Tierra del Sol Golf Course lost a great friend

The Tierra del Sol Resort Spa & Country Club community is saddened over the sudden loss of a very valuable member of staff, Haime Maduro, who was the award-winning golf course’s superintendent, and who died unexpectedly mid-December of a fatal stroke. 

Earlier this year when Tierra del Sol’s golf course was awarded a 4 1/2 star rating in the 2008-09 edition of Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play,” which rated nearly 6,000 courses in North America and the Caribbean, Ann Brown, Managing Director, declared that the laurels had to be shared between the golf course’s head professional and the course’s tireless, Aruba-born superintendent, Haime Maduro.

The 4 ½ star rating was a great accomplishment for Aruba and the Robert Trent Jones II design which relies on 1,800m3 of desalinated water, and a crew of twelve dedicated maintenance men to daily manicure its 110 acres of grass, featuring 6,811 yards of golf.

With only one 5-star golf course in the Caribbean, it was Haime Maduro’s goal to achieve the 5th star before the end of the coming year.

Maduro worked on the course since opening day, say Brown. He planted every blade of grass on the greens and was proud of “his baby.” He was a very physically fit, and active man; an outstanding leader to his team, who performed consistently, and with great attention to detail under his guidance. Tierra del Sol will miss the quiet, knowledgeable and confident expertise he applied toward the management of over 600 acres of golf and residences, since 1995. Pictured here on the left, Haime Maduro, may he rest in peace, on the Tierra del Sol Resort Spa & Country Club golf course with his buddy, Head Professional Oliver Riding on the right.

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December 27, 2008
Rona Coster