March 10, 2015 – Longtime Celebration Golf Club superintendent Larry Snyder, CGCS, has been named Integrity Golf Company’s executive vice president of golf course maintenance. The new position is effective immediately.
“Larry has been one of our most valued partners since the inception of the company at Celebration Golf Club,” said Integrity Golf Company Chief Executive Officer Gene Garrote. “With so much growth in the past couple of years at Integrity Golf, we’re thrilled to have one of the industry’s consummate golf course superintendents help lead the future maintenance needs of our company and our many golf course partners.”
Snyder, who started his Golf Course Superintendent career in 1976, is a third-generation Certified Golf Course Superintendent and comes from an illustrious family of superintendents and golf architects.
Snyder’s grandfather, Arthur A. Snyder CGCS, began caddying at the famous Oakmont Country Club near Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1907. Arthur later became the course superintendent at two Pittsburgh-area courses for 26 years and the exclusive Paradise Valley Country Club in Paradise Valley, Ariz., for 20 years.
In February, 1978, Arthur was honored by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America with the Distinguished Service Award and a year later, he received the prestigious United States Golf Association Green Section Award. Prior to his retirement, Snyder became the first superintendent to be inducted into the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame.
Larry Snyder began working on golf courses at age 12 and learned the business under the tutelage of his grandfather and well-known father, Carl Snyder, CGCS, Superintendent Emeritus at the highly acclaimed Boulders Resort and Club in Carefree, Ariz. Larry also gained significant experience in golf course design and construction under the guidance of his uncle, Arthur Jack Snyder, past president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects.
In his nearly 40-year career, Larry has overseen golf course maintenance operations at numerous courses in Arizona, California and Florida. Among the courses he’s worked: Orange Tree Golf Club, Paradise Valley Country Club, The Boulders, Arizona Golf Resort, 36-hole Arrowhead Country Club & Legends at Arrowhead and Ancala Country Club in Arizona; Yorba Linda Country Club in California and Celebration Golf Club in Florida.
Larry achieved GCSAA’s Certified Golf Course Superintendent status in 1985 and is certified through February 2020. He is the past president of the Cactus and Pine Golf Course Superintendent Association.
“Larry is the epitome of a true professional,” Garrote said. “Nobody works harder and probably dedicates more to providing maintenance and turfgrass solutions than Larry. We’re fortunate to have him in our organization and with continued growth of our company, Larry’s addition to our team will not only enhance the progression but help make us the leading golf management company in the industry.”