Could you imagine hockey players playing whilst the zamboni is busy smoothing the ice? How bout a football game going on whilst the outfield will be mowed? Could you imagine playing basketball while someone sweeps a floor around you? Needless to say not! Only in the activity of golf do you see play continue while maintenance will be performed. In every other sport the maintenance is done when play is suspended. Unfortunately, except in the pro ranks, that is incorrect with golf.
Among my biggest pet peeves is when you encounter a maintenance worker on the golf course that distracts me or affects my round in a negative way. You could ask, “What’s the big deal? He’s only a harmless guy on a mower.” Well, it doesn’t have to be always a big deal. In reality, it shouldn’t be! That needs to be all he is. Golf is just a hard enough sport to begin with. The past thing you’ll need when you’re wanting to shoot a significant score is someone driving past you on a noisy mower while bobsweep you’re in the midst of your swing.
We’ve all experienced those types of situations. Guess what happens I’m talking about. Have you ever encountered the guy mowing the fairway right where you’re aiming without caring that you’re on the tee; someone zipping around in a bunker next to the green without care that you’re trying to make a ten footer for bogey; or my own favorite, the guy mowing the rough that isn’t paying attention and ultimately ends up cutting your ball in half? Most of these interactions occur constantly in golf. But every now and then you get ones that are special. You realize, that one real idiot who obviously hasn’t played the overall game and does not have any concept of proper etiquette on the golf course.
For the record, I’m only allowed to share maintenance workers because I have been one. I’m well aware of the challenges of the position. I’m also well conscious of how a course and its management want a maintenance worker to do his/her job. And the story I’m about to tell isn’t a typical example of how maintenance should really be done.