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Ka’anapali Golf Courses’ Craig Trenholme Named ‘Superintendent of the Year’ by Hawaii Golf Course Superintendents Association

(LAHAINA, HI) – Craig Trenholme, Senior Superintendent at Ka’anapali Golf Courses as managed by Billy Casper Golf, was named “2010 Superintendent of the Year” by the Hawaii Chapter of the Golf Course Superintendents Association. 

At Ka’anapali since 2006, Craig is recognized for presenting year-round, tournament-ready conditions on the Royal Ka’anapali Course, host of the Champions Tour SKINS Game (2008-2011).  Under Craig’s supervision, the Ka’anapali Kai Course has been transformed into a local favorite with its greens regarded as some of the best on Maui.  Trenholme was tasked with the completion of the Royal Ka’anapali Course renovations and oversight of course maintenance of Ka’anapali’s 36 holes, bringing it back to its original luster.  

Trenholme’s contributions help Ka’anapali earn top rankings from national and regional golf and travel media annually. In 2009 Ka’anapali was named the 11th “Best Tour Course You Can Play” by Golf Week Magazine and was given a 4.5-star rating (out of five) by Golf Digest in the magazine’s “Best Places to Play” guide in 2009 and 2010. 

“This award is well-deserved,” says Ed Kageyama, PGA General Manager of Ka’anapali.  “Craig and his staff work incredibly hard each day to ensure we provide phenomenal playing conditions for local golfers, guests from around the world and TOUR players.”   Kageyama adds, “Craig has the knowledge, the leadership skills and the drive to help make our facility a success.” 

Originally from Chicago, Trenholme began his career in the Hawaiian sugar industry, and then transitioned to golf-course maintenance as an irrigation specialist at Hualalai Resort on the Big Island.  Craig then spent several years as an Assistant Superintendent at Ka’anapali from 1998-2000.  Prior to returning to Ka’anapali to take on the position of Senior Superintendent, Craig spent seven years at Kapalua Resort, overseeing all three courses, including preparation for the PGA TOUR season-opening event. 

The Royal Ka’anapali Course, a classic Robert Trent Jones, Sr. design, opened in 1962 and has tested the skills of professional and amateur golfers.  A par-71, 6,700-yard layout, the Royal Course combines wide fairways and undulating greens, making it distinctive, demanding and exciting, hole to hole.  With more than 45 years of tournament history, the Royal Course has hosted many of golf’s greatest legends:  Arnold Palmer, Player, Nicklaus, Billy Casper, Amy Alcott, Jan Stephenson and Nancy Lopez. 

The Ka’anapali Kai Course – a par-70, 6,400-yard gem – places an emphasis on proper club selection and placement off the tee, allowing for a better approach shot into the large, bunker-protected greens. 

The resort underwent a $13 million renovation in 2005-2006 and was given a 4.5-star rating (out of five) by Golf Digest in the magazine’s recent “Best Places to Play” guide. Ka’anapali was selected by The Golf Channel to host “Big Break Ka’anapali” that aired in 2008. 

For more information or to reserve a tee time: www.kaanapaligolfcourses.com , 808.661.3691. 

About Billy Casper Golf 

Widely respected as a high-performance owner-operator of golf courses, country clubs and resorts, Billy Casper Golf enjoys the second largest domestic portfolio.  The company provides turnkey club management for public-agency and private owners, developers and investors.  Founded more than 20 years ago in cooperation with golf legend Billy Casper and headquartered in Vienna, VA, regional offices are strategically convenient to courses’ locales. 

The company’s best-of-breed infrastructure shows clients favorable returns on investments. Critically-acclaimed by industry leaders and media, Billy Casper Golf economies of scale make and save money for courses while delivering personal touches to daily-fee golfers and members. 

Buffalo Communications – a division of Billy Casper Golf – is the global public relations, branding and marketing-communications firm.  In addition to creating and implementing programs for Billy Casper Golf courses, Buffalo represents many of golf’s top brands (products, resorts, destinations and communities) worldwide. 

For information: www.billycaspergolf.com, www.buffalocommunications.com, 703.761.1444.