Communicating with the community

Few vocations demand such a wide range of knowledge to ensure professional success as does that of the golf course superintendent. Employers take it for granted that you know the technical side of turf management. Increasingly though, employers expect you to also be proficient in communication. Communication may be the single most important contributor to employment longevity and enjoyment.

The following are excerpts from GCSAA's guidebook: “Communication: The Cornerstone to Professional Relationships.”

  • Take advantage of all opportunities to establish yourself as a resource in the community. Introducing yourself to local media and speaking to local civic and school groups is a valuable way to promote your course and your profession. Keep your employer updated on these activities and pass along your positive experiences.

  • Prior to the start of new construction projects or prior to unique maintenance practices, write a letter to residents around the course notifying them of the upcoming work. Include the start date and anticipated completion.