Superintendents all over the country gave Superintendent Magazine their feedback on important issues in our fourth annual Super Survey. Superintendents wear many hats, including employee management and dealing with supervisors and golf course members.
Read on for some telling statistics—it looks like superintendents have a lot more on their minds than maintenance and budgets!
9% – My boss, who has no idea what it takes to keep the course in good condition
18% – Golfers who don’t repair ball marks and divots and damage other areas of the course
23% – Old maintenance equipment to do the job right
31% – Finding reliable help
THE SPIN — No surprise here. We’ve heard there is a shortage of Mexican/Hispanic laborers because of crackdowns on illegal aliens. Many superintendents tout Mexican/Hispanic laborers as reliable workers. In past surveys, “Golfer expectations for near-perfect conditions, has been No. 1 on the list or a close No. 2. It’s No. 3 this year behind “finding reliable help” and “old equipment to do the job right.” This could be good news for equipment manufacturers.
Do you get along with your peers at your course (owner, pro, GM, etc.)?
30% – Somewhat, but I wish we were a better team.
69% – Yes, we function well as a team.
THE SPIN — Good to report that 69 percent of superintendents get along with their peers. Hopefully the others, who have some work to do, will get there soon. It’s downright brutal to work with people you don’t trust, you don’t like, and you don’t respect.