Mark D. Kuhns, CGCS, recently completed his term as GCSAA’s 73rd past president at the association’s annual meeting in Orlando.

Mr. Kuhns, has been the director of grounds at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield , N.J., since 1999. Previously, he was golf course superintendent at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club; Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pa.; and Ligonier Country Club.

He is a member of the Mountain & Valley GCSA, the Greater Pittsburgh GCSA, the GCSA of New Jersey, and is a past president of the Mountain & Valley GCSA. He is a director of the O.J. Noer Turfgrass Research Foundation and a past director of the Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council. He serves as secretary/treasurer for Pennsylvania Turfgrass Research Inc., and is a past member of the Penn State University Agronomy Advisory Council.

Mr. Kuhns’ resume includes extensive major championship experience. He has hosted the 1989 U.S. Senior Open at Laurel Valley Golf Club; the 1992 U.S. Women’s Open and the 1994 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club; the 2000 U.S. Men’s Amateur; the 2005 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club and will host the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol.

A native of Ligonier, Pa., Mr. Kuhns graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science. Please join me in welcoming Mr. Mark Kuhns.

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Ian Hoffmann Adresses Turf Club

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

On January 25, 2011 the Penn State Turf Club was happy to start off the New Year by bringing in guest speaker Ian Hoffmann. Ian is the superintendent from the Rolling Rock Club located in Ligonier, PA about 50 miles away from the city of Pittsburgh. The Rolling Rock Club sits on 12,000 acres of land and has many activities to choose from other than golf, such as trap shooting and game lands for the outdoorsman member. The golf course was established in 1917 and is a Donald Ross design on the front nine holes and the back nine holes were designed by Brian Silva. The course plays 6,176 yards from the championship tees with a par of 70.

Ian was a 2004 graduate from the Penn State four-year Turfgrass Management program. He started his career off by being hired as the Assistant Superintendent and rose quickly to become the head Superintendent in 2008. Ian talked to the turf club about recent projects and renovations the course completed. Some of the recent projects happened in the fall of 2006 with the renovation of the front nine bunkers, and expansion of the practice area. Rolling Rock Club also put in XGD drainage in 2010. Ian also incorporated a question and answer section into his talk, which was a great success.

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