Golf Course Management

MAR 2015

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03.15 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 47 New GCSAA President John O'Keefe, CGCS, wants to make it perfectly clear what his role is in 2015. It all starts with you. "It's all about the membership. It's their association," O'Keefe says. "We're just governing it. My goal is to represent the mem- bership the best I can." In doing so, O'Keefe has a number of objectives that he wants to accomplish. He'd like to see streamlined member standard classifcations fnalized or, at the very least, come close to resolu- tion this year. He also is looking forward to adding a membership classifcation for equipment managers, which was to be voted on last month in San Antonio at the Golf Industry Show (results of the vote were completed after this issue of GCM went to press). On another front, O'Keefe hopes GCSAA expands its feld staff program. "I would love to see us add a couple more po- sitions, to better cover some of the larger areas throughout the country," he says. He also believes it would be greatly benefcial for GCSAA to place somebody full time in Washington, D.C., for advocacy purposes. In general, O'Keefe senses a revival in golf, which is good for everybody. "I think we're starting to climb again. We're seeing people with more discretionary income. Renovation work is being done, equipment is being purchased and clubs are beginning to spend money. Those are good signs," he says. GCSAA's goal of becoming the global leader in golf course management by 2020 remains on course, O'Keefe believes. "We're all concentrating on 2020. The ship is pointed in the right direction," he says. Once his time as president is completed, O'Keefe hopes to have something special in the works at his place of employment, Preakness Hills Country Club, in Wayne, N.J. He says resources have been approved for a new maintenance facility at his club, where he has served since 1986. The plan is to break ground in 2016. "We've got 3,200 square feet right now of buildings and trail- ers. The new facility will be 20,000 square feet. We're excited about that," O'Keefe says. — H.R. A menu of possibilities John O'Keefe, CGCS (above and far right in top photo), discusses plans for the day at Preakness Hills CC in Wayne, N.J., with (top photo, from left) assistant superintendents Steve Aspinall and Tony Espe.

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