Golf Course Management

JUL 2014

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72 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.14 Making a championship course click Superintendent Roger Meier teams with general manager Keith Reese and head professional Chris Hamburger to give Valhalla Golf Club a winning team. Editor's note: T is is t e frst in a series of article ig lig ting t e important relations ip between GCSAA superintendents and PGA of America professionals. T ese articles are being simultaneously publis ed in bot GCM and PGA Magazine. At Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., it isn't unusual for PGA general manager Keith Reese to converse with Roger Meier, the club's golf course superintendent, 10 or 12 times daily during peak season. That's in addition to formal weekly meetings and a monthly lunch with Reese, Meier and PGA head professional Chris Hamburger to detail daily events and discuss any special maintenance or operational issues that might impact member play on the Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf course. Reese, Meier and Hamburger all recognize it takes a trusting team to deliver exemplary course conditions and a memorable golf experience for members, guests, PGA professionals and touring professionals. That's why communication is constant — and paramount to success — at Valhalla, which is preparing to host its third PGA Championship, Aug. 4–10. "It's hugely important for the general manager, golf course superintendent and PGA head professional to plan effectively, communicate regularly and be on the same page in all opera - tions and maintenance matters," notes Reese, who has been a Valhalla staff member since 1989. Roger Graves AT THE TURN (business) Valhalla GC's return to championship form after an extensive renovation in 2011 is a testament to the golf course maintenance team. Photos courtesy of PGA of America "The three of us complement each other well, and I believe we are a strong team." — Roger Meier 072-077_July14_PGA.indd 72 6/17/14 3:41 PM

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