Golf Course Management

FEB 2018

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92 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 02.18 Q: What's the best piece of advice you've ever received? A: Be the best and treat those around you better. Pass along your knowledge and learn from those who can help. Always better yourself, and never stop learning. Q: What do people outside of the industry ask you about when you tell them you work on a golf course? A: "So, you must play golf all day? When can you hook me up with a free round? How many pros have you met? Can you help me with my lawn?" Q: What are your thoughts on social media? A: I use LinkedIn for my professional side and Facebook for family. I gave up on Twitter. Q: Any shows that you binge-watch? A: I'm not a binge-watcher. I have too many other hobbies that keep me busy, especially on a nice day, golf being one of them. Q: If you could meet someone famous, who would it be and why? A: Frank Lloyd Wright. He was a visionary in architecture and design. He changed the way people think about building and nature — that they can form into one unique identity. — Howard Richman, GCM associate editor Getting to know you Jim Holland is proof that you really can go home again. After 25 years in corporate sales, Holland returned to East Potomac Golf Course, a three-course facility that's extremely familiar to him, because it's where he learned how to play golf as a kid. In 2016, Holland joined the grounds staff as a laborer and earned an online degree in turfgrass management from the University of Georgia. "I knew the course inside and out," says Holland, 47. Nowadays, Hol- land gets the full experience at East Potomac GC, which is surrounded by cherry blossoms, the Potomac River, and breathtaking views of the Capitol, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. The two-year GCSAA member is the assistant at East Potomac GC and Langston GC, plus oversees Rock Creek GC as its superintendent. A measure of joy comes from those golfers who frequent the facilities and tell him what they think of his work. "I know a lot of the locals who play here, people who have played here 30 years, and they say it's the best it has ever looked. That makes my job very fulfilling," Holland says. Jim Holland Was: Student, University of Georgia Is: Assistant superintendent/ superintendent, East Potomac Golf Course, Washington, D.C. (climbing the ladder) ON COURSE Feb. 1-4 — PGA Tour, Waste Management Phoenix Open, TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Roby Robertson IV, CGCS Feb. 1-4 — Web.com Tour, Panama Claro Championship, Club de Golf de Panama Feb. 1-4 — European Tour, Maybank Championship, Saujana Golf Club-Palm Course, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Feb. 8-11 — PGA Tour, AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, Calif.; Chris Dalhamer, CGCS Feb. 8-11 — Web.com Tour, Colombia Championship, Bogota Country Club Feb. 8-11 — European Tour, ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth, Lake Karriyup Country Club, Perth, Australia Feb. 9-11 — PGA Tour Champions, Boca Raton Championship, The Old Course at Broken Sound Club, Boca Raton, Fla.; Shannon Easter, golf course maintenance director Feb. 15-18 — PGA Tour, Genesis Open, Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, Calif.; Matt Morton, superintendent Feb. 15-18 — LPGA, Australian Open, The Royal Adelaide Golf Club, Seaton Feb. 15-18 — European Tour, NBO Oman Open, Al Mouj Golf, Muscat Feb. 16-18 — PGA Tour Champions, Chubb Classic, The TwinEagles Club- Talon Course, Naples, Fla.; Bruce Bach, director of golf course maintenance; Julio Francisco; superintendent; Joel Smith, superintendent Feb. 22-25 — PGA Tour, The Honda Classic, PGA National-Champion Course, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; Jeremiah Lockhart, superintendent Feb. 22-25 — LPGA, Honda LPGA Thailand, Siam Country Club-Pattaya Old Course, Chonburi MEMBERS ONLY

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