Golf Course Management

JUN 2019

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84 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 06.19 Q: What's your favorite Dutch food? A: Boerenkool. It's a winter dish consisting of potatoes and kale, served with bacon bits, gravy and a smoked sausage or meatball. A great meal on a cold winter's day to warm up. Q: Your favorite word is … ? A: As far as non-swear words, I think it would have to be "gezellig." It means a positive atmosphere, good fun and enjoyable. To compare it to Ireland, it would be to say, "It was a good craic." Q: What is your biggest strength? A: Flexibility and friendliness. I try always to be flexible and change with the day's needs. Prioritize what needs to be done. Otherwise, you can drive yourself crazy. What is a must-do for today? Get that done today, and the rest is a bonus. Q: Why is The Dutch special? A: It was developed by friends for the love of the game. It was built with passion and heart for golf and is always striving for excellence in all aspects of the club. All departments work closely together to provide the best service for our members while constantly investing and innovating, because if you stand still, you go backward. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Getting to know you Irish-born Paul O'Donoghue was schooled in the U.S. and is learning about the importance of foam concrete in the Netherlands. After being promoted to superintendent at The Dutch, O'Donoghue hosted the European Tour's KLM Open last September on a Colin Montgomerie-designed inland links course that bid on but lost the 2018 Ryder Cup. O'Donoghue, 33, is a 12-year GCSAA interna- tional superintendent member. He went to Ohio State and interned at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., for then-superintendent Mark Wilson, and for Paul Latshaw, CGCS, when he was at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. At The Dutch, O'Donoghue uses foam concrete that was installed by a construction team for unstable, heavy clay ground. "The clay covers a deep layer of peat that accumulated over hundreds of years from being marsh. Peat causes the ground to move dramati- cally. If a heavy vehicle goes by, the ground shakes. The land here sinks and loses shape quite eas- ily. Technically, the greens are floating," O'Donoghue says. "It (the concrete) moves with the ground as the water table rises or falls. The foam concrete under the greens ensures that the shaping of the greens is not lost and that the structure and drainage remains as it was laid during construction." Paul O'Donoghue Was: Assistant superintendent, The Dutch, Spijk, Netherlands Is: Superintendent, The Dutch (climbing the ladder) ON COURSE June 6-9 — PGA Tour, RBC Canadian Open, Hamilton Golf & Country Club, Hamilton, Ontario; Rhod Trainor, CGCS June 6-9 — Tour, BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by Synnex Corp., Thornblade Club, Greer, S.C.; Randall Long, GCSAA Class A superin- tendent June 6-9 — LPGA, ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer, Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, Galloway, N.J.; Mike Bair, director of agronomy June 7-9 — PGA Tour Champions, Mastercard Championship, Narita Golf Club-Accordia Golf, Narita, Japan June 7-9 — Symetra Tour, Four Winds Invitational, Blackthorn Golf Club, South Bend, Ind.; John Quickstad, GCSAA Class A superintendent June 13-16 — USGA, U.S. Open, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, Calif.; Chris Dalhamer, CGCS, director of golf course maintenance June 13-16 — Tour, Lincoln Land Championship presented by LRS, Panther Creek Country Club, Springfield, Ill.; Eric Kelley, GCSAA Class A superin- tendent June 13-16 — LPGA, Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, Blythefield Country Club, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Collin Romanick, GCSAA Class A superintendent June 14-16 — Symetra Tour, The Forsyth Classic presented by Decatur Park District, Hickory Point Golf Course, Decatur, Ill.; Gregory Foley, superintendent June 20-23 — PGA Tour, Travelers Championship, TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn.; Jeff Reich, GCSAA Class A superintendent June 20-23 — Tour, Wichita Open Supporting Wichita's Youth, Crestview Country Club, Wichita, Kan.; Josh Troutman, GCSAA Class A superintendent MEMBERS ONLY

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