From turfgrass management, environmental stewardship, research, personnel management, budget development, accounting, event management, inventory control, communications and a variety of other tasks — we have listed blogs maintained by golf course superintendents that you might want to bookmark or follow.
Why would you follow blogs of golf course superintendents?
Like taking advantage of apps that help you connect with fellow golf aficionados, blogs are avenues for education and for you to seek out help and support and read about thoughts on issues affecting golf courses today.
David Smith of Fawn Lake Country Club Golf Course Management
Smith, a golf course superintendent for 13 years, regularly keeps his blog updated with recent improvements and maintenance issues with the golf course. He keeps important dates announced in his blog and contributes to the golf course’s Facebook page.
Patrick Daly of Framingham Country Club Grounds
Daly has been involved in the golf industry since 1987 and has been superintendent for the private 18-hole country club located outside Boston for 14 years. He started his blog as a way to improve communication with the members of the club as he noticed that monthly club newsletters weren’t enough to keep members updated with what’s going on with the golf course. He is still blogging monthly updates but have more regular posts on his Twitter account.
Rick Tegtmeier of Des Moines Golf and Country Club
Tegtmeier has been serving as the Director of Grounds for the Des Moines Golf and Country Club (DMGCC) since November 2006, having been in the industry specializing in golf course maintenance business since 1973. He posts what he calls Director of Grounds newsletters to keep the golf club members updated about the golf course – its maintenance schedules and routine problems. With over 800 followers on Twitter, he gets to share a blow-by-blow account on latest upgrades and happenings to the golf course in the DMGCC.
Joe Wachter of Glen Echo Country Club Golf Course Management
Wachter provides regular updates of work being performed on the grounds of the Glen Echo Country Club CC in St Louis, MO, the only golf club in the world to host a gold medal match in the Olympics, in his blog.
Dave Ward of Coyote Run Golf Course
Coyote Run Golf Course in downtown Chicago has this genius idea to incorporate the blog of Ward into their website. A page entitled “Superintendent’s Blog”, aptly also called “From the Rough”, Ward chronicles events, personal updates, anecdotes about guests and shares pictures about how they maintain the golf course. It’s a great way to have a personal voice in the corporate web site and adds a “human” touch to the whole golf course site.
These two blogs are not necessarily golf course superintendent blogs but are sites that have articles contributed by golf superintendents themselves, for fellow superintendents and club officials:
- Richard Golf, a golf feature conceptualization and field modeling and construction consultant, has numerous guides, articles and tips on his blog.
- The Golf Course Management Blogging World syndicates blog feeds based on location of golf country club blogs. This is a great way to find blogs you want to follow.
Do you know of any other must-follow blogs by the masters of golf courses? Share them in the comments!