Golf Course Management

JAN 2019

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"I was a workaholic. It's probably why I'm single now," he says. "A lot of golf course superintendents send everyone home when it rains. I couldn't wait for it to rain! I would go into the shop and weld, train my guys. Early on Saturday mornings, I'd be there in the shop. at was the old Roger. I was very career-driven, and it did cost me some things in my personal life. It did. I've always loved what I do and still love it to this day. I just know how to balance it a bit better." e past few years, Goettsch has taken digital images of all his projects. Pre-digital, it was all old-fashioned photography. ose snap - shots — documenting his many, many creations through the years — can today be found in a storage unit outside Dripping Springs, Texas, near Austin. at's also where you'll find Goettsch's pride and joy — a 1949 Chevy pickup that he helped refurbish (a classic restoration that took 16 years). In Goettsch's absence, his car buddies still display it at various shows around the American Southwest. When one looks closely at Goettsch's lengthy résumé and building history, it seems clear this native Iowan's admiration for self-reliance isn't the only thing that drives him. From that turf roller he built for Daniel McCann at Oak Hill Country Club in San Antonio and those two special Hydro Cyclone Water Separators he and Tucker installed at Lochinvar Country Club in Houston, to clean the drinking water, to a BBQ grill for his GM in China and 90 percent of the handmade things he has lavished on his mechanics, his maintenance staffs and his various employers over the years ... all of these acts of creation are a form of friendship and intimacy — the same things his dad provided to him, for the same reasons. "I think there's some truth to that," he says. "While I'm building things for the golf course, I'm usually building other stuff for other peo - ple. It gives me a real good feeling, building relationships in the process. "When I did spend a lot of time doing that sort of thing — projects outside the golf course — I guess there might have been a perception that maybe the club wasn't always getting my full attention, their full money's worth. But I don't think the owners ever felt that way. e mechanic definitely never felt that way. And believe me, wherever I've been, we've had the best greens around." Hal Phillips is the managing director of golf and resorts for Mandarin Media, a public rela- tions firm with offices in Portland, Maine; Park City, Utah; and Saigon, Vietnam. He is the former editor of Golf Course News.

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