My mom, the golf course starter, is here for a visit and I get to hear golf course stories
Mom was walking around the kitchen area this morning and saw my bottle of Fireball on a bar shelf and said, "Guys at the course take Fireball out with them," which leads to a conversation about how these guys in their early 60s at my mom's retiree park in Largo, Florida will play the nine-hole course twice and suck down some Fireballs along the way.
Last night, I got to hear about how some guy just barreled up to No. 1 in his golf cart without a tee time, and mom had to lecture him because she had people with a tee time reservation 10 minutes behind him. Of all the jobs my mom has had over her lifetime, I never thought she'd get into the golf course management business. I don't think she's ever picked up a club in her life, but here she is managing tee times, dealing with hoodlum retirees smuggling Fireball and COVID rules and regulations, which led to the story of the old lady who wants to play golf, but she needs a cart to do so. The problem? She doesn't have a cart, and she's not allowed to share a cart with someone else because the park has a strict COVID rule that there will be no cart sharing amongst those who don't reside in the same residence at the golf course.
Another story I heard last night was how the course maintenance director has been there for 20-plus years and treats that course as his baby. It's all he can think about. It's his life. From what I'm hearing, he's the anti-Miguel from the Club Pro Guy course.
Mom will be here a few days before going back to her life in the starter's shed, managing the old people who are now playing as early as possible so they don't get burnt up by the Florida sun. The course is down to half-days, as most of the white hairs have either holed up for the summer or driven north to escape the humidity. Florida 9-hole starters have officially entered the offseason.
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• As for the weekend to-do list, it appears there will be minimal projects since mom is here to visit. After the snow this week, it's probably time to get the mower out and prep for the 83 and sunny that's coming on Tuesday. Time to get ahead of the grass before it requires 2-3 cuts per week.
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