Fox returns home to Edgewood
When Paul Martin left Edgewood Tahoe for another position in the golf industry, the Park family didn’t need to look far and wide for the next head professional of its breathtaking lakeside golf course.
Edgewood’s pro choice was only a few minutes away when he wasn’t working in the valley. Randy Fox, the head pro and director of golf for the past eight years at Genoa Lakes, is returning home to serve the course where he worked as an assistant pro from 1986-92.
“He’s already acquainted with the area, so he should fit pretty much like an old shoe,” said Lou Eiguren, he was the head pro at Edgewood when Fox was the assistant. “He has good relationships with the men’s and ladies clubs, and he has the familiarity with the operation itself and the celebrity tournament.”
With a residence in Round Hill and two children enrolled at Whittell High School, Fox can’t help but feel like he’s finally found his way home.
“I’m excited to be back. I feel like I’ve come home after an eight-year hiatus,” Fox said. “I’m real excited to be given this opportunity by the Park family, and I’m going to make the best of it.”
Fox’s daily sojourns over perilous Kingsbury Grade during winter showed the kind of commitment he had to Genoa Lakes.
“I won’t miss driving down there,” he said. “I must have driven Kingsbury Grade 5,000 to 6,000 times and worn out my Toyota pickup.
“Genoa is a terrific golf course and has a lot going for it. I feel like I’ve gone from the second-best golf course to the best golf course in Northern Nevada.”
With Edgewood enthusiastically preparing for its May 17 opening, Fox’s return has come at a busy time. Forty phone messages greeted Fox the other day, and he’s relearning how the course conducts business differently from when he left in 1992.
“I’m just happy to be here,” Fox said. “Whatever time of the year you come in, you have to get used to changes. The rules and policies are all a little different.
“The good weather we’ve had so far this spring, barring this week, has really helped the (resodded) fourth hole grow in. The course is almost a month ahead of where it was last year. By locals day (May 15), it will be in top condition for our local friends.”
Out on the course that serves as the American Century Celebrity Championship site, Fox likes Edgewood’s most recent design change the best. The fourth hole has been redirected from a linear par 5 into a dog-leg right.
“It’s a good risk-reward par 5,” he said. “It will be reachable in two, but with the creek on the right side any shot that strays right is going to get wet.”
Fox started his golf course management career in 1984 at Incline Village. After two seasons in Incline Village, Fox went to work for Eiguren for six years at Edgewood.
With the golf season swiftly approaching, Fox doesn’t have much time to reflect on his homecoming, but he can share it with former Genoa Lakes employees Chris Holmes and Frank Bruno.
Holmes left Edgewood for Genoa in 1995 and was recently hired as an assistant pro who will focus on merchandise and the junior golf program.
“How can you not like coming to this place to work every day?” Holmes said. “I’m happy Randy is up here with us, and we’re going to do great things here.”
Bruno, a former tournament administrator at Genoa, is also returning to Edgewood in a capacity not finalized.
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