If you think about it, their whole livelihood is based on being outside cutting grass and keeping the course in as good a condition as possible, for their golfers. They’re not paid a lot of money, in fact it’s probably fair to say they’re hardly paid any money at all.
I can only speak for what’s happened at Villa Sol over the last six weeks, and I know that what was a 10 strong team of green keepers was cut down to four. And you may have noticed, that there was quite a bit of rain over the last month and now it’s getting warm. The grass is growing at a rate which is extremely hard to keep up with.
So, if you can for a second imagine what it would be like to be put on the shelf, indefinitely, not know when your next pay-check was coming while some of your work colleagues are actually out on the golf course working. That’s pretty tough and a lot tougher than we’ve had it at the Academy and probably a lot tougher than most of the readers of this article.
The reason I wanted to write about this is because of a conversation I had yesterday with an irritate and impatient golfer who didn’t understand why, when the golf courses are said to be open, it still took two days extra to open the course. Especially when he lives on the golf course and he has seen the green keepers working every day.
All he had to do was wait two days and yet he couldn’t quite grasp after such a long time away from the golf course why you would have to wait anymore. And yet, on the other side of the spectrum, from the conversations that I’ve been having with my clients, is that now the golf courses are open they can’t believe how much they have missed the game.
They say, ‘you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone’, and that certainly seems to be the case when talking to my clients, that they didn’t realise how much they loved golf. Now the golf courses are open and everybody can play again, albeit in a limited fashion.
I’m not suggesting that some sort of a Thursday night clapping ceremony for the green keepers is in order, all I’m suggesting is that the next time you see one of the guys on a mower or in a bunker, you just say thank you, give them a nod, give them a wave so that they know that you appreciate them and the work that went on, whilst you were self-isolating.
If you are reading this there is a very good chance that you are a resident in the Algarve. If you are a member of a golf club, the chances are you are about to experience the closest to millionaire golf on some of the best rested world-class golf courses, with minimum congestion. While the planes are grounded, the fairways and golf courses will be empty, everything that a golf member wishes for!
If you find yourself complaining about anything regarding golf, I think you might be missing the point. Thanks to such considered and cooperative behaviour (by most) over the past six weeks, golf is now open, to a point, to golfers. If you live in the UK no such situation is imminent, and the weather isn’t very good either.
Please enjoy your golf like you have never enjoyed it before, keep in mind the people who were working around you, and enjoy the warm fresh air.
Please be careful too as the virus hasn’t gone, it’s just been impeded. The Government, if the numbers go against us, can bring us straight back to a state of emergency. Which means no more golf for a while, again.
Of course, if you feel as if your game could use with an MOT, we’re back in business too from Monday, 11 May, with all of the guidelines being fulfilled within our studio to ensure a safe coaching environment.
We would love to see you, help you and encourage you to play better golf. Golf Integrated’s number is 912 263 555. Hope to see you soon.