Steve Sheets, whose stamp on golf course maintenance stretches from the mountains to the sea, has won this year’s Distinguished Service Award from the 1,800-member Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association, it announced today. Sheets is director of golf course maintenance, development and operations at Linville Ridge Golf Club in Linville, N.C.
The award is the highest honor the association bestows and will be presented to Sheets during the Carolinas GCSA annual Conference and Trade Show in Myrtle Beach, S.C., which runs November 16-18. That event draws more than 2,000 people to the Grand Strand every fall and is the largest regional gathering of golf course superintendents in the country.
Sheets has been at Linville Ridge since 1984 playing an integral role in the success of the property which, at almost 5,000ft above sea level, is home to the highest golf course east of the Mississippi River. In addition to the golf course, he oversees POA, landscape maintenance and all new projects undertaken by the development which spans 1,800 acres and has 384 homes and condos. The golf course is open from May 1 to October 31 and sees about 10,000 rounds each year.
During his time at Linville Ridge, Sheets served two terms as Carolinas GCSA president and was also president of the Western North Carolina Turfgrass Association. Earlier still, while he was superintendent – from age 23 - at Belvedere Plantation in coastal Hampstead, N.C., he served as president of the Eastern North Carolina Turfgrass Association. He is believed to be the only person to have led all three organizations.