• Los Lagos Golf Course Wins National Environmental Leadership In Golf Award, Turfgrass Excellence Award, Customer Loyalty Award

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SAN JOSE, CA – Los Lagos continues to spawn recognition for the National Environmental Leadership in Golf Award, Customer Loyalty, and now Turfgrass Excellence. Alan Andreasen, Certified Golf Course Superintendent at Los Lagos Golf Course, has been selected as the 2005 national overall award winner of the Golf Digest/Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Environmental Leadership in Golf Award (ELGA) and the Turfgrass Excellence Award from the Northern California Golf Course Superintendents Association. The National Golf Foundation (NGF) also presented Los Lagos with the Customer Loyalty Award Survey Program (CLASP) award. "We are really proud of Alan and Scot and appreciate their commitment to Los Lagos, the environment and our community. Attaining these environmental and customer loyalty awards bodes well for Los Lagos in the always competitive San Jose golf market", said Cindy Rebhan, Parks Manager for the City of San Jose. "Receipt of these three awards simultaneously is an important accomplishment," said Ray Davies, CGCS, CourseCo's director of golf course maintenance and construction. "To be recognized for customer loyalty in addition to having excellent turfgrass quality while establishing award-winning environmental standards is an accomplishment that speaks to Alan's ability to manage environmental concerns without compromising quality golf course conditions."

Andreasen and Los Lagos, managed by CourseCo, Inc, received the National ELGA award in the public category selected from GCSAA's 104 affiliated chapters. Los Lagos takes top honors after being a two-time chapter winner and one-time merit winner.

Golf Digest/GCSAA/ELGA recognizes golf course superintendents and their courses for overall course management excellence in the areas of resource conservation, water quality management, integrated pest management, wildlife/habitat management, and education/outreach. In addition, these categories are judged on sustainability, criticality, originality, and technology implementation/use. Judges select winners in three national categories (public, private and resort), and an international winner, with an overall winner selected from the four. An independent panel of judges representing national environmental groups, turfgrass experts, university researchers, and members of the golf community conducted the ELGA award selection. This year seven public courses nationwide received ELGA recognition, with CourseCo garnering two (Los Lagos Golf Course and Crystal Springs Golf Course). CourseCo is well acquainted with Golf Digest/GCSAA/ELGA awards, receiving eleven awards as a company and the top award twice.

Jeff Bollig, GCSAA's Director of Communication said, "Each year, the Golf Digest/GCSAA Environmental Leaders in Golf Award judges indicate the high quality of applications makes it a challenge to identify a winner. To win this award speaks to Alan's and CourseCo's dedication in managing golf facilities in a manner that is compatible with the environment. Alan's application was judged to be the best because of the comprehensive quality of his work." Andreasen was formally recognized for the ELGA award Feb. 10 during the General Session of the GCSAA Education Conference and inaugural Golf Industry show in Atlanta, GA. Los Lagos and Andreasen will also be featured in the February edition of Golf Course Management, and an upcoming edition of Golf Digest.

While demonstrating high levels of environmental stewardship for the ELGA award, Andreasen also received the 2005 Turfgrass Excellence Award in January, selected by his fellow superintendents in the Northern California Golf Course Superintendents Association. Alan received the Turfgrass in Excellence Award in January at their Annual Meeting in Napa, CA. "We take pride in managing Los Lagos to the highest environmental standards. Part of our goal is to demonstrate that golf is not just for recreational value, but that it can exist in harmony with the environment and even enhance it," Andreasen said.

While excelling in turfgrass and environmental stewardship, Los Lagos was also recognized for the third year in a row for its customer satisfaction levels. The National Golf Foundation presents the CLASP award to managers of golf facilities that received the highest approval ratings from their customers. Only 10 daily fee courses were recognized nationwide for this honor. Winners were selected from more than 400 participating courses representing over 250,000 completed surveys. The NGF presented Scot Hathaway, PGA Pro/General Manager of Los Lagos with the CLASP award in January at the PGA/Merchandise Show in Orlando, FL. Scot Hathaway said, "We are very proud and honored to receive this award for a third consecutive year. We consider customer satisfaction a key to our success in the highly competitive Silicon Valley. Receiving this award shows our staff's dedication to our customers' enjoyment and satisfaction in addition to creating a great golf experience here at Los Lagos."

Hathaway and Andreasen have a winning combination of customer service and quality turf management. Andreasen, who has been a golf course superintendent for 30 years, has overseen Las Lagos since construction in 2002. Hathaway joined him there the end of 2002.

For more information about Los Lagos Golf Course, 2995 Tuers Road, San Jose, CA 95121, call the course at (408) 361-0250, or visit www.playloslagos.com.

Los Lagos Golf Course is managed by CourseCo, Inc, a Petaluma, California-based management company that operates golf facilities throughout Northern California.