Golf Course Management

FEB 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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60 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.19 AT THE TURN (career) Art Stricklin Team players From the maintenance facility to the clubhouse, successful teamwork can often spell the difference between success and struggles at many golf courses. Any number of things can factor into achieving that goal of building a successful golf facility. But club industry leaders who have been involved in building the best say it all comes down to a common theme: teamwork. Good teams recognize that success often is determined by collective effort, collective focus and collective planning. You can have a great superintendent, a great head golf pro, a great club manager and a great head chef, but unless they are all on the same page and working toward a common goal, success can be fleeting. "You may have people who know the science, but if they can't communicate it, then it's all lost," says Eric Bauer, the director of grounds and agronomy at the acclaimed Bluejack National Golf Club outside of Houston, the first Tiger Woods-designed course in the United States. "Your team has to all be in the same place, vision and purpose together," adds longtime club general manager Bill Langley of Quail Ridge Country Club in Boynton Beach, Fla. "You could say, 'I'm not charged with washing dishes,' but a member or guest can have a great day with great golf and great friends or weather, but if you go into the dining area and get a dirty fork, that can mess everything up." Setting the bar high For more than a decade, Langley and Bauer teamed with Mark Steinbauer, the director of golf, and Michael Parker, the head chef, at e Club at Carlton Woods in e Woodlands, "You have to have the same plans and goals, reinforced by the board and led by the manager to all operate together." — Bill Langley The Club at Carlton Woods in Spring, Texas, was recognized by AvidGolfer magazine for its "dynasty," a team of professionals whose teamwork made the club the best in the Houston area for several years. Hole No. 7 of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course is shown. Photo courtesy of The Club at Carlton Woods

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