"If I had it to do over, I think I would go back to school and get a degree in Turf Management and Turf Science." That is what Jim Andersen, 64, the new superintendent of the Blackduck Municipal Golf Course said.
Andersen started his job just over two weeks ago. He is married has lived with his wife, in Mizpah for nine years. His wife is originally from that area. They live on a farm and also raise pure bred Arabian horses and half Arabs. Before moving back to this area they lived in Yankton, S.D.
Andersen served for 27 years in the United States Coast Guard and it was there that he got his first taste of the golf course business. Toward the end of his military career, he wanted to make extra money and military bases have golf courses. He also used to golf himself but can no longer enjoy the sport due to a old shoulder injury. He has worked for 25 years on golf courses and 17 of those years have been as a superintendent.
A golf course superintendent's job is to manage the course itself, including maintenance, membership, day to day operation of the facility and in this case the club house area, which can also be rented for private parties, graduation open houses, weddings and such.
Andersen feels that Blackduck's nine hole course is a better than average course and a huge asset to this community. He wishes everyone would just drive by and check it out.
They are open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. through approximately May. Then pretty much sun up to sun down during the summer months. Of coarse members can have access whenever they want.
Memberships start at $300 plus tax per year for a single. Green fees start at $12.50 plus tax for nine holes or $19.50 plus tax for 18 holes weekdays.
On the weekends green fees are $16 plus tax for nine holes and $23 plus tax for 18 holes. 16 carts are also available for a fee of $12.50.
His goals for the golf course are to make sure the course continues to be above average and keeping it a clean and well maintained course. Hosting more tournaments and gaining more satisfied members is another of his goals.
With more youth catching the golfing fever, he sees the high school team practicing and hopes that they learn to love the game and continue to be passionate even after school.
"They are the future of the sport our future members!" he stated. He wants to hopefully get golf lessons to be available to the kids also.
Andersen loves the area and is excited to be a part of the community.