Gavin Johnson, golf course superintendent and director of agronomy for the past three years at the Haig Point Club on Daufuskie Island, S.C., may have the best work commute of anyone in golf.
Each morning, he boards a boat from Hilton Head, S.C., and leisurely plans his day while dolphins play alongside the ferry. The 35-minute trip from the mainland takes him to tiny Daufuskie Island, where cars are not allowed, and where the Haig Point Club's challenging Rees Jones Championship Golf Course is the center of attention.
“I have a nice commute,” says the 37-year-old Johnson, an 11-year member of GCSAA and a native of Liverpool, England. “I’d rather be on a boat than stuck in traffic each morning. The quiet time on the boat gives me a chance to plan my day and a chance to unwind before I get home.”
Once on the island, Johnson tends to the Rees Jones gem that opened in 1986 and continues to be one of the renowned architect’s favorites.
“I had never seen a property quite like Haig Point — with such a pristine setting and all the elements to create a great golf course,” said Jones, who has more than 400 golf courses to his credit and has become know as the "Open Doctor" for his work on many U.S. Open sites. “It has the ocean, the sound, the marshes, fantastic vegetation. I knew when I first saw it, we could build a world-class golf course here.”
And he did.