In the spirit of The State of The Union Address, I have endeavored to write and deliver a comprehensive analysis of the current state of affairs in golf.
Due to constant interruptions provided by GCS duties, I have been forced to split the State of Golf Address into several segments.
Due to constant interruptions provided by GCS duties . . .
The first segment contains very little of the State of Golf Address, but some of the issues facing golf are presented in short form.
On the bright side, unlike the Presidential State of the Union, you will not have to stand and endlessly applaud everything I say, unless you just want to irritate others in the room.
The following multi-part series Veminar is entitled: The State of Golf Address, and is worth 2000 Mystic Order of Greenkeepers CEU points, providing you can get through the entire series without heavy drinking.
So, sit back and enjoy Part One.
Our GCM (Golf Course Marshal) is often accused of being lazy, ineffective and unwilling to do the job.
When the GCM attempts to speed play and enforce local rules, golfers howl in protest, calling the GCM a jack-booted power-crazed thug gleefully dealing out harassment and oppression.
If the GCM is polite, the players ignore GCM commands and refuse to comply; it is not unusual for golfers to see a polite GCM as a sign of weakness and follow up with threats and physical abuse.
. . . golfers see a polite marshal as a sign of weakness
Here at The Rock, we believe a GCM operating without sufficient support from the clubhouse/pro shop, will resort to riding around waving and indulging in ball-hawking, rather than risk a butt-whuppin’ for attempting to herd slow players.
That is precisely why Rockbottum CC has implemented a change, trying to walk the fine line between ineffectiveness and coming down too hard.
Our GCS invented the MLM (Marshal’s Little Helper) and assigned it to the GCM. [MLM not available in stores, order from Rockbottum CC in the next ten minutes and receive a 10% discount]
Football coaches know their chances of making it to “Legendary Coach” status are greater if their team is talented, highly motivated, fast and smart.
The Golf Course Superintendent is in a similar situation. It can be very difficult to reach the top ranks of Golf Course Superintendents while saddled with a poor team.
. . . saddled with a poor team.
That’s my excuse.
Everyone in this industry knows what a positive influence a talented equipment tech can have on a golf course. The highly motivated assistant superintendent bears a great deal of the day to day pressure, allowing the superintendent to move the golf course forward, rather than spend time putting out little fires.
Spray techs, irrigation techs, course prep specialists and equipment operators blessed with a good attitude and the desire to constantly improve their skills can make a course look great and the superintendent look like a genius.
I never really had a good team . . . because I was usually the entire crew and I had trouble getting along with everybody.
. . . I was usually the entire crew and I had trouble getting along with everybody.
But, on the bright side, having a multiple personality disorder enabled
me us to take a close look at good crew management techniques and here in this updated, remastered and modernized video seminar–we call them “Veminars”–we share my our secrets with you, The TurfNet Nation.