“How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?”
Legendary goalie Jacques Plante was talking, of course, about his career between the pipes in the NHL, most notably for the Montreal Canadiens, and while it may be overly dramatic to say it applies to golf course superintendents, there are similarities, especially this year.
We all appreciate outstanding conditions, but how often do we make an effort to thank the superintendent for his or her efforts in making them possible each time we visit?
Or are we more likely to comment if something is amiss, whether it was caused by another golfer or nature, but not the superintendent, who is only noticed for taking too long to fix it in our estimation, even if we don’t fully understand the reason for it?
Wednesday offers the opportunity for those who would thank a superintendent for a job well done to reinforce that message and those who have never gone out of their way to display gratitude to a superintendent to do so.
It’s Thank a Golf Course Superintendent Day and you can show your appreciation in person, via email or social media with the hashtag #ThankASuper.
Some might say it’s their job to provide outstanding conditions, but isn’t it always a good idea to make an effort to commend an employee for a job well done, especially this year?
While the rest of us were in lockdown earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, many superintendents were out getting golf courses ready for the season, even if we weren’t sure at the time when it would begin.
There was plenty of uncertainty at the time. There were concerns about budgets and staffing and many times, superintendents worked with golf course employees from other departments who were pitching in for the first time to their credit, just to help out. They also deserve thanks.
Despite the uncertainty, things got done and in a big way. Across the country, golf courses are reporting a rise in the number of rounds played, in no small part thanks to the efforts of superintendents and their crews.
Thanking those people for their efforts in taking care of golf courses and helping set up safety protocols doesn’t cost anything, but carries an incalculable value.