Golf Course Management

MAR 2017

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44 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.17 After three years in that role, Maynard took on a new challenge as an assistant at the newly constructed Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs, just west of Nashville. The benefits there were many. First, he got a front-row seat to the grow-in of the facility. It also gave Maynard his first experience work - ing with golf course architect Tom Fazio, a connection that would persist throughout his career. Finally, it gave him the opportu - nity to work for someone who would develop into another of his true mentors in the busi - ness, David Green. "Such a great mentor," Maynard says of Green, a 45-year GCSAA member who is now retired. "He was never a 'boots' super - intendent. He wore nice golf shirts, looked the part. I learned so much from him." Those experiences set the stage for May - nard's first shot at a head superintendent position, which took him east to Bristol, Va., and The Virginian Golf Club, an - other Fazio course. In fact, Maynard's sec- ond head superintendent post was at Fazio's home course in North Carolina, Champion Hills in Hendersonville. "I dabbled in just about everything there," Maynard says of his four years at Champion Hills. "We renovated fairways, "Bill really has honed that skill to be 'the president.' But other than that, he's still the same guy. High- energy, enthusiastic — the guy that cares about people, about seeing them do well for themselves." — Greg Burdiek Climbing the ladder A review of the stops along Maynard's career path further reveals the seriousness with which he takes such matters, a profes - sional, no-nonsense approach that lies just underneath that easygoing, lighthearted surface. His résumé illustrates a clear plan, a definite method to the madness. That wasn't always the case, of course. The son of a general foreman at a Ford Motor Co. glass plant and a stay-at-home mother, Maynard's first job in golf at Hillwood was just that — a job. But soon, those stories he read in GCM and the work he was doing on the golf course sparked something. He kept returning to Hillwood during his summers, then pursued a degree from the University of Tennessee. After he graduated, it was back to Hill - wood, this time as the club's assistant super- intendent, where he worked under Mark Lit- tlejohn, CGCS, the first of many who would shape Maynard's professional identity. "Mark was a great career and personal-growth role model for me while I was at Hillwood," May - nard says. "He taught me the valuable les- son of always doing the right thing. He took a chance on me, and you never forget who those kind of mentors are in your life." The Maynard family (from left to right): Son-in-law Alex Howard, daughter Maygan Howard, Maynard, his grandson Hale Howard, wife Darla with granddaughter Harper Howard, and sons Matthew and Will Maynard. Photo by Tina Morrison

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