Golf Course Management

AUG 2018

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20 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 08.18 ing while Evan mows fairways and rough and smooths bunkers. "We've developed a great routine," Evan says. "We're always busy, have something to do, and find ways to improve the course." Both Evan and his brother, Mitchell, have worked for their father. Mitchell, who isn't in the business but spent one sum - mer helping on the golf course, could be a success in golf course maintenance if he wants. At least, that's Daniel's take. "They (sons) seem to be my best work - ers. They just come in, do their jobs, and I don't have to tell them what to do," he says. It has taken only two Bellands to pro - duce successful results at Wausaukee Club. "They do an awesome job. The members love the course," says Ken Cramer, the club's general manager. "Dan takes a lot of pride in it. The quality from tee to green is hard to beat." The Bellands have been involved in advanc - ing themselves in the profession: Dan has par- ticipated in Northern Great Lakes GCSA events, while Evan is determined to upgrade his standing. "I'm working toward GCSAA Class A membership," he says. Is there a succession plan in the works for the son to replace the father someday? There is nothing official, but Cramer sounds as if he admires what Evan has become in the industry. "Evan is a communicator and has phenomenal leadership skills. I think if he pursues this and continues the course he is on that he'll be a great asset to your association," Cramer says. Daniel Belland doesn't sound as if he's ready to retire. He says others hope he doesn't. "The members love me. They want me to stay until I'm 70," he says. Evan Belland is just fine working with no timetable, side by side, next to his dad for as long as possible. "I definitely could see myself doing this the rest of my career," Evan says. "I am still learning. My dad is easy to work with. Even if I make a mistake, he uses it as an opportunity to learn. We joke that he is the brains and I am the brawn of the operation. We have a good thing going here." — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor GCSAA, Hays Companies partner on new program GCSAA and Hays Companies, a leading national insur- ance and financial services organization, have partnered to provide a variety of supplemental products and ser - vice offerings exclusively to association members. As a benevolent membership organization, GCSAA strives to provide members with val - ue-added benefits that impact their career, profession and personal lives. In determin - ing the benefits and products to offer, GCSAA utilized the results from previ - ous GCSAA Compensation and Bene- fits Reports to learn about the various benefits members receive through their employers. In addition, a survey was also conducted with the Superintendent Research Panel in June 2016 that further identified the products and ser - vices that were of greatest interest to members. Hays specializes in creating affordable, customized solutions for associations by partnering with credible pro - viders and assisting members in selecting a well-rounded package that can provide protection and growth for their personal and financial well-being. In addition to offering traditional insurance products and services such as medical, dental, vision, critical ill - ness, life insurance and accident, there will also be ser- vices available for identity theft, and tax and financial plan- ning assistance. For a full list of benefit and professional service offerings and to learn more about the products being offered, go to http://bit.ly/2uAqiOI . Hurricane impact report released A report of the impact of Hurricane Irma on clubs — the first of its kind — has been released by the Florida chapter of the Club Managers Association of America (FL - CMAA) in conjunction with Club Benchmarking and the National Club Association (NCA). Key findings from the 79 surveyed clubs include insurance claims for damages in excess of $27.5 million — including $9.5 million in dam - ages to golf courses — and 5,855 affected employees. "Hurricane Irma 2017: The Economic, Human and So - cial Impact on Florida Clubs" captures critical information about the experiences of clubs across the state in prepar - ing for and recovering from a natural disaster. "For the first time ever, clubs will have vital data on how devastating storms like Hurricane Irma impact clubs caught in the wake of a natural disaster," says Henry Wall - meyer, NCA president and CEO. "We are pleased to have partnered with Club Benchmarking and FLCMAA to pro - duce this groundbreaking report that will help clubs pre- pare in the future." "Hurricane Irma was a storm of historic proportions, and even experienced management teams took away some very hard lessons. We felt it was important to cap - ture their experiences and document them in an informa- tive and meaningful way," says Jim Butler, Club Bench- marking CEO. "Our hope is that this report can help to improve what we understand about the importance of pre - paredness and response planning going forward." Details gathered include information about insurance claims, club facility closures and club responses, and the final report offers best practices in natural disaster readi - ness and recovery. "Hurricane Irma 2017: The Economic, Human and So - cial Impact on Florida Clubs" is available to NCA members, FLCMAA members and Club Benchmarking clients. For more information on the report, contact FLCMAA execu - tive director Beth Sargent at md@flcmaa.org. Michael Stern bears down at work. "We have a bear den down below our No. 9 tee. Mama bear and a cub. They go out a lot. They come out in the afternoon," says Stern, the GCSAA superintendent at Anchorage (Alaska) Golf Club. "We've got marshals and signs ev - erywhere. We had a big male (bear) come through a few weeks ago, went from one side of the course to the other, jumped the fence and was gone. When he did that, we were good to go." Stern and his crew will be the go-to people this month be - cause they have a full plate. The Alaska State Amateur, in which there will be 100 players each day, is scheduled Aug. 2-5, and the Anchorage Open is set for Aug. 25-27. "It is kind of a big deal to have the amateur. And for the Open, we'll have 140 players total. In August, the golf course is in its best condi - tion," says Stern, 42. A 13-year association member, Stern is a long way from his birthplace. He was raised in Cream Ridge, N.J., where his family has owned a farm for decades, producing hay, tomatoes, corn, soybeans, etc. Stern, though, didn't work there long for his fa - ther, Richard. "I was allergic to hay," Stern says. Instead, he landed a job as a teen at Gambler Ridge Golf Club in Cream Ridge. He went on to attend North Carolina State University before heading west. He served as an intern at Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club in Jackson, Wyo., before turning to the landscape business — when he wasn't mountain bike racing. Stern was so good on the bike that he was sponsored by a bike shop for five years. He returned to the golf course side of the business in the mid- 2000s at Crane Creek Country Club in Boise, Idaho. Eleven years ago, Stern accepted a su - perintendent job at Huntsman Springs in Driggs, Idaho, before coming to Anchorage GC early last year. "It was a chance to grow grass and go someplace different," says Stern, who has experienced minus-20 temperatures in Alaska, which he says isn't as cold as the minus-40 temps he encountered in Idaho. Plentiful sunlight means golfers can stay late. "Our last tee time is 10 p.m. The course closes at 12:30 (a.m.), so if you start at 8 or 8:30 at night, you can get 18 in," Stern says. — H.R. ACT ON COURSE OF 20 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 08.18

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