Friday, April 4, 2008

Winter Mode to Summer Mode

At this time of year there are several signs that the high season is approaching: warm weather, longer days, golfers returning with new or newly polished games and clubs, and the greening of the course.

Somewhere in the early days of the playing season a golf course superintendent’s brain will decide to make the switch from relaxed, winter work mode to high stress, summer work usually at the most inopportune time. My brain inconveniently decided to make the switch last night as I was trying to fall asleep. Needless to say, it was a long, arduous match of the back-and forth game of "mental tennis". Last night's competitors: My Body Wanting to Sleep vs. My Brain Over Analyzing Work. Unfortunately, My Brain won in a grueling five set match with tie-breakers. Mulligan and I both feel the effects of this change in seasons and occasionally cope in similar ways.