This week we celebrate “Thank a Golf Course Superintendent” week!
What is the importance of a golf course superintendent? What do they really do?
Golf course superintendents wear many hats. While they have the skill and expertise to mow and maintain the course, this expertise is better used in planning, facilitating and supervising the maintenance of the golf course. Just a sampling of what they do each and every day includes;
-Understanding the business of the golf course, everything from the proshop, beverage cart, whole experience, customer service, and playing conditions to the turf, machinery, irrigation, manpower and planning necessary.
-Play with different members of different handicaps and from different tees (senior, ladies, average players, low handicappers and scratch golfers) *Playing competitive golf motivates the members to improve their golf game.
-Having the opportunity to share with members the projects that are ongoing and potential projects that are upcoming.
-View the total experience from the perspective of members and players during a round of golf
-Test field conditions to see what is working well and also areas to improve (green speeds, bunker conditions, tee box conditions, etc)
-Have the knowledge and understanding of golf in order to provide insight into different aspects of the game when the member requests
-Having the opportunity to discuss the areas under construction and repair as well as improvement opportunities and leave members informed so that they can spread the information accurately.
-Having the opportunity to lead by example and be a role model for the etiquette required in the game of golf.
-Hear firsthand the members’ suggestions, perceptions and expectations
-Having the opportunity to emphasize the importance of a team of committed workers (maintenance crew) that do their job well and share how they are honoring the etiquette of the game, safety, customer service, environmental practices and pride in their job.
Beyond all of these there are many more tasks and responsibilities that come up on a day to day basis. This just helps show how important the golf course superintendent is to the course and why we should acknowledge and appreciate all they do to provide a seamless, enjoyable playing experience!