“Going to Huntsman Springs [Golf Course] was eye opening. They had a motto of personability and were organized and aware of the needs of workers. I was impressed by the way that business was run. Neither of the managers were afraid of hard work, denoted from their past and present career,” said Ashley Wheeler, a junior studying Design/Build/Maintain. The students who attended the trip were in HORT 410 and HORT 319. The Huntsman golf course is very environmentally conscious. They have formed a wildlife reserve where they even release animals into it each year. That in mind they make sure to be very careful with any chemicals they use on the course. They have a specific shed just for their chemicals with a hi-tech waste disposal system inside. The Huntsman golf course was designed after the hills of Ireland with a dirt path that meanders through the course along with a small stream. The fairways have a beautiful naturalistic feel that carries through the whole course, and was even rated the number 1 private golf course after only operating for 2 years. The Huntsman golf course was funded by the founder of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, and all of the profits go towards cancer research.
Our aim for the Department of Horticulture at Brigham Young University-Idaho is to nurture understanding of both the art and science of Horticulture. Students learn experimentally in the classroom, laboratory, greenhouse, and ten acre Thomas E. Ricks demonstration garden as they pursue an Associates or Bachelors Degree. Using the medium of plants, students develop habits of hard work, enlightened minds, and healthy living that assist in gainful employment opportunitues.