Steve Fuller’s love of golf brings him back to Fort Dodge Country Club for a second term as General Manager and Chief Course Professional.

Fuller has returned to a position he previously held for 14 years, vacated by recently retired David Boles. Fuller, 56, will also continue to own Lefti’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill in Fort Dodge.

“I think my passion for the sport, which is why I originally got into it, is what brings me back now,” said Fuller, who graduated from St. Edmond in 1984. “I had the chance to recharge my batteries during my nine-year absence. The Fort Dodge community and the Country Club are very special to me, and I’m honored to be a part (of FDCC operations) again.

“Dave did a great job. I will just try to continue to keep things in the right direction and hope to use some of my previous experience to continue to build both on the tradition and towards the future of a course and facility of exceptional golf.

Fuller first came to the FDCC in 1999 after working at Lake Panorama Golf Course in Panora and Brooks Golf Club in Okoboji. He retired in 2013 after buying Lefti’s.

Boles took over after Eddie Doyle resigned in 2019.

“I really enjoyed being part of the golfing community in and around Fort Dodge,” said Boles, who plans to stay here in town. “I enjoyed it all and was very grateful to have the opportunity to try and grow the (FDCC) membership and the sport through the junior programs.

“It’s just time to get away and relax a bit. Exhale, so to speak. Steve will do a great job. He knows the terrain well.

Boles, a 25-year veteran in the business, previously served as director of golf at Briggs Woods Golf Course in Webster City and both general manager and golf professional at Webster City Country Club. He lived in Webster City from 2003 to 2006.

Fuller added that he will continue to “promote the devil out of the Country Club,” call him “one of the great courses in the state.”

“Our members are our top priority, but we must also continue to recruit new players and families to the Country Club. It’s a tremendous asset to our community. Fuller said. “We need to prioritize that, and also continue to focus and build the relationship with young golfers. They are the future. We have to motivate them and get them back on the course.

The 75th Fort Dodge Men’s Amateur Golf Tournament will take place this year.

“It’s one of the best events in Iowa,” Fuller said. “And it’s our responsibility to keep it growing while recognizing how far we’ve come and what it took to get here, as well as the journey itself.”

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