Golf Course Management

JAN 2019

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92 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.19 e young Goettsch took every metal- working class he could in high school. He be- came so good at welding that he was chosen to help construct a metal school bus barn for the local district. "at was the first project that got me thinking this was something I could really do," he says. "A career, maybe." Stumbling into golf e golf business just sort of happened to Roger Goettsch, the way it does for kids some - times. In fact, if it weren't for Dennis Wiebe, Goettsch might be somewhere in America, welding and/or fabricating something right now. As the story goes, "My friend Den - nis dragged me to go golfing one day, even though I didn't want to go. I might have been around 12 or 13. I fell completely in love with the game. at was all it took. During my ju - nior high school days, folks started to build a nine-hole golf course in town. 'Cow pasture pool,' that's what my mother always called it. "I could not wait to be on the golf team when I became a high school freshman, even though we didn't have a course in Holstein before that. My friend Dennis — his fam - ily had built a house that backed up to this new golf course they were going to build. By then I'm playing regularly with him, and I'm not too bad. From then on, I couldn't play enough. My entire four years of high school, all I wanted was to be a pro golfer. "I gained another friend, Steve Kofmehl, who lived just three houses away from Den - nis," Goettsch recalls. "His dad, Charles, was the key guy who put the whole golf course construction deal together. So my friend Steve and I would wander over there and walk the (course) site when it was under construction. We were there often and began to volunteer, helping to build the course when we had time. When the course opened for play, we contin - ued to hang around with the new greenkeeper there, a guy named Tim Hupke." Hupke was the next key player in this bud - ding golf industry drama. He was one of the best young golfers around and soon was hired to run the shop and take care of all nine holes — by himself. He was just out of high school Observing the labor required to remove aeration plugs at some golf courses in Asia inspired Goettsch to invent another management tool, the "plug pusher."

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