Golf Course Management

JAN 2019

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94 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.19 1. Water feature/fountain (the one fronting 18th green during the former Shell Houston Open), Redstone Golf Club (now the Golf Club of Houston): "I renovated the whole floating fountain and gave it a new pump, appearance and performance. The actual fountain is very complicated. I hired a company in Seguin, Texas, to build the copper tubing ring with the water nozzles — but all the internal pump and piping, the Shell sign-holders and all the aluminum frameworks, I built. 2. A 74-foot-long bridge serving the Rock House on the Fazio Canyons Course at Omni Barton Creek Spa and Resort in Austin, Texas. 3. A-frame crane, Shanqin Bay Golf Club: "The club did not have any kind of lifting device for equipment, so I decided to help my team be more efficient." 4. Custom trailers for greens mowers at Redstone Golf Club, Blackhorse Golf Club and Barton Creek: "I never really liked what the industry was manufacturing, so I decided to build my own with special suspension, low- ground-pressure tires and special heavy-duty frames." 5. Driving range awning, Barton Creek: "There was a need to improve the driving range experience at the main club course. Saved the company thousands." 6. Floodwater lift stations, Blackhorse: "A series of transfer pumps to 'de-water' the course during heavy rain events. Design-built the entire system with my engineer friend, John Tucker. He designed them all, and we built them all. Did a lot of work with him. He stood by me forever." 7. Metal storage shed (18 feet by 20 feet by 12 feet): "For a residence in Austin back in 2012. I saved the owner $10,000 by designing and building." 8. Custom bag stands for driving range, Redstone: "Here again, I did not like what the industry had to offer in terms of custom-look bag stands, so I designed and built these for the club." 9. Driving range golf ball storage trailer, Augusta Pines Golf Club, Houston: "One of many custom trailers I built for various people through the years." 10. Aluminum pontoon boat trailer: "This one I built for myself." Roger Goettsch's greatest hits Roger Goettsch, CGCS, the superintendent at Shanqin Bay Golf Club in Longgun, Hainan Island, China, shares his 10 favorite golf course manage- ment items that he has designed and built in a career that has spanned multiple decades and continents. when he landed this job. Goettsch recalls that while Charles Kofmehl and the Board of Directors had pulled together the money to buy Hupke the equipment he needed, "Tim didn't take care of the golf course that well his first year. "So the summer after my sophomore year, Tim decides to go off and get married. Be - cause Steve and I were hanging out there all the time, and because his father was involved in building the club, they came to us and said, 'Would you boys like to take care of this place for two weeks while Tim is on his hon - eymoon? You can work as many hours as you want — and we'll pay you.' Well, we went crazy, working sunup to sundown, and they paid us a gold mine. "at winter, at school, Steve comes run - ning down the hall. Dean Vollmer wanted to talk to us," Goettsch says. "He was chairman of the green committee. He and his brother Don owned the Chevy dealership in town. So we go down to the dealership after school, and Dean says, 'Boys, I want you to know that the golf course was in so much better shape the two weeks you worked there. We want you guys to take care of the golf course this com - ing season. You want the job as a twosome? The trailers for greens mowers were a source of annoyance for Goettsch, who determined to perfect their design and correct the flaws he found in commercially made equipment. He built trailers for Redstone Golf Club (Houston), Blackhorse Golf Club (Cypress, Texas) and Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa (Austin, Texas).

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