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Soleta Golf Club hires Clay Batson as director of grounds

Nick Price design course begins construction in November

Myakka City, Florida (September 14, 2023) – Soleta Golf Club, the new luxury golf and lifestyle community slated for the Sarasota/Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch markets, announced the hiring of Clay Batson as Director of Grounds.

Batson, who has extensive agronomic and horticultural experience with a focus on golf course and residential environmental management, is recognized as a talented professional with impressive credentials in providing outstanding golf course conditions that has resulted in member satisfaction at top clubs in Florida, including The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and Spa in Jupiter, Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter and the Ritz-Carlton Members Club in Bradenton.  Batson additionally served as head superintendent at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grand Cayman from 2007-2010 and again in 2016-2018.

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 “Soleta Golf Club welcomes Clay to the team as Director of Grounds,” said Charles Duff, Managing Partner.  “He has many years of experience at prominent golf clubs and has earned a well deserved reputation as a meticulous professional with extensive agronomic knowledge.  Clay will ensure that the new Nick Price course and residential grounds at Soleta will be known for superb and pristine conditions.”

Batson is the recipient of several industry awards including the 2016 Marriott Golf Property of the Year (Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman), 2019 Marriott Golf Superintendent of the Year (Ritz-Carlton Members Club, Bradenton) and the 2021 Marriott Golf Property of the Year (Ritz-Carlton Members Club, Bradenton).

An attendee of Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, Batson was a golf team member and scholarship recipient (1995-1997).  He later transferred and received his B.S.A. in Turfgrass Management from the University of Georgia in 2000.  A passionate bass fishing competitor, Batson is a resident of Bradenton where he lives with his wife and two sons.

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For more information about Soleta Golf Club, visit or call (407) 284-0888.

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