Today is National Golf Day. Members of WE ARE GOLF, a group led by five of the leading associations in the industry (GCSAA included) converged on Washington DC to meet with members of Congress about the sport that is a part of all of our lives.
As the wife of a turf professional, it felt fitting to share what golf means to me and my family. I hope at the end of this post you will leave a comment and share what golf means to you.
For my husband and the thousands like him, golf is a livelihood. The game of golf puts food on our table and clothes on our backs. The golf industry alone puts more than two million people to work in the United States.
Our husbands don’t have a nine to five job. The grass is a living, breathing thing that needs their constant attention. This is not a lifestyle for the faint of heart, it takes a strong level of commitment and dedication. The commitment and dedication doesn’t end with the man of turf, it’s also a part of the entire family. Daddy won’t always be able to make soccer games and school plays, but we know it’s for a good cause…the game of golf.
We plan our lives around the needs of the grass and we don’t think twice to do it because this is the life we chose for ourselves.
Across the industry competitors work together and get together to share their experiences and knowledge. Perfect strangers can become fast friends while enjoying a beautiful day outside. The golf course is a place to unplug and get back to basics.
You’ll be hard pressed to find people who are more passionate about their jobs than golf course superintendents. They work hard and press through the difficult times and situations for their love of the game. Golf course superintendents are some of the hardest working men (and women) you’ll meet. They work long hours in sometimes harsh conditions to produce some of the finest playing surfaces you will ever see.
Seeing that passion spread is an astounding thing. As the superintendent passes their passion for turf to his assistants, his crew and others across the industry it’s hard not to feel it too. Not many of these guys just wake up one morning and decide to go to turf school, someone shared their love of turf with them and ignited that spark.
If golf is more than just a game, then what is it? Golf is the men and women who work tirelessly to produce and maintain the golf courses of the world. It is the men and women who are the first to be blamed when something goes wrong and the last to be recognized when it all goes right.
Where would the game of golf be without it’s superintendents (greenskeepers, groundsmen)? What would the game of golf be without them? On this 4th Annual National Golf Day, thank you turf professionals for making golf more than just a game and a game worth playing.