Golf Course Management

JUN 2018

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16 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 06.18 golf. We've taken days off from work and played golf. We've loaded up the vehicle, left our beautiful wives and kids, driven west and played golf. Somehow this game that had grown to rep - resent a "time suck" has now become a means for the two of us to preserve time. is beauti - ful game has allowed us time to be together, to ignore the outside world and its weight, and simply appreciate the special friendship we've shared over the years. e actual golf hasn't been all that great — mostly bad, to be honest — but the conversations, fellowship, laughs and time spent lingering around while looking for lost balls or waiting on the group in front of us has been memorable and meaningful. e five hours I once thought were "wasted" on a round of golf have now become a won - derful gift of time that he and I have learned to treasure. e game, specifically its pace, has been a hot-button topic lately. I absolutely agree that there needs to be an emphasis on speeding up the game. I'm sure many don't share my newfound perspective on time, so it's impera - tive that a round of golf remains as efficient as possible in order to preserve the game's place on people's priority list. But instead of always harping on slow play and chastising the game for its pace, let's try to acknowledge the beauty of a game that provides us with the lost gift of time. Somehow it may be that the game of golf 's most understood flaw is simultaneously its most tangible and valuable gift. Take time this season to get out and play, and soak it in. Invite someone you're close to and join them on the course. Put your phones down and forget about your to-do list. Don't worry about your score, or their score, or the group in front of you. Focus on the pleasure of being in the moment, amidst Mother Na - ture, club in hand, playing a beautiful game with someone you care about. Talk, reminisce, laugh, and live in the moment. Let this game and the beautiful venues that host it provide you with peace and presence and the gift of time. Jim Nedrow is the GCSAA Class A director of agronomy at the Club at Indian Creek in Elkhorn, Neb., and a 14-year member of the association. He writes a regular "Turf Talk" column for Nebraska Golfer. Jim Nedrow Twitter: @ICTurfTalk Don't let time pass you by (inside gcm) Editor's note: is story was originally published in Nebraska Golfer, the biannual publication of the Nebraska Golf Association. We live in a crazy and, often times, un - manageable world. Life often moves at a pace that can be difficult for us to navigate. We live our lives in fast forward — minutes, hours and days in the future, and sometimes even years in the past. We rarely allow ourselves the opportunity to be present and appreciate the countless little moments of beauty that occur in our everyday lives. is trend isn't slow - ing down, and without a proper way of paus- ing and shutting out the noise, life will pass us by. By the time we have the perspective to pause, breathe and appreciate life, we will have missed out on years of beauty. For years, golf had slowly crept its way down the list of priorities for me. I had built a large library of excuses for why I couldn't play: • I spend all day at the course, I don't need to be there any longer. • My skill level is a shell of what it used to be, so the game is just too frustrating. • It's not fun anymore. • It's too hot to be outside any longer. is list continued and was quite long. I had a default excuse waiting in the queue for every time I was invited to play, and I get in - vited to play — specifically at Indian Creek — a lot. My most frequent excuse was always, "I don't have four to five hours a week to play golf. Life is just too busy." Remember that first paragraph? is is what I am talking about. Somehow, the idea of taking four to five hours out of a week to slow down and enjoy a round of golf seemed daunting and exhausting. It doesn't make a lot of sense does it? e past year I have watched someone very close to me navigate the intense stress and anxiety of a battle with cancer. It's been a challenge, and, at times, very difficult, but buried within the pain and struggle was an unexpected and beautiful gift — the gift of perspective and presence. In the midst of all the horror of this disease, I've witnessed my best friend slow down and appreciate life. He's learned to reallocate his time and to take part in the events and activities that are truly im - portant. I am now trying to do the same thing. So, what have he and I done with some of this reallocated time? We've hit the golf course. We silenced our phones and played Somehow it may be that the game of golf's most understood flaw is simultaneously its most tangible and valuable gift.

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