Golf Course Management

MAR 2017

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46 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.17 really taught me the value of understand- ing golf as a business," Maynard says. "The business principles he taught me really fur - thered my development." Then, in 2013, Maynard made his most recent move to the 36-hole Country Club of St. Albans, tucked alongside the Mis - souri River about 30 miles west of down- town St. Louis. "If you look at my résumé to date, it's pretty defined," Maynard says. "Assistant, then superintendent, then certified super - intendent, then 18 holes and now 36 holes. It never goes totally according to plan, but it's worked out the way that I would've hoped it would." Sharing the learning There is no doubt that Maynard's jour - neys through golf course management ex- panded his agronomic horizons. But it also expanded his professional circles beyond anything he could've dreamed of as a high schooler stealing a few minutes of cold air in his superintendent's office. Darla Maynard likes to tell a story from their days at Champion Hills when her husband found himself in a conversa - tion with Fazio and the late Joe Duich, the legendary Penn State turfgrass educa - tor and the winner of GCSA A's Old Tom Morris Award in 2006. The discussion was high-level stuff, focusing on the state of the game and the turfgrass industry, as well as the advances superintendents had experienced in both. It was a conversation in which Bill Maynard was not just a spec - tator, but an active participant, and it defi- nitely left an impression. "Bill got to be a part of that conversa - tion, and really, the whole transformation they were talking about," Darla says. "Not only was he talking with these two great men about the changes that were taking place in the business, but he was also liv - ing those changes. It was really neat to see." Experiences such as that one, paired with the positive effect that formal train - ing had on his own career, made Maynard into a bit of an evangelist for advanced edu - cation and, ultimately, certification for su- perintendents. He's been a regular instruc- tor for GCSAA, first focusing on business leadership and communication in a ses - sion he developed called "Communication Skills for the Interactive Superintendent." Later, after he had earned his own cer - tification from GCSAA and served several stints on the association's Certification Committee, he took on a second seminar, this one focused on the process of certifica - tion called "Preparing Your Way to Certifi- cation." Although he no longer teaches the communication skills seminar, he contin - ues to lead the certification seminar, teach- ing it most recently at last month's Golf Industry Show. "I have a passion for education and teaching," Maynard says. "I know what it's done for my career, and I know what it can do for others. I just really enjoy teach - ing other people, seeing them improve. It's been a really fun, rewarding part of my ca - reer." going from bluegrass to bentgrass, did a bunch of work around greens. It was a great learning experience." Fueling a part of that learning experi - ence at Champion Hills was a blossoming friendship with the club's general manager, Tony D'Errico, CCE, a past president of the Club Managers Association of America who is now the general manager at Quail West Golf and Country Club in Naples, Fla. "Tony taught me about the value of hav - ing excellent writing and member commu- nications skills," Maynard says. "I'm fortu- nate to still be able to consult with Tony. His leadership at work and in his church is something I have always learned from." When opportunity called again, it was the Midwest on the other end of the line and Milburn Country Club in the Kansas City area. Maynard spent 14 years at Mil - burn, the longest stint of his career to date, and among other accomplishments, over - saw the construction of a multimillion-dol- lar clubhouse following a devastating fire that destroyed the original clubhouse. He also expanded his knowledge of op - erations within those clubhouses thanks to the mentorship of PGA professional Randy Hunt, who now sits on the PGA of Amer - ica's national board of directors. "Randy The combined golf course maintenance team at the Country Club of St. Albans. Maynard took over in 2013 after spending 14 years in the Kansas City area at Milburn CC. Photos by Larry Steinbrueck

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