Suspending the Player Assistant Program
From the comments that have been shared with me, it’s clear that members are aware that we are terminating our current Players’ Assistant (PA) program effective July 1st. It’s also clear that not everyone agrees with or understands the reasons behind our decision. That’s understandable. Let me try to put some context around this issue.
PA’s have provided a valuable service to golf operations. These folks have helped to keep operations flowing smoothly, encouraged groups to maintain pace of play, repaired greens and fairways, helped players when their carts broke down, provided assistance during special events, and generally helped provide a positive golf experience to those who use our courses. On behalf of the Governing Board, I would like to thank each of you for your contribution and service. Your work has been very much appreciated. So, having said that, the obvious question is why do we need to change the program.
Over the last six years, the PA program has come, gone, and come back again. It has been at times a paid position as well as a non-paid one. Basically, it has been in a constant state of change. Over the summer a committee of former PAs will be working with the GM to develop some options for a future program.
Fortunately, play is lower during the hot summer months and the impact of not having a PA on the course will be less than during prime time. However, there are measures that each golfer can take to help us. One, when you are on the course, take a couple of seconds to fix the divots on the greens and fill in holes in the fairway. Two, carry a cell phone with the numbers of the club houses on speed dial so that in case there is a problem or someone needs assistance, you can call for help. And third, when you are playing, it’s always a good idea to keep up with the group in front of you rather than the one behind you.
While we recognize that changing the existing PA program will not please everyone, I hope people will see that we are taking steps that are in the best interests of the Association, the golfers, and the PA’s. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact members of the golf committee, the Director in charge of Golf, Griff Williams, or our GM, Mike Whiting. Names and contact information can be found on the RCSCW website.