St. Andrews Country Club names Brad Nelson director of course & grounds

St. Andrews Country Club names Brad Nelson director of course & grounds

Nelson shifts to 36-hole Boca Raton facility after three years at PGA National.

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January 19, 2019
GCI Staff
St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla., announced the addition of Brad Nelson to its professional staff as director of course & grounds. A 22-year veteran in the golf industry, Nelson joins St. Andrews from PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach, Fla., where he served as director of agronomy directly responsible for tour conditions for the 2016-18 Honda Classic. He led the maintenance efforts at 2013-15 WGC Cadillac Championships during a stint at Trump National Doral.
 
“Brad’s reputation and commitment to the highest standards makes him the ideal professional for St. Andrews Country Club,” St. Andrews Country Club COO/general manager Craig D. Martin said. “After an extensive interview process, Brad was the clear choice to meet and exceed our members’ expectations for both the Fazio II and the Palmer Course.”
 
Nelson’s proficient work has not gone unnoticed as he has received multiple awards highlighting his skillset, including 2016 IAGTO Sustainability award under GEO, 2014 Top 100 Golf Course, Golf Digest and Golf Weekly, The Blue Monster, 2014 Golf Inc. Renovation of the Year Runner-Up, Public, The Blue Monster, 2005 Golf Inc. Renovation of the Year, Private, The Breakers Rees Jones Course, 1999-2000 Hooters Golf Tour Public Course of the Year, Bay Tree Golf Plantation.
 
“When you have the reputation that St. Andrews Country Club has, of being such a distinguished club, the best of the best, there is never any doubt what the standard is for the property,” Nelson said. “I’m committed to providing a stellar member experience by highlighting the diversity of the two golf courses which is quite unique. The Fazio II golf course is truly a championship test of golf since the renovation, with a strategic approach to shot making and an emphasis on firm, fast conditioning, while the Palmer golf course offers a more traditional approach to the game in regards to sight lines and Green contouring. My family and I are truly blessed to be a part of the St Andrews culture. I’m excited to share my vision and to lead the agronomy team to ensure we deliver the goals set forth by Craig and the board of governors.”
 
Nelson is a current member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Palm Beach County Golf Superintendents Association and Florida Turfgrass Association.