Golf Course Management

JUL 2018

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46 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.18 way and see the hole as a whole. What isn't right? Drive the fairway — or, even better, walk your fairways occasionally — looking carefully at quality of cut, clippings, weeds, and dry or wet spots. Take notes. Continue on the course from there. e idea here is that you are out looking for the minor details of the property that do make a difference in the overall course expe - rience. Most superintendents are by nature driven toward perfection. We may not be able to deliver it day in and day out, but it is certainly our goal. Detailing is a big part of that perfection. Zero in on the details to make your course shine. Rounding out the list One more example of success I would like to share is that of Miguel Llamas, su - perintendent at National City Golf Course, a nine-hole facility south of San Diego. Nine- hole golf courses can be growing grounds for superintendents who want to cut their teeth and eventually move on to bigger and bet - ter things. I get that. But what I have learned from Miguel is this: Work ethic, dedication and a sense of pride can produce better results than considerable amounts of experience and education can. Miguel may not be the most veteran or formally educated superintendent to oversee National City, but he is by far the best superintendent to be at its helm. e course has never been in better shape — and consistently in better shape — and it is due solely to pride and effort. e lesson is this: If you're working your way up the ladder, you must produce at every level to create the reputation you want to have. Consider every day a job interview. And there you have it — the 10 com - mandments of effective and successful golf course superintendents, plus a couple of bonus thoughts. Maybe there's something you would add to the list? Maybe there's a commandment that you consider a weak - ness for yourself and need to focus on get- ting better at? If that's the case, write it down or print it out, frame it, and display it prominently in your workspace. A con - stant, front-and-center reminder of the goals you're aiming for will help you ingrain them in your daily endeavors. Dave Waymire, CGCS, is a regional agronomist for American Golf, where he has worked for 19 years. A 37-year member of GCSAA, Dave earned a two-year turf management certificate from Penn State University and has been a Certified Golf Course Superintendent since 1993. He and his wife, Shelly, live in San Diego. Left: Author Dave Waymire, CGCS, has worked for American Golf for 19 years and is a 37-year member of GCSAA. Right: The ninth hole at Oakhurst Country Club in Clayton, Calif., set in the foothills of Mount Diablo and overseen by superintendent Ryan Zuehlsdorf. Leo Feser Award CANDIDATE This article is eligible for the 2019 Leo Feser Award, presented annually since 1977 to the author of the best superintendent-written article published in GCM during the previous year. Superintendents receive a $300 stipend for their articles. Feser Award winners receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Golf Industry Show, where they are recognized. They also have their names engraved on a plaque permanently displayed at GCSAA headquarters.

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