Tony Frandria and the Life of a Golf Course Superintendent

Our guest on The Chicago Golf Report podcast is Tony Frandria, golf course superintendent at Odyssey Golf Foundation in Tinley Park. Tony is a member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, the Environmental Institute for Golf, the Midwest Association of Golf Course Superintendents and the Chicagoland Association of Golf Course Superintendents.

In his three decade career in the golf business, Mr. Frandria has worked at Riverside Golf Club, Midlothian Country Club, Glen View Club, Canal Shores and Odyssey Golf Foundation. As a golf course superintendent, he has worked to develop sound agronomic programs to improve turf health and overall golf course playability as well as improving course drainage to improve irrigation functionality.

In this discussion we learn about:

  • The path to finding a career in a golf course turfgrass and agronomy
  • The differences of working at a high-end private club versus public facilities
  • The responsibilities of a golf course superintendent
  • The primary concerns for most golf course superintendents
  • Why technology has changed how golf courses are cared for
  • How courses have decreased their water usage
  • Why turfgrass challenges can be different at Soldier Field and your backyard versus most golf courses
  • The one thing every golf course superintendent wishes golfers would do to help take care of their golf course

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Walter Lis

Walter Lis is the managing editor of Chicago Golf Report, which launched in 2010.

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