Can you imagine hockey players playing as the zamboni is busy smoothing the ice? How bout a baseball game going on as the outfield is being mowed? Is it possible to imagine playing basketball while someone sweeps the floor around you? Of course not! Only in the game of golf do you see play continue while maintenance has been performed. In every other sport the maintenance is done when play is suspended. Unfortunately, except in the pro ranks, that is incorrect with golf.
One of my biggest pet peeves bobsweep is when you encounter a maintenance worker on the golf course that distracts me or affects my round in an adverse way. You might ask, “What’s the big deal? He’s just a harmless guy on a mower.” Well, it doesn’t have to be a big deal. Actually, it shouldn’t be! That ought to be all he is. Golf is really a hard enough sport to start with. The last thing you’ll need when you’re trying to shoot a decent score is someone driving past you on a loud mower while you’re in the center of your swing.
We’ve all held it’s place in those forms of situations. You know what I’m talking about. Maybe you have encountered the guy mowing the fairway right where you’re aiming without caring that you’re on the tee; someone zipping around in a bunker alongside the green without care that you’re trying to produce a ten footer for bogey; or my own favorite, the guy mowing the rough that isn’t paying attention and ends up cutting your ball by 50 percent? These kinds of interactions occur constantly in golf. But every now and then you definitely get ones which can be special. You understand, that certain real idiot who obviously hasn’t played the overall game and has no idea of proper etiquette on the golf course.
For the record, I’m only allowed to fairly share maintenance workers because I have been one. I’m well aware of the challenges of the position. I’m also well conscious of how the course and its management want a maintenance worker to execute his/her job. And the story I’m about to tell isn’t a good example of how maintenance ought to be done.