Tyrone started his career in Course maintenance at the Drakensig Air-force base in Hoedspruit during his Compulsory military service. After completing service he began at The River Club in Sandton as assistant course superintendent and after a short period became head superintendent. Whilst at The River Club Tyrone completed all turf grass management studies available at The Pretoria Technicon and completed further turf grass studies at Michigan State in America. After several years at the club he was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to re-design and build new greens, tees and numerous other features in conjunction with Rob O’Friel. During this period he spent time at Augusta National with Marsh Benson investigating and learning about the sub surface aeration techniques Marsh had developed called Advanced Air. Tyrone installed the first system at The River Club and soon became the authority in South Africa on sub surface aeration. During his final years at the River Club, Tyrone started his professional teaching and club management career as an apprentice under master professional Roy Yates.
His expertise in the golf industry then saw him enter into a Golf and Country club consultancy for many clubs including Hans Merensky and finally taking on the position of head teaching professional at Leopard Creek in the Mpumalanga area, before going into full course design and estate project management.
Tyrone then developed the exclusive Millvale at Morningside farm, near Rustenberg as well as Glen Lyon Safari lodge in The Kalahari. He successfully completed these projects for Richard Charter and Patrick Quirk respectively.
Thereafter, Tyrone was appointed as project manager for Blair Atholl Golf Estate near Lanseria. He was also tasked with building the now golf course on the estate. Since then Tyrone has designed and project managed many other golf courses throughout Africa and is currently working on the Addis Ababa golf club in Ethiopia, Rust de Winter (with Retief Goosen), north of Pretoria and St Michaels near Dullstroom. In addition, he consults for many courses on both maintenance and tournament preparation.
Tyrone is honored to have had the opportunity to work with golfing greats like Gary Player, Lee Westwood and Retief Goosen gaining invaluable insights, which has lead to him having great experience as well as variety in design, project management, construction and maintenance on all his projects.
The Yates Landscaping Team is made up of an established team with extraordinary green fingers.