Golf Course Management

MAY 2018

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

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54 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 05.18 how I handle situations and what I'm able to achieve. My passion for golf informs both my life and my work. Creativity, imagination and innovation are other hallmarks of a successful golf course su - perintendent, and these traits have a primary role in bringing passion into our work. As a superintendent, I do not strive to be the best; I strive to be different. Passion coupled with creativity gives one a "signature," and because most of our work as turfgrass managers is done behind the scenes, this individuality gives us a way to demonstrate our unique worth. More important, though, passion and creativity allow us to adapt to and work in any circum - stance, no matter how challenging. Tasks and projects that may have previously seemed im - possible because of a lack of resources, space or manpower are within reach when we tap into our internal drive and resources. What follows are some ideas and tips for nurturing your passion for your work and translating it into a well-run golf course op - eration and a superior golf experience for your customers. 1. Shift your perspective When I tell people what I do for a living, two common responses are, "Oh, you have to get up so early," and "Oh, you have to work outside every day." Yes, I do get up early, but I get to see the sunrise. Yes, I work out in the elements every day, but I get to be a steward of the environment. As a superintendent, I feel lucky that I get to spend each day out in a beautiful, natural setting. Life is all about perspective. Negatives and positives exist in every situation, every day. What we look for, we will find. We can choose to focus on the negative and be unhappy, or we can choose to focus on the positive to cul - tivate contentment. In those moments when we're taking a step back from our lives to as - sess where we are and where we want to be, a shift in perspective can be a valuable tool to keep us motivated to be our personal best. You have the power to shape how you think, and as was true for me in looking at life through the principles of golf, having a different mindset can give rise to different, improved outcomes. Day-to-day tasks such as checking the height and speed of greens or performing rou - tine repairs on machinery can seem repetitive and mundane. But if we adjust our perspective to view these duties through the lens of some - one who feels fortunate to have a job that re- quires them to be on a golf course every day, we might realize that those daily, ordinary tasks allow us to experience amazing things. We get to smell the aromas of the flowers and fresh- cut grass; listen to the singing birds; watch the flight of hawks and butterflies and other in - sects; breathe fresh air; see the joy on a golfer's face when they make that perfect shot; and Top: The maintenance crew at Southern Oaks Golf & Tennis Club in Burleson, Texas (from left): Hugo, Francisco, Juan Carlos, Alejandro, Diego, Jorge, Roberto G., Fausto, Roberto O. and Roberto C. Bottom: Author Jorge Croda, CGCS, with a map marked with all the places he has played golf around the world. Croda grew up in Veracruz, Mexico, and has worked at Southern Oaks since 2013.

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