California club elevates Kyle Butler to superintendent

California club elevates Kyle Butler to superintendent

Butler will lead turfgrass conversion and water retention projects at The Preserve Golf Club at Santa Lucia Preserve.

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January 11, 2018
GCI Staff
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The Preserve Golf Club at Santa Lucia Preserve has elevated Kyle Butler to the lead position of golf course superintendent at the Tom Fazio-designed golf course.

Serving as assistant superintendent since December 2016, Butler now will oversee all maintenance of the golf property that winds through the majestic Santa Lucia mountain range close to Carmel-by-the-Sea. He also will assume a leadership role in The Preserve’s ongoing turfgrass conversion and water retention projects that together will eventually result in a water savings of 30 percent annually.

“Kyle Butler has been an important member of our staff the past year, showing the ability to conquer a variety of unique tasks throughout the golf course,” said Karen Baxter, CEO of the Santa Lucia Preserve. “His strength in team development, as well as in maintaining the exceptional standard of course conditions at The Preserve, make him a natural for this assignment.”

Butler came to The Preserve from nearby Carmel Valley Ranch, where he was assistant golf course superintendent for five years. Prior to that, Butler began his career on the staff at Pebble Beach Company, as assistant superintendent for The Links at Spanish Bay, from 2006 to 2011.

Born and raised in Fort Collins, Colo., Butler is a 2006 graduate of Colorado State University, where he majored in Landscape Management, earning a degree in landscape horticulture/turf management.

“I am excited for this opportunity,” Butler said of his first position as a head superintendent. “I have always thought The Preserve was amazing. I appreciate being selected and look forward to enhancing the golf experience at The Preserve.”