We have a dedicated group of individuals that work on the maintenance team, coming from various backgrounds. Each employee brings different knowledge and expertise to our facility. I am going to use the blog over the next few months to introduce you to the maintenance staff.
I have always found that the backbone of a golf course maintenance team is best constructed of retired individuals. Here at Sycamore Ridge, we have six employees that have retired from previous careers and have dedicated their time and energy to helping maintain the golf course. These guys cut the rough, fairways, and tees, along with other daily tasks such as cup cutting, and greens mowing. Without these individuals and the work they provide, the golf course would not look as nice as it does.
Edwin Hodge and Dallas Uhrich cut greens and fairways at Sycamore Ridge. Ed is a retired School superintendent with family in Spring Hill and his granddaughter works in the Food and Beverage Department at the course. Dallas was Director of a residential addiction facility before retiring to spend his days on the golf course. Dallas works on the course during the summer and then heads South to Texas to avoid the winter in Kansas.
Robert Green and Mark Voigt mow all of the rough on the course. Robert was an ASE Certified Auto Mechanic, he hopes to play more golf this year, and spend less time weeding flowers at home. Mark was a long time member at Sycamore Ridge before he retired as a Sr. Director of Organization Development to work on the course and his farm along with an occasional round of golf.
Roger Goodrich and Mike Johnson regularly mow tees, and whatever else is asked of them. Roger owned a John Deere dealership in Illinois before retiring and moving with his wife to KC to be closer their children and grandchildren. Before retiring to the golf course, Mike sold aftermarket truck equipment and accessories.
All of these guys are excellent to work with. In one way or another, they are all role models for me as well as the rest of the staff. They have over 360 years of combined life experiences, the expertise that can be learned from them is mind blowing. I look up to these guys, and often ask for advise, or knowledge and information that they have to share. The rest of my staff is built around this core group, and it is a true honor and pleasure to have them all on my team.