Many golf courses experience lower rounds, or no rounds, during the “off season.” This allows the Golf Course Equipment Manager and staff to shift their priorities from the daily routines experienced during the growing season to an off season mode. The timing of the off-season mode and activities performed during same are governed by region. In fact, the term “off-season” is quite misleading with those working in moderate climates saying there is no such thing. Others would argue that the off season is just as busy as the rest of the year. A fitting analogy would be a sports team. Be it baseball, football, hockey, or racing, a large amount of preparation goes into a comparatively small amount of game time.
Chris Rapp, equipment manager at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, takes a look what happens at their golf course maintenance shop when play slows. He also highlights some off-season activities of colleagues from other regions.
Original presentation date: Feb. 24, 2016
Education points: 0.1
About the instructor
Chris Rapp has been the equipment manager at Bellerive since 2003 and has been in the turf equipment business for nearly thirty years. Rapp helped prepare Bellerive for the 2004 US Senior Open, 2008 BMW Championship, and the 2013 Senior PGA Championship. He also served on the IGCEMA Board of Directors and held the office of Vice President for that association.
Member price: Free
Nonmember price: $45