Our employee of the month is Jack Dredla, golf shaper extraordinaire!
He is currently our lead excavator, and as his name states, he’s truly our “Jack of All Trades.” Those are his words; he is someone who will jump in and help with anything that needs to be done here at Old Toccoa Farm. From moving dirt to laying sewage lines, to creating new roads, to adding landscaping. Everything and anything and it’s all in a day’s work for Jack. When it comes to the golf course, architectural integrity is the name of the game for Jack. Having shaped the entire course, we are blessed to have him here making sure the course matures as it should. He is always keeping a keen eye on the prize.
Jack and his wife Linda, and “our favorite golf dog” Rooney, live on three acres a short drive from OTF, just off the banks of the Toccoa River. Jack is native to Nebraska, growing up in Hyannis, (Go Cornhuskers!), and he spent the majority of his early years messing around outdoors. At the age of 12, he started working in the hayfields and driving tractors which led to building three golf holes on his property. He was then approached by golf course architect Dan Proctor about building Bayside Golf Course on McConaughy Lake in Ogallala, Nebraska. This was his first 18-hole course and took two summers to complete. In the winter he went to Austin, Texas, and worked on Ben Crenshaw’s Austin Golf Club. That was 26 years ago, and as they say, “the rest is history.”
Jack went on to shape golf courses in some pretty cool places including Australia, southern China, and all over the United States. Jack loves the Blue Ridge vibe and he and Linda are very happy here. Jack has five children, 12 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. He and Linda enjoy golfing and fishing, with Linda “out-fishing” Jack most of the time!
Jack is at Old Toccoa Farm every day and enjoys keeping an eye on things and enjoys doing something different every day. He loves the residents and members and thinks we have an awesome team. He believes everyone should pitch in wherever needed to make Old Toccoa Farm the best it can be. He’s all about team-work and having fun! ...