Golf Course Management

JAN 2017

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Oh, brother The Cahalane brothers have something in common with Major League Baseball's Alou brothers. For eight games during the 1963 season, Felipe, Matty and Jesus Alou played together for the San Francisco Giants. Although they do not work at the same golf course, the Cahalane brothers have reached the major leagues in their profession — and they are doing it in the same state. Just like their father, the Cahalane brothers are all head golf course superintendents in the state of Colorado. Oldest brother Kevin, a 26-year GCSAA member, oversees Telluride Ski & Golf Club. Middle brother Dave is the GCSAA Class A superintendent at the Golf Club of Bear Dance in Larkspur and a 23- year association member, while baby brother Craig is the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Pole Creek Golf Club in Tabernash, and a 17-year member of GCSAA. Their late father, Rollie, completes this family affair. Before he passed away in 2012, Rollie, a for - mer president of the Rocky Mountain GCSA, spent decades as a superintendent, including 21 years at Inverness Golf Club in Englewood. Craig says his father never imagined all of them ultimately would follow in his footsteps. Initially, he hoped they wouldn't trace his path. "He always told us not to do it because of the stress," Craig says. "He really thought we would end up in the ski industry." Instead, Colorado has encountered an avalanche of Cahalanes in the golf course industry. That's a blessing, according to Gary Leeper, executive director of the Rocky Mountain GCSA. "I can't think of a family that's given more to golf than these guys," Leeper says. "They don't all look alike, but they all are friendly. Nice. Want to have fun. People love to be around them. If anyone calls any of them for help, they're there immediately. They have different personalities, but when you get them together, you can tell they're brothers. I think their dad taught them well." Perhaps the unsung hero in all of this is mom. Carol Cahalane, Rollie's wife for nearly 51 years, The Cahalane brothers — (from left) Dave, Craig and Kevin — have become fixtures in the Colorado golf course management business, following in the footsteps of their father, Rollie, who was also a superintendent. Photo by Evan Semón

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