Golf Course Management

JUL 2018

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54 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07.18 doing. We ask how Jack is doing," says Sam Robey, director of marketing and member- ship at the club, who adds they actually do ask h ow John is doing — after they have received a Jack update. "Jack has been a great addition to our Cardinals' family. We have done some things with him for social media. Now, every- body here is asking for him to have his own so- cial media account. I've taken lots of pictures o f him. He loves smiling for the camera. I'm a dog lover, so I'm happy he is here. I still ooh and aah over him." Obviously, so far, so good, for Jack in Lou- isville. "Just a good dog that is nice to have a round," Ballard says. Wishes do come true Kyle Johnson got his wish. "He had been saying for a while that he wanted a dog for the golf course," says Scott Steiner, senior assistant superintendent at Carolina Country Club in Raleigh, N.C. No wonder, then, that Johnson, GCSAA Class A director of golf course maintenance, was ec - static when he and Steiner entered the dog c ontest at GIS and emerged victorious. "We're both pretty excited about it to say the least," Steiner says. Johnson, a 10-year association member, was beaming. "I didn't have any reservations about it. I couldn't wait to get her and let her go nuts," he says. "Her first time off the leash was a little skittish, but after 20 minutes, when she realized that she could go, she went. Re - ally fast." A couple of dozen geese regularly visit Car- olina CC. Fall is the worst time of the year f or them, Steiner says. e 11th hole features an island green of Champion bermudagrass, a popular spot for geese to collect and create problems. "ey make their mess there poop- ing. ey pick at some of the turf. I'm not s ure what they're trying to get," says Steiner, a seven-year association member. "ey are away from people there, so cleanup can be difficult. It takes quite a while to blow off the green. Sometimes we wash it off with a hose." Until Storm appeared, Steiner's Golden Retriever, Esso, roamed the course. "Esso is great. Geese tick him off sometimes, but (he) doesn't have the mind that is trained to do the work. With Storm, you can tell that her brain is always working," says Steiner, noting that Storm does not bark much. "Storm and Esso play together, chase geese together, have a good time. It's a treat to watch Storm work." Storm has invigorated the crew at Carolina CC. "She's been a morale booster. She seems to put a smile on peoples' faces," Steiner says. Storm also possesses characteristics of a dog that, well, if you have a dog, you will under - stand where he is going with this. "She rolls a round in stuff she shouldn't be rolling around in," Steiner says. Johnson houses Storm, who has a favorite at home. "It's my 2-year-old daughter, Chan- dler. Storm loves that little girl," Johnson says. W hen they arrive at work, Johnson says that Storm is a bundle of energy, even though she isn't fed (four cups of high protein lamb and rice) until evening. e later feeding time helps the dog avoid cramps at work. "When she gets up in the morning, she's ready to go straight to work," Johnson says. "It's like a 100-acre playground to her. When we get there, she runs beside my cart, three laps around, before she gets in. She's wound up in the morning. Has she helped? Abso - lutely. She's become somewhat of a celebrity at o ur club, been embraced so well. She's like a mascot. She has a loving demeanor. You ap- preciate her and don't feel threatened by her b y any means. I always wanted a dog to take to the course every day." Storm may even have her own dog blog someday, Johnson says. Already, though, she has made a strong statement. "Most dogs are just pets. ese dogs have a purpose. And they have a job to do," Steiner says. "She has proven that she can bounce back after a long day. ere's not many places where you can bring your dog to work. ese dogs definitely have a place at the golf course." Howard Richman (hrichman@gcsaa.org) is GCM 's associate editor. Border collies are trained (as seen here) before they go to their prospective owners. Obviously, the dog works by land or water. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Gibson Learn more about Flyaway Geese, its founder and owner, Rebecca Gibson, and the com- pany's journey into the golf industry in an exclusive video fea ture at www.gcsaa.tv.

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