I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with the General Manager of Lake Presidential, Troy Miller. We talked about everything from his background in golf to tips for the “Average Golfer” to improve. Below our his responses:
“As a member of the Landmark Land Staff for the past seven years, Troy has served in club operations at various Landmark Projects, as well as working in golf operations in the corporate office of Landmark. Prior to joining Landmark, Troy worked in club operations at Grove Park Inn Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and The Legends Club at Chateau Elan. A graduate of The University of North Carolina Asheville and The University of Georgia, Troy is a native of Charleston, South Carolina. He and his wife Emily live on Kent Island with their Golden Retriever MacKenzie, named after Alister MacKenzie, the architect of Augusta National and Cypress Point Club. ” A little on Troy’s background taken from www.LakePresidential.com.
AGG: How did you get into the golf industry?
Troy: I grew up in the golf industry with my father being a PGA Professional. I have always had a passion for the game and when I was introduced to the work of Donald Ross in mountains of Western North Carolina during college, I decided to pursue a career in golf course architecture.
AGG: What is your favorite hole at Lake Presidential?
Troy: It’s always tough to pick between your children but I think that the 17th hole is my favorite. Having a reachable par four late in the round provides a lot of excitement in match play.
AGG: If you had to pick one, what hole represents Lake Presidential the best?
Troy: The 7th hole due to the amount of variety in shots it creates and its use of short grass areas around the green to create interest, which is a common thread throughout the course.
AGG: What would be your dream foursome?
Troy: Donald Ross, Bobby Jones, and my Dad.
AGG: Besides free time to play, what is the biggest hurdle for the “Average” golfer to improve his/her game?
Troy: Self Discipline – For every ball you hit on the range you should spend one minute practicing short game, and most folks just want to take it to the range.
AGG: What is a good routine for the “Average” golfer to put into effect on the range to make his/her limited practice time efficient?
Troy: Create a scenario for every shot you hit on the range rather than aimless beating balls. Think about hitting shots that you will be forced to hit in your weekend foursome, or imagine shots on some of the world’s most memorable holes. You have to practice with purpose.
AGG: What do you love most about the game of golf?
Troy: It’s a game you can play for your whole life, with people of every skill level, on the same courses where the best in the world have battled it out. We will never get to play in Yankee Stadium or at Soldier Field, but you can play Major Championship courses like Bethpage, Pinehurst, or Kiawah Island.