Charlie Fultz

ABOUT

Charlie Fultz began his career in turf over 25 years ago at Bristow Manor Golf Club (Bristow, VA). He served as crew chief during the grow-in of the golf course and stayed until just before the opening of the course. He next went to Cameron Hills Golf Links (King George County), where he served as assistant superintendent under Jeff Thompson. Together they finished the grow-in of the golf course and opened it July 1993. He stayed at Cameron for two years before becoming a golf course superintendent for the first time.

Fultz became head golf course superintendent at Brookwoods Golf Club in 1995. He served as golf course superintendent for one year before being called to come closer to home. Having been raised in the Shenandoah Valley, he desired to get back to the Valley. He did so by becoming the head golf course superintendent at the Country Club of Culpeper. He was superintendent there for 7 years. While at Culpeper, he managed the changeover of their fairways (and most tees) from ryegrass to bermudagrass and dramatically improved course conditions.

In 2003, Fultz came back to the Shenandoah Valley. He had worked three summers as a high school student at The Shenvalee, a 27 hole public resort course located in New Market, VA. Mike Burkholder, long time superintendent in Virginia, announced his retirement from Shenvalee and Fultz was subsequently hired to fill his shoes. Fultz spent 5 years as the superintendent, overseeing a complete renovation of all green side bunkers.

In 2008, while serving as the Mid-Atlantic technical representative for Grigg Bros foliar fertilizers, Fultz became involved with the construction of the Shenandoah Co Soccer League’s new Soccerplex. The Plex was initially going to be a three field complex, with room to add two additional fields.  Fultz took over as maintenance/construction superintendent and managed the fields’ grow-in. Since 2009, Fultz has continued to oversee the maintenance of the fields. In 2013 the league added a practice field, which Fultz grew in as well. Construction will begin in the fall of 2018 on the last field and Fultz again will oversee the construction and grow in of this field.  Soccer clubs that have visited and played the SoccerPlex claim that they are the best natural grass fields they’ve played on anywhere. It was from this experience and his experiences on golf courses that Strutter Turf was founded.

Fultz also volunteers his time to serve the profession. He has served on three national GCSAA committees, the Board of Directors of the Shenandoah Valley Turf Association, the Board of Directors for the Virginia Golf Course Superintendent’s Association (twice), and as a Board Member and Past President of the Shenandoah Co Soccer League. He has also served as a coach for recreational soccer and Little League basketball.  

Fultz is also an avid writer and published award winning journalist. In 2006, he was awarded the Leo Feser award for journalism, a national golf course superintendent writing award for the best written article by a superintendent. He has been published over a dozen times in various turf magazines including Golf Course Management, Golfdom and Turfnet.  He was a featured speaker at the Mid Atlantic Turfgrass Expo, where he spoke about #bluemuda, a two grass system for managing athletic fields in Virginia.