Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Time for Training!

One of the most important parts of the off-season for us is to train our staff for the upcoming season.  Today, key staff from every facility are at Rattlewood Golf Course attending an AED/CPR training class.  Each one of our facilities is equipped with an Automated External Defibrillator in the event that a golfer or an employee is suffering from cardiac arrest.

In fact, last year one of these life-saving devices was successfully used at Poolesville due to the quick and methodical action taken by superintendent Dan Hofmeister, and there were 8 other lives saved on golf courses in Maryland last year with the use of an AED.
During the 3 hour training session today, every person was certified in proper CPR and AED procedures.  MCRA remains committed to having a top notch staff at every facility!
Throughout the winter, general managers and professional staff will undergo intensive training every week on topics such as:
  • Golf Instruction
  • Customer Service
  • Business Management
  • Merchandising
  • Staff training
  • Food & Beverage Management
  • Operational Efficiencies
  • and many more!
Our superintendents will also spend a significant amount of time training in-house on topics such as:
  • Environmental Programs
  • Safety
  • Turf Technology
  • Research
  • Course conditioning
  • Irrigation Management
  • Pest Management
  • and other topics
They will also attend local and national turfgrass management conferences to stay up to date on the the latest in agronomic research, turf disease and water management, cost savings measures, regulatory and compliance education, as well as a host of other timely topics.

So, in addition to keeping up with dozens of winter projects at every facility, winter time does not constitute "down time" as many people think.  We are vigorously preparing for another great season at Montgomery County Golf!

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