If the Architect is the Devil then the green keeper must be the Devils Child
The new guy hit a nerve, a raw, injured nerve that had been festering for awhile and as the air began to lighten and the silence broken with a deft change of subject, ( like a well struck approach being re-directed by a bunker rake or sprinkler head ) I decided that I was going learn as much from this curmudgeon as I could and then some. And I was going to do it either with his willingness to teach me or without it.
What I didn't know was with that decision I committed myself to many years as a green committee member that have proven to be both rewarding and frustrating beyond what I ever imaged.
Green Keeping Lesson # 1
Green Keeping Lesson # 2
It's greens, tees, fairways, bunkers, roughs in that order, period. When they are perfect then we'll talk about that fountain you want built as a memorial to yourself.
Green Keeping Lesson # 3
To do the job right we need labor, equipment, fertilizers, seed, water, lots of water, more labor, know how ranging from controlling cutter ants to knowing how to enable all the control panel programs for the irrigation system and most importantly we need God's blessing. So "if ya goona piss him off please don't let him know ya play yur golf here !!" And oh by the way you can save a handful on labor if you replace your divots, rake the traps and learn to fix a ball mark !
Green Keeping Lesson #4
Since Tom Morris started taking care of Prestwick in 1851 golfing conditions have been improving along side improvements in green keeping processes and golf course maintenance equipment. For the love of God before you start beefing about the playing conditions here take a lousy hour or two some early morning see "how we cut the grass". We don't have rabbits and we don't have sheep ! (Although a goat or 2 might help) Better yet just come out and look at what goes in to those pin placements and tee marker locations you seem to always have something to say about.
Green Keeping Lesson #5
If the inside of the green keepers barn looks like a storage shed for garden tools and antiques your golf club will soon have a problem. Although there are many tools that are 50 - 100 years old that are still serviceable the vast majority are not and are just plain useless. The demand for continuous golf course improvements equals a demand for new golf course maintenance equipment, so budget for it.
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