Clay Batson, an associate with leadership experience at multiple Marriott Golf properties and currently Director of Golf Grounds at The Ritz-Carlton Members Club in Sarasota, earned the Golf Grounds Manager of the Year award.

Clay achieved record scores in associate satisfaction, an accident free workplace, course conditioning benchmarks. His ability to produce consistent, luxury tier playing conditions is a key contributing factor in satisfying a large active membership, as well as discerning high-end resort travelers. Some of the criteria for this award include overall turf grass condition, member and guest satisfaction scores, loss prevention efforts, staff development, financial management, and continuing education efforts.

“Clay’s leadership and professional skillset consistently produce some of the best playing conditions in the Marriott International portfolio. Batson always represents the Company and the Ritz-Carlton Members Club in a first-class manner, and his ongoing success is proof of his dedication and ability as a problem solver and results-oriented achiever,” said Robert Waller, Senior Director, Grounds at Marriott Golf. “We couldn’t be prouder to recognize Clay Batson as our Grounds Manager of the Year.

With white sand beaches, museums, dynamic fine dining and more, Sarasota is both an urban destination and an elegant retreat. The Ritz Carlton Sarasota bridges these two worlds with unparalleled luxury and experiences. Enjoy exclusive access to the Ritz’s Beach Club on Lido Key, the on-site pampering at the spa, spacious suites and guest rooms, and 60,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space at this remarkable Gulf of location. Visit RCMCSarasota.com

Imagine a where spectacular velvet greens gently undulate near 12 shimmering lakes; where each of the 18 holes is expertly framed to be both challenging and rewarding; where the only thing more beautiful than the game at hand is the aesthetically pleasing vistas. Designed by the remarkable golf course architect Tom Fazio, The Ritz Carlton Golf Club resides 13 miles from the Hotel in the expansive Lakewood Ranch. The closing three holes at the Members Club are the hardest consecutive holes in Florida, named the “LIon’s Den,” in contrast to the Snake Pit at Innisbrook and the Bear Trap at National.

Marriott’s Global Golf Division manages over 50 courses in 15 countries across 5 continents, offering nearly 1000 holes of championship golf for their international lodging brands, including The Ritz Carlton, Luxury Collection, JW Marriott, Westin, Sheraton, Gaylord Hotels, Renaissance Hotels, Protea Hotels and Marriott Golf Academy. Since 1970 Marriott has been a recognized leader of integrated resort and golf operations, through its award-winning business results and renowned service culture. Marriott provides golf development expertise, golf management, and consulting services to a unique variety of hospitality environments including resorts, private membership clubs, daily fee courses, golf schools and franchises.