Operator of the year honorees announced

Golf Inc. magazine has announced the honorees it its inaugural Operator of the Year competition. The competition, designed to recognize onsite operators who substantially improved their facilities in the prior year, recognized 15 operators in four categories — private club, daily fee, municipal and resorts.

“We were very pleased with the number and quality of the nominations,” said Jack Crittenden, Editor In Chief of Golf Inc. “The honorees represent the very best performers this past year and a good cross section of the golf industry.”

The competition was open to operators across the globe. However, only one honoree is from outside the United States — Scott Atkinson, who runs Blue Devil Golf Course in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The magazine will profile the honorees in the November/December issue of Golf Inc., and announce first place, second, third and honorable mentions. The honorees are listed below by category and then alphabetically by last name.


Derrick Barnett

BallenIsles Country Club

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.


Robert Blackburn

Stone Eagle Golf Club

Palm Desert, Calif.


Kevin Collins

The Club at Ravenna

Littleton, Colo.


Tim Halpine

The Players Club at Deer Creek

Omaha, Neb.


Lee Smith

TPC Summerlin

Las Vegas, Nev.


Daily Fee

Scott Atkinson

Blue Devil Golf Course

Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Marty Hoeffken

Whirlwind Golf Club

Chandler, Ariz.


Gary Huebner

1757 Golf Club

Dulles, Va.


Mike James


Stevens Point, Wis.



Jim Hajek

Fossil Trace Golf Club

Golden, Colo.


David Peru

Devou Park Golf Club

Covington, Ky.


Chris Strand

Dauphin Highlands Golf Course

Harrisburg, Pa.



Nancy Dickens

Kierland Golf Club at Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

Scottsdale, Ariz.


Alex Nakajima

Princeville Makai Golf Club

Princeville, Hawaii


Brad Williams

TPC Scottsdale

Scottsdale, Ariz. 


It would be a crime for Tim Halpine not to win! Best golf and social experience anywhere.

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