Golf Course Management

SEP 2013

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Wood sets his plans in motion for the late-night shift at Pole Valley. Photo by Jason McKibben noticeable at sunrise, images of washed out bunkers the proof. "When I got there in 1958, we didn't even have quick couplers on the greens. We had a hose at each green," says Maples, a 54-year GCSAA member, "and he (Burroughs) would take a sack of sprinklers in a burlap bag, and a fashlight, and he'd walk the course. Those guys (night watermen) got made fun of, being out there, kidded that they were sleeping on the job. But if they were sleeping on the job, it wouldn't take long to show up." Cops and robbers I was standing on a tee, probably midnight, looking out toward the eighth fairway (at Somerset Country Club in Mendota Heights, Minn.). We had a drinking fountain. Out of the corner of my eye I caught a little bit of movement. A guy was hiding there. I called a friend of mine, a sergeant on the police force, told him what was happening. He told me they were looking for somebody in the area. I went back out (on the course). I got him pinned (at the drinking fountain). In those days, you're invincible. I said to him, 'Sit right there or I'll knock you out.' The police got there, and they told me he had burglarized a home. —Garold Murphy, CGCS Retired, 53-year GCSAA member 50 GCM September 2013 So what is it with these New Jersey golf courses and the police? Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J., was paid a visit by a member of the police force after his curiosity was piqued by pickup truck headlights coming from the golf course late at night. "Somebody called the police when they saw the lights, and here comes a policeman, drove right onto the course, right across one of the greens," says Lee A. Webb, CGCS Retired, a 46-year member of the association. "The only trouble was that the back of the green dropped off about 5 feet, so he leaped right off of it. He was a little shaken up. So was I. I'm pretty sure he (policeman) just wanted to hang his head and go hide." At Deal Golf and Country Club in Deal, N.J., an electric pump that had issues created quite a stir. "The muffer blew off of it in the middle of the night," says 44-year GCSAA member John Schoellner, CGCS, who was in charge at the time. "I was out watering on the other side of the lake. The pump house was on the low point of the golf course on the lake, and I didn't hear it but some of the neighbors did and called the police, and they came looking for me. I got over there, and it sounded like an Indy stock car."

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