Steve Merkel, a member of our Family since 2000
Steve is responsible for all golf course turf management, special projects, and capital improvements at Landscapes Unlimited-owned golf courses. Steve also provides support and assistance to the golf course superintendents at these facilities.
Steve has over 30 years of experience with grow-in and maintenance of golf courses throughout the US and the Caribbean. Currently, Steve is Landscapes’ lead agronomist and is responsible for the on-going maintenance of Landscapes Unlimited’s portfolio of owned and managed golf courses. In this capacity he provides support to more than 30 golf course superintendents. He is a certified golf course superintendent and has experience in not only the maintenance of golf courses but also their grow-in and maturation. Steve also consults on agronomy, grow-in and maintenance on numerous projects for Landscapes Unlimited’s construction clients.
Steve is our Director of Golf Course Agronomy
Landscapes Unlimited’s Safety Program is one of the most comprehensive in the industry. The result of our company’s sustained efforts to train our employees has resulted in an EMR rate, the industry’s measurement of safety performance, of 0.81, one of the lowest in our industry.
Landscapes Unlimited is the result of the aspirations and dreams of William “Bill” Kubly, a registered landscape architect. Bill has spent over 40 years in the golf course and recreational development industry and is the driving force behind one of the best known, honored and successful names in the industry.
LU is one of the largest procurer’s of green space related materials and equipment in the industry. This relationship with National Vendors provides our clients with the most competitive pricing and terms.
LU invests a significant amount of our time and resources to training employees within all levels of our organization. We employ a number of staff members whose main responsibilities are focused on employee training. Some of the workshops that are conducted throughout each year are: • Leadership • Professional Development • Estimating & Scheduling • Coaching & Time Management • Communication • Relationship Building • Individual Development Planning
Landscapes Unlimited is one of the largest organizations in the golf and recreational development and operations industry. At peak time, over 1,000 employees are focused on construction activities and servicing the needs of facilities under ownership and/or management. We self-perform 90+% of project work tasks with our highly mobile crews.
In 1977, the Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell, S.D., a nine-hole addition built for the city of Mitchell’s Park and Recreation Dept., was started and completed. Total contract amount was about $150,000.
In 1987, Landscapes Unlimited had about 35 full-time workers and as many as 100 employees during peak periods.
In 1992, Caves Valley Golf Club, the Tom Fazio designed course built in Baltimore, and was ranked as the third best new private course by Golf Digest in its annual rankings for that year.
In 1995, Landscapes Unlimited completed its 100th job, Plum Brook Country Golf, a $300,000 renovation project in Sandusky, Ohio.
In 1997 Landscapes Unlimited went online with its first website.
In 2000, Landscapes Unlimited opened The Players Club at Deer Creek, an Arnold Palmer signature design and 1 of a portfolio of 10 owned properties.
In 2006, Landscapes Unlimited completed its 700th job, a $400,000 synthetic turf athletic field for Kennedy High School, in San Antonio, TX.
In 2015, Landscapes Unlimited added over (10) new management clients in one year.
In 2016, Landscapes Management Company reached 40 active golf management clients.
In 2017, Landscapes Unlimited completed their 1700th job, reached 50 courses under management, and eclipsed 2000 employees.