Golf Course Management

JUL 2019

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82 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.19 Q: What is your favorite word? A: Skookum. (It means impressive, brave or strong). Q: What is it about your job that people outside of the industry find most interesting or had no idea about? A: There's more to it than cutting grass. Q: What's for breakfast? A: Bacon and eggs. Q: If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? A: I think I'd just make people care more about each other. Q: What's the best piece of advice you've received in the industry? A: It's from Stu Carmichael, who was an assistant superintendent when I was at Whistler GC. He said, "Efficiency is a balance between speed and accuracy." Q: Your goal in this industry is … ? A: Being a superintendent is definitely the end game. It's not a job I'll apply for until I feel I'm ready for it. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Getting to know you The son of foresters, Arran Marlow had a sizable personal playground that produced smells he still cherishes. His parents, John and Coleen, have owned Rockview Resources Ltd. since Arran was a youth and possess a license to manage the resources for 1,000 acres of land in British Columbia. The tract features numerous meandering hiking/biking trails. "When I was 8, we were driving trucks (actually, Arran would sit on his father's lap as dad drove). I fell in love with being in the woods and being outside. And I can't get enough of the smell of fresh-cut trees," Marlow says. By the time he turned 18, Marlow helped finish construction of nine-hole Quadra Island Golf Club at Quathiaski Cove, British Columbia, by assisting for two summers there. "Working at the golf course is similar to forestry. You work in any weather conditions, and I really like working with my hands," he says. A two- year GCSAA member, Marlow participated in the GCSAA Collegiate Turf Bowl for the University of Guelph and had been employed at Whistler Golf Club in British Columbia before taking a position earlier this year at Blue Ocean, where he has found a common denominator with Blue Ocean and every other club he worked, which includes Capilano Golf and Country Club in West Vancouver, British Columbia; Fairmont Chateau Whistler in British Colum- bia; and Quadra Island GC. "It's been good people and solid crews around me, and you get a lot of freedom, and the clubs are progressive," says Marlow, who turns 27 this month. A major benefit of working at Blue Ocean GC becomes apparent once he departs the property. "I have an ocean view from my home," Marlow says. Arran Marlow Was: Student, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario Is: Assistant superintendent, Blue Ocean Golf Club, Sechelt, British Columbia Twitter: @arranmarlow (climbing the ladder) ON COURSE July 4-7 — PGA Tour, 3M Open, TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minn.; Mark Michalski, superintendent July 4-7 — LPGA, Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, Thornberry Creek at Oneida, Oneida, Wis.; Steve Archibald, GCSAA Class A superintendent July 4-7 — Web.com Tour, Lecom Health Challenge, Peek'n Peak Resort- Upper Course, Findley Lake, N.Y.; Thomas DeKoning, superintendent July 4-7 — European Tour, Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, Lahinch Golf Club, Lahinch, Ireland July 11-13 — Symetra Tour, Donald Ross Classic at French Lick Resort, French Lick, Ind.; Brett Fleck, GCSAA Class A superintendent July 11-14 — PGA Tour, John Deere Classic, TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Ill.; Alex Stuedemann, CGCS, director of golf course operations July 11-14 — PGA Tour Champions, Bridgestone Senior Players Champion- ship, Firestone Country Club, Akron, Ohio; Larry Napora, director of golf course operations; Tim Gruber, superintendent July 11-14 — LPGA, Marathon Classic presented by Dana, Highland Meadows Golf Club, Sylvania, Ohio; Greg Pattinson, GCSAA Class A superintendent July 11-14 — Web.com Tour, TPC Colorado Championship at Heron Lakes, Berthoud, Colo.; Mike Cooper, GCSAA Class A superintendent July 11-14 — European Tour, Aberdeen Standard Investments Scot- tish Open, The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland July 15-20 — USGA, U.S. Junior Amateur, Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio; John Zimmers Jr., GCSAA Class A super- intendent July 17-20 — LPGA, Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, Midland Country Club, Midland, Mich.; Kevin Welp, CGCS MEMBERS ONLY

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