“The quality of Alan’s work and reputation is an ideal match for The Reserve Club,” general manager Michael P. Kelly said. “After consultation with respected agronomists, and an extensive interview process, Alan was the clear choice to continue the tradition of enriching The Reserve’s outstanding reputation as one of the finest golf courses in the Valley.”
Stuessy, 39, is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor of science in agronomy and has 15 years of experience directly managing a variety of turfgrass surfaces, particularly grasses under extreme environment stresses. He began his career on the East Coast, at the highly regarded Plainfield Country Club in New Jersey and Chestnut Ridge Country Club in Maryland.
At PGA West, Stuessy worked directly with the PGA TOUR on three different courses for the Career Builder Challenge (2016-2018), Humana Challenge (2013-2014) and PGA TOUR Qualifying School Finals (2011). He is a member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (Class A) and Hi-Lo Desert Golf Course Superintendents Association.
“I am really excited about being part of The Reserve,” said Stuessy, who lives in La Quinta with his wife Brooke and daughter Addison. “It is such a truly natural setting, as well as being one of the finest clubs in the Coachella Valley. Since its founding, the club has always been respected for its quality standards and amenities. I look forward to ensuring the golf course remains a source of pride for our members.”
Stuessy joins The Reserve at an exciting time in the club’s history, as both the clubhouse and golf course are undergoing significant projects. The golf course project has a primary goal of optimizing the quality of the bentgrass greens and enhancing the year-round fairway turf conditions. The focus will be on a new irrigation and water distribution system that will more efficiently regulate the amount of water required to maintain desirable conditions. No alterations are planned for the unique “21-hole” Weiskopf-Morrish design, an 18-hole championship routing plus a loop of three “trophy holes” for play and practice.
“The culture of the club is impressive, with its environmental direction and its emphasis on preserving the natural desert setting,” Stuessy said. “The golf course is allowed to be there, so it is important to continue to maintain its role in a thriving environment.”