Carlos Arraya, CGCS, is the Director of Grounds & Agronomy at Bellerive Country Club located in Saint Louis, Mo. Bellerive Country Club was founded in 1897, and is currently ranked as the 32nd Platinum Country Club in America. The club has rich major championship history and has hosted the 1965 U.S. Open, 1981 U.S. Mid-Amateur, 1992 PGA Championship, 2001 World Golf Championship, 2004 U.S. Senior Open, 2008 BMW Championship, 2013 Senior PGA Championship, and in 2018 the 100th PGA Championship. Bellerive Country Club is one of only 3 courses in history to host all four traveling men’s major championships.
Arraya earned his associate of science degree in electronics engineering technology from ITT Technical Institute and subsequently obtained an associate degree in golf course operations. Arraya has been leading Platinum clubs and exclusive private golf clubs, and since 1996, his teams have hosted, managed and prepared championship golf course conditions for several PGA, USGA and major state championships. The championships include the 2008 and 2011 HP Byron Nelson Championships; the 1997, 2001, 2008 and 2012 U.S. Open qualifiers; and the 1998 Senior US Open qualifier. In 2012, Arraya earned the GCSAA Certified Golf Course Superintendent designation.