal maintenance crew at Southern Oaks will be taking care of the course while I am away.

Jorge Croda, CGCS, to report on golf and golf maintenance in Europe

Posted in Introduction 21 July 2016 · 2,061 views

Welcome to the next chapter of TurfNet on Tour! This blog series was originally established to showcase TurfNet's contributions to the maintenance team for the Irish Open at the K Club in May. 

Longtime TurfNet member Jorge Croda, CGCS from Southern Oaks Golf Club in Burleson, Texas is headed back to Europe (we say BACK since he joined us on the 2015 TurfNet Members Trip to Ireland.) While there he will visit a number of course managers in Italy and Spain so it only seemed right to continue TurfNet on Tour as a way for Jorge to share his experiences from these course visits.
Jorge recently announced in his blog:

"At the end of this month I am traveling to Europe and am excited to have the opportunity to meet others in the golf industry in Spain and Italy.  I will be visiting courses in Costa del Sol and Barcelona in Spain and also in Italy will be visiting courses in Toscana and Northern Italy.


I am looking forward to forging new relationships with superintendents that experience golf everyday from the viewpoint of a different culture.  Being able to talk with them and learn about what accomplishments and challenges they face will help me to grow within my superintendent role.


I look forward to sharing these experiences with you, stay tuned!"

A native of Mexico, Jorge has been golf course superintendent at Southern Oaks since May, 2013.  He recently achieved his CGCS status, and was a TurfNet Superintendent of the Year Finalist in both 2014 and 2015.
Jorge has a BS in Engineering from Universidad Regiomontana, A.C. in Monterrey, Mexico. He is a certified coach of the First Tee of Fort Worth, and is a passionate advocate of the game and how understanding and applying the fundamentals of the game of golf can help everyone succeed in life.
Follow Jorge's blog, The Game of Golf in Life and @jorgecroda on Twitter.

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