© daniel o’leary

After hearing myriad superintendent stories about long hours, strained relationships, and demanding bosses and customers, we decided to compile numbers to complement the anecdotes.

We continued asking multiple financial and industry health questions, but our 2020 State of the Industry survey is devoted to better understanding the lives of superintendents. Flip the pages to learn how many hours superintendents sleep, when they received their last physical exam and what they do when they aren’t at the golf course. Yes, superintendents receive respites, according to the data.

Golf Course Industry partnered with Signet Research, Inc., an independent research company, to produce the 2020 report. A 33-question survey was distributed Oct. 24-Nov. 11, 2019 to an email list of 3,768 print and/or digital subscribers who are superintendents or directors of agronomy. Results are based on 579 responses and the margin of error is +/- 4.1 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.

Golf Course Industry will make a donation to the Wee One Foundation in exchange for survey participation. Established in 2004, the Wee One Foundation is a charity group started in the memory of Wayne Otto, CGCS, that helps superintendents and other turf professionals in need.

~ Guy Cipriano