Golf Course Management

JUL 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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Press on Steve Burgraff, superintendent at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club in Solana Beach, Calif., and a 21-year GCSAA member, has the following quotation framed and displayed prominently above his desk. It's something he learned from his father-in-law, and they're words he has lived by for many years: "Press on. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." Honorable mentions The superintendents I surveyed suggested a couple of commandments that didn't quite make the top 10, but that still stand as essential characteristics of successful turf professionals. Keep a sense of urgency. Superintendents deal with a living, breathing entity, and because of this, issues can arise that require immediate attention. You can't go home when your greens are screaming at you that they're thirsty. You can't take off on a long holiday weekend when your crew is short-handed. There is no "calling it in" with this profession — the buck stops with you. Be conscious of your personal appearance and conduct. Being a "hands-on" superintendent is a good thing. But showing up to the clubhouse with mud up to your waist after repairing a mainline leak doesn't prove anything. Go ahead — get dirty. But be mindful that a necessary trait for superintendents is attention to personal appearance and conduct. Look and act like a professional, because like it or not, you will be known for something, and others form their opinion of you based on your appearance and patterns in your performance. Your appearance and actions should contribute positively to their perception. Finally, know that your mood is very contagious. A happy superintendent has a happy staff. "Mornings are your most productive time. Be ready each day to hit the ground running." — Russ Vandehey, CGCS "See the course, all of the course, every day." — Bryan Riek

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