BARTOW BIO — Playing through -- Scott Mahr makes a living on the links
by Matt Shinall
Mar 25, 2012 | 1521 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Barnsley Gardens may boast a captivating history, lush gardens and luxury accommodations, but for General Manager Scott Mahr his passion lies firmly on the rolling fairways and meticulously kept greens of the resort's award winning golf course.

Beginning as a caddy at the age of 14, Mahr worked his way up through the ranks until he pursued a degree in professional golf management and made a life from the game he has come to love.

Lying in the gentle hills just outside Adairsville, Barnsley Gardens provides respite for visitors around the world -- many of whom have come to hit the links.

The resort has enjoyed being named atop several listings for travel and sport, including their most recent accolade announced last week placing Barnsley No. 2 in Condé Nast's 2012 Reader's Choice Top 25 Golf Resorts in the Southern U.S.

Name: Scott Mahr

Title: General Manager, Barnsley Gardens

City of residence: Kennesaw

Family: wife, Renee of 22 wonderful years; two kids, Melissa 15 and Noah 10

Education: Bachelor's of Science in Marketing -- Professional Golf Management at Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Mich., 1987

How long have you been with Barnsley Gardens and how did you come to be General Manager?

A. Here a little over 13 years. Started as the head golf professional and was blessed to have the opportunity to learn and grow.

With history, golf, cuisine, hunting, shooting sports and natural beauty, what is your favorite aspect of Barnsley Gardens?

A. Being part of such a wonderful cast/team at such a truly unique property.

How has tourism in Bartow County changed during your time at Barnsley Gardens?

A. I think the awareness of our county grown significantly over the last 10 plus years. We are just a part of Bartow becoming a destination. The county is so rich in history, amenities, quality of life, and unique experiences.

What would you consider your greatest personal or professional achievement?

A. I would say sustainability in both areas. My home life as well as my work life continue to show growth, commitment, passion, and relationships. Even through the difficult times.

What is the best advice you've ever been given?

A. That no matter what it is, your return is directly related to your investment within in -- your faith, your marriage, your family life, your work, your golf swing, whatever it is, you will get back out of it no less than what you put into it.

What would most people be surprised to learn about you?

A. Have more deer kills in Bartow County than anyone never using a gun, bow or knife. [He went on to explain, he has racked up a total of six or seven deer kills with his truck during his 13 years at Barnsley -- the most recent being an eight- point buck.]

Where is your favorite place to be on the resort?

A. Sitting on a golf cart behind the 11th green looking back through the valley toward the end of the day.

What are three words you would use to describe yourself?

A. Faithful, caring, and passionate

If you were not in this line of work, what would you like to do?

A. Own my own golf club.