by Tom Schellenberg – Assistant to the General Manager at Muirfield Village Golf Club and 2013 Alumni – Bachelor of Business, Golf Management
Muirfield Village Golf Club, located in Dublin Ohio, is the home course to golfing legend and quintessential ambassador of the game, Jack Nicklaus. Back in May of this year, Jack’s house held its annual PGA TOUR event, the Memorial Tournament, an event that draws an elite field of golfers from around the world. For the second time this year, the club is once again readying its grounds to play host to an international golfing spectacle, this time the 2013 President’s Cup. I have been fortunate enough to work here during this time and have gained firsthand experience of these prestigious events. With another successful Memorial Tournament under our belts we are now rapidly preparing for the President’s Cup that is set to begin on October 1st.
As I write this update, there are less than two weeks left until the first day of practice rounds begin here in Ohio. The entire town of Dublin is preparing to host this event as approximately 35,000 spectators will be in attendance during every day of the tournament. The amount of rounds at the golf course has dramatically increased over the last month, with members wanting to bring their guests to play the course before the President’s Cup. With this extra attention, we are not only working hard to continue our exceptional service levels to our members, we are also preparing for this world-renowned and internationally broadcasted PGA TOUR event. Over 800,000,000 households worldwide will be watching on TV! Also interesting, is the fact that since this event moves from one country to the next as its host, a large group from South Korea will be in attendance as they have been selected to host the 2015 President’s Cup. The international presence at this tournament is enough on its own to bestow a feeling of prestige and distinctness that is unlike any other PGA TOUR event. Not to mention the unique team match play style of golf that is always filled with emotion and excitement.
As we are rapidly approaching the start of the tournament, a great deal of infrastructure has already been put into place. Large grandstands and tents are already assembled throughout the course and the massive grandstand on the driving range is now in the process of being built. Every day brings more excitement and action right now as the golf club becomes transformed into a tournament venue. Last week I sat in on a meeting with the Tournament Director, General Manager, Director of Golf, Superintendent, and many other people involved in the tournament operations to discuss the order of events for the President’s Cup. This helped to give me direction on the things I need to have in place in the clubhouse, locker rooms, valet, fitness center, and customer service staff. There will be 24 PGA TOUR players and their families, team captains, PGA TOUR ambassadors, and several dignitaries for us to take care of during the week of the President’s Cup. As such, I am currently focusing on scheduling and providing the best level of service to all of these folks. Our work and service reflects Jack Nicklaus and therefore it is crucial that I communicate his legacy by creating the finest atmosphere and experience for our guests. As the days count down I will develop an action plan of how we will communicate this message and what services we will provide.
The golf course Superintendent has currently implemented the rule of cart path only for members who choose to take a cart. Although the amount of play on the golf course is still very high, and some general wear and tear will occur, all other measures are being taken to best preserve the golf course for October 1st. I am entering what is likely to be one of the busiest weeks of my career and I will keep you involved in the action as it progresses.
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Tom Schellenberg is the Assistant to the General Manager at Muirfield Village Golf Club and a 2013 graduate from the Bachelor of Business- Golf Management program at Georgian College.
Tom is a young man filled with tremendous ambition for the life and career that lay before him. His focus in the golf industry and dedicated work ethic have lead him to experience some of the top golf clubs in the world. Tom’s burning passion for traveling the world with a purpose will undoubtedly drive him to a life full of fulfillment, success, and happiness.