Golf Course superintendents’ work is often seen, but they are rarely seen or their work realized. It is not an uncommon practice for the maintenance staff at a golf facility to be up working well before the sun comes up.
As a PGA member since 1999, I certainly appreciate the hard work and dedication it takes to be in the golf industry, but I know it takes even more hard work and dedication to be in charge of the grounds and maintenance. More times than not, GCSAA members and their colleagues do not get the accolades they deserve. I consider golf course superintendents the unsung heros of the golf industry.
Next time you see your golf course superintendent keep in mind, their jobs are often 24/7 shifts. It takes time, patience, flexibility, and supreme organization to manage 100 acres or more of managed turf, not to mention their staff and their families.
Yes, it is true; superintendents do mow grass, rake bunkers and pick up trash but consider this:
YOUR GCSAA MEMBER IS ALSO:
An ambassador for your facility
An environmental steward
A mentor to their staff
An agronomist for the facility
A communicator to the membership
Facility manager for the ground department
Human resources director for their area
Financial planner managing the facility’s largest portion of the budget
Material scheduler and planner
Landscape and golf course architect
A certified, licensed applicator
An irrigation technician
A political activist
ALL IN A SINGLE DAY’S WORK!
The next time you head out the golf course, be sure to spend a couple of minutes getting to know the golf course superintendent and thank him for all the hard work and commitment they provide for your golfing enjoyment!