La Paz County’s Emerald Canyon Golf Course has a new Superintendent. Dave Doss started his duties Aug. 31. He came to Emerald Canyon from the Mountain View Country Club in La Quinta, Calif.
Doss will be involved in the maintenance and operations of the course. This includes watering the course, applying certain chemicals, and making sure all the equipment is maintained. He said one of the most important aspects of his job is maintaining good relations with the course employees.
Doss, 60, said he grew up in the Los Angeles area. He said he became involved in golf course management as the result of a mid-life crisis. His business was closing down in 1999, and he decided to go back to school and try something new.
Four years later, in 2003, Doss was named Superintendent of the 36-hole Tahquite Creek Golf Course in Palm Springs, Calif.
“I started school in 1999, and, four years later, I was in charge of 36 holes,” Doss said. “That’s unheard of.”
Doss, who lives in Lake Havasu City, said he likes the Parker area and has been coming here for years. He said he first played Emerald Canyon about 30 years ago.
“It’s a great little course,” he said. “You don’t get a natural setting like this anywhere else.”
Doss said his job in La Quinta was very high stress, and he was looking to get back to a public course. He said he already had a home in Lake Havasu City.
As for issues at Emerald Canyon, Doss said the major issue he sees is the irrigation system. He said it’s very old and keeps breaking.
Doss said he’s ready to get into his new job.
“I’m excited to be here, and I’m looking forward to being a part of the community,” he said.