05 December 14  |  Golf   |  

Training to Improve the Course

Written by Jack Creveling, our Golf Course Superintendent.

This past week at Golden Ocala the team at Golf Course Maintenance spent an afternoon on the golf course going over important training aspects of the maintenance profession. The topics covered included mower operation and safety, how to properly mow straight lines and daily directions, and bunker playability and raking.  To provide consistent playing conditions it is important every team member on the Golden Ocala maintenance crew is executing each task the same. This is why the Golden Ocala staff is consistently training to improve the course so our members receive championship golfing conditions.


The Golden Ocala maintenance crew gathered together for training.

Proper Safety Protocols

With all training sessions, the first and most important topic covered was proper safety protocols.  With the many different types of mowers used to maintain the golf course, it was greatly stressed to never put a hand or any limb near a cutting blade when the motor is running. Another safety protocol we trained our staff in was the importance of using ear and eye safety while using any machine.


Training begins with mower safety protocols.

Training Discussions and Ideas

Assistant Superintendent, John Rustek, and Foreman, Eric Bietia, lead the training session. The training also included an extensive question, answer and comment period which allowed for idea sharing and direct feedback between the staff and superintendent team.


John Rustek and Eric Bietia lead the the Golden Ocala course training.

December is an ideal time for the Golden Ocala extensive training sessions because of the pleasant afternoon weather and the golf course rough does not require weekly mowing.  We will continue to have training sessions throughout the month as we lead up to the Coates Golf Championship presented by R+L Carriers at the end of January. For more information on Golden Ocala Golf visit our blog.