Last year, in an effort to improve the capability of our forums, we switched to new software. We expected tremendous scalability and rapid customization that would significantly improve each Member's experience across multiple devices and integrate flawlessly with social media platforms.
Unfortunately, after a significant capital expense, we have decided that the length of time and the additional cost to reach our goals make this enterprise untenable.
Thus, we have made the difficult decision to transition the forums to our original software platform. We’re excited that, in the nearly two years since we began the process of our most recent switch, our original platform has been upgraded significantly, and we are confident that the reversion will not only provide the stability that we desperately needed prior to our last move but will also return to the Membership the high level of customization that made our online community so great. We have also added technical resources to the GolfWRX staff that will allow us to build custom modules and modifications that we are confident will take the forums to the next level.
We remain the world's largest online golf community, and we still hold true to our core values and mission statement as written in 2005. Bearing both of those elements in mind, being the best and offering our Members a platform that is world-class are both requirements, not options, and it is that spirit that has motivated this decision.
So, please pardon our mess over the next five days or so while we transition the forums.
A few important notes: Current content will be accessible during that time, but the forums will be READ ONLY, and you will not be able to start new threads or reply to posts. Personal Messaging is enabled but PMs sent/received from the time the board was frozen will not carry over. We know this is inconvenient, and we apologize, and we greatly appreciate GolfWRXers bearing with us through the transition.
We are very excited about starting this next chapter for GolfWRX and getting back to the high-quality Member experience we all expect as soon as possible.
Diary of a course employee, end of the season
So I took a job for the summer at the local course and thought it might be fun to detail my experiences as they happen. I’ve never worked at a golf course and know nothing... so here we go.
I’m making local minimum wage and am a foreigner, whose local language skills are sub-par.
Day 1 monday: I show up to the course at 7.00 as instructed and am issued my gear at the maintenance barn. Hi-vis coveralls are the uniform, as are ear muffs.
My first job? Pick range balls. I have a partner and we take turns driving the picker and feeding the balls into the washer. Our range has a lesson studio and they use white ProV practice balls; the rest of the range is yellow, so we have to separate the balls. A high school has reserved the range at 8.30, so we hustle to fill the ball machines for them. I managed to beach the picker in gravel on my first attempt at trying to start it from gravel, and turned too tightly and cut a nice rut out there. Lesson learned.
Range prepared we then change the divot bottle sand and collect the trash from the clubhouse area. We jockey pull-carts into position and otherwise tidy up.
The rest of the day is spent moving tees around to spread wear around. The thing about this job is if something needs to be done it generally needs to done 18 times, so the process takes forever. Once the tees are moved, the day is pretty much done...
That’s it for the day one recap, I won’t go day by day but I’ll try to provide any funny stories I can along the way. I also get free golf so not all bad. Until next time!