George Frye has over thirty years of experience in the golf industry with special emphasis on golf course maintenance and construction. From 1985 to 2001, he was Director of Golf Maintenance at Kiawah Island Resort, where his responsibilities included managing Kiawah’s four championship golf courses: The Ocean Course designed and constructed by Pete Dye, Osprey Point designed by Tom Fazio, Turtle Point designed by Jack Nicklaus, and Couger Point designed by Gary Player. He was directly responsible for all administrative and personnel duties, e.g., purchasing, communication, establishing departmental standards and goals, in conjunction with coordinating all maintenance practices and cultural practices, managing Tifton 419 Bermuda grass on fairways and tees and Tifdwarf on the greens, budget preparation, and proposed capital expenditures and improvements. During this time, he worked closely with Pete Dye in preparing The Ocean Course for the 1991 Ryder Cup matches and served as host superintendent. His tournament experience also includes hosting the 1996 Shell Wonderful World of Golf and the 1997 World Cup. His Ocean Course responsibilities from 1994 to 2001 included managing this highly visible 18 hole golf course constructed on approximately 200 acres of environmentally sensitive property bordering the Atlantic Ocean. Special emphasis was placed daily on the preservation of the surrounding environment, e.g., the dunes, wetlands, water conservation (quality and quantity), and wildlife protection. He also coordinated the mitigation of fresh and salt water wetlands.
Frye has extensive golf course construction experience which includes not only his work with Pete Dye on The Ocean Course but directing the construction of Osprey Point, Kiawah Island’s third golf course, designed by Tom Fazio. His duties included all aspects of maintenance and grow-in as well as overseeding, site preparation work, lake excavation and design, fairway, green, tee, and trap drainage, landscaping design and development, irrigation design and installation, and seedbed preparation. In 1984, Frye worked extensively with Jay Morrish in the redesign and renovation of all 18 greens and surrounding bunkers at the Oak Hills Country Club, an old Tillinghast design, in San Antonio in preparation for the 1984 Texas Open. From 1981 through 1983, Frye served as Director of Golf Course Maintenance at Seabrook Island Resort, where he worked with Robert Trent Jones in directing the construction and completion of Seabrook’s second course, Crooked Oaks.
Most recently, from 2001 to present, Frye has served as a golf course turf consultant, with special emphasis on water quality as it relates to golf course maintenance and its effects on turfgrass. He has delivered numerous lectures at both the state and national level and has taught numerous seminars, i.e., “Best Management Practices on The Ocean Course”, South Carolina Turfgrass Foundation; “Case Study-Waste Water Symposium”, United States Golf Association; “Golf Course Pre-Construction, Construction” Seminar, Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America; “WATER-Is it the Most Important Influence on Golf Courses?”, Wisconsin Golf Turf Symposium, to name a few.
Frye attended Campbell College in Buies Creek, North Carolina, and is a 1978 graduate of North Carolina State University in Turfgrass Management.