Golf Course Management

NOV 2018

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60 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 11.18 take it personally and stew over it for too long until it robs us of valuable time and energy, and the lesson is often overlooked. And the single most important question I've ever asked myself is this: How did my actions contribute to this situation/conflict/ relationship? All our personal relationships and the energy around them are the result of our direct, or indirect, participation in them. Accepting the infinite possibilities of ways that we affect all of those around us is the key to understanding that the lessons are always found right in the mirror. is teaching came to me a couple of years ago — it was simply described as "co- creation." It's a profound concept that, in my limited language, I can only describe as an in - finite web of the cause and effect of human energy. Once I had just barely tapped into this knowledge, I began to see how my actions and reactions to anything and everything had a direct effect on the amount of stress, happi - ness, goodness or badness in my life. I also re- alized how much I didn't know about myself, but that a glimpse was given to me in every moment of life, whether I was raking bunkers, giving a presentation or trying to get my son to brush his teeth. But to see those opportu - nities, you must be present — not just physi- cally, but also mentally, spiritually present. at can be difficult. Really, it's impossible. I fail almost daily. But not in a bad way, because the feelings of failure and frustration are the windows to growth. Sorry, I'm leading you all down a worm - hole here. Some of you turned the page after the first paragraph. Either way, the work I've done and the concepts I presented here can't be explained in one article, one book or one lifetime. For me, it's all about sharing openly what I've gone through in the hope that it resonates with even just a few of you, because that's what it took for me — someone to share what they'd experienced on the path to suc - cessful leadership. Allow me to wrap up this mess and put a bow on it with quotes from two of my favor - ites: Lao Tzu, from the "Tao Te Ching," verse 17; and Ty Webb, "Caddyshack," which is a cheap attempt to get a laugh out of you. "When the Master governs, the people are hardly aware that he exists … When his work is done, the people say, 'Amazing, we did it, all by ourselves!'" Leo Feser Award CANDIDATE This article is eligible for the 2019 Leo Feser Award, presented annually since 1977 to the author of the best superintendent-written article published in GCM during the previous year. Superintendents receive a $300 stipend for their articles. Feser Award winners receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Golf Industry Show, where they are recognized. They also have their names engraved on a plaque permanently displayed at GCSAA headquarters. "ere's a force in the universe that makes things happen. And all you have to do is get in touch with it, stop thinking, let things happen, and be the ball." ere. at should clear things up for you. Greg Brandriet is the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Elkhorn Ridge Golf Club in Spearfish, S.D. He is a nine- year association member and a GCSAA Grassroots Ambassador. Greg Brandriet casts a shadow over Elkhorn Ridge Golf Club's No. 11 hole. That's Crow Peak on the right horizon.

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