Posted on: February 21st, 2023 by Nick Graves

Director of Agronomy

San Antonio, TX

Briggs Ranch Golf Course – Director of Agronomy April 2019 – February 2022
San Antonio, Texas
Since its opening in 2000, Briggs Ranch was touted as one of the first courses to sod “wall to wall” Zeon zoysia, including L93 Bent Grass greens. I was able to resurrect an untrained crew while consistently coming in under budget. In addition, we have completed numerous in-house projects, including, but not limited to greenside bunker sand replacement, sodding acers of Zion, hundreds of tree removals, and construction of a new nursery, putting green, and short game area all without losing bent grass on greens. In 2020 we were successful enough to bring Briggs Ranch from number 4 in San Antonio to number 1, according to the Dallas National News.


Bluejack National – Superintendent September 2016 – April 2019
Montgomery, Texas
Bluejack has become a world-renowned club with a massive press following since its opening in 2016. Maintaining its status as a top five course in Texas means producing high-end results on a daily basis. I successfully led a very inexperienced staff, holding them to extremely high standards while increasing production and morale. We implemented a new training program focused on consistent course presentation, playability, and accountability, reduced water usage by 18%, and led agronomic and management plans.


Menlo Country Club – First Assistant September 2011 – September 2016
Woodside, California
Menlo Country Club is steeped in tradition being established in 1904 and completed a full 18 hole renovation in 2013 by famed architect Kyle Philips. I successfully led our entire staff in all aspects of implementation and growing-in of a prominent golf course including but not limited to maintenance, pre-plant, quality control, seeding, drainage, cost analysis, attended board meetings, and irrigation installation. I truly gained the experience of realizing the importance of communication, planning, and people skills through this undertaking.


The California Club – Assistant- in- Training February – September, 2011
South San Francisco, California
The California Club is ranked in the top 100 and went through a complete renovation in 2007.
I completed and implemented a formalized training program for mowing greens that established a standard of operation and set up a quality control system. I became certified in Microsoft Excel and Toro Lynx irrigation control system.


The Los Angeles Country Club – Intern April- December, 2010
Los Angeles, California
The Los Angeles Country Club is ranked in the top 100. My responsibilities included leading small teams of AITs in charge of growing in newly seeded USGA spec bentgrass greens. I implemented and directed a team through all chemical, cultural, and watering practices. I wrote new programs for watering in new sod and sprigs, using Toro VP satellites. I was also a vital part of repair and setting angles for a newly installed irrigation system.


Caves Valley Golf Course – Intern December 2008 through August, 2009
Owings Mills, Maryland
I performed all cultural practices related to keeping the golf course firm and fast. I specialized in water management with a conscious focus on giving the plant what it desires.

Spring Creek Golf Club – Intern May-September 2008 & August-September 2009 Charlottesville, Virginia Spring Creek is a semi-private club that was voted best new affordable course in 2007. I was an intricate part of management decision-making where communication skills were expanded upon including management of small specialty crews.



Pennsylvania State University Two Year Golf Course Turfgrass Management Program 2008 – 2010

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