Golf Course Management

DEC 2018

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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50 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 12.18 AT THE TURN (networking) Jack MacKenzie, CGCS A helping hand As one industry veteran learned, support is never far away in golf course management … even when you're miles from civilization. Editor's note: e following story originally appeared in the June 2018 issue of Hole Notes, the monthly magazine for the Minnesota GCSA. Although it seems like yesterday, I haven't been a golf course superintendent for over six years. It truly was a wonderful chapter of my life, and I will always treasure the memories of surreal sunrises, springtime snow melt, the thrill of a perfect course just moments before a tournament, a joyous and productive crew, the completion of flower planting and even the comforting knowl - edge that if my course or I needed a hand, help was just a phone call away. It was — and almost certainly still is — common to reach out to a neighboring course for an extra fertilizer spreader to "get 'er done" in an expedited fashion, a chainsaw or pump follow - ing a storm, a green's aerifier exchange or even available "bodies" if a small project requires extra hands. Both high-end private clubs and limited-budget nine-hole tracks were in my target zone if the need arose. e appreciation of a friend close by was reassuring. Each of you can understand the uniqueness of our side of the golf industry. Technically, your organizations are all competing for the same "golf dollar," yet in a pinch, any one of you would bend over backward to help a fellow turf manager in need. is willingness to help tran - scends city limits, county lines and, as I learned recently, even state boundaries and a change in vocation. Any one of you would bend over backward to help a fellow turf manager in need. An adventure canoeing trip down the Little Missouri River in North Dakota reminded Jack MacKenzie, CGCS, the executive director of the Minnesota GCSA, just how supportive the golf course management industry can be. Photos courtesy of Jack MacKenzie

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