Big Cedar names new director of agronomy
Lee Carr; courtesy of Big Cedar Lodge, inset

Big Cedar names new director of agronomy

After 13 years with the Pebble Beach Company, Jeff Steen will oversee all five courses at the Ozarks resort.

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Big Cedar Lodge announced that Jeff Steen is its new director of agronomy and will oversee the resort’s five golf courses.

Steen has more than 24 years of experience managing premier golf resorts, including 13 years with the famed Pebble Beach Company. Steen earned his B.S. in horticulture and turfgrass management from Olds College in Olds, Alberta.

“We are thrilled to add Jeff Steen to our team at Big Cedar Lodge,” said Debbie Bennett, president of hospitality for Bass Pro Shops. “Our founder Johnny Morris’ goal has been to create one of the world’s great golf destinations. With courses designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Tom Fazio, the world of golf knows that Big Cedar has to be experienced to be believed. It will be Jeff’s job to help us maintain and grow our reputation for great golf in the beautiful Ozarks.”

Primary responsibilities for Steen will include oversight of all golf course operations, the management of four superintendents, directing the landscape plans for the five facilities and supervision of the staff in the golf grounds department.

“Joining the team at Big Cedar is a true dream come true,” Steen said. “Johnny Morris is not only one of the most generous conservationists of our times, he’s also one of the most imaginative and successful promoters of golf in America today. Everyone in the golfing world has the same reaction when they play one of his courses — sheer amazement. I can’t wait to get started.”

In concert with Steen’s appointment, Big Cedar also announced the promotion of Steve Johnson to senior golf course superintendent. Johnson is a Mississippi State University graduate and has managed golf courses for more than 34 years, including the last 14 years with the regional golf courses.