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Thomas Dai

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Thank a greenkeeper day
« on: September 13, 2022, 06:56:45 AM »
Today is thank a greenkeeper day, so thanks guys and gals for all you do for us golf enthusiasts and others. We'd be lost without you. Well done all.
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Jeff_Brauer

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Re: Thank a greenkeeper day
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2022, 09:41:26 AM »
Every day should be "thank a greenkeeper day." Or at least "Thank a golf course superintendent day."
Jeff Brauer, ASGCA Director of Outreach

A.G._Crockett

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Re: Thank a greenkeeper day
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2022, 08:34:21 AM »
My son has been an assistant superintendent for a number of years now, and I make it a point to say hello, or at least wave, to the crew at my club, and to stop and talk whenever I get the chance. Knowing what time those guys get there, and what time they leave, and how hard they work in between, is a pretty big reveal, and it’s no get rich quick scheme.


When I left my previous club, I brought a full BBQ lunch for the entire crew as a way of thanking them for giving me a beautiful place to play.  I got that idea from a buddy who brings a grill and cooks for the crew twice a year when aeration is going on.


When I’m playing elsewhere, ESPECIALLY at a public course that might be a little rough around the edges, I always try to tell somebody on the crew how much I like their course, and that I can tell they’ve been working hard. It’s a pretty safe assumption when you see a course that’s scruffy that there are budget issues; the crew is probably too small, and they may not even be able to buy the chemicals they need. However much golfers want the course to look and play perfectly, I think the super wants it even more.
"Golf...is usually played with the outward appearance of great dignity.  It is, nevertheless, a game of considerable passion, either of the explosive type, or that which burns inwardly and sears the soul."      Bobby Jones

Ira Fishman

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Re: Thank a greenkeeper day
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2022, 08:47:53 AM »
A.G.


A feast for the crew is a great idea. Sheryl and I are going to have to appropriate that one.


Ira

A.G._Crockett

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Re: Thank a greenkeeper day
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2022, 08:59:53 AM »
A.G.


A feast for the crew is a great idea. Sheryl and I are going to have to appropriate that one.


Ira


Ira, I highly recommend it.  Those guys are always happy to find out that someone is paying attention and values their work.  99% of their “interactions” with golfers are to listening to bitching from people who can’t grow grass in their own yard about conditions on a 150 acre farm with three or four different crops, which is really what a golf course is.


My favorite is, “Why’d you aerate the greens? They were perfect!”, followed closely by complaints about being in a footprint in a bunker and leaves on the green in the line of my putt.
"Golf...is usually played with the outward appearance of great dignity.  It is, nevertheless, a game of considerable passion, either of the explosive type, or that which burns inwardly and sears the soul."      Bobby Jones

Ira Fishman

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Re: Thank a greenkeeper day
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2022, 09:05:38 AM »
I shoot the breeze with the Superintendent quite a bit, and my wife is on the Green Committee so she gets to thank him. But something for the whole crew is a great idea.


Ira

Tim Martin

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Re: Thank a greenkeeper day
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2022, 02:34:55 PM »
I try and make it a point to thank the crew when I get the chance. The guys always seem to appreciate and graciously accept a compliment in the spirit it’s intended. Keney Park in Hartford, Connecticut where I play a lot of rounds has been in terrific shape all year and despite a large gap in budget dollars is as good condition wise as the area privates.
« Last Edit: September 15, 2022, 02:37:20 PM by Tim Martin »

Tommy Williamsen

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Re: Thank a greenkeeper day
« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2022, 04:04:21 PM »
I play with a guy that thanks every worker he encounters on the course. Others in the club have followed his example. Thanking people is always appreciated and a nice habit to have.
Tom Williamsen
Where there is no love, put love; there you will find love.
St. John of the Cross

Jim Franklin

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Re: Thank a greenkeeper day
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2022, 08:36:25 AM »
I have a question for the supers. If your fairway grass has very short root structure, is it better to continually water the fairway or only water periodically so the roots will grow and search for water? 007 bent is the grass. Thanks for any help.
Mr Hurricane

V_Halyard

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Re: Thank a greenkeeper day
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2022, 09:01:15 AM »
I thank my friends "Old Tom" Feller and now "Young Tom" Feller everyday for their leadership and delivery of a outstanding everything.
A successful restoration and now, the renovation of that restoration after a storm thrashed the restored course into architectural chaos.
We couldn't be more blessed.

"It's a tiny little ball that doesn't even move... how hard could it be?"  I will walk and carry 'til I can't... or look (really) stupid.

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