The other day, I was picking up sandwiches at the grocery store for one of our events. Obviously, we’re running golf events differently than in the past … however, people are in a supportive mood and happy to play golf … so it’s been working out.
While talking with the staff at the grocery store about my order, one of the women said that she drove the beverage cart at Deer Run about 30 years ago. Wow! And, she wanted to talk about the F&B manager (her aunt) … let’s call her “Barb”.
Well, we recalled some of Barb’s talents: she had an unusual capacity for beer (she was tiny) … but her real talent was in smoking cigarettes. Somehow, she always had a lit cigarette … and she had that amazing talent for having an ash about the length of your thumb … and it never seemed to fall off.
Barb liked to share these skills with similar professionals. A local husband and wife owned a bar, but left it on Tuesday evenings to grace us with their presence in our little snack-bar. (This was many years before we remodeled). For them and Barb … it was more bar than snack-bar.
One evening in between golf lessons, I went over to greet this cheery threesome. It didn’t go well. The husband couldn’t speak … he uttered unintelligible sounds. When his wife reached over to shake my hand, she missed … and fell to the floor. It wasn’t as good as it sounds.
When, I came back about an hour later after a lesson … I was surprised/sorry that they were still there. Unfortunately, a nice woman came in to order a beverage … when she pleasantly asked if anyone was working … Barb shouted at her from the table she shared with her friends “ …”. Naw, I can’t say it. It was beyond rude and vulgar … you wouldn’t believe me.
I don’t miss those days. I wasn’t the GM … I was the Head Golf Professional … and had to put up with some “interesting” staff.
Back then, it wasn’t “Fun at The Run” … maybe a little funny … but not much fun. Fortunately now days, I hear people say “Fun at The Run” in a good way.
Because of COVID 19 … we were and still are running things pretty cautiously. Doesn’t mean it’s not fun. Safe doesn’t mean no fun. Having Barb run the F&B means no fun.
GM/Head PGA Professional