Head Golf Professional Leaves Lasting Impression


The Meadows Country Club’s newest addition, Head Golf Professional John Smith, has already made an impact on the course and its members. After four years as a professional at Pebble Beach, Smith has made his way to the Midwest to take over our program.

Smith’s first impressions of the club have been very positive. “The course is in great shape and it’s exciting to play every day,” he said.

When asked about some of the changes he looks to make this season, Smith responded, “I’ve already been able to meet with several members and they have all expressed how much they enjoy being out here playing golf.”

We are all excited to see what else Smith has in store for The Meadows Country Club.

The Meadows Golf Course is a well-established golf course with a long history of friendly competition and joyous victories. With the recent addition of head professional, Derek Clark, the course has only improved. Though he has only been with us for a short time, Derek has already made an impact on our community and the way we conduct business here at The Meadows.

Derek is not only one of the best golfers in the country, but also one of the most intelligent minds in the industry. His expertise in teaching and training up-and-coming talent is unparalleled. In his short time with us, Derek has already trained two players who have gone on to play professionally. We hope that in the coming months more players will continue to be inspired by Derek’s talent and passion for the game!

When the Meadows announced that they were hiring a new head golf professional, there was some worry about how the club’s established players would react. But as soon as Mike Arrieta met with his new team, the tension disappeared.

Arrieta’s ability to build camaraderie and cohesion among the club’s most accomplished players was one of the first things to catch the eye of Meadows’ management. Now, seven months into the season they couldn’t be happier with their hiring decision.

“Mike is exactly what we need,” said club president Jim Bartel. “His talent and his approachability are incredible and he doesn’t seem to have any weaknesses.”

Indeed, Arrieta’s skill as both a player and a teacher seem matched only by his enthusiasm for working with Meadows’ members. He has a great track record: in college he won several tournaments and was named to All-Conference teams all four years; after graduating he turned pro and worked for several years at clubs in California before moving back to Tucson last year.

Many of the Meadows’ most experienced players have already begun working with Arrieta on their swings, but he says that even beginners will find him easy to work with.

The Meadows Golf Course is proud to announce the hiring of our newest golf pro, Mr. John Jackson, who began his duties on November 8th.

Mr. Jackson’s prior experience includes two years as a teaching professional at the prestigious Brentwood Country Club in Los Angeles and five years as a golf pro at the Jacksonville Municipal Golf Course in Jacksonville, Florida.

“I am thrilled to begin a fresh start here at The Meadows,” says Mr. Jackson. “From what I’ve seen so far, it looks like this club has everything I need to take my career to the next level.”

A New Jersey native, Mr. Jackson has been playing golf since he was 14 years old and started working in golf shortly after graduating from high school.

“I always knew I wanted to make a living playing or talking about golf,” he says with a smile. “I feel very fortunate that it worked out so well for me.”

The Meadows Golf Course has seen many changes throughout the years and with that comes certain people who have made it their mission to make a difference in this facility and in the lives of those who are fortunate enough to call The Meadows their home course. One of these individuals is our new Head Golf Professional, Mr. William Ford.

Mr. Ford, a native of Jacksonville, Florida, has been playing golf for most of his life. As a young boy he would always tag along with his father and grandfather as they played at various courses throughout the area. At first he didn’t think much about the sport but over time he grew to love it so much that by age thirteen he had joined his first club team at First Coast High School where they won state championships three years in a row!

He attended college at Florida State University on full scholarship where he played for four years before turning professional after graduation.”””

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The Meadows Golf Course has been the pride of Albuquerque for the last twenty years. Our course has been professionally designed and maintained, and we are proud to have hosted the 2016 LPGA US Open. It is with great pleasure that we present our newest Head Golf Professional, Mr. Jack Nicklaus. While he may be new to Albuquerque, Jack has been an accomplished professional golfer for over forty years.

Jack Nicklaus was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1940. He played his first golf game at the age of ten and by thirteen was breaking par almost every time he played. By age twenty-one, Jack had become the youngest professional golfer to win a major tournament when he took home the U.S. Open title.

In his forty-one year career as a professional golfer, Jack has won more championships than any other player in history, including four U.S. Opens, three British Opens, five PGA Championships, and six Masters titles. Perhaps most impressive is Jack’s eighteen major tournament victories across his career—more than any other player in history!

In 2015, after finally taking a well-earned retirement from competitive golfing, Jack decided to pursue something that had always intrigued him: becoming a golf professional rather than

Greens are usually cut to between 2/10 of an inch and 4/10 of an inch. They need to be kept at this height to grow healthy. Taller grass is subject to disease and gets too long for a ball to sit on the surface, causing it to nestle down into the grass, or be affected by the wind. The shorter grass allows a golf ball to sit nicely on top of the green and roll smoothly when hit with a putter.

Additionally, the clippings from cutting the grass are left on the green. This can cause issues for golfers when putting because the grass can get in between the club head and the ball, creating less spin and affecting how far the ball will go after impact. It’s important for maintenance crews to keep their eye out for any clippings left behind.


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