In addition to helping staff members improve their job performance, “Seattle Golf Club University” is designed to enhance their future employment opportunities and prepare them for next-level interviews to advance their careers.
With an award-winning golf course superintendent at the helm, Metropolitan Golf Links in Oakland, Calif., fosters strong community relationships with environmental stewardship and hands-on outreach programs.
Since 1995, Saddle Rock has been one of the designated sites in Aurora, Colo. for recycling live Christmas trees into mulch that is then used on the course and in city parks, and also made available to the public on “Free Loader Days” throughout the year.
More golf course superintendents are learning how to enhance their properties while also gaining traction on their own career paths by taking full advantage of the continuing-education opportunities that are tailored to their profession.
Working with the international Project SEARCH, as well as the local Unicorn Children’s Foundation and Unicorn Village Academy, the Boca Raton, Fla. club launched a job-training internship program for seven young adults with intellectual and developmental challenges. “It’s a good way to find employees who are dedicated and hard-working,” says Boca West’s Matthew Linderman.
Superintendents must take a year-round, balanced approach to properly maintaining the trees on their properties while also protecting the health of golf course turf and staying mindful of strong emotions that golfers, memberships and the local community can have.
The Sylacauga, Ala, property held a four-hour “Paint Your Pet” event where participants could paint portraits of their pets in bold, pop-art style while enjoying canapes as well as Italian and Spanish wines.
Input from superintendents is invaluable for designing and operating safe, efficient, state-of-the-art golf course maintenance facilities.
The Club at Wynstone in North Barrington, Ill. partnered with a local micro-brewery, Lake Zurich Brewing Company, to create a beer that is exclusive to the property.
A complete, $6.3 million renovation to The Oaks Club’s Heron Course, one of two 18-hole golf courses at the property on the southwest Florida coast, has resulted in significantly improved playability and greater ability to withstand the whims of Mother Nature.
When Paul Sauerteig, a member of Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind., invited his friend Chef Charlie Trotter to visit in 2008, it began the club’s long relationship with Blessings in a Backpack, a charity that provides book bags of food to underprivileged children every Friday during the school year, so they will have…
With proper planning and personnel in place, golf course superintendents can minimize the hiccups of irrigation replacement projects and keep things flowing smoothly.
Mount Vernon Canyon Club in Golden, Colo., opened its goat yoga festival to the public and about a quarter of the 70 people who attended were non-members. “A lot of people don’t know about this club, and this was good exposure,” says Wellness and Fitness Director Lili Bell Shelton.
With more educational opportunities at their disposal and a dedication to their craft, equipment managers are proving to be indispensable parts of golf course maintenance operations.
Members of every social and athletic group within Naples Lakes Country Club in Naples, Fla. planned activities and offered up raffle items to support the months-long fundraiser for Team Rubicon.