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Course Crews Aim to Keep Up as Golf Season Hits Stride

St. Joseph Country Club employees chat about the daily upkeep of a course as golf season nears its peak.
(ST. JOSEPH) Memorial Day Weekend marks a turn to the height of golf season, meaning courses around Northwest Missouri will get busier by the day. 

The more mother nature plays along, the better it is for business.

"You want to have some great weather to get everybody out," St. Joseph Country Club PGA Pro Mike Habermehl said. "It is the start of the summer season and you like to kick it off."

"You lose a day in a golf course in May, you don't really ever recover that. You don't recover the revenue, activity, and suddenly you're a day behind with getting things prepared."

With schools closing and temperatures rising, mornings get earlier for crews responsible for keeping up courses around the state. 

"It is always a challenge. We want to have it looking almost perfect every day, and that takes a lot of work and responsibility." 

For assistant club superintendent Larry Kruse and a staff of 12, the job is mowing greens, raking sand traps, watering foliage, and tending to everything that's around and under the players. 

The goal is to have most of the crew gone by 10 a.m. so folks only see the fruits of their labor as they play.

"We'll have some players on the front side as we're finishing up on the back on weekend mornings," he said. "Then it's pretty much getting out of the golfers way and let them enjoy the course without us being out there."

That's the routine, which Kruse says really gets going in March, until October. 

"It's like that now. This is activity time," Habermehl added. "This is the time it all goes. We all have to be ready and have some fun."


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