What is a Golf Course Superintendent, you may ask? Well, many people mistake the Superintendent as the Golf Pro....not so much!!!
A Golf Course Superintendent is a person who professionally manages the labor, time, materials and financial resources needed to care for the turfgrass and landscaped grounds on a golf course. A superintendent is concerned with the environmental health of the golf course, the sporting needs of the players and the financial sustainability of the golf club. They monitor the health of the golf course environment through careful study, diagnosis and treatment of disease and injury to the golf course’s turfgrass fairways, tees and greens areas, as well as bunkers, areas of water hazard, naturalized areas and trees. -Wikipedia
"WOW"...I bet you didn't know all that...did you? So as the wife of a Golf Course Superintendent, I have to say my husband is amazing at what he does everyday!! For the past 12 years, Matt has got up early every morning at 5:30 am if not earlier to be at work. He is long gone by the time I get up, sometimes I never even know he has left except he always kisses me good-bye before he leaves! He loves his time alone with God in the mornings when the dew is fresh on the greens, the sun is rising and the birds are waking up for the day! He has half of his work day finished by the time most people get to work! When Matt is not on the golf course assisting his employees, he is in his office catching up on paperwork. Matt has a passion for this industry and will be in it all his life! Being a Golf Course Superintendent is a lifestyle, not just a job or a career. A lifestyle the whole family adapts to...including his wife!
For me...I never see him in the morning even on Sunday, and I always know when it starts to get dusk outside he and Daisy (our yellow lab) will be leaving to go to the golf course to check the irrigation! Before we had the twins (more to come about the twins soon), I spent many afternoons and weekends on the golf course with Matt. In Utah, the golf course was a very relaxing place....after a long day at work I would love to go spend time with him....we mixed sand and seed for divot buckets, watered greens, fixed irrigation breaks, fertilized, you name it...I was there by his side!!
Here in New Mexico, when he first started at this golf course we would go out every evening to shoot jack rabbits to decrease the population since they were overtaking the golf course and eating the grass down to nothing. I have spent many nights helping him while he was in a hole fixing irrigation, organizing his office, or just driving around to check things out. And of course, I always give my sweet, detail oriented opinion about what I think needs to be done...like weed eating around the trees, flower beds need some attention, tree limb down. Oh, and asking him silly questions like,"Why did you cut down all the cat tails around the pond?" And of course, Matt always says, "It's on my list, we will get to it when we can and don't worry yourself with those silly cat tails!" Some days I feel like I never see my husband and then other days since we live on the golf course I see him alot. After all these years, I too live the lifestyle of a Golf Course Superintendent as his wife! So even though Matt and I don't spend as much time on the golf course together like the old days....our nightly trips to the golf course have became a family affair!