Superintendent Spotlight: Lonny Radford of Astoria Golf and Country Club
In this month's Superintendent Spotlight we feature Lonny Radford who is Golf Course Superintendent at Astoria Golf and Country Club.
Describe your facility in 10 words or less:
Very unique links golf course.
What hole on your golf course is hardest to maintain (and why)?
Hole No. 3. This hole sits between two large dunes and collects a lot of water. It also is very narrow with a small green.
Outside of your own, what is your favorite golf course (and why)?
Bandon Trails. I just really like playing this golf course. Many reasons.
Have you had a hole-in-one? When and where?
Yes. Link N Greens. Fort Collins Colorado
Do you have a superintendent dog?
Yes - Romeo. An American Bulldog mix - 20 months old. He is still in training. Not ready for a full time roll. But maybe someday.
Who is your favorite all-time professional golfer?
Which movie can you watch that never gets old?
A Star Is Born
Ducks, Beavers or Neither?
Beavers. Go State.
What's your favorite musical artist or band?
What's your dream vacation?
A beach in Mexico
What led you down this career path?
Summer job in high school
What tool do you use the most on the job?
What's the biggest change that has occurred while you've been in the industry?
Rounds have increased significantly in the last year. This is great but also creates more maintenance issues due to traffic.
What would you invent right now to make your professional life easier?
Single application English lawn daisy eradicator.
Who is your mentor in the golf industry?
John Whisler, Tom Huesgen, David Dean, Phil Anderson
What piece of advice would you give to someone pursuing this line of work?
It will run your life. Unfortunately, family often comes second.
The Oregon Chapter of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is dedicated to providing education, a forum for communication, and the enhancement of the image of its members. The Oregon Golf Course Superintendents Association will be viewed as an organization that promotes the growth and enhancement of golf, provides networking opportunities to all members, encourages leadership and professional development opportunities, supports environmental stewardship, notes the importance of research and development to provide exceptional playing conditions.