Frank Heery worked under Latshaw at Congressional in the 90s.
The Club at Mediterra announces that Frank Heery has assumed the position of director of agronomy. Heery is responsible for all of the club’s landscaping and its two award-winning, Tom Fazio-designed championship golf courses.
“Frank is regarded as one of the country’s top golf course agronomists, water managers and course rehabilitation specialists, and we are very pleased to welcome him to Mediterra,” said Thomas Blair Wallace III, The Club at Mediterra general manager and CEO. “Our championship courses are the cornerstone of Mediterra, and in Frank we have found a highly skilled agronomist for day-to-day and long-term management of these very valuable club assets.”
Heery has more than 20 years’ experience in the field of agronomy and golf course maintenance including at Platinum Top 100 Clubs such as Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills, Colo., Denver Country Club in Denver and, most recently, Westmoreland Country Club in Chicago. Early in his career, Heery worked under renowned golf course superintendent and consultant Paul Latshaw at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. During his tenure there, Congressional hosted the 1995 US Senior Open and the 1997 US Open.
Additional accomplishments include being named one of the youngest Platinum Club superintendents when he was 27 years old. The U.S. Golf Association and the home course superintendents also named Heery superintendent of water management for all turf, including greens, for several championships between 1995 and 2010. Heery has also served as invited guest superintendent for many USGA National Championships from 1995 through 2011. He has a bachelor of science in agronomy and environmental science from Delaware Valley College.
“My No. 1 goal has always been to prepare a course so that golfers have an exceptionally memorable experience,” Heery said. “You will see me working in a bunker or out in a fairway with my Mediterra staff in order to deliver the golf experience intended by Tom Fazio when he designed these wonderful courses.”
Mediterra is a 1,697-acre Mediterranean-style community with villas, single-family homes and coach homes, and more than 1,000 acres of open space that includes miles of bicycle paths and nature trails leading to a series of themed neighborhood parks. The community’s members own The Club at Mediterra, with its two championship golf courses, a golf learning center and short-game practice area, a 25,000-square-foot clubhouse, The Sports Club with seven Har-Tru tennis courts, outdoor pool, three spa rooms and fitness center. Members also own the private Mediterra Beach Club, which features an elevated swimming pool, expansive sundeck, and indoor and al fresco dining overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.
The Club at Mediterra has achieved national recognition as one of the top golf facilities in America. It has been honored with the Environmental Leaders in Golf Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and the Golf Digest magazine and has been named by Golf Magazine as one of the 50 Best Golf Communities in America. Mediterra has also been named one of the top 100 golf communities in America by Travel + Leisure Golf for four consecutive years and twice by Links magazine. It was the first-ever 36-hole course to earn Audubon International’s Silver Signature Sanctuary status.