Golf Course Management

OCT 2018

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80 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 10.18 Q: You are 6-foot-6. What are the pluses and minuses being that tall? A: It's hard to fit into some of the equipment. The triplexes have a smaller cockpit, so I have to make do, cram myself in there, and twist my feet at weird angles. The good part of being tall is my crew can see me where I am at all times. Q: What's the best advice you have received in this business? A: My boss when I worked at Aldarra Golf Club, Sean Reehoorn, said, "Don't overdo it. Don't try to do everything in one day." Q: If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be? A: Tiger Woods. What he has done for golf and what he helped create for myself and the industry — I don't think it'd be where it is without him and the way he has promoted the game. Q: Do you have a favorite memory from playing golf? A: I had a hole-in-one when I was 12. It was a 150-yard par-3. I skulled it two feet off the ground, got mad, threw my club, didn't even watch it. Somebody said, "I think it went in." He was right. I'm not a really emotional person, but that was cool. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Getting to know you His goal was to become a superintendent by the time he was 30. Brett Dodeward achieved it with room to spare — and it couldn't have come at a better time. In July, at 27, he started as superinten- dent at Grand Canyon University Golf Course in Phoenix. Dodeward and his employer are on a similarly rising trajectory. In 2009, Grand Canyon had fewer than 1,000 students enrolled on campus. In 2017, there were more than 19,000. The university, which became nonprofit this year, has spent more than $1 billion in nine years to grow, including additional full-time faculty and improved infrastructure. It also wants a great golf course. "They've given me the reins, told me to do what I can, 'Do what you know, and help get us to where we want to be as a golf course,'" says Dodeward, a four-year GCSAA member. "We're growing like crazy, and they want the golf course to be part of that." Brett Dodeward Was: Assistant superintendent, Phoenix Country Club Is: Superintendent, Grand Canyon University Golf Course, Phoenix (climbing the ladder) ON COURSE Oct. 3-6 — LPGA, UL International Crown, Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, Incheon, South Korea Oct. 4-7 — PGA Tour, Safeway Open, Silverado Resort & Spa (North Course), Napa, Calif.; Mat Dunmyer, GCSAA Class A superintendent Oct. 4-7 — Symetra Tour, Symetra Tour Championship, LPGA International, Jones Course, Daytona Beach, Fla.; John Lammrish, CGCS Oct. 4-7 — European Tour, Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Old Course St. Andrews, Kingsbarns, Scotland Oct. 6-11 — USGA, U.S. Senior Women's Amateur, Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club, Vero Beach, Fla.; Matthew Boyd, GCSAA Class A superintendent Oct. 11-14 — PGA Tour, CIMB Classic, TPC Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Oct. 11-14 — LPGA, KEB Bank Championship, Sky 72 Golf Club, Ocean Course, Incheon, South Korea Oct. 11-14 — European Tour, British Masters supported by Sky Sports, Walton Heath Golf Club, Walton on the Hill, Surrey, England Oct. 12-14 — PGA Tour Champions, SAS Championship, Prestonwood Country Club, Cary, N.C.; Lee Hancock, director of golf course maintenance Oct. 18-21 — European Tour, Andalucia Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation, Real Club Valderrama, Sotogrande, Spain Oct. 19-21 — PGA Tour Champions, Dominion Energy Charity Classic, The Country Club of Virginia, Richmond; Christian Sain, GCSAA Class A superintendent Oct. 25-28 — PGA Tour, WGC-HSBC Champions, Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai Oct. 25-28 — PGA Tour, Sanderson Farms Championship, Country Club of Jackson (Miss.); Stanley Reedy, CGCS MEMBERS ONLY

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