LEICESTER, Mass. - Jim Gemma spends his summer days watering the golf course at Leicester Country Club, heading out into the summer sun multiple times a day if needed.
"This is the most important piece of property on a golf course, it's your greens. That's where the game of golf is," said Gemma. "If your greens aren't in good shape, nice and smooth and puttable, you're going to get feedback from your golfers."
What You Need To Know
- Leicester Country Club superintendent Jim Gemma said its a 24/7 job to maintain a golf course
- Add in a drought and heat, and the jobs gets even harder
- Fortunately, the course relies on a well to fill its ponds and supply its sprinkler system
- Keeping key parts of the golf course green is critical to the business
Gemma calls maintaining a course a 24/7 job. Add in a drought and heat, and the job gets even tougher.
"The entire golf course gets watered," said Gemma. "Like this morning, I watered all the greens. I did some tees and I did some fairways. I spent probably three and a half hours watering."
Unlike most courses, Gemma said the country club relies on wells instead of town water. The wells fill ponds and supply their sprinkler system.
"I mean we do have areas that you're going to see are brown, but the majority of the golf course is green," said Gemma. "When you look at tee to green, that's what's most important. You tee off and then you're hitting your balls until they land on the green."
Keeping key parts of the golf course green is critical to the business.
"If you get a lot of burnt spots or dried out spots, it's going to change the way the game is going to be played," said Gemma.
Gemma plays golf too and knows how important a well-taken care of course is to a player and their game.