• Volume 18 Number 2
    Spring 2009


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Randy Bellinger, BS ’76
 West Lafayette, Ind.  •  Profiled: Fall ’03

Owner of landscaping company

Owning a golf course was never part of the plan. So Randy Bellinger had no problems parting with Coyote Crossing when he sold it in 2006.

His dream — no, his passion — was to build a golf course.

“There were two goals I wanted to achieve in building a golf course,” Bellinger says. “The satisfaction that I could do it, and that the course would receive state and national recognition.”

Done and done. Designed by three-time U.S. Open champion Hale Irwin, Randy BellingerCoyote Crossing opened in 2000 and was selected the No. 1 (Indiana) and No. 7 (nationally) best new affordable public course.

“Selling the course allowed me to return full time to my full-service landscaping company, which had made it all possible in the first place,” Bellinger says.

His company, Bellinger’s Professional Grounds Maintenance, includes a nursery division with more than 20,000 trees, and it is the largest tree transplanting company between Indianapolis and Chicago.

“My Purdue Ag degree has helped me in several different areas of my life,” says Bellinger, who earned money in college by mowing the lawns of people such as Purdue President Fred Hovde and automobile dealer Bill DeFouw.

“The actual classroom curriculum gave me the solid foundation of knowledge with which to reason and get results in the field. The student organizations

I participated in gave me the opportunity to build relationships with my peers, many of whom I still stay in touch with as my vendors, competitors or colleagues in the industry.”

In Bellinger’s case, a successful career is equal parts what you know and who you know.