Troon®, the leader in club management, development, and marketing is pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Doyle as the organization’s new Vice President of Agronomy for the international division, effective immediately, following his promotion from Director of Agronomy, Troon International Europe Region.
Troon International is passionate about sustainable golf course maintenance and committed to collaborating with its clients to achieve these objectives. Simon’s longstanding career of 20 years with Troon and his ongoing and strong client relationships were a key reason for his promotion along with his demonstrable impact in helping Troon International develop and improve its assets in Europe, particularly in Germany and Switzerland. As the new Vice President of Agronomy within Troon International, Simon will be tasked with ensuring that the organization is aligned with as many golf courses as possible whom share similar beliefs and objectives, joining forces to create more great golfing environments that are not only fantastic to play on but are also sustainable using the best practices available today.
Simon has a rich history in the golf industry and agronomy. Prior to joining Troon, Doyle was educated at the highly regarded Reaseheath College, where he received a Higher National Diploma in Golf Course Management, progressing to Ohio State University in the US. Following his education he took up posts at Major, Ryder Cup and PGA Tour venues, Westchester CC and Oak Hill CC in New York. In 2000, Doyle moved to Japan where he worked as a consulting Agronomist for US based firm Environmental Turfgrass Systems.
In 2002 he joined Troon where he was seconded to Goldman Sachs in Japan as part of a team to oversee the management of Goldman’s golf company, Accordia Golf. This then led to the position of Asset Manager for the same group of courses and subsequent acquisitions by Goldman. Doyle, who prior to his promotion has been operating as Director of Agronomy for Troon in Europe, where he has been overseeing the expanding portfolio of courses that Troon International has on its books.
Looking ahead to his new role within Troon International, Doyle said: “I am delighted to work for such a great company and alongside a talented group of individuals. I joined Troon 20 years ago because I knew their reputation for agronomy and wanted to be part of that. There is nothing more satisfying than being part of creating great golf course conditions.”
Commenting on his day-to-day role, Doyle said: “I spend the majority of my time at our partner facilities, where I review golf course conditions with each superintendent and support the team to ensure good planning and continued or even improved playing surfaces. Each golf course is unique. I enjoy having dynamic conversations with colleagues on the ground to help map out the road to success for that particular facility. Having the Troon toolbox and it’s agronomic best practices at my fingertips is a key factor to maximizing course conditioning. My work not only involves diagnosing and resolving turfgrass problems but also helping to overcome management issues.”
Speaking about Simon Doyle’s promotion was Dave Nicholls, Senior VP of Science and Agronomy, who said: “I’m proud to support Simon and his promotion to the position of Vice President Science & Agronomy, of Troon’s International Division. Simon’s 20 years of service in Asia and Europe helped Troon develop an industry leading set of proprietary agronomic standards that are now applied all-over the world. His personality and work ethic, make him a critical part of Troon’s global success, and I look forward to watching Simon grow in his recently expanded role.”
One of the pillars of Troon International’s success is the superior playing surfaces of its courses. This commitment to agronomic superiority and environmental sustainability is a focus of Troon International’s proprietary Agronomy Standards. Troon International’s Agronomy Standards are the most exacting and detailed standards in the golf industry. These programmes are based on a philosophy drawing upon complex scientific principles and a deep respect and understanding of the natural environment.
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