Golf Course Management

JAN 2018

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

Issue link: http://gcmdigital.gcsaa.org/i/918033

Contents of this Issue

Navigation

Page 95 of 219

86 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.18 An industry trend unfolds Just 31, Banks today finds himself at the crux of another nascent industry trend, a phenomenon where head superintendents hire and groom their replacements, having accepted another position at the same club. Carlson stepped aside in the spring of 2015, but he remains at The Vineyard Club as property manager, where he oversees capital projects — a just-concluded Gil Hanse redesign, for example. The idea of having the previous super - intendent at the club — perhaps hovering, perhaps exerting undue or unwanted influ - ence — might strike some as awkward. Not Banks, and here, the organic dictates gov - erning turf management at the club inter- twine with these issues of succession. "Before I took this job, I knew who Jeff Carlson was. Almost everybody in New England and New York did, too, and I'm sure that reputation extends even farther than that," Banks says. "He has been the organic ambassador for my entire turfgrass career. Having him help manage the golf course with me my first season here was a really sensible transition. I knew it would be very different for me, at first, but Jeff knew exactly where to expect an outbreak. He knew where we would first see weed pressure, and all this input came with his very relaxed and calm presence. "I will always thank him for being patient and mentoring me into a truly organic manager, something I take great pride in today," Banks adds. Can Banks imagine having taken on the organic learning curve without Carlson there, on-site? "Not really," he answers. "Jeff was very patient. My first year, the disease we encountered in certain areas maybe should not have happened. I believed moisture levels were adequate and acceptable enough to fight disease pressure. They weren't. But Jeff sat back and let me learn from my mistakes, and watched me grow. "From the beginning, I was talking to anyone and everyone to get my head around the issues. And I still do that." Banks says he frequently talks with colleagues, companies and researchers about Kevin Banks (kneeling) has leaned on Carlson's vast array of experience managing organic golf courses since he took over as superintendent at The Vineyard GC in 2015. Photo by Randi Baird "He (Jeff Carlson) has been the organic ambassador for my entire turfgrass career. Having him help manage the golf course with me my first season here was a really sensible transition." — Kevin Banks

Articles in this issue

Archives of this issue

view archives of Golf Course Management - JAN 2018