OGA-OGCSA Superintendent Spotlight – June 2019

In this month’s Superintendent Spotlight we feature Keaton Fisher who has been with Chinook Winds Golf Resort for the last four years.

Describe your facility in 10 words or less:
Family friendly and a challenge for all levels of Golfers

What is a little-known fact / fun fact about your facility?
Opened in 1926 as a 13 hole course and became a 18 hole course in the 80’s

What’s your favorite hole at your facility?
Hole No. 10 – it’s more of a love-hate relationship

Excluding your current facility, what is the top golf course you’ve played?
Tranquilo at Diamond Resorts

What is your go-to club in the bag?
8 iron

Favorite all-time professional golfer?
Rickie Fowler

What’s your favorite tool in your tool box?
A tie between POGO and my team, I couldn’t do this without them.

On your last day, what is your meal of choice?
Bucket of KFC original crust, Mac n’ Cheese and Mashed Potatoes and Gravy.

What’s your all-time favorite movie?
The Dark Knight

Country, Rock or other?
Stevie Ray Vaughan

What’s the biggest change that has occurred while you’ve been in the industry?
Technology gets better every year.

What’s the biggest challenge your facility presents to you as superintendent?
Drainage and the herd of 60 elk that call the course their home.

What would you invent right now to make your professional life easier?
Elk repellent that actually works.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve witnessed or done as a superintendent?
Our irrigation technician was chased by otters while he was driving down hole No. 10.

Who is your mentor?
Jeff Komer

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone wanting to become a superintendent?
Patience – Rome wasn’t built in a day.