Editorial advisory members vow to make a difference to improve their operations.

It’s the time of the year when New Year’s resolutions are made. So we asked the esteemed members of our editorial advisory board, “What golf maintenance resolutions are you making for the New Year?” Here are their responses:

 Keep Staff Engaged

As many superintendents would agree, the agronomic side of the business can be the easiest part of the job. So leading employees and keeping staff engaged is a constant challenge. In the mountains of western North Carolina, we’re fortunate to have the change of seasons, and that certainly keeps things interesting as we go from maintenance in the summer to a variety of capital improvements and renovation projects in the winter.

I’ve been fortunate to have a well-tenured staff during my 14 years at Highlands Country Club. Several staff members have been here just as long. My goal is to continue to come up with creative ways to keep staff engaged and challenged. I’ve made great efforts to hire locally, and I’d like to expand that by eventually phasing out my H-2B staff. From this aspect, the club would benefit from consistent, reliable and dedicated staff. In short, investing in human capital is my priority in the coming months.

Brian Stiehler

Certified Golf Course Superintendent

Highlands Country Club

Highlands, North Carolina