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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88 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.19 AT THE TURN (career) Hal Phillips A curious mind With an active imagination and a passion for welding and metalwork, Roger Goettsch has been a father of invention during his long international career in golf course management. In the spring of 2018, I received an email from Roger Goettsch, CGCS, that stated the fol- lowing: "I recently designed and built two different wetting forks for applying wetting agents to the soil in our LDS (localized dry-spot areas). We have had issues getting wetting agents into the soil due to the thatch layer and this seems to have helped." He attached pictures of the wet - ting forks in action, along with shots of the "Plug Pushers" he also designed and built, to remove cores following aeration. Goettsch is the golf course superintendent at Shanqin Bay Golf Club in the small town of Longgun, on the island of Hainan in China. Like many American-trained superintendents working overseas, Goettsch can't get his hands on every last piece of equipment his little heart desires, so he just builds what he can, putting to work his AutoCAD skills, his welding and fabri - cation expertise, and a mechanical imagination born deep in the American heartland. Goettsch has worked all over North America, and now Asia, leaving behind him a trail of custom-de - signed and custom-built equipment, like breadcrumbs in the woods. "You have no idea all the stuff that I've built," the 41-year GCSAA member says, upon com - piling for GCM a list of his top-10 greatest hits (see "Roger Goettsch's greatest hits," Page 94). "Literally, what you're seeing on that list are just the big items from the last decade or so. ere's at least another 20 big-ticket items I'm leaving out and several hundred more I've just sort of forgotten." When pressed for why exactly he's compelled to build so many things — while simultaneously working full time, taking care of first-class courses from the Gulf to the South China Sea — Goettsch has worked all over North America, and now Asia, leaving behind him a trail of custom-designed and custom-built equipment, like breadcrumbs in the woods. Roger Goettsch's pride and joy, a shiny 1949 Chevy pickup that he helped restore over a 16-year period, is occasionally on display at car shows in the southwestern U.S., even though its owner is working halfway around the world. Photos courtesy of Roger Goettsch

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