Early bird golf is great fun. It provides an opportunity to be one with nature, think about your game, and enjoy the awesome surroundings as the sun peaks over the trees. It is my favorite time of the day to play and is the worth effort to get up early. There is something else that many players overlook and should actually be part of their early bird routine if they get a chance.
Walking the course and admiring the tremendous work the Osprey Links maintenance staff complete every day is like watching an ugly duckling transform into a beautiful swan. And this year is especially is true. The amount of rain we received in the area is well above normal and has caused fits for the golf course staff. However, diligently they toil each day to improve the course so I can relish in my morning walks.
The last three courses I have been a member, I have made a point of talking to the maintenance staff and thank them for all their hard work. As we cross paths, I ask how their day is going, find out about their plans for the course and discuss the possible problem areas to avoid. These hard workers have great insight into to the course and provide valuable information regarding playing conditions.
Additionally, I think it is important to show them gratitude for improving my home course every day. My last early bird round, I ran across the gentlemen changing the pins at least three times. Each time, he offered a bit of information about the course and we discussed how the recent sun really improved the playing conditions. He stated that two more days of sun and the course will be in the best condition of the year. I am hoping to hit the links that day for sure.
Talking to the golf course staff is important. Thanking them for their hard work and meticulous care of the course is also very important. If I want my course to continue to be in awesome condition, it is important to acknowledge the work of those who make my golfing rounds pleasurable. Do you take the time to thank the maintenance staff when you see them on the links?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!
Written by Jim Burton from thegratefulgolfer.com