Atlas Turf Arabia have made a series of new hires to help further the trust clients place in their complete grassing solutions
Continuing to be the Gulf’s best source of licensed and certified turfgrasses, Atlas Turf Arabia have today announced the hiring of their newest Farm and Assistant Farm Managers, helping to ensure the clients they work with are provided with all their grassing needs.
New Farm Manager Kevin Coghlan and Assistant Farm Manager Abdulaziz Almansour bring together a combined, 23 years’ worth of golf construction, grow-in and daily turfgrass maintenance knowledge to help further grow and expand the projects that Atlas Turf Arabia are working on.
Coghlan joins with a wealth of experience, spanning the globe, with positions previously held in China and Canada, overseeing multiple projects, including assistant superintendent for the preparations of two PGA Tour events. Kevin attended Professional Golf Turf Management School at Rutgers University, supplying him with the learning and understanding to take his skills to several world-renowned golf clubs.
Speaking on his appointment, Farm Manager Kevin Coghlan said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me to oversee some substantial projects, not just in golf, but across a number of sports, throughout the Middle East (or Gulf Region). Whilst my experience is mainly within golf, I feel that there’s an abundance of transferable elements from what I’ve learnt that will allow me to positively impact the collection of grasses that we offer to our extensive client base”.
The announcement follows Sustainable Golf Week which began on October 3rd and at a time where organisations across the world are dealing with significant worldwide issues, from extreme heat, rises in energy costs to pressure on water supplies, Atlas Turf Arabia wanted to ensure that their newest Farm Manager would take into consideration these trends.
Speaking on sustainability, Kevin continued to say: “I’ve been a part of projects before where we’ve had to take into account the surrounding environment and ensure that the work, we do not only respects and adheres to those principles but sustainably does so for years to come”.
Abdulaziz Almansour will take up the post of Assistant Farm Manager supporting Kevin in delivering grassing solutions and the highest quality of turfgrasses to projects of every kind in the region. Abdulaziz brings experience from multiple, diverse agricultural roles, which will help the monitoring and controlling of sustainable practices across different environments.
Abdulaziz is the first Saudi national to work on a certified turf farm in the region and his local university degree equips him with a strong knowledge of agronomy and horticulture specific to the Middle East. He is well versed in the unique issues involved in turfgrass maintenance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is currently assisting Atlas Turf Arabia in the production management of the advanced turfgrasses offered by Atlas Turf Arabia. Abdulaziz also has an integral role in managing the other turf farm staff and assisting in their professional development as well as his own.
John Holmes, President of Atlas Turf International and Co-founder of Atlas Turf Arabia, who himself has experience within the golf industry, has said: “Appointing employees of both Kevin’s and Abdulaziz’s experience was important to us, the direction the world is heading from a sustainability standpoint, requires people who have worked in a number of different settings and understands what it is we at Atlas Turf Arabia can provide to our clients from start to finish. Kevin and Abdulaziz have that in spades”.
It’s been a busy period for Atlas Turf Arabia who have recently become the first certified facility of its kind in the Gulf region. Kevin Coghlan and his team will therefore strive to ensure Atlas Turf Arabia continue to deliver the very best solutions on behalf of its clients.
Atlas Turf Arabia was established as a joint venture between Atlas Turf International and Golf Saudi as part of a collective drive towards Vision 2030 and is already a vital link in the supply chain framework within Saudi Arabia.