Golf Course Management

JAN 2019

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

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80 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.19 • Use diagrams, photos and other visuals to aid comprehension. • Balance information with practice. After you're sure your staff understands the theory behind a task, take them out to the course for practical application. • Create an environment that nurtures learn - ing and welcomes questions. It takes a great deal of patience to train people this way, but the payoff is substantial. I once did a series of irrigation workshops at a course in India, and after the third train - ing — during which I'd used plenty of visu- als and taken the team out on the course to apply what they'd learned — one of the staff members approached me. He told me he was a third-generation waterman — both his grand - father and father had worked at the club. "But this is the first time anyone has ever told us this so clearly!" he announced. e look on his face was priceless, and from then on, he was one of my most trusted and valuable employees. For me, preparing sporting fields for the game of golf for people of all walks of life is an honor. I hope these lessons can help you avoid or better navigate a few challenges, enhance your career, and find sustained success. Golf course maintenance can be a passion of a life - time, and it has been mine. Tony Taylor, CGCS, has been the executive director of Quality Golf in Thailand since 1994, and he is the senior superintendent at Panorama Golf Club in Nakhon Rat - chasima, Thailand. A 28-year GCSAA member, Tony has been the senior consultant superintendent for more than 20 televised golf tournaments throughout Southeast Asia, India and Japan. He has placed 18 superintendents in Asia over his 26-year tenure there. Tony grew up on a golf course, starting as a caddie in Pittsburgh. He graduated from Lake City (Fla.) Community College with a degree in golf course operations in 1977. 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. A turf community: Taylor (center, white shirt) and peers at a Thai superintendent seminar at Green Valley Country Club in Bangkok in 2017. Among those photographed are superintendents who currently work for or were placed by Taylor, including Brian Distel (far left), superintendent at Thai Country Club near Bangkok. Taylor recruited Distel from the United States to work in Asia 10 years ago.

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