Golf Course Management

AUG 2018

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18 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 08.18 The maintenance crew at Wausaukee Club consists of two people who share one name. Meet Daniel and Evan Belland. Together, this father-and- son team oversees Wausaukee Club, a private nine-hole executive golf course located about 170 miles north of Milwaukee in Athelstane, Wis. For generations, the club's 35 members have stayed in large cabins nestled in a forest with private lakes and large pines. At their getaway destination, members eat their meals in a dining hall where the staff rings a bell to signal that dinner is being served. Five years ago, the Bellands joined forces to serve Wausaukee Club — although it took some coaxing for the son to come aboard. "He sweetened the deal and said he'd buy me a membership to a local golf course if I came to work for him," Evan says. "After working a summer for him, I really liked it. I just kept coming back year after year after year." GCSAA Class A member Daniel Belland, who is 65 and a 14-year mem - ber of the association, has become a fixture at Wausaukee Club. Hired in 2000 after overseeing the grow-in of River Pines in Green Bay, Wis., Daniel says that, when he started, Wausaukee Club had issues that needed to be addressed immediately. "They had no discernible fairways. Everything was cut at 1 inch. It was pretty much sand and clover tee to green." As an elementary-education student at the University of Wiscon - sin-Green Bay, Daniel worked as a manager for a garden center, which led him in a new direction. He launched his own landscape business before landing work at River Pines. It was about that time that he met Marc Davi - son, CGCS, a 35-year GCSAA member who currently oversees Bishops Bay Country Club in Middleton, Wis. Nowadays, Daniel hires Davison to aerify his greens at Wausaukee Club. Davison says that Daniel has found his niche. "He definitely was a self-learner, and he's a dedicated and loyal guy who made good for himself," Davison says. Daniel tapped into his family for help when he needed to hire a new assistant superintendent. Evan, who is 34 and a three-year GCSAA mem - ber, always enjoyed playing golf and briefly helped his father on the River Pines project. At Wausaukee Club, Daniel walks the course every morn - Family ties Daniel Belland (left) and son Evan Belland. Photo by Jaki Popovich

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