Golf Course Management

MAY 2018

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16 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 05.18 of GCSAA members and GCM readers, of face-to-face interactions and of supporting the industry in any way that we can, we've been finalizing plans that will allow us to do all of those things more frequently and put way more names to way more faces in the com - ing months. Any regular reader of this magazine, visitor to our website (, or any - one who follows us on social media (@GCM_ Magazine on Twitter or at www.facebook. com/GCMMagazine on Facebook) knows that we've routinely been on the ground and behind the scenes at events like the U.S. Open, PGA Championship and Ryder Cup. We go to these events not only to report and provide insight into what it takes to put them on, but also to connect with and support those who are actually doing that work. is year, we're upping the ante in these efforts. Sure, we'll be at Shinnecock in June for the U.S. Open and at Bellerive in August for the PGA, but you'll also see GCM and GCSAA at events such as the Players Cham - pionship, the U.S. Women's Open, the Me- morial, the U.S. Amateur and tournaments throughout the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup play - offs. For some events, GCM staff members — including yours truly — will be on hand. At others, you'll see GCSAA Field Staff repre - sentatives or members of GCSAA's executive team and board of directors. But exactly who is there on the ground is largely immaterial. All of these events — not just the majors — bring together golf course management professionals to assist in and sup - port preparations of the course for these tour- naments. As a magazine and an association, we feel it's our duty and responsibility to be there, too, to acknowledge all the blood, sweat and tears that go into producing these events and turn a spotlight on the positive effects those efforts have, not just on those participat - ing, but on the image of the superintendent and the golf course management industry as a whole. And if doing that means that I get to make a long overdue return trip to Augusta and the Masters … well, sign me up right now. Scott Hollister is GCM 's editor-in-chief. Scott Hollister Twitter: @GCM_Magazine Going where the action is (inside gcm) As the calendar begins to turn from winter to spring — even in years like this one, where winter appears unwilling to yield the floor to spring — one of the questions I get the most is, "Are you going to the Masters?" It's a logical question, to be sure. Whether you're a golfer itching to hit the links or some - one entrenched in the business of golf, the Masters has always marked the unofficial start of the golf season. It's a great opportu - nity to connect with friends, colleagues and golf course superintendents from around the country and catch a little golf as a fan … sorry, I mean a patron. roughout my two decades with GCM and with a little help from my membership in the Golf Writers Association of America, I've been fortunate enough to visit Augusta Na - tional on several occasions. I've been to Amen Corner, sampled the pimento cheese and egg salad sandwiches and had the opportunity to interact with folks from all around the golf course management industry, including GCSAA Class A superintendent Brad Owen and the unbelievably talented and dedicated agronomy team at the club. In recent years, though, my answer to the question, "Are you going to the Masters?" has been, unfortunately, "No. Not this year." ere have always been seemingly good rea - sons for passing up a trip to Augusta, at least in my mind. Maybe there were conflicts with GCM's monthly production deadlines. Maybe another work-related trip got in the way. Maybe there were other GCSAA repre - sentatives going who could carry the banner far more effectively than I could. Whatever the reason, I think my last visit to the Masters came in 2011, which seems like far too long when I actually type that date into this column. And when I think of whatever challenges might have impeded previous potential visits to the tournament, I'm also reminded of all the positives that can come from traveling to Augusta and just how much those benefits ultimately outweigh the costs involved. e Masters conundrum obviously came into focus as I watched this year's tournament play out last month, but I was also reminded of it during my work over the past several months on a new outreach initiative for the magazine and the association. Because all of us recognize the value of getting out in front We go to these events not only to report and provide insight into what it takes to put them on, but also to connect with and support those who are actually doing that work.

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