Gary Grigg grew up on a potato farm. He acquired a job supply within the potato business whereas finishing a grasp’s diploma in agronomy at Michigan State. The job supply was rescinded earlier than Grigg accomplished his research, leaving him scrambling for post-graduate work within the late Nineteen Sixties.
Grigg’s father prodded him to fulfill a bunch of buyers constructing a golf course with famous Michigan architects Bruce Matthews Sr. and Jerry Matthews. Grigg wanted work, however he knew little in regards to the occupation. “I advised them I didn’t know something about turfgrass, and the reply was, ‘It may possibly’t be more durable than rising potatoes,’” Grigg says. “I discovered it was possibly not more durable from the agriculture standpoint, however it was more durable from not realizing the business.”
A previous president of the GCSAA who achieved legendary standing for serving to construct and preserve golf programs, Grigg needed a cushty interplay setting for individuals with questions much like those he requested when transitioning from potatoes to placing greens. He began an expert Fb group for a dozen business mates in 2010. He then opened the group to agronomists, superintendents, greenkeepers, technicians, assistants, college students, interns and well-intentioned business professionals. The non-public Golf Course Upkeep group has swelled to greater than 17,300 followers representing 112 international locations.
“It goes again to once I grew to become a superintendent in 1968 with a grasp’s diploma in agronomy, no expertise and no one to ask inquiries to,” Grigg says. “I figured there have been sufficient individuals on the market who had expertise they usually’d be keen to share it within the Fb group.”
The group operates underneath inflexible guidelines:
- Distributors can be part of the group. However industrial posts are prohibited.
- The group is solely for turf staff, though Grigg approves common managers who double as superintendents.
- Conversations should be work-related. Fishing, faculty soccer and weekends plans are mentioned elsewhere.
- Unhealthy language, memes and GIFs aren’t permitted.
“I by no means thought it will develop prefer it did,” Grigg says. “I’m undecided that Fb is the best place for it, as a result of Fb doesn’t perceive skilled teams. They ship issues to the people who find themselves already members, saying, ‘Add your mates to this group.’ I’ve to type all these individuals out.”
Follower development has tapered lately. However the dialog stays strong. Throughout one weekend final month, questions on efficient earbuds for engaged on the course, greenback spot outbreaks and tools malfunctions had been posted — and answered.
“It’s very rewarding,” Grigg says. “I get a variety of feedback and private messages thanking for me the group. If any person asks a query and any person jumps on them about it being a dumb query, I’m fast to say, ‘Hey, you’ll be able to ask any query you need on this group. Don’t fear about it.’ Early in my profession, an expert group to me was to name my neighbor golf programs. I made a variety of errors.”
Man Cipriano is Golf Course Trade’s editor-in-chief.
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