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#1 MizunoMac

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 06:09 PM

Is it true that assistant superintendents work on average 40+ hours a week, closer to like 60-80 hours a week?

and superintendents have really long work hours as well?


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#2 MattStin

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 06:24 PM

I have worked at a golf course on an air force base in Louisiana for 4 years with two Superintendents, and they both put in 40 hours or less each week.  I cannot speak for Assistant Superintendents (we do not have one), but I'm sure the Superintendent's workload is partially based on how many crew members they have, and how well of a job the crew members do.  I also am in the process of working towards my turfgrass certificate, to become an assistant, and one day Superintendent.

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 06:54 PM

it really depends on the course and person and place.  at our course the sup works around 50 to 60 hours a week, but also so do I.  I am basically like the assistant sup.  in the off season though the sup barely works at all.  just enough to get by.
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Posted 17 July 2008 - 07:02 PM

My brother is a super.  When he was an assistant he would work 60 hours a week easy.  Now he is the super at the same facility normally still while any of his staff is there but when a family member was sick or something like that he can put in as little as 20 hours.  It also comes down to assistant do all the physical work and the Super do the business or financials.

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 07:13 PM

Any super that is at the course 40 hours or less isn't doing their job.  Most good one's are there sun up to sun down.  Don't make this your career if you want a lot of free time to play golf.


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Posted 17 July 2008 - 07:15 PM

View Postwillpeoples, on Jul 17 2008, 07:54 PM, said:

it really depends on the course and person and place.  at our course the sup works around 50 to 60 hours a week, but also so do I.  I am basically like the assistant sup.  in the off season though the sup barely works at all.  just enough to get by.


Your course isn't open all year is it?  BTW, what course are you at?

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 09:58 PM

Referring to my earlier post, my Superintendent is at work Monday - Friday 6 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  He is doing his job fine, but we also do not work at a high end country club.  We are on an air force base, it is a relatively small course compared to others around the city.  
    
You have to factor in expectations/cashflow...we do not have an advisory board, and the funds are non-appropriated.  
  
If your source is not willing to spend money on necessary things, just let them know what they are to expect (i.e. we are wanting to overseed this fall, the cost is 15k, but a good outcome is guaranteed, so they have to choose what is more important, money or looks/playability).  

We also have a schedule that we follow every week, making it a point to stay ahead of schedule, and most of the crew has been there 15+ years, easing the load on the superintendent by everyone knowing there role everyday.

Anyways back on topic...I guess my superintendent is an exception, but you would probably be working around 50 hours a week.

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Posted 18 July 2008 - 09:16 AM

How long a super is on the course has zero reflection to the qaulity of work.  And if you are in the industry or now someone who is they will back this up, the honest truth the better they are the less time they are on the course.  You think the super at augusta, or TPC sawgrass or any other course in that caliber ever leaves his office other than to drive around once or twice, or to talk to his staff.  I will gaurentee you that they are never on the course working more than 30 to 40 hours.  I have a family member who works from 6am to 3pm at one of the finest golf facilities in the state.  There are exceptions were he is in at 1am or there till 11:30pm or later.

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 10:24 PM

I lived with a student in a turf program doing a summer internship and he worked 60 to 70 hours a week. He said all the assistants worked the same hours.

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 10:35 PM

As a former Asst. Super I always did 40+.  A lot of it is dependent on how many staff members you have available to accomplish the level of work your club expects.  The weeks could easily be 40 if you had very competent staff and plenty of them.  Most everything we did was very routine and we had it down to a science.


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Posted 29 April 2012 - 04:41 AM

My boss (the Super) and his 2 assistants work a minimum of 50 hours a week, they normally have one day off every 2-3 weeks. When they are there on weekends it is usually for 4 hours per day. I am usually at the course first on my work days closely followed by those 3 mentioned above. They are still there when I leave. The club is private and conditioning is of utmost importance, the team does a great job.
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