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The Rio Grande Chapter of Golf Course Superintendent's Association


  • 12 Jun 2024 1:36 PM | Anonymous

    When you step onto a lush, perfectly manicured golf course, the serenity and beauty can feel almost magical.  Yet, behind this scene is the meticulous and often underappreciated superintendent and golf course grounds staff. We are the unsung heroes of the golf world, ensuring that every blade of grass is just right, and every bunker is pristine.  The heart of every superintendent’s job is ensuring that you make the course better.

    Every day we are tasked with placement of tee markers and hole locations, considering factors like player skill levels and weather conditions.  Mowing greens, fairways and roughs, raking bunkers and repairing divots and ball marks and so much more.  This daily grind ensures that the golfers enjoy a consistent and challenging playing experience.

    On our course, I have found a recipe for success.  I recognize and celebrate achievements by acknowledging the hard work and successes of each team member.  Daily, we work side by side, and I encourage open communication by creating an environment where employees feel comfortable sharing their ideas, concerns, and feedback.  Open communication develops trust and can lead to innovative solutions.  I promote work-life balance to maintain a healthy work-life balance.  I recognize the importance of taking breaks to prevent burnout and keep morale high.  Lastly, I lead by example.  Leadership plays a crucial role in setting the tone for our golf course.  I demonstrate a positive attitude, respect, and collaboration in my daily interactions.  My team follows suit, creating the ripple effect throughout our organization.

    Despite the many challenges, being a golf course superintendent is a deeply rewarding profession and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I feel the immense satisfaction in seeing golfers enjoy the course.  Our roles blend science, art and a love for the outdoors, all while ensuring that the game of golf continues to thrive for decades to come.

    All the best,

    Sam Garza

    NMMI Golf Course 

GCSAA is dedicated to serving its members, advancing their profession and improving communities through the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Rio Grande GCSA is a proud chapter of the National Golf Course Superintendent's Association of America (GCSAA). 

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