Abstract: If you’re planning a large golf renovation project, you may want to hire an assistant with construction experience.
When I was a golf course superintendent, I had to balance the responsibilities of turfgrass management with construction management. My site included a large condominium project surrounded by a golf course, and the interface between the turf and construction divisions required intensive communication.
I’m now in the golf construction business and I see stressed-out golf course superintendents trying to create fine golf conditions while golf course construction projects complicate the scene. The golf course industry has become complicated with multimillion dollar renovations requiring intensive oversight. The paperwork on some of these projects will keep a person busy for fifty hours per week.
A few golf course superintendents have hired full-time construction assistants. These assistants have deep golf course construction experience and they manage the details on a construction or irrigation project. They can assemble crews of shapers and skilled laborers to perform golf course work in house, saving money in the process.
A loyal golf course construction assistant will improve the management capacity of a golf course superintendent. If construction slows, they can assist in project planning or other golf course maintenance issues. It will prove to be a good investment.