Trust me, though, that's exactly the role being played by the director of grounds at Hawk's Landing Golf Club at the Marriott World Center in Orlando. Whether intentional or not, O'Brien (left) placed himself squarely on golf course management's cutting edge when he and Marriott Golf agreed to let Hawk's Landing serve as a demonstration facility for Precise Path's RG3 robotic greensmowers, making it the first facility in the world to have it's greens maintained on a day-to-day basis by, well, robots.
"Anybody who is honest with themselves in this industry knows this is the way we're going," the eight-year GCSAA member said. "The thought of being one of first guys (to utilize robotic greensmowers) is exciting. My team got on board with it, my two mechanics were on board with it, so we just collectively decided to go with it. It's been awesome."