President’s Blog October 25, 2020
As our golf season comes to a close, I have to say that it has been the most bizarre year of my life. We were not sure if we could even open the course. We were told no restrooms, no water dispensers, no rakes in the traps, no one in the clubhouse and don’t touch the flagsticks. Some restrictions were eased over time and the golfers came in masses. Our little course in the foothills of western Maine became “the place to find golf.”
People came from seemingly everywhere to find a place where they felt welcome, safe and free from all the orders and restrictions of 2020. We have found many local people that have “come back” to golf just looking for exercise, recreation and space. When we opened the course on May 3, the State mandated that we have 15 minutes between tee times. That morning I looked at the tee sheet and the first available tee time was 4:30 pm. I should have known then that it was going to be an amazing year. We now have 10 minute tee times and will continue that spacing next season. It really works well.
A very wise man once told me, “Don’t expect praise for doing a job that you are getting paid to do!” I have more or less lived by this motto for 59 years. Even though I try to say “Thank You” to friends and employees on a regular basis for services rendered, I am not one for “blowing smoke up someone’s ….” on a regular basis. At the risk of appearing soft and squishy (on my birthday), I do feel the need to thank 2 people. Mike Lewis and Nancy Calvert have lifted LKCC to a level that I only dreamed about 14 years ago.
Mike is our superintendent and somehow maintains the course and improves the course everyday with his great work, staff and his drive for perfection. They do so much with so little and I can’t ever thank them enough. Let’s have another cookout before we hibernate for the winter!
Nancy took the position as General Manager this spring and hit the road running. She had to find extra towels, wipes, cart cleaners, plexiglass, hand sanitizers and especially lots of signs. The staff that she assembled is second to none! I have played many courses and have NEVER met employees that are as friendly and knowledgeable as ours. They say that they all love Nancy and I am starting to believe them. I told Nancy (as she was exploding with excitement) the first week we were open “This is a marathon not a 100 yard dash.” Somehow she has continued her superior energy through the entire season and she remains excited to stay open through the end of the month. I knew Nancy was going to be great and she has exceeded my expectations. Thank you!
Who knows what 2021 will bring? My expectations are high for golf. I hope that all the people that have found golf, continue to play and get pleasure from the experience. If you have not found golf yet, don’t be afraid to try it. You may not find golf but golf may find you.
Be safe and healthy!
Yours in Golf,