2014 Golf Preview: A Deeper Look at Lakeview's Maintenance Workers
Golf is a sport you may have been playing for 20 years, or you may be thinking about starting for the very first time. It's a game that anybody at any age level can participate in.
The game is one thing, but there's much more that makes the sport so great.
The maintenance department at any golf course serves as somewhat of the epicenter, where every change made to the course is thought through and executed. Maintenance workers log the long hours to make the course look as beautiful as it does.
"Welcome to Lakeview Golf Resort, I'm David Sines, the Director of Grounds of Lakeview Resort. I start off normally by assigning jobs. The guys will punch in and then they come in. We'll have a quick meeting, kind of explaining the day's operations. Then they send off on each piece of equipment and go from there," Lakeview Superintendent David Sines said.
"You're the first eyes that see the golf course in the morning. You want to be able to make sure that when a golfer finally sees it, that it's the product that he wants to see. You want your greens to be spot on for him. You want all the stuff that he's looking for," Lakeview Assistant Superintendent Kent Smith said.
The golf course at the Lakeview Resort is widely regarded as one of the best in the state. But earning that title comes with dedication, a level of commitment that some golfers are not fully aware of.
"We're mowing every single day. We mow anywhere from 50 to 75, or maybe even 100 acres of grass everyday that a lot of people don't really realize that we're doing because our goal is to not let golfers see us. So we're out in the morning, 5 or 5:30 in the morning, getting the job done," Sines added.
"When we cut a cup, that cup has got to be perfect. When we mow a fairway, the fairway has got to be perfect. When we mow the greens, they've got to be in good shape. Each job is different in its own right, but at the same time, they're all important," Smith said.
The point is, golf course maintenance is a lot of work. But for the guys at Lakeview, it's their life, and they wouldn't have it any other way.
"That's why I do the job," Sines reiterated. "I have always wanted a job where I can turn around and look at the end of the day of what was actually completed every single day. To have a golfer actually comment, just makes it that much better."
"Nothing gets me more excited about a day than going out, especially spring time right now, hearing turkey's gobbling in the background or taking a look down at Cheat Lake and watching the sun come up. I just feel an awe come over me when that morning breaks and the sun rises. There's a whole lot of mornings when I see that."
On Friday, WBOY Sports will introduce you the courteous professionals at Golf USA in Morgantown to find out how you can boost your golf game to the next level.