Golf Course Management

MAR 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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62 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.19 AT THE TURN (career) Jorge Croda, CGCS, and Anthony L. Williams, CGCS Five simple ways to increase your professionalism (and why it matters) Try these simple methods to raise the bar as a superintendent. Golf course superintendents can be some of the most misunderstood professionals in the industry. Rarely do you hear anything about a golf course superintendent or his staff's daily accom - plishments, but if something is wrong with the course, all eyes focus on the superintendent. e truth is that a superintendent's job is mostly done behind the scenes, and the hallmark of a truly successful golf course superintendent is a course that runs seamlessly whether he is front and center or standing in the shadows. e actual definition of a superintendent is a person who manages (or superintends) an or - ganization or activity, or a high-ranking official. On average, nearly 80 percent of a golf course's budget is managed by the superintendent. is alone moves the superintendent into a critical role for the success of the club. However, many people think of superintendents as just "lawn guys." As superintendents, we must learn to take responsibility for our perceived professionalism. We must commit to higher standards, starting with ourselves and extending through the indus - try in order to build respect and an understanding of our true worth. Here are five simple ways to raise the bar and increase your professionalism as a golf course superintendent. As superintendents, we must learn to take responsibility for our perceived professionalism. One way to exhibit professionalism is through participation in impactful programs that reach far beyond your facility, like the GCSAA's Grassroots Ambassadors program, as co-authors Anthony L. Williams, CGCS, (left) and Jorge Croda, CGCS, have. Photo courtesy of Anthony L. Williams

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