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Sabal Springs is pleased to announce that Michael Stewart has joined the course as the course Director of Golf. Stewart is responsible for providing direction in all aspects of the management of the golf facility including general clubhouse operations, golf operations, membership and customer care, overseeing outings and events, community outreach, and merchandising for the 18-hole golf course.
Michael Stewart grew up in Dubuque Iowa, where his golf career began at the young age of 21. He moved down to Florida and began a P.G.A apprenticeship in Miami. After completing his P.G.A. Schools in 1995, Stewart was offered an opportunity to go overseas and work for I.M.G (International Management Group) in Southeast Asia to serve as Director of Golf in Bali, Indonesia. What was originally a 1 year contract turned into 8 years and 15 different countries while managing world class golf resorts. That international experience enabled Stewart the opportunity to meet, teach, and conduct business with some of the world’s most influential leaders; including Former United States President George Bush Sr., Former Prime Minister United Kingdom Sir John Major, Former Philippine President Fidel Ramos, and the King (Amir) of Kuwait.
Due to Anti-American sentiment after the World Trade Center attacks, Stewart moved back to the United States and decided to pursue a career in South Florida. From 2002-2010 he was the Director of Golf at Royal Tee Golf Club in Cape Coral, Florida where he was involved in all aspects of managing a 27-hole golf course.
Golf Course Superintendent
Dayton grew up in Southeastern Pennsylvania where he got started in golf as a Mechanic at the local country club.
He moved to Connecticut to take the position of Equipment Manager at the PGA Tours’ TPC course. While at the TPC, he advanced to the position of Assistant Superintendent. This position offered the opportunity to manage the crews during a major PGA Tour event, The Greater Hartford Open, now known as the Travelers. While there he also gained experience in a full course renovation.
Dayton moved to Southwest Florida after receiving a degree in Turfgrass Management from Penn State to a position at Wildcat Run in Estero.
Since moving to Florida, he has gained experience with managing many turf varieties, including paspalum. He also has been part of a total renovation of Kelly Greens Golf and Country Club as well as smaller projects including tee renovation, green renovation, and regrassing.
Born in Waukegan, Illinois, and graduated from West High School in 1978. Dirk went to work for a local grocery store and ended up as night manager. The store was bought out by Cub Foods and Dirk did not want to start at the bottom, so he took another job in 1988 in Kansas City, Mo. This new position was a barrel making factory, but then they moved their factory to Cleveland, Ohio in 2012. Dirk did not like Cleveland, Ohio, and moved down to his parents house here in Florida in the Sabal Springs community. He has been working for the Golf Course for almost 3 years now. His hobbies are listening to music, playing jigsaw puzzles, and playing golf!
I have been married to Maureen (Mozie) for the past 24 glorious years. Originally from Hudson, New York, but also lived in Methuen, MA for 20 years. Graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BS degree in Physical Education. A Partner and Manager of Salem Athletic Club, in Salem, New Hampshire for 35 years, before retiring to our beautiful community of Sabal Springs.We bought a home here in 2012 and moved to Sabal in 2015. We live 9 months here in Florida, and spend the other 3 months living on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, on a Boat called The “Mo Money”. We love boating, golfing and the Sabal Springs family. Mo loves to cook and entertain with their many friends. I also enjoy working in the Pro Shop with the staff, meeting new people, and look forward spending the rest of our retirement here at Sabal Springs.
Born: Indiana / Lived in 17 US states and 25 Cities, last state Michigan.
Married to Judy one son Jason one pet Shae.
College majors: Math, Science, Physics and Chemistry
Past Work history:
Sports: Golf , Football , Baseball / Softball and Archery.