Golf Course Management

JUN 2018

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54 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 06.18 and food-and-beverage manager, and told Mi- chaud: "Eddie, you're doing great; just keep up doing what you're doing. "Fox Ridge is one of the most creative de - signs in Maine," Horahan says. "It's got great par-5s, spectacular par-3s and enough variety in its par-4s to keep it distinctive, with doglegs left and right, uphill, downhill. e tees have beau - tiful vistas. It's a gorgeous piece of property." Chief among the improvements that started last off-season is tree-cutting. "You build a course, and 20 years later you have trees encroaching everywhere," Horahan says. "We're trying to soften the course, down - ing trees ... and cutting high grasses between 150 and 200 yards out. We're working hard to make the course challenging from the tips for skilled players while playable for average ones." Michaud's role in the entire effort is crucial as he has drawn on experience dating back three decades to when he helped build Sugarloaf be - fore taking the reins as its superintendent. "e maintenance is superior," Horahan says, "Eddie's a great superintendent. He pays a high level of attention to details. You won't even see a lot of broken tees. "Eddie does that first cut of rough, which you don't see in Maine that often. He has the fairway cut and intermediate cut, which is the width of one mower, then the regular rough cut." Can't beat the life Michaud loves it. "You get up every day and you're out here watching the sunrise, and it's just such a beau - tiful golf course," he says. "ere are no homes around it to speak of. ere's no air traffic. One time, I worked on the 14th green for two hours, and not one car drove by. It's just so peaceful and quiet. We're only 3 miles from downtown, but it feels like you're out in the wilderness somewhere. I love the woods and to hunt and fish and be outside. So this has been a terrific job for me." Construction still gets Michaud's juices flowing. Myshrall says, "Eddie's always doing some - thing, projects here and there — always. He's been trimming trees back every year, working on the wetlands, making them more playable." Michaud adds that he has built several new fairway and greenside bunkers, and drainage — always drainage. Lessons learned Michaud describes his part-ownership as a learning curve. "e biggest lesson," he says, "is how im - portant customer service is — and percep- tions, because what people perceive is real to them. Whether it's true or false. If they per - ceive the course as being too hard for a begin- Michaud (center) and golf course builders Lennie Myshrall (left) and Paul Lessard came together to build Fox Ridge and remain active in its maintenance and operations. "People say Donald Ross got all the choice pieces of ground in New England. Well, he missed this one. This was a beautiful spot to build a golf course." — Ed Michaud

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