Anyone who's spent any quality time reading this blog will know that we like to track superintendents who have taken a similar plunge and are blogging about golf course maintenance activities at their golf courses. When we find them, we post about them here and add them to our list of "Super Bloggers" that can be found on the right side of this page.
Three more entries to that list to make today, including one superintendent who is making his second appearance on the blog in less than a week (I might need to demand some agent fees for helping ramp up his Q Rating!). That would be Justin Ruiz, CGCS at The Rim GC in Payson, Ariz. We posted last week about the herd of elk that had taken up temporary residence on his golf course and the methods he used to encourage them to keep on moving, and today we post about Ruiz's blog, where the 10-year GCSAA member discusses everything from the club's constant efforts to be an efficient user of water to a bunker renovation project his team tackled earlier in the summer.
Our other two additions to this exclusive club are both from California and came to my attention thanks to the July/August issue of Fore Your Information, the newsletter for the Sierra Nevada GCSA. In that edition, Jeremy Payne, the superintendent at Empire Ranch GC in Folsom, Calif., and a seven-year member of GCSAA, wrote about his experience in starting a blog about maintenance at his facility and how the tool has helped him in communicating with his club's membership.
In that story, Payne also noted several other blogs focused on golf course maintenance, including this one started by James Alwine, the superintendent at Stockton (Calif.) G&CC. And as the 10-year GCSAA member shows you in one of his most recent posts, the material doesn't always have to be about agronomy; the post in question describes exactly why a car smashed through the fence near his fifth hole during a high-speed police chase. The driver left the car, tore off down the club's sixth fairway and then high-tailed it off the property before being apprehended.
If you or someone you know is actively blogging about golf course maintenance and the golf course industry in general, let me know about it.