Among our jobs as we closed the course was blowing the irrigation lines out and putting the tarps on as we put it to bed for the winter.
What you do before closing will show up in April and May and Scott Pratt, our superintendent, has been in conversation with our new director of golf course operations, Thom Charters.
Tarps are often a question that comes up. Last year, when we used the tarps, we had one little problem, but the greens, as a whole, came up better in the spring of 2010 than in 2009, without the tarps.
It’s a great topic of conversation for greenskeepers, but I leave that up to Thom and Scott. I want to say right now that I’m not an agronomist and I defer to the guys who really know about such matters.
It’s funny. You talk to some people and they like tarps. You talk to others and they don’t. Some people like to punch the greens in November, some like to do it in April. It’s a science.
When I was a young man in this industry, there was always talk about how the pros and the greenskeepers don’t get along, or how the GMs and the pros don’t get along because they all think they have the most important job.
Yet, all the way through my career, the greenskeepers have been my buddies. I respect these guys and they all have their individual styles, just like golf pros have their different styles and merchandisers have their different styles.
We have a great team here already and certainly the addition of Thom was an example of our desire to assemble the best team possible.
This is golf and the golf course is paramount. It’s a big part of the puzzle that works with the others, such a food and beverage, to offer a premier product to your members.