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Ford Plantation expanding fitness programs
Nelson Caron has been named director of golf course and grounds maintenance. - photo by Photo provided.

The Ford Plantation’s director of golf-course maintenance has expanded his role at the 1,800-acre private community, while the club also has brought on a new fitness manager to oversee a more-complete wellness program for members.

In his new position as director of golf course and grounds maintenance, Nelson Caron will be responsible for all things green at The Ford Plantation.

“Nelson is an absolute star in the field of agronomy, and employing his experience across our grounds will only enhance the Ford Plantation’s stunning natural beauty,” said Nick Cassala, CEO and general manager of the Ford Plantation.

Caron, 38, oversaw completion of a $7.2 million redesign of The Ford Plantation’s Pete Dye-designed golf course. The Durham, North Carolina native worked closely with Dye throughout the project as the latter visited the property regularly during the 12-month overhaul. Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and Golf Inc. all included Ford among their best new or renovated courses of 2014, while Links magazine named it the top private redesign of the year.

Caron has more than two decades of golf-course management and maintenance experience. He lives in Savannah with his wife and twin daughters.

New hire John Lindsey, meanwhile, will guide and grow fitness activities at the club.

“Wellness has never been more important to members of the Ford Plantation or in the national consciousness,” Cassala said. “Johns’ knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment to provide excellent service prove vital in our program development.”

Lindsey was most recently a personal trainer at Spring Island, South Carolina. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Georgia and received a Master of Sports Medicine from Armstrong State University. While at UGA, John interned with the university’s Olympic strength and conditioning staff, assisting strength coaches with team workouts for basketball, baseball, women’s soccer and sprinters.

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