Ask Tetherow’s Superintendant—Q&A with Chris Condon
Tetherow Golf Club’s Chris Condon is the vital “behind the scenes” guy to all things golf course and landscaping-related. He is the hard work behind ensuring the greens are properly maintained, invasive pests remain at bay, and golfers are happy with the speed and overall quality of the golf course. Essentially, without his hard work, Tetherow Golf Club in Central Oregon just may not have been nationally recognized and earned ranks in Golf Digest’s Top 100 Golf Courses.
Fresh from a pesticide conference which he attends annually, I asked Chris some questions about working at the best course in Bend, Oregon.
Q) How long have you worked at Tetherow Golf Club?
A) I have been the Superintendent at Tetherow since December 1, 2005. I was involved in Tetherow from the very beginning, day one so to speak. It was and has been a great experience to be involved in the project since the planning phases to today. Not very many golf course superintendents get to be involved from day one.
Q) What were you doing before Tetherow Golf Club?
A) Before coming to Tetherow, I was busy working for OB Sports. Working for OB Sports has given me the opportunity to have worked in Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona and Wyoming. Just before Tetherow, I had completed the opening season at the Three Crowns Golf Course in Casper, WY. I was there during construction, grow-in and opening.
Q) How did you catch the Superintendant bug?
A) I have worked in the golf course industry since I was 16 years old primarily to become an Evans Scholar (the movie Caddyshack is about the Evans Scholarship). After earning the scholarship, I continued working at Broadmoor Golf Course in Portland, OR. It was during college that I began working on the golf course maintenance staff and that was all it took. One summer on the crew and I knew exactly what the future held for me. I have been working on the golf course maintenance staff since. Caddyshack is somewhat of a biography of my life only by coincidence.
Q) When did you start golfing?
A) I guess I was about 10 years old when I started golfing. I did not actually become a decent golfer until late in high school. I am still trying to become a better golfer. If I did not work so much and play more I might actually surprise myself on how good I could be.
Q) Who is your favorite golfer?
A) My most favorite golfer was and still is Payne Stewart. If I had to pick a current golfer, I would say Luke Donald. His style of play closely resembles mine except that he is #1 in the world and I am #1 in my own mind.
Q) What makes your tick at work?
A) I was asked this during the interview process by David McLay Kidd. My answer was and still is, I like to watch the grass grow and I love to watch a sprinkler run. Those two things make me want to come to work on a daily basis.
Q) What makes you tick at home?
A) Relaxing at home. I enjoy a good meal, good drink, a funny movie or tv show and listening to music.
Q) What is the most interesting part of your job?
A) The interesting part of my job—and the most challenging–is figuring out how to get more done with fewer people and getting things done without anyone seeing us doing our job.
Q) What make working at Tetherow Golf Club unique?
A) Working at Tetherow is definitely a unique experience. Because Tetherow is in Bend, Oregon, we are managing fine fescue in an arid environment which is the most unique. I know of only one other course in a similar circumstance out of all the golf courses in the United States. Definitely the look and style of Tetherow is very unique because I am/was in charge of how the golf course ultimately looks. But I would say the most unique thing about Tetherow is those who are involved from Chris and William to the entire staff. I have not been around a more passionate group of people who just want Tetherow to succeed.
Check out Chris Condon’s article about his pesticide conference in January’s newsletter as well!
Member’s in the News: Chris and Jeremy Cox of 10 Barrel!
10 Barrel has quickly become a beloved Bend trademark, and Tetherow is delighted to be the golf club home of its business partners, Chris and Jeremy Cox.
The brothers were recently featured in Cascade Business News to share about their revolutionary business practices. The thing that differentiates 10 Barrel and makes them so innovative stems from their motto, “cross the river and burn the boats”, which they explained is drawn from the George Washington story of “going to war and after crossing the river ordering the boats to be burned so there would be no option for retreat” (Cascade Business News, November 16, 2011, p. 13).
Since 10 Barrel opened in 2006 as a small brewery, it has grown into a full sized, ever so popular and always packed pub. Every time I pass 10 Barrel on Galveston, it reminds me of a fun, outdoor party at a friend’s house where everyone is welcome and everybody is on a temporary vacation. This is a key aspect about what makes their business so successful. Opening up the pub, they say, has given them exposure to the local community–both visually as the enticing pub that can’t be missed, and also from their local charity, “Locals Supporting Locals” (on the last Tuesday of every month). Just their first year of opening, they generated $28,000 from this weekly event. All profits are donated to a local charity.
10 Barrel also supports fun endeavors such as Blitz to the Barrel, of which Tetherow Golf Club was also a proud sponsor. In this event, World Class Championship mountain bikers all race for cash (including a course through Tetherow) and end at 10 Barrel to party.
The Cox brothers are planning much growth in the future, including moving into a 15,000 square foot building which will enable them to increase from a 10 barrel system to a 50 barrel system. This also means the pub will have 20 beer faucets on tap instead of 10! Also in the works is opening up a pub in Boise, Idaho come summer 2012.
Congratulations to 10 Barrel for being such an integral part of Bend’s local economy and for paving the way for other small businesses!
December Winner of Golf at Tetherow
Congratulations to BRODIE LARGE of Augusta, GA! He is the December 2011 winner of a foursome of golf at Tetherow. He was chosen from the many who signed up on the Tetherow web site. As an avid golfer and Duck fan, we are thrilled for him to have the opportunity to golf with us again.
Here’s what Brodie has to say about himself.
“I work in the golf industry as a caddie and caddie manager for much of the year in Georgia, and return for the summers to Oregon. I was born and raised on the West Coast and visit every chance I get. I’ve been golfing for 8 years and am currently a 3.6 index. I have a 21-month-old son, Owen, who’s already excited about golf.”
Congrats Brodie! We’re glad to hear you’re already introducing your son to the game. We hope to see you here this summer.
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