Golf Course Management

JUN 2019

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06.19 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 39 handy during this grueling stretch. "He taught me to have a sense of urgency. Don't put off today to do it tomorrow. ere were things you had to check off before moving on to the next thing while still creating a plan for the future," Dalhamer says. Dalhamer, a 24-year GCSAA member, helped Michaud prep for the 2000 U.S. Open, but he didn't stay for it. He departed earlier that year to become director of golf course grounds and maintenance at Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel, Calif., where he bucked a trend at the Troon-operated property. "It's unusual for us to have an outsider for that position rather than somebody coming up through the (Troon) system," says Jeff Spangler, senior vice president of science and agronomy for Troon. "He had a good grasp about golf course conditions and what the responsibili - ties of his crew are and is an incredible leader, hard worker himself, and guys understand him. at's the subtle part of leadership that's re- ally hard to train. He's constantly moving for- ward, looking to make things better. e crew sees, through interaction with Chris, that the golf course is getting better, and it makes them more excited about it." Pebble Beach crew member Hector Mejia is always eager to fulfill what Dalhamer estab- lished. "Chris trusts us. But we already know what we have to do," Mejia says. "We have to do quality work." is story, told by Michaud, exemplifies how much Dalhamer impacted his peers at Pebble Beach, even before he was its superin- tendent: "When I announced he was going to be my assistant, the whole crew cheered. ey had tears in their eyes. I never met a more like- able person than him. It was meant to be for Chris at Pebble." In 2002, Dalhamer returned to the com- pany as superintendent at Spyglass Hill. He was named superintendent at Pebble Beach in 2005 and has been director of golf course mainte- nance there since 2014. Bring it on So how does the crew at Pebble Beach ap- proach a loaded schedule? By acting like profes- sionals, that's how. "It's almost business as usual here," says vet- eran assistant superintendent Jack Holt, a 19- year GCSAA member who has worked there for nearly 40 years. e operative word is "almost." e hec- tic run began last August with the U.S. Am- ateur and the annual Pebble Beach Concours

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